Baqi Rest stop along Coastal Highway 11 in Hualien has some of the best views of the East Coast, right alongside the road. The rest stop also includes hiking trails, a restaurant, gift shop, bathrooms, viewing platforms, and covered seating areas.
Highway 11, also known as the Hualien-Taitung Coastal Highway, first began as a trail during the Qing Dynasty in 1877. During the Japanese era of Taiwan, the road was improved and open to vehicles in 1930. The current two lane highway as we know it today was completed after WWII in 1968. The Baqi rest area (named after the nearby Baqi village) was probably also completed at that time. It is a popular stop along the highway.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Travel along Highway 11 until you reach the spot. There is usually plenty of free parking here.
By bus: There is a stop here on Bus 304's route, or take bus 1140 from Hualien Station to Niuliuaokeng bus stop, and walk about 15 minutes.
Please see below:
I have passed by Baqi Rest Area many times. It has one of the best views along the east coast, and is a good place for a pit stop.
Right in front of the parking lot is the gift shop, which also sells food, and bathrooms. There are also pavilions with benches.
And there are multiple wooden walkways on top of the hill where you can enjoy the views.
View looking toward Shitiping.
Another amazing view.
Closeup on the scenery below.
More photos in the gallery above. On a clear day, you should be able to see even more.
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