National Geographic : 1955 Apr
588 National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts Japanese Carved a Highway in 1,000-foot Cliffs Walling Much of Formosa's East Coast Two-way traffic on a road only wide enough for one car made this one of the most dangerous drives in the world. Sharp turns posed a constant threat of head-on collision. Cars meeting had to back up to turnout points like the one at left, precariously close to a drop of 200 feet to the sea. Now traffic moves in one-way convoys on a fixed schedule. Beneath the overhanging rocks of Tachingshui (Great Clear Water) Cliff, an American geologist and his Formosan Chinese interpreter halt their jeep to look down at the Pacific. In contrast to these east-coast cliffs, Formosa's west coast, facing China, is one long potential beachhead, with fertile lowlands sweeping down to Formosa Strait. Rice, tea, sugar cane, and fruit, notably sweet, delicious pineapple, thrive in the moist climate. Earthquakes and typhoons are frequent.