This pleasant seaside village (外澳; Wài'ào) has become a hub for surfing on the northeast coast as well as the new beach hang-out for Taipei's foreign population. The strollable black-sand beach is wide and long, and there's a boardwalk running a couple of kilometres in either direction. This connects with bike lanes, and nearby are hiking trails, hot springs, museums, dolphin- and whale-watching, and a quirky tidal pool for snorkelling.
The two most recognisable structures in the area are a humongous yellow Mr Brown (a cafe chain shop) and what looks like a mosque but is actually the residence of a Taiwanese who has business dealings in the Middle East. These two structures bookend the town and in between them you'll find a strip of sea-facing houses that have been converted into B&Bs, restaurants and cafes.