Taitung City travel guide

Taitung City Tourism | Taitung City Guide

You're Going to Love Taitung City

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 City

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.

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.

Where to Eat in Taitung City

IWAWNA serves traditional Taiwanese food alongside live dance performances near to the new train station. A typical meal for two costs NT$200.

When to visit Taitung City

Taitung City in June
Estimated hotel price
$24
1 night at 3-star hotel
Taitung City in June
Estimated hotel price
$24
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit is between April and July with moderate temperatures giving way to more cultural celebrations and outdoor activities.

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How to Get to Taitung City

Plane

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.

Train

Express trains from Taipei Main Station to Taitung take around six hours and cost NT$700.

Car

The journey from Taipei to Taitung takes five hours driving along Highway 9 South.

Bus

Hualien Bus and Dingdong Inland Bus offers transfers between Hualien and Taitung, with the journey taking 4.5 hours and costing NT$250.

Airports near Taitung City

Airlines serving Taitung City

Air Canada
Good (1,456 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (52 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (142 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Good (469 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (255 reviews)
Thai Airways
Good (63 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (90 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (51 reviews)
EVA Air
Excellent (151 reviews)
Vietnam Airlines
Good (21 reviews)
FlexFlight
Excellent (1 reviews)
VietJet Air
Okay (15 reviews)
AirAsia
Okay (27 reviews)
HK Express
Okay (4 reviews)
Philippines AirAsia
Okay (14 reviews)
Bangkok Airways
Excellent (38 reviews)
THAI Smile
Excellent (26 reviews)
Air Busan
Excellent (3 reviews)
XiamenAir
Excellent (1 reviews)
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Where to stay in Taitung City

Green Island - this island located off the east coast of Taitung offers coral beaches, tropical forests, and fresh saltwater hot springs.

Popular Neighborhoods in Taitung

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

Kindness Hotel Taitung Branch
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$114+
Fish Hotel Taitung
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$70+
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How to Get Around Taitung City

Public Transportation

Taitung City Bus offers routes around the city. A single ride costs NT$25 and a day pass costs NT$125.

Taxi

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.

Car

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 City

Shopping Streets

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.