The Upper Chimei Terrace is located on the highland south of the river terrace formed by the alluvial Xiuguluan River in Ruisui Township, Hualien County. It is the main location of the Chimei hamlet. A large number of cultural relic pottery of the Jingpu hamlet have been found behind the present Chimei Elementary School. Hence, the site is presumably the Nalomann hamlet, where the ancestors lived.
The traditional name of the place is Kiwit, which means crabgrass because according to legend, crabgrass was abundant here. However, the Han people misinterpreted Kiwit as Chi-mi, which means a peculiar and mysterious place. In the Japanese Occupation period, the place was renamed to Chimei.
In the past, tribal people only used hunting roads or going down the stream to get to the outside world. In the Qing period, General Wu Guangliang built plank roads, which continued to be used during the Japanese occupation. Finally, in 1986, the plank road was widened and built into Ruigang Industry Road (also known as Hualien County Road 64).
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