Located in Ruisui Township, Hualien County, the Kiwit Historic Trail is about 41 km long. Its starting point is from Mt. Kilaya, which is the holy mountain of the Amis tribe. Legend has it that the Amis people migrated from this holy mountain to various parts in the east.
In the past, the ancestors of Kiwit hamlet slowly migrated down from Mt. Kilaya, which is more than 900 meters above sea level, to today’s Kiwit hamlet in order to find clean water sources and ideal hunting grounds. Due to trading needs and transportation to the outside, a path was created along the Xiuguluan River that connects the port in the east and Ruisui in the west.
Until 1987, the Taiwan Provincial Government expanded it into the Ruigang Industry Road (aka Hualien Country Road 64). Today, there are still several ruins of this trail on the side of the road.
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