Hegang Village is located on the slope east of Ruisui Township in Hualien County, between the Fuyuan River and Ruisui's Market Street. In the 1960s, it was internationally famous for its "Hegang Black Tea", but due to changes in marketing conditions, its productivity declined. In order to find another marketing outlet, the local farmers started growing pomelos. After many years of cultivation and improvements, the juicy, delicious, and tender "Hegang Pomelos" was the result. These have now been successfully expanded to the national market, and have added a new lease of life for the agricultural output of the Hegang area.
Starting from Ruisui's Market Street, crossing over Ruigang Bridge, and then climbing up through Hegang Village's production areas, the gentle mountain slopes covered with pomelos can be seen. For the most part, these aged pomelo trees are over 20 years old, and every year around the White Dew Season, during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, the pomelo harvesting season takes place. There are over 800 hectares of pomelo orchards in the Ruisui Hegang area, with a yearly productivity of 24,000,000 catties. In recent years it has become one of the Hualien area's famous top-quality products.
In 1990, the total combined Hegang pomelo production farms included around 20 hectares of tourist orchards. During the harvesting season, the orchards are open to the tourists, who are allowed to come and pick these fruits. This has resulted in the creation of the Hegang pomelo tourist orchards, a new business model. This not only reduces the amount of man-power needed to pick the pomolos, but allows the tourists to sample the freshly picked, sweet Hegang Pomelos. The next time you happen to be in the East Rift Valley area during the early autumn season, don't forget to visit the Hegang Pomelo Tourist Orchard Area, where you can experience the joy of picking these fruits and sample the sweet, juicy Hegang Pomelos.
Address：No.280, Hegang, Ruisui Township, Hualien County 978, Taiwan (R.O.C.)