The relaxed coastal city of Taitung (台東 or 臺東; Táidōng) is a highly likeable transportation hub from which travelers access Green Island, Lanyu and Taiwan's southern east coast.
A former spur-line station once brought trains into the center, the former station is now part of a vibrant urban renewal project, the 'Railway Art Village'. That's a fine area in which to base yourself while in town. Citywide, there are plentiful Taoist temples and shrines amid the otherwise modern street grid, which is softened at the edges with large seaside and forest parks and backed in the near distance with lush green mountains. You don't need to scratch too hard beneath the surface to discover the city's cultural diversity, with its strong indigenous presence and a growing inflow of Taiwan’s more bohemian set, some of whom have settled here to open cafes.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Taitung.
Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Taitung.