Su'Ao's Neipi Beach in the Nanfangao area (Yilan County) is perhaps the most beautiful beach in northeast Taiwan. It is known for its romantic atmosphere and large waves, which attract surfers from all around. Popular activities here include surfing, kite surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, and watching the sunrise.
The area around Neipi Beach is known as Nanfangao, or southern Su'Ao. Nanfangao Harbor is the third largest in Taiwan, attracting many tourists to its fish markets, and sits right next to Neipi Beach. Su'Ao is an important link between Eastern Taiwan and Northern Taiwnan. National Freeway 5 ends here, and the Suhua Highway begins here, connecting Yilan to Hualien.
On October 1st, 2019 the Nafangao Cross Harbor Bridge suddenly collapsed, killing 6 and injuring 12. Currently there are plans for reconstruction. The cause of the bridge collapse is still under investigation, but is likely due to corrosion of the supporting cables.
Due to fierce undercurrents, it is highly advised that you use caution while performing water sports in the area.
How to get there:
By Car: Take National Freeway No. 3 and transfer to National Freeway No. 5. Take the highway to the very end and you will arrive in Su'Ao. You will need to travel to the very end of Nafangao Harbor and drive around it as the cross harbor bridge has collapsed.
By Bus: There are buses that leave hourly from Taipei Main Station to Su'Ao. The journey takes about 2 hours.
By Train: Take the train to Su'Ao Station, then walk or take a taxi the remaining 2-3 km to the beach.
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I have driven past Neipi Beach a number of times on the Suhua Highway, but I have only stopped there once. It is definitely one of the most gorgeous beaches on the east coast.
I visited when the Nanfangao Bridge was still up, and I remember driving across it. It was such a tragedy that the bridge fell, killing at least six people. I hope that it can be rebuilt in a more sturdy and stronger way so that nothing like that will happen again. And all of Taiwan's infrastructure should receive regular maintenance and renovation.
When you drive to the beach, one of the first things you will notice is the giant Buddhist statue guarding the beach.
There is also a nice grassy park surrounding the beach.
As well as a footpath that connects to the fishing harbor.
The right part of the beach is more flat, while the left part is more steep.
Taiwanese people enjoying the beach on a cold day in March.
The left side of the beach.
A lonely someone staring into the waves.
The sand here is pretty dark (as is common on the east coast) which means when the sun is out it will be super hot. But at least there is sand; much of the east coast is just rocky beaches.
There is a great viewing platform of the beach, but you can only reach it by going on the north direction of the Suhua Highway. That is like a 30 minute drive from the beach, because you have to drive a few kilometers south before you can make a U-turn and come back north, so I did not visit the platform.
For another blog on this beach, check out this blog by Follow Xiaofei.
For our blog on the nearby Su'Ao Crayon Castle, click here.
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