In the movie “Cape Number 7”, after the wedding feast, everyone walked down to the sea dike, which is located at Hou Strait. Originally a quiet fishing village, it has become a must-see site for star chasers. Even though it’s name has spread far and wide, but the air of tranquility at Hou Strait has not decreased in the least.
The coast of Hou Strait is best represented by the tranquil and steady atmosphere. Unlike the other beaches in Hengchun, the sounds of cars and people are rarely heard, not just from the residents, but also from the visitors. As though prearranged, everyone moves quietly as to not destroy the peaceful calm present. There is no one who would travel far from cities, and have to face the same sounds of traffic while on vacation as it is not only disturbing and detrimental to relaxation.
At Hou Strait is the Hou Bridge, which is a graceful arch colored blue and red standing out among the surroundings. For those who have no interest in water sports or getting sand on their feet, there is no lacking to see. The wooden observatory at Hou Strait is spaciously built. No matter where one stands, there is always a panoramic display of scenery composed of the sky and clouds, the sea and coast, which all blend together into a magnificent view.
Shanhai Village, as its name foretells, is a village where one can see not only mountains, but also the sea as well. One can see the telltale green peaks of the mountains overlooking the rooftops of the houses. The sea is the most recognizable as the very air here cries it out in the form of salty breezes that waft throughout the area. If one wishes, simply walking downhill will lead directly towards the coast.
Xunguangzui is the nickname for Shanhai, because the shape of the cape’s opening is exactly like that of a crab’s pincer. Walking through Shanhai Village’s streets and lanes and passing alongside the old buildings, one can’t help but feel relaxed and at one with nature. Walking along the seaside at Xunguangzui, one can see the marine life teaming and awaiting the tide. It is easy to see that the balance between natural peace and life has achieved a balance in Shanhai Village.
In the movie “Cape Number 7”, the actor Van Fan once said that throughout the entire filming process, the area which left him the biggest impression was the sea dike from Xunguangzui to Wanlitong because this is the area where he spent most of his time as well as being the most memorable. It is believable that if visitors have the opportunity to visit Shanhai Village what will be most memorable will be the sight of the fishing port at dusk, where one can see the fishermen unloading their wares with satisfied looks while wiping the sweat of their labors off their glistening foreheads. It is when this sight enters our eyes that we can share in that sense of purpose and satisfaction.
Remember the image of A-Ka sitting in front of the ocean dike deep in thought, feeling as though the sea and the breeze could sweep away all the despair deep inside your heart. Just like Van Fan remembers, sometimes when a person sits in at the edge of the ocean looking at the silvery ripples, people can forget their own existence and break the chains of time. Without even realizing it, staying from sunrise to sunset can take away all the stress from our everyday lives.
This is not just a feeling that Van Fan can have, but for all the tourists that come to Wanlitong. No matter where you look there are always unforgettable views. No compliments or emotions can truly express the beauty that is Wanlitong.
Aside from the beach and beautiful views, Wanlitong’s undersea sights are also not to be missed. An undersea park has already been planned stretching from Wanlintong to Xunguangzui. At the lower reaches of the beach, coral and tidal creatures are available to see and deeper into the surf, different rock formations in the rock face make this region entirely ideal for snorkeling.