One of Taiwan's most beautiful roads has reopened
Taiwan's Southern Cross-Island Highway has reopened to the public following a 13-year closure.
The highway, which was popular with tourists as well as locals due to its route through rural, scenic parts of the island, was devastated by a typhoon in 2009. More than 90% of the road was damaged and 22 bridges were washed away.
More than 5,800 vehicles entered the highway on the first day of opening, according to Taiwan's Directorate General of Highways. That is good news for the visitor-deprived island, which has lost out on tourist revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The highway reopened to car and motorbike traffic on May 1, 2022, just in time for the busy Labor Day holiday weekend, when many Taiwanese travel locally.
The reopening has been a long time coming.