Probably one of the most authentic Taiwanese towns, Taitung City owes its unique vibe to the local old-style Japanese architecture, as well as mainly tribal population, with its own traditions and customs. Taitung will also be your gateway to the Green Island and the Isle of Lanyu, famous for its dive sites and indigenous inhabitants. The ferry runs daily during dry season and once a week depending on weather conditions during rainy season from Taitung Fukang Harbour. There is a big hot air balloon festival near Taitung that runs every year from May to August, where you can camp, hike, and even fly a balloon.
In Taitung City, head for the Tourist Information Center at the Railway station to find out about various city attractions. The railway station also holds an exhibition of modern artists from Taitung, and the Museum of Prehistory will tell you more about local tribes and their history. Tianhou Temple, dedicated to the sea goddess Matsu, looks spectacular, especially during the birthday celebrations for the deity in April or May. Beinan Cultural Park contains one of the most important archeological sites of the island.
Ata Aboriginal Culture Craft offers you some unique glass beads, textiles, and aboriginal handicrafts to buy, and Dulan to the north of Taitung invites you to visit traditional settlements, the sugar factory with an art exhibition, and an interesting archeological site. Cycling through Taitung and nearby towns is probably your most adventurous option, but the train network is wide and will allow you to move fast around the county. Your Taitung City hostel is the perfect base for visiting any and all of the sights on offer in Taitung City.
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