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Prehistoric Culture

Exploring the Mysterious Land of Beyond
According to archeological research, prehistoric cultural sites abound in the East Rift Valley. Currently two of these sites have been officially recognized, both of which are located in Hualien County. One of these is the Satokoay Historical Site, located in Rueisuei Township's Wuhe Terrace. The other is the Gongpu Site, located to the south of Fuli Township's Shihpai Village Settlement. 
 
Saoba Stone Pillars Site
The Satokoay Historical Site, located in Wuhe Village, Rueisuei Township, Hualien County, are situated in the middle section of the East Rift Valley, on the western slopes of the Saoba Wuhe
Terrace. They are one of Hualien County's important archeological sites. In an area of 500 meters long and 250 meters wide, two large stone pillars stand erect next to the old provincial highway. The larger pillar is around 5.75 meters tall, and the smaller one is around 3.99 meters tall. They are currently the tallest prehistoric standing stones in Taiwan, and are very similar to the slate stone pillars of the Beinan culture, thus, it is reasonable to assume that they also belong to the Beinan culture. 
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Saoba Stone Myth
In the remote past, the Kiwit Clan dwelt by the Taitung coast. One day, due to a very strong earthquake, the waters of the ocean flowed onto the land, and many people were drowned. Only a brother and sister survived. They floated to the top of Lawa Mountain, north of Cimei, and after marrying, gave birth to three sons. When the ocean waters receded, the three sons descended down the mountain to seek out lands for cultivation. The oldest son Calao was the first ancestor of the Kiwit Clan. He originally lived in Lahtar, but soon went down the Siouguluan River to Saoba, where he settled. After he grew old, due to the poor, barren quality of the land, he led his clan back to Lahtar. The houses that were left behind then became the Saoba Stone Pillars of today.
Gongpu Site
The Gongpu Site is located on top of, and on the east slope of a small hill 200 meters south of Shihpai Village Settlement, Fuli Township, in Hualien County. It lies to the south of the East Rift Valley's middle section, and on the front-most edge of the foothills located to the west of the Coastal Mountain Range. The site is distributed over an area of 700 meters in length and 250 meters in width. It has a commanding view, surrounded by mountains, and with a wonderful landscape. These remains go back around 3,000 years. The most important of these stands erect on the ground's surface, and reveals that the structures of the state stone walls of that time were to a certain degree related to the Beinan culture.
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