You're Going to Love Taitung
Taitung is located in Taiwan's East Rift Valley, and is popular for its beaches, natural parks, and authentic local aboriginal culture.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Taitung
1. Taitung Seashore Park and Taitung Forest Park
This forested area is popular for its many walking and cycling paths offering panoramic views of Taitung.
2. Beinan Cultural Park
Visit this ancient archaeological site associated with the National Museum of Prehistory, with beautiful grounds and views of the city.
3. Railway Art Village
This re-purposed space now hosts many permanent art exhibits and performers, as well as a tourist shop selling souvenirs for visitors.
4. Zhaori Hot Spring
These natural hot springs have been famous since the 18th century as a place of rejuvenation and relaxation in nature.
5. Cat Bookshop
Visit SuSu Second-Hand Bookstore & Guesthouse in the city center and play with the local owners' two pet cats who call the shelves their home.
What to do in Taitung City
1. Nature Meets History
Located off the eastern coast of Taiwan, Green Island is a natural hub for endless outdoor activities. It is particularly famous for a cave that serves as home to a stalagmite said to resemble the Goddess of Mercy. Other notable wonders include the hot saltwater springs as well as the coastline's coral reefs that offer a fascinating experience to scuba divers and snorkelers. On the historical side of it, Green Island is home to the remains of a former prison of the Chinese communist regime as well as indigenous houses. For spectacular views, follow a short path that closely resembles the Great Wall, which leads to a lookout point.
2. The Black Forest
Otherwise known as the 'Black Forest,' the Taidong Forest Park sits upon 692 acres (280 hectares) of land. Tourists will find this extensive parkland ideal for walking and cycling. A not-so-hard to miss feature in the park is the breathtaking Pipa Lake. The waters of this lake are home to marine life, both animal and aquatic. Catch a glimpse of rare species of marine life from the viewing platform that overlooks the lake. Alternatively, take a relaxing stroll or cycle down to the shore and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze.
3. Hub Of Breathtaking Features
Established in 1999, the Guanshan Waterfront Park covers a wide area of 34 hectares and was previously a dumping ground. A third of the park is covered by water, which mainly originates from the subterranean river. The remaining two-thirds consists of an ecological island, pavilions, nest boxes and other attractive features. There are many water activities for the whole family, including swimming, water slides and much more.
4. A Blend Of History And Art
A large and complete and prehistoric settlement, Beinan Cultural Park is an archaeological site. It covers some 10,000 m2 and has over 1,600 burial sites. It was discovered in 1980 when approximately 20,000 pieces of pottery jade and stone tools were unearthed. Government officials took note of this and proceeded to construct and open the National Museum of Prehistory in 2002 to preserve the rare artifacts. Visitors can visit the nearby museum from Tatung Station to see the ancient artifacts that have been unearthed.
5. A Fun Place For The Whole Family
With some of Taiwan's most beautiful coasts, mountains, valleys, etc., Taitung Seashore Park has grown to become a preferred travel destination of many tourists. It borders a breathtaking coastline that complements the magnificent view of the valleys and mountains in the distance. It is scantily populated, and so perfect for enjoying profound peace and tranquility. However, the relaxing ambiance is also perfect for fun-filled family activities, including photo opportunities and outdoor sports. If you're looking for a place to relax with your family, Taitung Seashore Park will not disappoint.
When to Visit Taitung
The best time to visit is between April and July with moderate temperatures giving way to more cultural celebrations and outdoor activities.
How to Get to Taitung
Taitung Airport (TTT) is the closest regional domestic airline and is available by connection from Taiwan International Airport. Travelers can then transfer by Airport Express City Buses or private car to downtown Taitung.
Express trains from Taipei Main Station to Taitung take around six hours and cost NT$700.
The journey from Taipei to Taitung takes five hours driving along Highway 9 South.
Hualien Bus and Dingdong Inland Bus offers transfers between Hualien and Taitung, with the journey taking 4.5 hours and costing NT$250.
Airlines serving Taitung City
Where to Stay in Taitung
Bonnie Yoga House is a hotel decorated in an old Indian style with an on-site yoga studio. Take Your Time Guesthouse is centrally located with additional surfing and yoga classes available.
Popular Neighborhoods in Taitung
Green Island - this island located off the east coast of Taitung offers coral beaches, tropical forests, and fresh saltwater hot springs.
Siaoyeliou - this area to the north provides great snorkeling options for travelers.
Dulan - this artistic community is centered around an old Sugar Mill and offers both surfing and swimming opportunities at the nearby beach.
Where to stay in popular areas of Taitung City
Most booked hotels in Taitung City
How to Get Around Taitung
Taitung City Bus offers routes around the city. A single ride costs NT$25 and a day pass costs NT$125.
There are many taxis in Taitung, however a majority tend to congregate around the Old Railway Station. Tariffs start at NT$85 and cost around NT$150 for a ride within the city center.
Avis offers daily rental vehicles available for pick up near the train station starting at NT$7,500 a day.
The Cost of Living in Taitung
Ata Aboriginal Culture Craft sells a variety of handmade glass beads, textiles, and leather items handcrafted by aboriginal people. Taitung Showtime Mall is the biggest traditional shopping mall with indoor stalls and internationally recognizable brands.
Groceries and Other
Carrefour and Agriculture Cooperative are the two biggest grocery shopping stores. A dozen eggs costs NT$70.
Where to Eat in Taitung
IWAWNA serves traditional Taiwanese food alongside live dance performances near to the new train station. A typical meal for two costs NT$200.