Growing up in a tropical island country with world-renowned beaches all around the coast, I had always presumed that the coastal peripheries are the beautiful beaches surrounding it.

I was wrong.

When I went on a vacation to the eastern coast of Taiwan last September 2013, it was the first time I saw the spectacular view of the Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖).

Qingshui Cliff is located in the eastern part of Taiwan, facing the Pacific Ocean, in Hualien County (花蓮).

This is a 21 kilometer coastal cliff with an average height of 800 meters above sea level along the Suhua Highway (蘇花公路). The view is really beautiful and fantastic.

Qingshui Cliff 清水斷崖
Qingshui Cliff 清水斷崖
Qingshui Cliff 清水斷崖

If you look carefully at the picture, you will see that the Suhua Highway (蘇花公路) was built almost at the very edge of the Qingshui Cliff with the Qingshui Mountain on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the highway.

During typhoon season, it is more often than not that the highway will be closed down due to falling rocks caused by strong wind and torrential rain brought about by a typhoon.