So after visiting Taroko Gorge, our driver drove us to QiXing Tan Beach which took about half an hour or more. Located 15 mins from Hualien City, it is a costal stretch made up of stone pebbles, forming a crescent moon shape cradling the Pacific Ocean. The name QiXing Tan literally means “Seven Stars Lake” in Chinese, it is named such because there used to be seven real pools of water in another location but the Japanese needed to use the site and filled the pools. The people were forced to relocate to the area now at the north of Hualien City. These people called themselves the ‘Qi Xing Tan residents’ and thus the area became known as ‘Qi Xing Tan’.
The moment we arrived, we were welcomed by the strong wind. I ran down the stairs and raced myself towards the beach cause I was so excited to see the magnificient blue ocean. What sets it different from other beach is that it's a beach filled with huge pebbles rather than sand. So it's not the usual kind of sandy beach, don't worry about getting sand in your shoes (:
|I built a pebble |
|Such tranquility (: and I love the fact that it's so clean!|
|Since it was quite windy that day, the waves was strong too so no one was in the water. You could be easily swept away by the waves, I kid you not.|
|It is a touristy spot but even the locals love hanging out here in the evening. I doubt it will ever be crowded since the place itself is so huge. The family and I had a really great time just chilling after a tiring afternoon in Taroko Gorge.|
|It's definitely a must visit place if you're in Hualien.|
Qixing Tan Beach
Hai An Road, Xincheng Township,
Hualien County, Taiwan.
On an unrelated note, I just realised that I didn't take any selfie at QiXing Tan. Cause my camera battery died at Taroko Gorge so most of the photos are taken with my phone and my front phone camera kinda sucks so yay no selfie HAHAHA and oh, you can actually go whale-watching in Hualien too! Available only from April to October and since we were there nearing the end of Nov, no whale-watching for us, boohoo T__T More info about whale-watching in Hualien, HERE.
|Fresh seafoooooooood everywhere.|
|One of the many vendors that sell fresh sashimi.|
|A plate of fresh salmon sashimi for NTD100, real sweet and juicy!|