Entering Highway 11 to leave Hua-lian City after passing through Hua-lian Bridge, you'll arrive in Yan-liao Village, Shou-feng Township in Hua-lian County.
There is a designated bike lane along the way; however, the lane gets narrower around sharp curves of the road.
With an overall length of one hundred seventy some kilometers, Highway 11 is nicknamed the most beautiful coastal highway in Taiwan. Don't forget to pay attention to safety during your leisure coastal highway trip.
Yan-liao Village is the starting point for the Coastal Range through which Kuroshio Current from Pacific Ocean passes.
Yan in Chinese means "salt." Yan-liao is a common name for places in Taiwan. The Yan-liao in Hua-lian used to be called Yan-liao Harbor, where actual salt production took place.
There are the longest gravel beach in Taiwan, and a 300-meter abrasion platform right by Henan Temple.
Farglory Ocean Park
With such distinctive tourism resources, there are nearly 50 hotels and homestays. Two of them are five-star hotels. There is also Farglory Ocean Park.
Interestingly, Yan-liao Village population in 2016 was measly 661.
East Coast Area Administration Hua-lian Tourist Center
Heading south from Hua-lian Bridge for a bit, you'll arrive at East Coast Area Administration Hua-lian Tourist Center before coming across the ocean park.
Sitting on the tourist center hillside to check out the sea scenery, you'll see what makes this place famous.
Some homestays along the way brim with English Cottage Style, and some others exude Mediterranean Style.
Standing tall amidst the seaside, blue sky and green space, these buildings afford spectacular views.
Yan-liao used to be the place where hermits desired to live. Philosopher Meng Dong-li and environmental movement pioneer O Ji-fu both resided here.
From Hua-lian Bridge at Highway 11 4th kilometer stone, head south all the way till you reach Baci Gazebo at the thirty-first kilometer stone. There are many wonderful scenic spots along the way. Baci is furthermore situated at the highest vantage point on the coastal highway.
The nine kilometers of Highway 11 from Shui-lian at the twenty-second kilometer stone to Baci does not run along the coast.
There is a famous Tiao-lung Tunnel in this section of the highway. The old Highway 11 cliff is right beneath it.
Baci is definitely worth your stop.
The hilltop ahead that you see from the gazebo is a volcanic crater.
At the end of the nearby bay is Gui-hou Cape. The beach by the inland is Ji-qi Beach.
This little observation tower is the highest spot on the coastal highway. Inside a small shop is some information about the attractions along the way.
There is also information about the aboriginal tribes. If time allows, you should choose a place to stay overnight and spend a day or two there.
These aboriginal people are very friendly, but keep in mind that this is their residence, not a typical tourist attraction.