Ningpu Village

Ningpu Village sits on the south bank of the Ningpu River entrance in Changbin Township, Taitung County. It was built by the Kaliwan people of Kavalan tribe who migrated to Hualien. The prehistoric boulder erected on the mountain has two protrusions, resembling a female breast, hence the name Shiru (stone breast) was given. Later it was translated as Shiningpu. Coming to the Japanese occupation period, the Government-General in Taiwan renamed it to Ningpu. In the early days of Japanese occupation, there were 7 Kaliwan households and 33 people in Ningpu Village. Later, Fulao and Hakka immigrants moved here and as bananas were planted on the hills nearby, the banana drying factory was set up at the south intersection of Ningpu Village. In the post-war period, the residents switched to planting lemongrass, which flourished for a while.


Shitiping is located on the coastal reef area on the south side of Shiti Port in Fengbin Township, Hualien County. The traditional name is Tilaan, which means a place to stay overnight. Before the provincial highway 11 was established, people heading north to Maogong had to travel on foot and on return, they needed to stay overnight in this place. During the Qing period, when the commander-in-chief Wu Guangliang led his troops here to open the road, he saw the stair-like formation of the rocks and named the place Shitiping (Rock Stairs).  Over the past 100 years, the Kavalan, Amis, and Han people have successively moved to the vast land at the foot of the mountain on the east side of Shitiping. By the 1990s, the natural sea-eroded reef landscape of Shitiping had become a famous tourist attraction.