Since, in Taiwan, the mountains lie in the north-south direction, the highway which now crosses the island had been under construction for quite a long time. It started perhaps in 1956 and was partly finished in 1960. The stretch from the coastal city, Hualian, going west was finished maybe only in the early seventies. We went to see this stretch in 1978. It was quite spectacular from a scenery point of view. We took a lot of pictures and bought some marble ware (vases and cups), which we still use today. We spent quite a number of days there, and visited several attractions in the region. The following are some pictures taken there.