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Top Choice Taiwanese Indigenous in Matai'an

Cifadahan Cafe

Don't miss the food at this Matai'an institution. Run by a talented Ami artist whose indigenous-themed carvings and furniture adorn the restaurant, dishes include a 19-vegetable salad and an NT$980 hot pot (石頭火鍋; sh…
Forest in East Rift Valley

Fuyuan Forest Recreational Area

In an area of serene natural beauty, the 235-hectare Fuyuan Forest Recreational Area, which is run by the Butterfly Valley Resort, protects the largest pure camphor forest left in Taiwan. Quiet trails run through th…
Mountain in East Rift Valley

Sixty Stone Mountain

One of the east coast's most mesmerising landscapes, Sixty Stone Mountain sits 952m above the Rift Valley. As you ascend the ever winding road up, it seems as if this is 'simply' yet another journey through beautifu…
Landmark in East Rift Valley

Hualien Sugar Factory

Sugar became an important export in the late 19th century after the forced opening of ports following the second Opium War. Up until the 1930s it dominated the economy, and under Japanese colonial rule, sugar fields…
Cultural in East Rift Valley

Bunun Ear Shooting Festival

This coming-of-age ceremony is the most important festival of the Bunan tribe. The Bununs are great hunters and, for them, hunting is more than a means of survival – it's also an activity that imparts age-old skills…
Park in East Rift Valley

Danong Dafu Forest Park

Just south of Hualien Sugar Factory is the Danong Dafu Forest Park, 11-hectares of reforested ground that was once planted with sugar fields. Nestled between the Coastal and Central Mountain Ranges, the views here a…
Park in Liyu Lake

Chihnan National Forest Recreation Area

Located next to Liyu Lake, Chihnan ('South of the Lake') park makes for a pleasant half-day of picnicking and hiking in the hills for a bird's-eye view of the lake. Younger children may like the old train, and teens…
Buffet in East Rift Valley

Elaine's Restaurant

Located inside the Fuyuan Forest Recreational Area's resort, this buffet restaurant belonging to Butterfly Valley Resort (蝴蝶谷溫泉渡假村; Húdié Gǔ Wēnquán Dùjiàcūn) caters to both guests and nonguests with a wide variety …