The staggering Qingshui Cliffs (清水斷崖; qīngshuǐ duànyái), located along a precarious stretch of the Suao-Hualien Highway (Highway 9) just inside the park’s northeastern boundary, are among the east coast’s most awe-inspiring attractions. Spanning a 21km section of the coastline between the hamlets of Chongde (崇德; chóngdé) and Heren (和仁; hérén), these sheer cliffs plunge straight into the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean – in places from heights of almost a thousand metres. Today, the coastal highway is heavily trafficked, with endless convoys of trucks spewing exhaust into the air and making it a perilous journey for cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists alike. The series of long tunnels carved straight through the cliffs is an engineering marvel, with each tunnel opening up to another invigorating view of more bluffs and sea.

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