Updated on: December 21, 2017
Niushan Huting 牛山呼庭 aka cow mountain is located at the edge of Pacific ocean, approximately 40mins drive away from Hualien county, Taiwan.
It is precisely this slight distance away from civilization that makes Niushan Huting truly a hidden gem along the Taiwan scenic east coast area and unlike other bustling tourist locations which are easily accessible, even locals might not have heard of this place before.
It may seem queer to many that such a picturesque beach and lush green grassland be named as such and there is definitely a reason behind every name.
Legend has it that this serene little bay used to be the grounds on which local aborigines inhabit and sustain their livestocks while being used as a military outpost in the mid 20th century before mother nature decided that this area was too wasted to be used for such a purpose and sent a typhoon to wipe out the remants of the outpost to form the exotic rural land of today for all to enjoy.
Aborigines of the area have reclaimed the land and introduced cabin style bed and breakfast facilities, adorned with simple rustic driftwood art pieces for the perfect quaint and cosy stay for visitors from all around the world.
Before the morning sun rises, the misty beach alongside uneven mountain peaks is a surreal sight to behold and the scenery just keeps getting better with the warm morning sun, glistening afternoon sun and beautiful multicolored sunset over the horizon, all of which are picture perfect sceneries.
While this seems like paradise, be sure to adjust to a leisurely pace, the impatient would probably not enjoy as much.