From Taitung County's Guanshan and Chishang, to Hualien County's Fuli, Yuli and Ruisui, this area that stretches out for almost 100 kilometers is a major rice paddy cultivation area for the East Rift Valley. Because of the pure, untainted quality of the water and soil, the rice grains produced here are large and thoroughly translucent. Upon boiling, these grains have a sticky and elasticity quality. At the same time, they are soft and tender, and have a gentle fragrance. In recent years, rice from the Chishang area won a rice-quality national championship for three consecutive years. As for the rice produced in Guanshan and Fuli, its quality is unmatched throughout the whole of Taiwan.
This area usually is a bright green rice paddy scene. However, every year through December, January and February, during the winter season when the rice is not grown, the farmers use the fields to grow rapeseed as a green manure. Thus, from mid-January, a vibrant sea of rapeseed flowers can be seen here. This is one of the very enchanting and rare East Rift Valley sights!
Even thought these small yellow flowers look insignificant, when one field after another extends to the horizon, a spectacular, resplendent, picture of gold is created, which contrasts with the blue skies, white clouds, green mountains and bluish green waters. This pure, rural scenery has become the famous "signature" scenery of the East Rift Valley, well-known to all.
In order to add even more variety to the East Rift Valley's winter scenery, in the past two years a few farmers have switched to growing the magnificent Persian chrysanthemum with its colorful hues. This has created greater variety to the flower sea scenes. It is hoped that this will attract more streams of people who enjoy flowers, and add another distinguishing characteristic to tourism in the East Rift Valley.
Address:From Taitung County's Guanshan and Chishang, to Hualien County's Fuli, Yuli and Ruisui