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Top Choice Religious in Donggang

Burning of the Wang Yeh Boats

One of Taiwan's top folk festivals, this involves inviting gods to earth, feasting them, and then asking them to carry trouble-causing demons and plagues away with them on a boat. In the spectacular conclusion, the …
Top Choice Church in Sandimen

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

If you manage to enter this Catholic church (c 1959) for the Rukai – it sometimes closes when nothing's going on – you'll see some unusual religious art. Rukai artisans were involved in its decoration and pews are r…
Top Choice Music in Pingtung County

Spring Scream

Indie-music fans should definitely try to time their visit in April for Spring Scream. Taiwan's longest-running music festival, this multi-staged event brings together names big and small in Asia's indie-music scene…
Top Choice Beach in Little Liuchiu Island

Vase Rock

One of Taiwan's most iconic landmarks, Vase Rock, close to the pier, is a 9m tall block of coral-limestone with a large head and a tapering body. It's called Vase Rock because vegetation covers its top, but it also …
Top Choice Cafe in Sandimen

Qiuyue Restaurant

An atmospheric cafe on a cliff with a huge terrace overlooking the valley. On a clear day you can see Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Foguangshan. Indigenous bands perform on some nights. It’s after the Km24 mark on Hwy 24 …
Bar in Kenting National Park

Little Bay Beach Bar

Though it's run by the mega-sized Caesar Park Resort across the road, you wouldn't know it. This outdoor bar-cafe on Little Bay Beach (小灣海灘) is everything you want in a beach bar: chilled out tables and loungers, su…
Market in Kenting National Park

Kenting Night Market

Kenting's night market is renowned as being one of the best in Taiwan, and that's saying something. Every evening as the sun goes down, the vendors stalls begin to set up along about a 1km strip of the town's main s…
Scenic Area in Sandimen

Highway 24

The last section of Hwy 24 is a gorgeous winding highway that leads you deep into the mountains. Not for the fainthearted, some parts of the road run along very steep cliffs. Do check the road conditions before sett…
Temple in Little Liuchiu Island

Sanlong Temple

Located on a hillside 15 minutes from the pier, the immense Sanlong Temple, aka 'Wang Yeh Temple', is Little Liuchiu's religious heart. The island's Wang Yeh boat is built in a dedicated shed (廟王船閣; Miàowáng Chuán G…
Taiwanese Indigenous in Pingtung County

Nanfang Buluo

A spacious rustic indigenous restaurant that does both Amis and Paiwan dishes well. Portions are generous too. Signature dishes include chicken soup (雞湯; jītāng) with local cinnamon and fish cooked with maqaw (馬告魚; …