Pingtung County

This no-frills cacao farm and ice-cream maker has a shop, cafe and orchard where you can sample ice cream made from the sweet pulp of the cacao fruit, or hot chocolate made with 100% local beans, and buy sweets to take home. It offers 40-minute guided tours of its well-equipped factory in English. Book one to two weeks prior to your arrival by phone or Facebook message. Cocosun is a five-minute cab ride from Chaozhou Train Station in Pingtung.

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1. Choose Chius

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2. Fu Wan Chocolate

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3. Donglong Temple

10.68 MILES

A resplendent monument impossible to miss, Donglong is the centre of Wang Yeh worship in these parts. The original temple was built over a hundred years…

4. Indigenous Peoples Cultural Park

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6. Highway 24

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7. Foguangshan

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8. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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