The Suhua Historic Trail, which runs through Su’ao Township in Yilan County and Hualien City in Hualien County, was first excavated in 1874 (Qing period). The trail starts from Su’ao in the north and ends in Hualien Port in the south, with a total length of about 115 km. During the Japanese occupation in 1916, the Government-General in Taiwan began re-building the road between Su’ao and Hualien Port, which went all the way from Baimi Bridge in Su’ao to Zhuzi Bridge in Hualien Port Street. Later, the 12-foot-wide trail was converted into a road for car traffic that passes through many indigenous villages.
Today, the Yilan section of the Suhua Historic Trail that was excavated during the Qing Dynasty remained the same, while the Suhua Linhai Historic Trail along the coast that was built during the Japanese occupation has undergone many road-widening and adjustments. The old cliff road was even replaced with tunnels to prevent danger caused by falling rocks.
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