Shitiping Geopark along Taiwan’s east coast, literally meaning Stone Step Plain, because it looks like a bunch of stone steps. Some special geological forces have created this rock that resembles a bunch of stone steps on the east coast of Taiwan. Did I mention that there are stone steps? It is still a beautiful and unique stretch of coastline.
Shitiping literally means "rock stair plateau" get's it's name from the staircase shaped rocks along the coast. The area is made up of hard sedimentary rock placed over softer sandstone, which creates cuestas or staircase shaped rock formations. This makes for a unique structures and shapes, including potholes and trenches. Now it is a major tourist attraction along Taiwan's east coast.
How to get there: Take highway 11 south from Hualien City about 60km or two and a half hours. If you do not have a scooter or car, buses also stop along this route. You can also take bus 1140A which takes about three hours.
Price: Parking is 50-60 NT for cars, and 15-20 NT for scooters. Otherwise entrance to the park is free.
Hours: 24 hours a day
Map: Please see below:
We have been to Shitiping once, and it was a magical mystical place along the east coast highway. Previously I had only been as far as Sanxiantai, and had only taken a car and train through the East Rift Valley.
You can check out our drone footage above.
Or check out a 360 degree panoramic view of the area above.
Here you can see rice fields right next to the ocean in Hualien, with Shitiping in the background. Rice fields sitting right next to the ocean is actually a common sight along the east coast here.
And some abandoned hotels...
Inside the Shitiping Scenic Area, there are also places to camp right along the coast.
View of the trail along the coast.
View of the main rock steps at Shitiping from the parking lot.
Looking back at the mountains behind from the parking lot.
Steps leading down to the seashore.
More steps along the way.
More steps leading to Shitiping.
Finally the trail leads to a sandy bottom here.
View looking out at the ocean.
People crowded near the stone steps.
This is the instagram spot.
View looking north up the coast.
People crowded on the pointy slopes of Shitiping.
View looking down.
Looking back up the trail.
View of one of the ocean trenches here, carved out by thousands of years of wave action.
Another sea trench.
People lining up for their photo.
A group lined up on top.
Someone getting their photo taken.
Looking back at the main staircase.
Wider view of the stone steps.
Steps just small enough for humans to enjoy.
The grand staircase.
View up the coast.
Last view of the Shitiping stairs before we left.
View of Shitiping via drone.
Another view via drone.
More photos in the gallery above.
Another view of the abandoned houses here as we left.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of our blogs on Hualien to come.
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