Batongguan Traversing Historic Trail, which runs diagonally through Xinyi Township in Nantou County, and Zhuoxi Township and Yuli Township in Hualien County, was first excavated in 1919 and completed the following year. It runs from Dongpu in the west and ends in Yuli in the east, with a total length of about 120 km. This trail and the Batogguan Historic Trail, which was constructed during the Qing Dynasty under the Fufan policy (Indigene Management) are two very different trails, although some sections intersect each other. In the early days of the Japanese occupation, the Batongguan Historic Trail was repaired and made the main pathway between the east and the west until the completion of the Batongguan Traversing Historic Trail.
Today, the Batongguan Historic Trail is completely destroyed while the Batongguan Traversing Historic Trail has been restored. It takes about a week to hike through the trail.
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