The sprawl and traffic of Taitung (Táidōng) often comes as a rude shock after days in the idyllic countryside to the north. Still, if you have your own vehicle the small city makes for a decent base. The weather is sunny most of the year, the people are relaxed, and while food isn't usually brilliant there is more selection than ever. If you like fruit, you will never go hungry here.
Taitung became frustratingly divided into two after the railway station moved across town. While the new station area is seeing more development, and is by far the greener part of town, with wide streets and calmer traffic, there aren't many places to eat here so you'll need to head into the centre of town often.