Chi-shing-tan is a must-see scenic spot in Hua-lian City.
With it being situated by an Air Force base, you can hear the howling sound of fighter jets taking off from time to time.
Due to this base, Hua-lian locals celebrate the New Year by welcoming the sunrise on January 1st. It's very different from other cities.
They come to Chi-shing-tan to watch the F16 fighter jets fly overhead in Chi-shing-tan sky and greet the twilight together.
Chi-shing-tan in Chinese means "Big Dipper Lake." Coming here, you might feel a bit strange as to why a bay full of gravel is called Chi-shing-tan.
The old name of this place was "Crescent Bay." The original "Chi-shing-tan" was a real lake situated inside the Air Force Base and National Dong Hwa University Mei-lun Campus.
The view was broad, allowing you to look above to see the Big Dipper in the sky; hence the name. "Chi-shing" means "Big Dipper."
An airport was constructed during the Japanese colonial era; as a result, the residents relocated to the now Chi-shing-tan Community.
The residents missed the old place. "Crescent Bay" was therefore renamed "Chi-shing-tan."
The Chi-shing-tan beach is absolutely gorgeous. The coastline is as long as twenty some kilometers with very calm sea.
The terrain is unlike what you are seeing; the sea floor is steep due to the short and shallow continental shelf of Hua-lian coast.
Not even 20 meters offshore from Chi-shing-tan is an oceanic trench, abruptly dropping to one hundred meters deep. There are underflows from time to time.
Chi-shing-tan used to be the largest and most prosperous setnet fishing ground. There are a few fishermen who still have setnets here.
Pay attention to safety and please don't go into water for swimming.
Chi-shing-tan Stone Carving Park
Aside from beautiful sea scenery, there are Chi-shing-tan Stone Sculpture Park, Chi-shing-tan Community and Chi-shing-tan Katsuo Museum that are must-stop attractions.
The stone carving park is located between Chi-shing-tan and Katsuo Musuem. You can take the opportunity to stroll around the park.
Hua-lian is very well-known for its jade and marble. The stone carvings are distinctive.
The style is very imposing, much like the landscape and terrain here.
Continuing going down from the bridge, you'll arrive at the bonito fish museum and the community.
Chi-shing-tan Katsuo Museum
///////This museum was unfortunately destroyed by fire in an incident taken place on the morning of July 18th, 2017.
We mentioned about the setnet fishing ground earlier.
It isn't easy for tourists in general to witness how the setnet fishing ground operates. There is a detailed video presentation inside the bonito fish museum.
There are other introductions to Chi-shing-tan fishing ground as well.
There is the bonito-fish-manufacturing simulation.
There is the introduction to the bonito fish manufacturing process.
There is a picture of live fishing.
The simulative scene of drying the fish in the sun makes you feel like going back in time.
The old smokehouse for bonito fish is transformed into an exhibit space.
At the souvenir shop, you get to see the rare bonito sticks, which are bonito fish in their original form without being shaved into flakes.
The bonito fish museum is located at the front row of the Chi-shing-tan community. Walking into the community, you can still experience the atmosphere of a traditional fishing village.
It becomes more obvious why Chi-shing-tan was originally named Crescent Bay when looking at it from here.
The cement ramp used for operation is still kept intact.
Nevertheless, many old houses were taken down and reconstructed to become new homestays.
According to a senior media editor, staying here for one night to admire the sea and listen to the waves is a treat tempting you to move to Hua-lian.