At the 78km mark of Provincial Highway No. 11,dozens of caves were formed by sea erosion on a cliff,called Baxian (8 Celestial Beings) Cave's.Walking along the planked trail that connects these caves,visitors can hear the echo of ocean tides splashing against the walls of the Chaoyin Cave. The walk leads upwards to the blue coast of Changbin. What Baxian Cave is really noted for is the oldest prehistoric culture site uncovered in Taiwan - the Paleolithic Pre-Ceramic Culture,which makes it a first-degree national historic site.
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- Visitor Center
- Exhibition Hall
- Observation Deck
- Commentary briefing
Lots of stepsBaxian caves are in an awesome setting: A vertical rock wall directly at the sea. There are multiple caves in the rock wall, apparently lived in since prehistoric times. Unfortunately all but one now are just holes in the rock with concrete floor. Only the last one - reached after 528 steep steps - has now a small built in temple in a lovely setting wit a great view over the ocean. The wooden stairs up go through dense vegetation, there were many monkeys around who didn't seem to care all that much about us two humans
Errmmm.We just stopped by the road & looked at the cave from a distant. The cave is not through! Looks good from afar.
Totally over-rated place of interestI wouldn't call them caves because they are so shallow and smallish, except for one which is quite high but still shallow. More like cavities in the face of the hills. It only has geological significance to the area, nothing more. The climb to the top most 'cave' can be challenging and the view is quite nice though. Parking is ample and chargeable (NT50 per car per entry).
Waste of time, they are in a desolated shapeIf you drive into the parking lote you thing this is a nice spot. Everything looks new. In fact the parking lot is new and it seems to serve the purpose to bring customers to the many handcraft shops. You need to pay for parking. The trail and stairs to the caves and the caves themselves are in a desolated shape. It is a waste of time and a ripoff.
Baxian Cave (Eight Immortals Cave)These 150 meter-high caves are located on the cliff wall on the coast of Taitung; shaped by centuries of pounding wave. Although there are as many as 14 holes, only eight are caves. They are named Lingyen, Chaoyin, Yan-an, Hairen, Chaoyang, Chienyuan, Hongchen, and Kunglung Caves. Archaeologists discovered remains of the Changping culture (4000-3000 BCE). Today the cave is a Buddhist sanctuary.
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