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Introducing Highway 11

Two main routes run north–south along the east coast – whichever road you choose to travel will make all the difference to your journey. Highway 9 cuts through the verdant East Rift Valley (Huādōng Zòng Gǔ), while Highway 11 winds down the narrow strip between the sea and the Coastal Mountains, a series of steep volcanic arcs. There are few large settlements but plenty of small aboriginal villages, fishing harbours, beaches and ocean terraces. There are several places to camp along the way, and more and more guesthouses seem to spring up every year.

Much of Highway 11 falls under the auspices of the East Coast National Scenic Area (www.eastcoast-nsa.gov.tw).