What to see in Taitung? Is Taitung Worth a Visit?
When we visited Taitung, we discovered a hidden gem on Taiwan‘s southeastern coast.
Taitung is renowned for its untouched natural beauty and serene atmosphere. Taitung offers a blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich indigenous culture, and an array of outdoor activities.
In this guide, we describe all you need to know to prepare for your visit to Taitung.
Here is a Sneak Peek into Taitung in Taiwan:
Best Things to Do inside Taitung City, Taiwan
1. Start your visit to Taitung City, with the Railway Art Village
During our exploration of Taitung, the Railway Art Village stood out as a captivating blend of history, creativity, and community spirit.
Once a bustling train station, it’s now transformed into a lively cultural hub where old train cars and warehouses serve as galleries, workshops, and cafés.
This unique fusion of past and present makes the Railway Art Village a must-visit spot in Taitung.
2. Continue your visit at Liyushan Park
From the Railway Park you will see a Traditional Pagoda standing out of a small hill. This is Liyushan Park.
Known as “Carp Mountain” for its shape, this park is a favorite among locals for sunrise and sunset viewings. The gentle hike to the top is very rewarding as you will get a breathtaking vista of Taitung city, the Pacific Ocean, and the lush East Rift Valley.
The entrance is free.
3. Have fun at Tiehua Music Village at night
Tiehua Music Village is a vibrant cultural hotspot in the heart of Taitung. It has a lively and fun atmosphere at night.
This unique venue brings together music, art, and local cuisine, offering a space where artists and musicians perform live.
For a great evening out in Taitung, check out Tiehua Music Village (official site).
4. Cycle at Taitung Forest Park
Cycling through Taitung Forest Park was another fun experience in Taitung.
The park, often referred to as the “Black Forest of Taiwan” due to its dense and expansive greenery, offers a network of bike trails.
Along the way, there are plenty of spots to rest, have a picnic, or simply relax by the water’s edge, making it a perfect activity for families, couples, or solo adventurers seeking a moment of peace.
You can rent a bicycle at the entrance of the park.
5. Chill at Haibin Waterfront Park
Haibin Park, located along the picturesque coastline of Taitung, is a delightful seaside park. Here you can admire a wonderful panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, stretching as far as the eye can see.
The sound of waves crashing against the shore and the salty sea breeze was very pleasant. Especially as we finally had a full sunny day (since the start of our road trip it was mostly rainy and cold…).
The spacious, open areas are perfect for families looking to enjoy a day out, with plenty of room for children to play.
6. Beinan Archaeological Site Park
The Beinan Archaeological Site Park in Taitung is one of the best things to see in Taitung.
Our visit to this significant archaeological site offered a glimpse into the lives of the prehistoric inhabitants of Taiwan.
Spanning across a vast area, the Beinan Archaeological Site is recognized as one of the largest and most important prehistoric sites in Taiwan.
- Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Admission Fee: NT$ 100
- Website: https://www.nmp.gov.tw/en/Default.aspx
7. Have a coffee by the sea at Wave Cafe
Wave Cafe in Taitung is a beautiful spot we stumbled upon by chance, offering a unique blend of coffee culture and surf vibes. This place captures the laid-back essence of Taitung’s coastal lifestyle.
Wave Cafe is not directly in Taitung City Center. You will need to drive north for about 15 minutes.
What sets Wave Cafe apart is not just its ambiance but also the quality of the food and coffee! We had a delicious lunch there, looking at the sea… Couldn’t be any better!Klook.com
Things to do outside Taitung City
8. Xiaoyeliu Park
Xiaoyeliu Park, located just a short distance from Wave Cafe, is a natural marvel that showcases the unique geological features and stunning coastal scenery of Taiwan’s eastern coastline.
Our visit to this park was one of the highlights of our trip to Taitung.
The park is renowned for its fascinating rock formations, sculpted by the relentless forces of wind and waves over millions of years.
The most notable formations include mushroom rocks, honeycomb weathering patterns, and the iconic “sea grooves” that look like giant, natural sculptures.
- Admission: Free
9. Jialulan Park
Also nearby, you can make a quick stop at Jialulan Park just outside Taitung City.
This area, once used as a waste material site during the construction of the South-Link Line railway, has been transformed into a vibrant recreational space that celebrates art, and nature.
Here you can admire an array of outdoor art installations and sculptures that dot the landscape along the beautiful coastline in the east.
10. Surf in Dulan
Dulan is a small town on the east coast of Taiwan, near Taitung. This place has emerged as a surf haven, earning the nickname “Dulan Surf Town”.
There you can expect a laid-back, bohemian vibe. This vibrant community, with its mix of indigenous culture and a growing international surf scene, was really cool!
The heart of Dulan’s charm is undoubtedly its beach, a pristine stretch of coastline that boasts some of the best surfing conditions in Taiwan.
Make sure to check out The Dulan Sugar Factory, a decommissioned sugar mill, repurposed into a cultural hub, hosting weekend markets, art exhibitions, and concerts that bring the community together.
11. Visit the Famous Sanxiantai Arch Bridge just outside Taitung
1-hour drive north of Taitung will bring you to Sanxiantai Arch Bridge, an iconic landmark in Taiwan!
Our visit to this coastal wonder was nothing short of magical, offering breathtaking views and a deep sense of tranquility.
The Sanxiantai Arch Bridge, designed to resemble a dragon winding its way across the ocean, serves as a gateway to Sanxiantai Island. The bridge, with its eight arches, is not only an engineering marvel but also a piece of art.
One of the highlights of our visit was the Sanxiantai Lighthouse, perched on the highest point of the island.
Make sure to check this place out, Sanxiantai Arch Bridge is one of the best things to see near Taitung.
The access is free and the bridge is open 24 hours.
12. Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival
Luye, a picturesque township in the heart of Taitung County, is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations, gentle hills, and especially the annual Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Unfortunately, we weren’t there during the festival which takes place in the summer. Our visit to Luye was still very nice though!
The festival features dozens of hot air balloons from around the world, each with its unique design, turning the sky into vibrant colors and shapes.
13. Explore the East Rift Valley
The East Rift Valley, nestled between the towering Central Mountain Range and the Coastal Mountain Range in eastern Taiwan, was one of the most awe-inspiring destinations we encountered during our travels in Taitung.
This vast, verdant valley stretches from Hualien to Taitung, offering a landscape filled with picturesque rice paddies, serene lakes, and charming rural villages.
Driving through the East Rift Valley was an unforgettable experience, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the natural splendor and tranquility of the area.
To see the valley, simply drive inland, instead of taking the coastal road. You will quickly be surrounded by lots of greeneries!
14. Visit Chishang and the famous Brown Boulevard
Chishang, nestled in the heart of the East Rift Valley, is a quaint township known for its idyllic scenery, laid-back atmosphere, and premium-quality rice.
Our visit to Chishang felt like a journey into the soul of Taiwan’s rural life.
The most popular activity in Chishang is cycling through the rice fields (there are many rental shops around the town). One of the most iconic spots is Brown Boulevard, a picturesque road that cuts through the rice fields, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and farmlands.
Another must-visit location is the Dapo Pond, a serene body of water surrounded by walking paths and lush greenery.Klook.com
15. Green Island
Green Island is located just off the southeastern coast of Taiwan. To get there you’ll need to take a 50-minute ferry ride from Taitung.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to make it to Green Island during our Road Trip, though it remains on our to-do list and gives us a good excuse to come to Taiwan 😉 So here is a report from our friends who visited and recommended Green Island to us.
Green Island is a small volcanic island famous for its crystal-clear waters, rich marine life, and the rugged charm of its coastline.
The underwater world is apparently full of colorful fish, sea turtles, and a variety of coral species.
The best way to explore the Green Island is by scooter. From the lush, green hills to the dramatic cliffs and serene beaches, there is something to see at every turn!Klook.com
How to Get to Taitung?
1. By Train
Taitung is well-connected by the TRA network (Taiwan Railways Administration), offering a scenic and convenient way to travel from cities like Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.
The journey from Taipei can take between 3.5 to 5 hours, depending on whether you catch an express or a local train.
Renting a car provides the flexibility to explore at your own pace, not just the journey to Taitung but also the surrounding areas once you arrive.
The drive from Taipei, for example, offers stunning coastal views. We rented a car for our Taiwan Road Trip and it was perfect!
We chose Klook to rent our car. It was really smooth, we can recommend them 100%.
Long-Distance Coaches: Various bus companies operate long-distance services to Taitung from cities across Taiwan. While this option can be more time-consuming than taking a train or flight, it’s a cost-effective choice and offers the chance to see more of Taiwan’s landscape.
Tips for a visit to Taitung
How Long to Stay in Taitung?
2-3 days allows you to see Taitung’s highlights without rushing too much. You can explore the city’s cultural spots like the Tiehua Music Village, visit the Taitung Forest Park, and take a day trip to nearby attractions such as the Sanxiantai Arch Bridge or Luye.
Best Time to Visit Taitung?
Taitung enjoys a mild climate, making it a pleasant destination year-round. However, to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival, summer would be the best time!
Best Places to Stay in Taitung
1. Sheraton Taitung Hotel (in the city)
The Sheraton hotel in downtown Taitung offers comfort and convenience with modern amenities, spacious rooms, and top-notch service. It’s close to many of Taitung’s attractions, making it a great base for exploring the city.
2. Papago International Resort (in the East Rift Valley)
Located in the heart of the East Rift Valley, Papago International Resort offers luxurious amenities, including a spa, outdoor pool, and a golf course. It’s an ideal choice for those looking to indulge in a bit of luxury while being surrounded by stunning natural scenery.
3. Aquamarine Cottage (by the sea)
A smaller, more intimate option, Aquamarine Cottage is a cozy hotel located right by the sea between Taitung and the surf town of Dulan. It’s a great hotel for those looking to relax near the ocean or explore Taitung’s coastal beauty.
Final Thoughts – Is Taitung worth a visit?
Definitely, Taitung is well worth a visit. Its natural beauty, vibrant indigenous cultures, and tranquil atmosphere make it a unique destination in Taiwan.
From the stunning landscapes of the East Rift Valley, to the great parks in the city, and a fun surfing destination in Dulan, Taitung offers something for everyone.
We spent 3 days in Taitung, and it was perfect!
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