Taitung Travel Guide

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Taitung Things to Do

  • Peinan Culture Park

    This is an archaeological site of a prehistoric aborginal settlement. Most of the sight has been reburied but a plot is left open for display

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  • Yuan Sen Applied Botanical garden

    This botanical garden is dedicated to medicinal plants used in Chinese folk medicine. Lunch served at the garden is made from ingredients grown on site.

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  • A Very Quiet 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...

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  • Taitung Forest Park

    The Taitung Forest Pakr has excellent bike trails throughout this large urban park. Rentals are available.

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  • Taitung Chulu Ranch - Nice Landscape,...

    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...

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  • Taitung's Eight Immortals' Caves

    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...

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  • Historical 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...

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  • Guansan's historical Tianhou Temple

    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

    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,...

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  • Chenggong Fishing Port, East Taiwan's...

    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...

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  • Sanxiantai or Terrace Of The Three...

    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....

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  • Taitung's family fun Beach Park

    A big park by the sea and a popular place for the family to go to in the evening for picnics, strolls or cycling. There is a big open field where concerts are sometimes held.

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Taitung Restaurants

  • Sharks meat, anyone?

    No, there is no typo error, this is really a Sharks Museum, but it has a restaurant serving seafood, including some unique meat from sharks, sailfishes, and ocean sunfish. It's probably not something I would like to eat everyday, maybe every other week, but let's just say this is really unique at least where I come from. From the shell-shaped plate...

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  • Taitung's famous Meat Dumpling

    Guanshan Meat Dumpling is a very old shop directly opposite the historic Tianhou Temple. Even the seating capacity inside this shop is limited. This shop serves a variety of Taiwan's traditional food such as beef noodles, minced pork etc, but its more famous food is its meat dumpling or rouyuan. Well, literal translation of 'rouyuan' is meatballs...

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  • Healthy food with a Seaweed theme

    Taitung's Seaweed Healthy Restaurant focuses on healthy eating and emphasizes on less sugar, less salt and no oil. All their food is steamed, boiled or cooked in soup. Seaweed is used as a common ingredient because of its health effects and also because it is abundant in Taitung. Their most famous dish is the steamed seaweed chicken-soup dumplings....

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  • Fantastic Buns (I'm talking about food!)

    7-mile Aromatic Steamed Fried Buns, a literal translation of its Chinese name, is a small little shop in a small inconspicious little alley, but its reputation and quality of its food belies the appearance of the shop. The buns are first steamed, then fried on both sides, making them crispy on its top and bottom, but spongy at the sides. The buns...

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  • Taitung's Famous Meat Buns

    Search for famous food of Taitung and you will inevitably find "Donghe Meat Buns". Located very near to the also-famous historical Donghe Bridge, this shop is easy to find and one can usually see a fairly large crowd in and around the shop. The meat buns come in several varieties with the pork meat being the more famous ones. Others include red...

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  • BBQ Buffet Taiwanese Style

    This is a very taiwanese style kind of food. In the winter its hot pot. In the summer its barbeque. But this is not like the american style bbq. This is Taiwan, buddy.The atmosphere is pure tin shack on concrete slab, like your weird uncles garage with a big fridge at the back. Many tables with large funny wire boxes in the center and cheap folding...

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Taitung Transportation

  • Storyin Railway

    There is only one oridinary express train from Taitung-hsin TO Hua-lien , in the morning 6:48 .after school children get off , the whole coach is mine .The mountain won't be disappeared in Taitung .

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  • Going Around

    I suggest you to drive from Hualien to Taitung along Highway no. 11 (Hua-Tung Coastal Highway) to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pacific Ocean and drive back from Taitung to Hualien along Highway no. 9 (Hua-Tung Valley Highway) for the mountain views and many attractions in this page.

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  • Airplane

    We were taking the airplane back to Taipei. It took about 1 hour's flight. The pre-saled discount ticket is about NTD 1,400 (USD 40)one way. We bought the tickets from http://www.ezfly.com but that is a web site in Chinese.There are also the flight between Taichung and Taitung.

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Taitung Shopping

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    Custard Apple

    by Burtty Updated Apr 14, 2003

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    What to buy: There are many fruits in Taiwan because of the sub-tropic climate. Custard Apple (Shi Jia) is the famous fruit produced in Taitung. There is also another variation of Custard Apple here. We call it Pineapple Custard Apple (Fong Li Shi Jia). We buy some at this stand outside the Guan Shan waterside park. We also see many fruit stands at Bei Nan saling Custard Apple.

    What to pay: NTD 50 - 100 (USD 1.50 to 3.00) per kilogram dependent on the size of Custard Apple.

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Taitung Local Customs

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    the HanDan is a volunteer from south Africa 2 more images

    by luckymiffy Written Mar 1, 2008

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    It is a very special ceremony as a real person will take the place of the god Master Han Dan, wearing only a pair of red shorts. He will cover his face with a towel. He may not wear any other clothes. In his hand, He will hold a branch to protect himself. He will be carried by people on a sedan chair. He must stand strong as many people throw firecrackers at his body. In Taiwan, only a few places will worship Han Dan Yue including Taitung, Hualien and Yu Li, but only Taitung has this particular activity.

    There are two stories behind the legend of Master Han Dan. Number one goes that the god Master Han Dan was afraid of the cold, so every year during the parade, the people will light firecrackers to ward off the cold for Master Han Dan. And at the same time, the people hope that by throwing firecrackers, Master Han Dan will take good care of them. The second story says that Master Han Dan was a local gangster in Taitung who picked on the good people of Taitung. All evil was done by him. One year, the people planned to get Master Han Dan drunk and then attempt to kill him by throwing firecrackers. So up until now every year at the parade, people throw firecrackers in part to get rid of any upset emotions.

    Carrying the gods around the city in Lantern Festival and throwing firecrackers at Master Han Dan has been going on in Taitung for over fifty years. This is a local specialty here in Taitung. Every year, the activity attracts more and more people to come to Taitung for this festival. With the help of the Tourism Bureau this has become one of the most important Lantern Festivals in Taiwan.

    from website: http://home.pchome.com.tw/my/yiashi/2007/96.html

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Taitung Tourist Traps

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    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 17, 2013

    Very few cows or access to actual dairy practices here mostly just Horse rides, a few cows and lots of gift shops. Might be interesting if your new to agriculture but skip it if you are.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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Taitung Off The Beaten Path

  • LiTao

    LiTao is on the South cross-island highway. Go to Taitung from Tainan or Kaohsiung, you could choose this way, risky but worth seeing. In the small aboriginal village Litao, people set guest houses for visitors who like to go hiking. It's really a good choice for you.The villagers count on agriculture, for instance, cabbage and strawberry. donot...

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  • Hang Glider

    We visited Lu Yeh in Aug 2005 again and saw the people fly the hang gliders. They looked like the small dot in the sky in the shown picture. Click the picture to see an enlarged view might help you to see them.

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  • Hang glider at Lu Yeh High Land

    Lu Yeh High Land is now also a famous place for the hang glider. Many people fly the hang glider at the weekends here because of its steep cliff at 368 meters high and the wide flat ground under the feet.

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Taitung Favorites

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    by luckymiffy Written Apr 26, 2009

    Favorite thing: Orchid Island is one part of Taitung county. In this island, you may see farm animals surrounded; Not only being showed up behind the fence, they also walk with you.
    The locals mark their goarts on the ear and let them live with the mountain; once the ceremony is coming, they find out the goats and see if it's proper to kill for the ceremony.

    I like to ride my bike and see those goats crossing the road or standing on the wall at the same time. Sadly they still have to be killed one day.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Farm Stay

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