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    A Very Quiet Fugang Sea Goddess Temple

    by somsakmah Written Jan 18, 2013
    Fugang Sea Goddess Temple

    Fugang Sea Goddess Temple (literal translation from the Chinese name) is a small and very quiet temple behind Fugang Habor/Wharf. Not much is know about this temple. When I was there not a single soul can be found in the temple, so I just go about lighting some joss sticks offering prayers. A nice peaceful place if you just want to contemplate on the dharma for a short while.

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    Taitung Chulu Ranch - Nice Landscape, Hungry Cows

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013
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    Taitung's Chulu Ranch is located on a hill at Beinan township. This place has beautiful landscapes, wide open grass areas, several nice restaurants and cafes for a meal or coffee or milk, and several hungry cows and a few plastic ones. The only thing I find misleading is that their brochures would show ranches with dozens of cows and horses roaming around freely. I don't see any cows and horses except 5 hungry cows which you can buy pangola grass at NT$20 per stack to feed, and a handful of horses and ponys for children to ride. And a few plastic and colorful cows to brighten up the landscape. But still, a very peaceful place to spend half a day with the family.

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    Taitung's Eight Immortals' Caves

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013
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    Taitung's Eight Immortals' Cave is considered as the oldest and most important prehistorical and archaelogical site. It consists of 11 shallow caves at the northern side of Hua Tong mountain along the coastline, which were formed by sea erosion tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago. In several of these caves, there are people who look after the cave and actually slept in the cave. However at the time of my visit, more than half of the 11 caves are either empty or closed.
    The biggest cave, and the most beautiful cave, is Lingyen cave. Outside the cave, there are 108 statues of the Goddess Of Mercy, lined up neatly in several rows.

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    Historical Donghe Bridge

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013
    Taitung's Donghe Bridge

    Donghe Bridge (some spell it as "Tungho" bridge.... well, depending on whether one is using mandarin or the meinan dialect) was built in 1926 and spans the Mawuku river, which separates the townships of Donghe and Chenggong. Sometimes you can hordes of tourists coming in big buses swarming the place. This is a very scenic place where you can see greenery, mountains and a river.

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    Guansan's historical Tianhou Temple

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013

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    Guansan's Tianhou Temple, or Heavenly Empress Temple, is a very old temple and dates as far back as 1895, the 20th year of Emperor Guangxu's reign, Qing dynasty. Outside the temple there are hawkers peddling souvenirs, clothes and snacks. Do try the famous meat dumpings across the road if you are here.

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    Sharks! - Museum and Restaurant

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013
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    The Shark Museum is opened by a Mr Chenwenrong who is also known locally as the 'Shark King'. His interest in sharks has motivated him to open this museum whose displays consists of sharks taxidermy and parts of sharks (such as their jaws) that he caught in his 30 years of fishing. There is also a small restaurant in the museum which serves food, including fresh meat from sharks, sailfishes, and ocean sunfish. The food is highly recommended.

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    Chenggong Fishing Port, East Taiwan's Biggest Port

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013

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    This is the biggest fishing port on the Eastern side of Taiwan and has been operating since 1932. Everyday at around 3pm or 4pm, boats would return from their fishing trips and freshly caught fishes (I can identify sharks and sailfishes, and probably others which I cannot recognize) would be auctioned off immediately to buyers, who would then drag the fish (they're big!) to their trucks.

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    Sanxiantai or Terrace Of The Three Immortals

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    Sanxiantai's famous 8-Arches Bridge
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    This is an islet with 3 huge rocks, and a bridge with 8 arches connects the mainland to this islet. The islet is a popular place for fishing, and there is a lighthouse on top of one of the 3 rocks. Be sure to climb up to this lighthouse to get a panoramic view of Taitung and the sea, but the walk to the bottom of the lighthouse can be a bit rocky. A fable has it that this place was so beautiful that three of the Eight Immortals visited this place, hence the name Sanxian or '3 immortals'.

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    Taitung's Fugang Wharf

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013

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    A small fishing port slightly north of Taitung's city center, this is a port that provides ferry services to nearly Green Island and Orchid Island. There is also a wharf on which a little lighthouse sits and which many people use for fishing.

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    Xiao Yeliu or Little Stone Sculptural Park

    by somsakmah Updated Jan 15, 2013
    Xiao Yeliu at Sunrise

    The best English translation I can find from the Internet for Xiao YeLiu is Little Stone Sculptural Park. For those who are familiar with the famous Yeliu in Taipei, this is like its 'little brother'. The rock formations here are formed by erosions caused by the action of the sea over hundreds of thousands of years. Some of the stones form perculiar shapes that resemble mushrooms, tofu (bean curd) or a turtle. There is a little visitors center that explains how these stone sculptures are formed. A good place to watch the sunrise.

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    Taitung Prehistory

    by somsakmah Written Jan 15, 2013
    A Stegodon and prehistoric leopard

    The Taitung National Museum Of Prehistory is located at No.1, Museum Road in Taitung city. A wide range of displays are shown, starting with pictures and videos on how the island of Taiwan is being formed - actually forced out of the sea - to a small display of prehistoric mammals including a Stegodon and prehistoric horses, leopards and antelopes. A large part of this museum is dedicated to showcase ancient civilisations around Taitung and their way of life. Tickets cost NT$80 and includes a free entrance to the nearly Beinan Cultural Park's Visitor Center.

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    Life is slow and satisfied in LANYU

    by luckymiffy Written Sep 4, 2008

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    Orchid Island is the one I dream to go for a long time. but i can't without enough holidays. The sea could be so clear and blue, I never think Taiwan has such gifted view before. Shelter is the best specialty in Orchid Island. It's also called " make yourself empty " shelter. You easily forget all the noises and troubles from your life and find a pure happiness in here. Watching the goats and pigs walking through the hills, the roads every day. It's so precious a moment.

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    Natural Hot Spring

    by luckymiffy Written Mar 1, 2008

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    LiSong Hot Spring is in the page of Lonely Planet. Actully it's not a hot spot for Taiwanese on account of the tough path to arrive. 1st you have to get down through a steep hill, around 40-50 minutes you could arrive the bottom of the hill and see the hot spring, but that's not the end. Before taking a great hot spring bath, you step into the cold water and get through the river; a big rock is in front of you and gave you a hint, a rope , to conquer it. get through water again and you make it. After finishing the banquet of nature, think of the path that you just came and figure out how to get back!!
    My motto: the most beautiful place is hard to arrive

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    Snorkle Green Island!

    by matt_of_asia Written Apr 8, 2007

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    The reefs await you under the waves!

    Well anyone can see the snorkle trips. Every guesthouse on the island will likely connect you to a snorkle tour operator. They will supply you with a wetsuit, wet shoes, a mask, snorkle and a guide. All you need to bring is a towel and a swimsuit and your rented scooter to get yourself to and from there (while following the guide on his scooter). You don't even need to know how to swim if you can handle wearing a life jacket and hold onto a life ring the guide will pull you around.

    The reefs are actually in good shape and were quite good. I wasnt expecting much, this being Taiwan and after seeing the horror of Kenting's reefs on a snorkle trip there I didnt expect much. But it was actually beautiful! I could see lots of angelfish, clownfish and a few parrotfish. Lots of fan coral and brain corals. Large oysters were visible amongst the coral. Overall it appeared quite healthy and good during the time I was there.

    Taiwanese tourists usually lack swimming skill so if you DO choose to go on the free tour expect that they will be holding onto a rope with life rings attached and wearing life jackets and floating and whining about how cold it is and how their makeup is running. They seemed quite shocked when I removed my life jacket to dive. One guy actually said (in Chinese) "he wants to commit suicide?!?" LOL.

    Just look for a snorkle store or wait at your guesthouse. The guesthouse I stayed at gave us the free snorkle tour at 10 AM and ran another one at 2 PM each day (only 1 time was free). You probably can just rent what you need and go on your own to any beach available as long as you have a swim buddy or two and you know how to swim, you will likely have a good time.

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    Guan Shan Waterside Park

    by Burtty Updated Apr 14, 2003

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    Guan Shan Waterside Park

    Guan Shan waterside park is a big and beautiful park where you can enjoy the mountain view and the river view. People used to rent the bicycle outside the park and ride it in the park and around the whole town.

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