Taitung Forest Park is a big green park close to the city. In the park, there are a big garden, two lakes and the hiking trial inside the woods. Besides the Forest Park, it is the beach and the Seashore Park. It is nice to have such a big park in the city.
The hotel is decorated with the aboriginal cutural stuffs. They are very beautiful and unique. It is nice to visit this place even if you do not stay here. The twim room is about USD 30 to USD 40 in this hotel. It is not expensive but we did not stay here so we did not know how it felt to live here.
You can enjoy the sea view at this park. The park is close to the city. Many locals walk or jog in the park at their leisure time. There is also the bicycle lane here. You can ride the bicycle to go around.
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.
Jiben Forest Recreation Area is located at the middle reach of Jiben creek. You will meet a red suspension bridge at its entrance. The recreation area has botanical garden planting camphor woods, mahogany, pine trees, broad-leaved tree forest, etc. and the B.B.Q, & camp site, plants nursery, hotels, etc.; there are paths stretching to link these spots with one another. The clear creek, the emerald mountains, a variety of butterflies and birds and the pleasant climate are all attractions. It's certainly a worthwhile trip on holidays. The nearby Jiben Hot Spring is also a good spot to visit.
The name of "Three Fairy Platform" is given as it's said that Lyu Dung-bin, Li Tye-guai, He Syan-gu of the eight fairies had ever been to this place. There's a cross-sea bridge connecting the three-fairy platform and the seaside. The red-body bridge is composed of eight arch bridges, the wavelike shape resembles a gigantic dragon. On the three fairies platform are great many curious stones; there are potted cave, sea-eroded trench, and sea-eroded cave.
Shiau-yeliou has a lot of special scenery similar with Yeliou. Owing to the efflorescence and the erosion of sea waves, there are many Doufu-shaped rocks, mushroom-shaped rocks, and bee net stones. Tourists can look the introduction of geological scenery in the service center.
Kending Narional Park has three parts. The first part has Jyadung gigantic tree, flower house, stalactite caves, silver-leaf & board-root tree, viewing tower; the second part has silver dragon cave, umbrella pavilion, dangling banyan cave, one-line sky; the third part is an unopened primitive rain forest area. The forest recreation area has many swelling coral reefs and the growing densely and thickly tropical plants, looking like the landscape in the South Sea Islands.
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The park is located at the southernmost tip of Taiwan and is known for its eye-catching lighthouse. Which is a white cylinder at a height of 20m and more, it can light far away and so gets the name " the East Asian Light". In the park the limestone formations of coral reefs are everywhere. Which have been eroded by the rain and seawater for long time and therefore form many strange-shaped caves and rocks. Here is also a good place to watch birds, because many great migrants pass through here every autumn.
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.
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
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.
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.
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'.
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.