Slow Travel to the Mountains and Sea – Tour of Nature
Picturesque nature's landscapes surround the four towns along the South Link Line with unrivaled views of the majestic mountain and the ocean. Taimali Township's daylily season, Jinfeng Township's Roselle season, Dawu Township's seafood cuisine, and Daren Township's Paiwan traditional indigenous culture are all worth seeing. The best way to tour along Provincial Highway #9 is to either take a train or ride a bike since this will allow you to leisurely visit every small town and let the East Coast beautiful scenery sink in. Visit Taiwan's last Eden along the South Link Line.
South-link Line: Where the Ocean and Sky Merge
Heading along the South Link Provincial Highway #9, you are greeted by the view of the ocean and blue sky in the distance. From afar, they seem to merge into the horizon. It’s hard not to feel relaxed seeing the sparkling rays of sunshine reflecting through the clouds onto the blue Pacific Ocean.
Taimali Dawn Park
Taimali Dawn Park was named after the Millennium Concert at Dawn held on New Year’s Day of 2020. This concert was broadcasted live in over 25 countries, putting Taimali Dawn Park center stage on the global map. Since then, the New Year’s Eve Countdown music festival is held here every year with exciting fun activities. Travelers come from near and far to capture the mesmerizing moment when the sun rises from the sea.
Surrounding IG check-in Spots： Taimali Station - Slam Dunk Railroad Crossing
Taimali Jinzhen Mountain
Wangyougu is the best spot to view Taimali’s famous daylily blossom from August to October. The undulating view of the golden flowers covering the mountainous slopes never fails to amaze travelers. When the night falls, and stars start glittering, head to the Star Tower to take advantage of this stargazing vantage point. If time allows, be sure to wake up early to catch the sunrise at Jinzhen Mountain; you won’t be disappointed!
You will encounter Jinlun Bridge when you head southbound on Provincial Highway #9. The commanding view from the top of the bridge creates an illusion of the vehicle driving into the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and the coastal mountain ranges while biking or driving through this stretch on the highway. Take the time to appreciate Taiwan’s most beautiful overpass. For a closed-up experience of Jinlun Beach, be sure to walk under through the overpass tunnel, where the seclusive tranquil beach awaits!
＊If you wish to capture this beautiful view, we suggest taking photos from the side road by the bridge entrance using a telephoto lens. The heavy traffic and no parking makes it dangerous to stop on the bridge.
Surrounding IG check-in Spots： Jinlun Beach
This is a must-visit spot for railfans. With the newly opened Duoliang line, travelers can now board from Jinlun Station or Pingtung’s Fangliao Station to Longxi Station and enjoy the picturesque views through the train windows. The majestic scenery is just like the scenes from the movie “Spirited Away” when the train traveled on the sea surface!
Surrounding IG check-in Spots： The Angel’s Wings
Dawu Coastal Park
Continue southbound along the coast; you will encounter Dawu Township, an ideal rest stop for travelers. Pick a restaurant and savor the fresh local seafood directly from the source. If you’ve arrived on a rainy day, don’t forget to order a plate of Sicyopterus gobies with scrambled eggs, which is only available on rainy days. After a quick break, head to Dawu Coastal Park to take in the ocean view. Or take a stroll around Jinlong Lake and let the elegant mountain scenery embraces you.
Surrounding IG check-in Spots： Dawu Rainbow Village, Dawu Coastal Park – “9420” Street Sign Post
Tjuabal Tribal Village
Daren Township is the last stop on the South Link Highway Tjuabal tribal village in Dawu has preserved their traditional Paiwan indigenous culture and their natural landscape. Maljeveq, one of the most important traditional festival of the Paiwan Tribe, is still held in Tjuabal every five years. Along the coast lies the famous Alangyi Historic Trail; it is Taiwan’s most ancient and best-preserved historic trail. The trail spans from Nantian to Pingtung’s Xuhai. You will need to come prepared as Alangyi is a highly challenging trail with numerous ups and downs.
Nantian Coast Water Park
Go to the Nantian seaside, look for a Nantian stone and listen to the sound of the waves like a melody. Then sit on the shore, looking back at the mountains and ocean along the South Link Line. Sprays on the ocean, clouds in the sky and multiple layers of mountains constitute such an impressive landscape. It is a perfect ending for your trip.
Recommended local gourmet and souvenirs
Savor local gourmets
Along the South Link Highway, many restaurants are offering specialized local gourmets such as unique indigenous cuisine, dishes made with local agricultural produce, or home-cooked meals. Take your time to savor the delicious local gourmets, as this is a perfect way for travelers to savor the local flavors while being immersed in the local “slow living” culture.
Bring home local products
Jinfeng Township has a high production of Roselle while Daren Township is renowned for its Paiwan tribal culture. Along the South Link Highway, one can see indigenous handicraft workshops selling handmade ceramic beads or rugged and vivid wood carving. Don’t forget to bring home a pack of season limited Roselle preserved fruit to add to your travel memories.