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Taitung (台東) is a city in south east Taiwan. Taitung is one of the major cities in the east coast of Taiwan, and is the county seat of the government of Taitung County. The city is approximately 100km² and has a population of approximately 100,000. Taitung is also a popular launching point for trips to Orchid Island and Green Island.


View of Taitung City from Carp Hill

Taitung is situated on a small plain between the mountains and the ocean at the southern mouth of the East Rift Valley. This provides Taitung with not only spectacular scenery but also an ocean breeze that makes this tropical city surprisingly comfortable. Taitung was developed by the Japanese in the early part of the 20th Century and were responsible for both the construction the road and railroad to the area. This in turn brought an influx of Taiwanese settlers into the area that already had several aboriginal groups, creating a diverse city of aboriginal, Hakka, and Hoklo populations.

Fishing boats in Taitung

This uniquely Taiwanese blend is still easily discernible in part because a lot of the recent advances in Taiwan's economy have passed Taitung by. This has prevented Taitung from devouring itself the way more successful cities have. There are still large areas filled with Japanese houses in various states of use and disuse and repair and disrepair. There are still winding alleyways filled with single story chinese style houses with their unapologetic rustic appearance. There are still neighborhoods that are largely aboriginal with their own celebrations and unique attributes. One thing that is relatively sparse however, are seven-elevens. All this surrounded by miles of quiet rice fields and orchards. All this give Taitung an aesthetic unlike any other in Taiwan, something that is purely Taiwan.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Taitung is serviced by a local airport with flights to Taipei and Kaohsiung

By train[edit]

Local train in Taitung

Taitung is on the main East Coast express route. The journey from Taipei takes about three and a half hours to seven and a half hours depending on the type of trains you take. As of 2014, the newly electrified route via Hualien has cut the travel time from Taipei down to around three and a half hours on the tilting Puyuma trains. From Kaohsiung to Taitung on the Southern route the trip takes from just over two hours to a little over three hours depending on the type train.

The train station is quite far from the city center. To get to the center from the train station, you can take a taxi, but it's much cheaper to take a bus. When you leave the station, turn right and follow the little rain shelter all the way to the end, buses to the city will have a sign that says 台東市區 (Taidong City Area) and only cost $25 NT.

By bus[edit]

The tourist bus from Hualien to Kenting makes a stop in Taitung.

Get around[edit]

By public transportation[edit]

The bus depot on Tiehua Road in Taitung, Taiwan.

Taitung public transportation is somewhat limited compared with other Taiwanese cities. There are two inexpensive city bus companies, one of which posts a timetable in English. However, the main part of Taitung is small and compact enough to make walking a pleasant way to explore the city.

By bike[edit]

Bicycles are a good alternative form of transportation and can be rented at several location beach side as well as near the entrance to the Forest Park at the North end of Jhongshan Rd. Better quality bikes are for rent at the Giant shop/rental next to the train station. It's possible to rent a bike, cycle to Hualien, and leave the bike in Hualien. Luggage can be taken with you or mailed. Inquire at the tourist information.

By taxi[edit]

A taxi at the start of Guangming Road, Taitung.

For excursions to the attractions on the outskirts of town a taxi may be your best option. Taxis are quite plentiful around the Old Railway Station downtown (near the intersection of Guanming Rd. and Sinsheng Rd.)

By scooter[edit]

There is a page on FB to help travellers rent equipment for their trips They stock bikes, camping equipment, vehicles and are very easy to talk to for travellers and easy to make arrangements

Most locally owned rental agencies are located around the train station, To rent you will need an international driver's licence, and a valid photo ID and credit card

See[edit][add listing]

  • Taitung County Tourist Info, Old Railway Station on Tiehua Rd. (On the South side of downtown.), 089-357131. This might be a good first stop in finding information on any local aboriginal or temple events that are gong on. As well as maps and general information.  edit
The front facade at the National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung, Taiwan.
  • Museum of Prehistory (國立臺灣史前文化博物館; pinyin: Guólì Táiwān Shǐqián Wénhuà Bówùguǎn), 1, Buowuguan Road, Fengtian Village, 089-381166 (fax: 089-381199), [1]. Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. In the 1980s and 1990s, a team of archaeologists from National Taiwan University excavated over 1500 stone coffins and more than 20,000 stone and pottery artifacts belonging to the Peinan culture. This museum is dedicated to this discovery and is located a few kilometers from the actual archaeological site. It also houses an extremely in depth exhibit on the current aboriginal groups in Taiwan. Outside the Museum building there are beautifully sculpted grounds and garden area. $80 (main museum), $30 (Peinan cultural park); discounts for students and groups.  edit
  • Beinan Cultural Park (卑南文化公園; pinyin: Pēinán Wénhuà Gōngyuán), Wenhuagongyuan Rd., Nanwang Village, Taitung City, 089-233466. Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. Associated with the Museum of Prehistory the Beinan Cultural Park contains the largest and most important prehistoric archaeological site in Taiwan. Beyond the archaeological site the park also consists of beautiful grounds with a commanding view of the surrounding area. Tours in Chinese begin twice a day at 10am and 3pm. English tours must be planed in advance. Free admission (except visitor center: 30NDT).  edit
Station name sign at the old Taitung railway station (台東舊站).
  • Taitung Railway Art Village (台東鐵道藝術村; pinyin: Táidōng tiědào yìshù cūn), Tiehua Rd (鐵花路) (At the old railway station). Taitung City converted several buildings of the old railway station into a exhibition space for local artists and artist in residence.  edit
  • Taitung Culture and Tourism Center, 25 Nanjing Rd (南京路), 089-320339. Two buildings really, one houses the tourism center and library. The other has exhibition spaces, one of which houses the Aboriginal Artifacts Exhibition.  edit
  • Tianhou Temple, Jhonghua Rd. one block south of Sihwei Rd 1st Section.. While there are seemingly temples on every block this one dedicated to Mazu (Matsu) is ornately decorated and quite popular, especially on Mazu's birthday (23rd day of the 3rd lunar month — generally April or May). When the Spring Festival comes, people will crowd into Tianhou Temple to worship and pray for a safe and smooth new year. On Lantern Festival, Tianhou Temple will also hold a lot of activities, such as pilgrimage and bombing Lord Handan( with firecrackers ). Although this temple has experienced a long history of a hundred years, it still remains the local culture of Taitung. Come and enjoy this amazing place. You won't regret.  edit
  • Cat BookShop (晃晃二手書店), No.8, Ln. 503, Xinsheng Road, TaitungCity, +886914073170, [2]. Fri-Mon. 14:00-19:00pm. A Second-hand book store & Cafe & Hand-made Cake & Cafe. The guests can read various books in the common area with relaxing atmosphere. Guests can also play with 2 pet cats in the property to enjoy the fun during the stay. The property is with perfect location, in the center of Taitung city, near the old railway station. The living room is comfortable. The sofa is very comfortable and big with traditional pattern case. And there is free WiFi and bicycle rental here. Guests can ride the bike to taste the natural, traditional and slow Taitung.  edit
  • Sazasa Forest Museum (Sazasa Forest Museum), Luanshan Rd., Yanping Township, Taitung County 953, Taiwan (R.O.C.), [3]. A Sazasa tribe is located in the confluence of Beinan river in Luye township and Luye river. Overlooking from the hillside of the tribe, Luye Gaotai, Longtien Village and a sandbank for the confluence of two rivers can entirely come into view. Sazasa Forest Museum is just established in the depths of plum garden, with primeval giant banyan trees.  edit
  • Langdao Village. In the past, before the road was built, Langdao was the most important hub in Lanyu. The residents of Langdao village love to greet other people passionately.So this is why the villages called "the most polite village."There is the most beautiful natural swimming pool, called Landao's mysterious place. It is a natural pool surrounded by coral reefs. Because there are no currents, it is suitable for the beginners of diving. In terms of walking distance, Langdao's mysterious place is easier to arrive than Dongqing's. The landscape of Langdao'mysterious place is even more beautiful than the one of Dongqing  edit
  • Lanyu Light House. Lanyau Light House is the highest light house in Taiwan.It was built in 1982 and it is 14.8 meters tall.Its exterior is made up of white RC(Reinforced Concrete Ferroconrete)cylinder.The little light house is beside the Kaiyum Harbor,and it is petite and cute. A long time ago,it played an important role to lead the boats home,but it is deserted. Since there us only a road,you do not need to worry about getting lost. However,the light house is not open for visitors. You can only take a picture in front of it.  edit
  • Five-hole Cave. Five-hole Cave is located in the north of Lanyu Township. The marine caves are made up of several agglomerates. Local people gave each cave a different name. The first cave is called "vaRai no volai," which means the home of snakes. The second cave is the place for people to have a rest. The third cave is called "sumo cave," because people in Yeyou and Langdao would fight here to solve a conflict. The fifth cave is called "pangsangsadan," which is the place for old people to mash millets. Nowadays the Five-hole Cave is turned into one of the famous spots of Lanyu. Lots of visitors come here to see the masterpiece of nature. In the marine cave, people will feel colder than outside. Thus,it is better to visit here in summer because you will feel cool and refresh yourself.  edit
  • Jen Dond Shan ice house (正東山冰店). Jen Dong Shan ice house is a dessert shop with a long history. It has been open for fifty years, and it represents Taitung. Many people came here for it's low price and delicious dessert. Jen Dong Shan ice house is located in a small alley. It is hard for visitors to find it, but still many people come and find this place to eat dessert. Why do many people think Jen Dong Shan ice house's dessert is worth eating? The low price may be the reason,but the major reason is it frozen food and American Fried breadstick. The American Fried breadstick is made up of bread,mayonnaise,ham and cucumber. It is tasty and crispy. Eating the American Fried breadstick,my mom said that it made her remember the life when she was a child. Their ice dessert is amazing.When I eat that that first time,the ice is minty for me, with condensed milk and chocolate sprinkles can make the ice dessert to a higher level. The owner is kind, the food's flavor is good. Next time when the temperature become higher, you can give it a try.  edit
  • Card Church. Card Church is located at Saaniawan tribe in Chenggong Township.It's renowned for its Gothic architecture style, similar to the chapels in European countryside.The reason why it's called "Card Church" is that the architect likes collecting cards with patterns of buildings. Amazingly, its exterior is very colorful, and it is made up of with different colors such as white, yellow, green, and blue. There are three towers on this building. If you come closer, you'll find a little angel on both the left and the right towers. Walking into the church, you'll realize the interior is simple and plain, but it's still graceful. Unfortunately, Card Church was destroyed by a typhoon in 1914. That's to say, Card Church wee see now is a rebuilt one. Despite the fact that we don't have the chance to see the original one anymore, it still attracts a number of tourists with its new external appearance. You can come to visit Card Church anytime, but it's a pity that we can only appreciate its exterior. Although we can't see the interior, the architectural appearance is beautiful enough for us to take many pictures. If you haven't seen it, find a chance to come here to see this cute and delicate church!  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Jaurih Hot Spring.  edit
  • Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村音樂聚落), No. 26, Lane 135, Xinsheng Road, Taitung. Wed - Sun, 2:30pm - 10pm. An open area with after vendors selling local handicraft, a cafe, a bar, and live music.  edit


View of Taitung city from Liyu Shan.
  • Liyushan Park (鯉魚山公圜), Next to the old train station, on the Southwest side of downtown.. With its trails and lookouts Liyu Shan offers a panoramic view of Taitung.  edit
The marker stone on the foreshore at Haibin Park in Taitung, Taiwan.
  • Taitung Seashore Park and Taitung Forest Park, On the North and East sides of town.. Taitung Seashore Park and the attached Taitung Forest Park are extremely popular with both locals and tourist alike. With miles of cycling and walking trails as well a beautiful and surprisingly undeveloped seashore these parks offers a perfect chance to experience Taitung's laid back lifestyle and clean ocean air. There are bicycles for rent at several places along the beach and at the entrance of the Forest Park.  edit


  • Bombing of Master Han Dan, All over Taitung, but at night on Nanjing Rd.. On the 15th of the first lunar month (right after Chinese New Year) is the Festival which in Taitung is played out with a unique and spectacular display known as the Bombing of Master Han Dan. In the course of this display, Master Han Dan, played by a man wearing just a pair of shorts and a face mask to demonstrate his invulnerability to the bombing, stands upon a sedan chair while onlookers lob strings of lit firecrackers at him. It's said that Master Han Dan will bring fortune to the people when he visits, but he is afraid of cold so people will greet him with firecrackers to keep him warm. It is unique to Taitung and a must see.  edit
  • Makapahay, Throughout Taitung City, Taitung County, and the East Coast.. Every mid-July several aboriginal groups, though of primary importance to the Amis, celebrate the millet harvest. This culminates in the long and colorful celebrations of dancing and merry making by Rukai, Paiwan, and Amis depending on which village or which part of the city you are in.  edit


  • Cycling. Serious cyclist or even moderately serious cyclist will find Taitung a perfect place for cycling. The Taiwanese cyclist already know this and you will find no shortage of them. For anything longer than a casual ride around the city you will need to bring your own bike which is fairly easy thanks to the train. The coastal highway heading North to Hualien is quite popular and has many places for camping and many homestays along the way. The East Rift valley is also a popular ride heading North. For a more strenuous ride hwy 197 heading North to Luye and Guangshan is a rewarding ride. South from Taitung the strip of land between mountains and the ocean evaporates and the ride winding along the base of the hill is spectacularly picturesque.  edit
  • Taitung City Bikeway, Taitung Seashore Park. Rent a bike at the beach (or bring your own) and bike the Taitung City Bikeway. The Bikeway does a 32 km loop around the city. It follows the old train track out to near the new train station before heading back along the river eventually going through the Forest and Seashore Parks.  edit

Hot Air Ballooning[edit]

A recent activity that only began in 2011 and promoted by the Taiwan tourism authority, Taitung played host to the first Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta and is the host for this annual event. The rural scenery is a great backdrop for a hot air balloon ride. If you are in the area during the festival, you can see the balloons from many teams being prepared on the ground and flying through the sky.

  • Klook Taitung Hot Air Balloon (客路熱氣球自由飛), No. 399, Section 3, Zhonghua Rd, Luye Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 955. NT$ 1000.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Ata Aboriginal Culture Craft (東台灣卡塔文化), Jhongsing Rd. 2nd Section 200th alley #7 (中興路2段200巷7號) (Across the Street from the grocery store. Thru the sculpted metal gate.), 089-228107. 10am-5pm closed Mondays. Located in one of the buildings of a now defunct sugar factory this glass bead studio and handicraft center sells a variety of aboriginal handicrafts. Including textiles, leather work, and handmade glass beads. Since the Ata glass bead studio is located on site you can also watch glass beads being made.  edit
  • Carrefour, 300 Jhengci Rd (正氣路300號) (Downtown off of the fruit market street.), 089-333258. This Taitung sized hypermarket should cover you for most of your daily needs and provides the best selection of imported food and drinks in town.  edit
  • Eslite Bookstore, 478 Boai Rd (博愛路), 089-330388. The largest bookstore in Taitung. If you want a book it is the best place to go.  edit
  • 陳記 'Mochi', 186 Boai Rd. (博愛路), 089-353286. 7am-6pm. This unassuming little shop sells glutenous rice deserts that are as good or better than any of the more famous shops up the coast (and have been for 70 plus years). It is quite popular with Taiwanese tourists.  edit
TT Style boutique shopping complex in Taitung, Taiwan.
  • TT Style (TTstyle原創館), 105 Xinsheng Rd, Taitung (新生路105號臺東市), [4]. 10am-10pm. A small, 3-storey shopping area made largely out of shipping containers. The building contains a number of small boutique stores as well as a number of cafes.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Taitung has eclectic food culture it reflects the various cultural influences that the city has had and continues to have. There are good examples of all manner of Taiwanese, Aboriginal, and other East and Southeast Asian food. While many people equate Taiwanese food with street food to do so is a disservice to the food cultures that make up Taiwan and miss out on some great food. Like all Taiwanese cities street food can be found throughout downtown. Taitung is also home to a fair number of goat meat restaurants along Jhongjheng Rd. Thanks to the large number of aboriginal groups in the area there are several different aboriginal restaurants in and around the city.

  • Cafe and Curry, 231 SihWei Rd 3rd section (四維路3段231號) (Near the intersection of SihWei and Gengsheng Roads), (089) 334 942. 10am-10pm. (This restaurant appears to be closed 05/11/2014) A cafe and restaurant that serves hand ground local Taitung coffee and a variety of innovative homemade curries. Also has wireless access. Located in the Northeast part of town it is a 10-15 minute walk from downtown. Also has a very affordable homestay. NT $90-110.  edit
  • Kasa, 102 Heping (和平) Street (near the junction with Zhonghua Road). A cafe and eatery (with a full bar) specializing in Western dishes such as, bagels, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and curried chicken - an average meal costs around NT$180. (Currently closed for renovation)
  • Taitung East Coast Restaurant (East Coast Italian Cuisine), #109, Zhi Hang Rd Section 1, Taitung (Taidong), (089) 232 902, [5]. 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm. Newly-opened restaurant that serves good authentic Italian-style dishes and very good coffee. English menu, but only basic English spoken. Menu can be seen on website. About 20 minutes walk from rail station and 30-40 minutes walk from center of Taidong. Closed Sundays. There are three guest houses next door. NT$200-600.  edit
  • 海草, 205 Jhongshan Rd. (中山路205號) (Just Northeast of downtown.), 089-330999. 11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm. A very popular and excellent quality noodle house. Offering a variety of fresh, healthy noodle dishes and dumplings in a friendly and clean environment. Daily specials. Closed the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month. NT$ 40-100.
  • 綠房子 (literally 'greenhouse'), On the corner of Waihuandao (hwy 11) Rd. and Chenggong Rd.(外還道與成功路路口), 089-333-636. 7am - 9pm. This funky little place is one block off the beach has a has more than just a laid back atmosphere. It also serves up healthy drinks and some great inexpensive and uniquely Taiwanese set meals. around 40-100 NTD.
  • EGG, 390 Hangjhou Rd, 089-360880. 6am - 10am. A better than average Taiwanese breakfast.  edit
  • IWAWNA, 187 2nd Section Xingan Rd. (興安路二段187號) (A few blocks north of the New Train Station.), 089-228999, [6]. 5pm - 12pm. This Puyuma restaurant offers a unique setting with dance performances and excellent aboriginal food. Best for groups so one should find some friends or family to accompany one and to share the taxi.  edit
  • Mibanai (米巴奈), 470 Chuanguang Rd. (傳廣路470號), 089-220336, [7]. 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-22:00. This Amis restaurant located in the Malan section of town provides a taste of aboriginal food not too far from the center of the city. It is set up groups so once again bring friends or family.  edit
  • 玉子屋 (Jade House), #17, 450th alley, 2nd section Jhongsing Rd.(中興路二段450巷17號) (One block behind the Naruwan Hotel.), 0911-865693. Lunch and Dinner. Good, simple, home style Korean food. 100-130NTD.
  • Pasadena Tex-Mex & Italian Restaurant, 74 Sihwei Rd. 3rd Section, 089-235928. 11am-2pm & 5:30pm-8:30. As kitschy as any Mexican restaurant in the United States but the salsa is better. Overall the food is fresh and good and it is a decent place for a change of pace. 150-300NTD.  edit
  • Four Seasons Vegetarian Restaurant, 76, 3rd Section Siwei Rd. (四維路三段76號), 089-227661. Open Lunch and Dinner. A good, clean and affordable vegetarian buffet.  edit
  • Madina Indian Restaurant, 152 ChunChi Rd. (正氣路152號), 0983667485. lunch thru dinner.. Madina is a small and unassuming restaurant that serves up some of the basics of Indian cuisine. The food is quite good and the location in the heart of downtown is convenient. 140-280 NTD.  edit
  • Quan An Viet Nam, 168 Jhongjheng Rd.. lunch and dinner. Good quality Vietnamese food. Conveniently located just a few blocks from the beach and down town. very affordable.  edit
  • Subway, 386 Zhong Shan Road, 089-355-115. Subs and salads.  edit
  • Huang's Scallion Pancake.  edit
  • Jinzun Cafe. It is famous for the special taste of the Medical-stone coffee and fantastic view.  edit
  • Donghe Bun. It is a shop over 40 years old . There are many special flavors you can choose.  edit
  • Chenggon Douhua. It is a Japanese-style wooden house. Its signature dish is the 'douhua', also known as tofu pudding, is the most recommendable things here. It is silky and tender. There are other desserts here such as soy milk, flavored ice, and so on.  edit
  • 蘇天助素食麵. It's a sixty-year-old noodle shop. It only serves vegetarian noodles, bamboo shoots soup and rice cake. The rice cake is the most famous food and they're limited. This shop uses mushrooms, glutenous rice and sesame paste to increase its flavor.
  • A restaurant which sells brunch - Bear, 61 changan St.(長安街61號), 089-350136. 7:30am - 2:00pm. It's located in Taitung. It has a wide variety of sandwiches, bagels, and muffin burgers. On the weekend, the restaurant will be full of customers. NT.30~180.  edit
  • Under Banyan Tree rice noodles. Under BANYAN Tree Rice Noodles is a tourists' favorite. The menu of it consists of: rice noodles, fishballs, spiced corned egg, and braised snack. The rice noodles are very chewy, the soup is fresh and sweet. If you are like spicy food, you can try the homemade chill sauce.  edit
  • Light Seegrass Health Hall, Zongshan Road (Near Taitung Girls' Senior High School). Light Seegrass Health Hall is famed for its food made of seegrass. The owner is very friendly. The most famous dish is the seegrass chicken soup dumpling. It's well-known for its crust which seegrass. Although the price is a little high, Light Seegrass Health Hall only produces fresh, healthy and home-made dishes. For people who are sick of the greasy and over-seasoned food, Light Seegrass Health Hall is the best option for you.  edit
  • Peppermint Paris. This store is near Chuanguang Rd and in a small alley. Peppermint Paris is a book cafe. One specialty is the "scent tea-leaves". Another is the "handmade glace orange" that is very celebrated, you have to make a reservation in advance, or you will miss out. The store is a reconstructed second-hand bookstore, so the store is full of books from the owner's own personal library.  edit
  • Baosang Rice Dumpling. Baosang Rice Dumpling is located on Zhengqi Road. It was founded in 1949. You can choose between iced sweet dumplings or hot sweet dumplings. Their sweet dumplings are freshly cooked and are chewy. You can add peanuts, mung beans, dzuki beans, and crunchy balls in your sweet dumplings soup. They also sell shaved ice to which you can add condensed milk for an extra $5. There is English on the signage.  edit
Rice Noodles in soup with sides from the Rong Shu Xia Rice Noodles shop in Taitung, Taiwan.
  • Rong Shu Xia Rice Noodles (榕樹下米苔目), No. 176, Datong Road, Taitung, (+886) 963 148 519. Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 8pm, Sun: 9:30am - 2:40pm, 5pm - 7:40pm. A popular noodle shop. You order a base and then select from a variety of side dishes from a display case by the cashier. Staff are very friendly and some speak English. There is also an English menu, but you have to ask for it.  edit
  • Beinan Pig Blood Jelly Soup. Beinan Pig blood jelly soup has a 36-year history in Taitung. It used to use trolleys in the early days, but now has a shop on Gengsheng North Road as well as a branch on Chuanguang Road. The shop's signature dishes is not only pig blood soup, but also glutinous rice intestine.  edit
  • Lin's Stinky Tofu (林家臭豆腐), No. 130, Zhengqi Road, Taitung (台東市正氣路130號). Mon - Fri: 2pm - 9:30pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 10pm. A street-side stinky tofu shop. There are two for seating. The servings come in large or small size. All orders are given a full complement of sauce by default, there is a sign at the front of the shop that says if you do not want spicy sauce, or garlic on your order, you should tell the cook when you order.  edit

Local Specialities[edit]

  • Sugar Apple (Sakya) The specialty fruit of Taitung. These fruits are not native to the area, but are originally from the tropical and subtropical parts of Latin America and the West Indies, most of which are in the low altitude areas. It tastes very sweet and its texture is different from apples. Many visitors come to Taitung from far away just for this special fruit. If you come here, you must give it a try.</eat>
  • Red Quinoa Red Quinoa has been planted by the aborigines in Taitung for over one hundred years. One of its properties is resistance to drought because it grows in little water. Owing to this property, red quinoa has become a special local product of Taitung, whose land is dry. It contains 42 times of calcium more than rice and its percentage of protein reaches 14%.
  • Pig Blood Jelly Soup Pig Blood Jelly Soup is made of pig blood clots and pickled cabbage, the juice inside will explode out when you eat the pig blood clots and soup. Glutinous rice intestine differs slightly, it is generally just made of rice stuffed with peanuts.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Taitung's night life has been described as subdued, that may be true however there are of course some bars. What Taitung does have however, is a rather large number of cafes. Since Taitung County actually grows coffee beans it is also possible to find truly local coffee at several establishments.

  • Denim Elephant, 181 Guangdong Rd. (廣東181號) (A couple blocks north of the main post office, it has the sign with the blue elephant on it.), 089-340696. This artsy cafe has Taitung coffee as well as other coffee and teas and a small but interesting menu.  edit
  • IF Cafe and Juice (如果), 403 Boai Rd. (博愛403號) (Across from the Eslite bookstore), 089-333568. 2-12pm. This cafe serves coffee, tea, mixed drinks and beer in a relaxing atmosphere. Has a large outdoor seating area in which you can enjoy your drinks in the cool Taitung evenings.  edit
  • Cheela 小屋 Cafe & Bakery, 395-1 Sinsheng Rd. (新生碌395-1號), 089-325096, [8]. A very hip cafe with a modern artsy vibe that is conveniently located right on the bikeway and only a block away from the Taitung Theater. It serves a large range of coffees, teas, mixed drinks, and a fine assortment of Belgium beers. It serves daily freshly home-made bread by various products. Hot Chilly Roll on Friday, Hot Brownie with Ice Cream on Saturday and Cinnamon Rolls on Sunday are the most bakery in Cheela Cafe & Bakery. English menu & bilingual service available. Open 2pm-MidNight. 60-180NTD.  edit
  • Faema Cafe (天馬手烘精品咖啡), 大同路193號 (between Zhonghua Rd and Anqing St), (089)340900. A small cafe for coffee enthusiasts, boasting hand brewed coffee and an authentic Faema espresso machine. The friendly owner, Dean, offers up a broad selection of coffee blends. He selects & roasts the beans himself, using the copper roaster displayed in the front of the store. Items for sale include coffee beans and accessories, including Chemex, Hario, Aeropress, and more.  edit
  • Dream Darts (美英式音樂咖啡吧), No. 25, Lane 296, Zhongshan Road, Taitung City, Taitung County (台東市中山路296巷25號), (089)361988, [9]. 7pm - 3am. A bar with electronic darts and a selection of beers and spirits. They have Stella Artois on tap.  edit
  • Skewers (九方客), No. 420, Zhongshan Road, Taitung City, Taitung. A corner snack shop with a small variety of local and imported beers (lager) in tall bottles. They have a fairly substantial selection of skewers and other snacks. There is also an English menu.  edit
  • Texas Jo's Bar & Diner (德周小館), No. 51-1, Lane 889, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Taitung, (089) 342756. Tues - Sun, 8:30pm - 1am. A pleasant outdoor bar that overlooks the river. The staff speak fluent English.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • On My Way Taitung Hostel & Backpacker (途中.台東 青年旅舍), No.30, Ln. 102, Anhe Rd., Taitung City, Taitung County 950, Taiwan (R.O.C.), +886 965 577 167, [10]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. "On My Way Taitung Hostel" is located near Taitung train station, there is only 3 mins by walk. All of the beds are bunk bed, share bathroom. On the ground floor there is a large saloon. Each room has a window, WIFI, beds are accompanied by a small lamp and international outlet. Please bring your towels, toothbrush and toothpaste. $500. (22°47'50.5,121°07'27.3) edit
  • Hotel Jajowan, No.286, Changbin, Changbin Township, +886 89 832858, [11]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Hotel Jajowan is located in Changbin. It is a small hotel with 21 rooms and 7 types of room. The hotel service includes free bicycle rental service, the lobby bistro offers aboriginal fusion cuisine, travel guide, rafting, dolphin watching and more service waiting for you to explore. $1,100. (023° 19’26,121° 37’34) edit
  • Formosan Naruwan Hotel, 66 Lianhang Rd., 089-239666, [12]. This is five star hotel for those with a large budget and an appreciation for amenities. It offers all the things a hotel of its stature should.  edit
  • Hostel Who knows, No.38, Ln. 586, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd, Taitung, Taiwan (5mn walking distance from old central train station (be aware that the name of the hostel does not appear on the building!)), +886-930929676. checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. Very friendly hostel, very clean dorms with A/C and hot showers. Free WiFi in the lobby. Be aware that the hostel is not "always" open (e.g., it may be closed at 4pm when you want to check in!). So it is advised to call them first. From 500NT.  edit
  • La Pace Hostel, 119-3 Chung Shan Road Taitung City (10 walk from Taitung Bus Terminal), +886952136857, [13]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. A small and homey place for budget stay. USD12+.  edit
  • Aboriginal Cultural Center (原住民文化會館), Jhongshan Rd. #10 (中山路 10號 ), (089) 340-605, [14]. This beautiful, modestly priced hotel is generously decorated with aboriginal carvings making for a unique experience. Located across the road from Taitung Forest Park and a short walk from the beach. The hotel also has a nice gift shop stocked with well made authentic aboriginal handicrafts. This hotel now has about 20 bikes that guests can use for free.  edit
  • Mafut'e Hostel (馬浮蝶), #15, Lane 28, Feng Jung Road, Taitung City, Taiwan (conveniently located in downtown Taitung, where walking distance to most famous attractions in Taitung, such as Eslite Book Store, TieHua Music Village and Tourist Information center Taitung. Mafute hostel is hidden in a local tribal community next to the Tai-ping river, where you may jog alone the river bank park or do some sports in the nearby Sport park. The hostel is situated among these houses over 20 years ago but internally renovated in a colorful and freshy look. Spacious living room and kitchen are free to use. Free PC available in the living room and free wifi in house! Only 2 rooms where sleep less than 6 people will never be too crowded in the whole house but enough for friends mingling and chatting together! Price varies from TWD500~1200 depending on the room type (Dorm or ensuite). Karen offers the deal for single traveller staying in the ensuite. No breakfast included but various of breakfast shops are available nearby.), +886-970532723, [15].  edit
  • Sea Art Hostel (Mother Land), Dulan Village (Take Highway 11 to water running up hill attraction, Take the road west up the road, then call Emily to get directions), 0935061578. checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. 600 NT.  edit
  • Secret place of Jhiben, Lóngquán Rd, Lane113, number 58, Beinan Township, +886963138088. About 5 minutes drive away from the the Chihpen forest recreation area. New decoration, furniture, bed. Room at least 50m² (including a toilet, a bathroom and balcony). Bathtub (which is composed of cypress wood and stone). Also provides free broadband wireless access  edit
  • Spring House Hostel, 2F, No.23, Ln.296 Zhongshan Road(臺東市中山路296巷23號2樓) (2 floor with green door; next to Carrefour), +886 978972103 (). Spring House Hostel is hard to find, as the main door is on the second floor, the entrance is next to the American Language School (No.17, Ln. 298, Zhengqi Rd., -正氣路298巷17號,). You can find the stairs under the bridge. This is not a party hostel. Clean showers, rooms are clean and comfortable place to sleep. The owner is not always there, you can contact her from the tablet smart phone posted the front door.  edit
  • Take Your Time Guest House 慢慢來民宿, 台東市南昌街112巷33號 NanChang Jie 112 Xiang 33 Hao, [16]. Take Your Time Guest House: is run by Kite (from Taitung, 0910-304004), Mark (0912-316708) and their 2 little boys. The Guest house is located in the heart of Central Taitung City. The location is great for people who want to stay in Taitung City, and have a central location convenient for walking to Taitung’s art, culture and live music centre (tie hua village and tie hua board walk) as well as the main shopping, market and eating areas. Take Your Time Guest House also offers surfing and yoga classes. The guest house is also gay and lesbian friendly. Double rooms cost NTD600-2800 and are very comfortable with a brand new bathroom and good air condtitioning. Pickup from train station costs $150. Email: [email protected]  edit
  • Teachers and Public Workers Hostel, 19 Nanjing Rd., 089-310142. Not actually a hostel but a hotel, it is a affordable, clean and conveniently located downtown.  edit
  • David SamStrong Villa (大尾山姆維拉), No. 134-6, Xiao-Ma Rd., ChengGong Township, +886-9-20572179, [17]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 10:00. A whole building is provided. No other people will stay overnight in the building on the same time include host. It's a simple, quiet, privacy, relaxing and natural space. If you like reading, nature and LOHAS style vacation, the villa is your best choice in Taitung, TWN. NTD 3500~7000. (121.19'00,23.0'19) edit
  • Ocean B&B, 175 Lin Hai Lu, Section 1, 886974026798. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. 175 Lin Hai Lu, Section 1, Taitung. This B&B has 4 rooms and is run by a Christian lady. It is decorated in a rather eclectic and cheerful style. The rooms are on the second and third floor of the building. Each floor has 2 rooms and a one bathroom. All the beds are appropriate for up to two adults. There are also sleeper sofa's in each room that may be used for children. There is a kitchen with a large refrigerator you are welcome to use on the first floor. There are also laundry machines on the property that you may use for a small fee. 1300NTD single/2000NTD double.  edit
  • David SamStrong Lite (小馬客棧), No.92-1, XiaoMa Rd. ChengGong Township, Taitung County, +886-9-20572179, [18]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. David SamStrong Lite is a branch B&B from David SamStrong Villa. It is near some surfing places like Duli/DongHe. It locates at 128.2KM on the road 11(east-coast highway). 5 mins far away from Dong-He 7-11. 20 mins far away from ChengGong Township. And there is a self-service shop in the B&B. Free WIFI/hot water/cell phone charging are provided. Black coffee NT$30/cup, NT$50/two cups, soft drink, ice cream, microwave food are also provided. 1700~3500.  edit
  • Bonnie Yoga house, 台東市四維路一段558巷15弄3號 no 3 alley 15, lane 558. Section 1, siwei rd, taitung city., 0988533264, [19]. Bonnie Yoga House is a wooden style of old taitung house with indian style decoration. The second floor is yoga studio where Bonnie taught yoga. It locates highway 11, the way to green island also from guest house about 10 mins walk can reach to forest park , floating lake, seashore park , market and the main shopping. Bonnie studied Yoga in India and has been travelled oversea for 7 years, she is easy going and gives a lot of advice to visit and eat. The contact is named Bonnie. room cost from NTD 700 to NTD 1200 contact Bonnie via email: [email protected] NTD.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]

Taitung is one of the safest places in Taiwan. Like everywhere in Taiwan, be careful in traffic, and avoid confrontations in bars etc.

Get out[edit]

  • Chipen (Zhiben) hot springs.
  • Green Island - an island off the east coast near Taitung. It's quite beautiful, and features one of the world's few saltwater hot springs, lots of scenic tropical vegetation and coral seashores, as well as a number of current and former prison complexes. The trip there is either a harrowing flight or equally-harrowing boat ride (the plane ride is shorter but more expensive). Services on the island are quite limited, particularly during the off-season, so it would be a good idea to bring some snacks and water, and arrange overnight accommodations in advance. A rented scooter is useful for getting around the island.
  • Luye to the north of Taitung in the Inner Rift Valley. It is a great place to drink tea and an especially popular spot for paragliding. Also is a good spot for cycling for the less adventurous.
  • Dulan to the north of Taitung on the coast. This little village has an abandoned sugar factory that hosts a vibrant artist community as well as a cafe and gift shop. Surfing is to be had at the rather secluded beaches from here on north if you have your own board.
  • Siaoyeliou, just a couple kilometers north of Taitung city this beach offers the most beautiful rock formations on the southern coast. The area just north of here is also popular for snorkeling.

By train[edit]

It is advised to book in advance trains to Tainan and Taipei as there are not so many a day, and they can be fully booked.

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