Taitung is framed by mountains and the sea, famous for its scenic surroundings, indigenous aboriginal cultures, hot springs and off shore islands, Green Island and Lanyu also known as the Orchid Island. I chose Taitung without knowing much about the place other than a friend’s recommendation to stay at Baonon Grace House, a villa of 4 bedrooms sitting in front of the undulating grey sand, run by an aboriginal couple who made us home cooking aboriginal dish which includes delicious local seafood and my favorite wild boar meat. The villa is in the Changgong township which is famous for its coastline and its fishing center is one of the biggest in Taiwan. We spent a lot of time relaxing outside the villa since kids really enjoy the ocean with grey tide.
Since the villa was located on the eastern seashore, we went north not too far from the villa to visit Sanxiantai (Terrace of the Three Immortals) and Baxian Cave (Eight Immortal Cave), both are famous scenic spots of Taitung. Sanxiantai is a small offshore land composed of volcanic rocks eroded by the sea which forms a beautiful topographic scenery. The land is linked by a long continuous curvy bridge composed of eight arches. Baxian Cave is national treasure famous for its abrasions caves and prehistoric sites.
The owner of the villa who was also our guide drove us around the area which includes the TaiYun Glen which runs through the mountain range. As we drove further, it leads us to the Dengsian Bridge where we see the famous Taiwan monkeys who were spoiled by tourists and can be ferocious if you dont feed the food they want. We also visited the famous TungHo Bridge which used to be the most majestic bridge in Asia. The new bridge in red was built in parallel to the old one and looking down into the flow of river against the rock formation form a very scenic view.