The Alangyi Historic Trail connects Hsuhai village, Pingtung with Nantian village, Taitung. Previously it was hard for visitors to enter due to strict control which is why it has been able to retain complete and rich ecological resources and is known as the most mysterious corner in Taiwan.
Because of the opening of the South-Link Highway Expansion Project, this mysterious old road caught national attention again. In this issue of Discover Taiwan, we will take you to the beautiful and mysterious valley.
Alangyi Historic Trail was one of the eight roads connecting eastern and western Taiwan constructed in the Tongzhi era of the Qing Dynasty to facilitate transportation. After 150 years, it is the best-preserved ancient trail in the country.
Once again under the national spotlight, strict restrictions on the daily capacity are introduced in order to protect the trail, avoid excessive development and damage to its ecology due to tourism.
But, you must register with authorities to explore the most mysterious ancient trail.
Stretching more than eight kilometers, Alangyi Historic Trail is a section of coastline with abundant animal and plantation resources. It takes four to six hours to complete the whole journey.
If you start from the Taitung end, the route is relatively flat at first. After passing Tawa River, the county border of Taitung and Pingtung, you will come to a beach full of round stones. Many tourists will stack the stones into a small tower, which is said to be an act of blessing.
Climb up the steep uphill section, and in front of you is the vast Pacific Ocean. The rich ecological resources and the well-preserved historic sites along the ancient trail enrich every step of the way with intriguing surprises.
“Alangyi” is actually the old name of the Aljungic village of the Paiwan people. Today, the Aljungic tribe is located near the Taitung entrance of the historic trail, which history is also closely related to the culture of the indigenous people. As early as the Ming-Zheng Period, as the Han settlers pushed inland, the indigenous people were forced to migrate further east.
The Alangyi Historic Trail is the most important path for the Paiwan people to travel between eastern and western Taiwan. Visitors may wish to slow down a bit before heading into the trail, take a look a the Aljungic village to experience the culture and cuisine of the Paiwan tribe.