food and fun at the 2003 East Coast Sailfish
Translated by Yvonne Chen
Surrounded by the sea with over a hundred fishing
ports, Taiwan's main spearfish market is at
Taitung's Chenggong. It is here that the month-long
Sailfish Season begins on Nov. 1 with exhibitions
and weekend activities. And makes it the best
place to enjoy the freshest, plumpest sailfish
on the island.
opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with stories
of sailfish, whales and fishermen's lives at
sea. Sign up for a "Praise the Fish"
eating contest which begins at 2 p.m.; 30 spots
are available for each of the eight weekend
preliminary rounds, with a final round on Nov.
30 for the championship title and cash prize.
Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the "Newport
Town" autumn literary event sets sail at
the marina. At the same time on Sundays, visitors
can dance with Aborigines at the Marine Fun
these warm-up land activities, visitors can
sign up on the spot for the Sailfish Spearing
Camp. Experience being at sea as you chase after
the tasty sailfish against the northeast winds.
If gourmet ingredients are what you are looking
for, the weekend fish and produce sale will
feature delicious sailfish, fresh dolphin fish,
tuna and other Pacific sealife for wholesale
or retail prices, with a low-temperature delivery
service. Also, sample a rare orange variety
seldom seen in the West.
also is hosting the East Coast Precious Stone
Exhibition, which offers seminars, games and
talks for visitors to gain a deeper appreciation
for East Coast stones. The static exhibition
features two themes: sailfish and port development.
Chenggong dates back to the days when it was
known as Malaolo, meaning "cooked dry over
flames" in the Amis aboriginal language.
Tradition has it that, in 1850, the area was
ravaged by tsunami, which dried out the vegetation.
During the Ching Dynasty, Han people began to
settle in the area and formed present-day Chenggong
which, today, is the largest township in Taitung
county. The exhibition brochure will feature
the winning restaurant in the sailfish gourmet
rural East provides beautiful views of the mountains
and ocean. At 3 p.m., noisy auction crowds can
be seen at Chenggong fishing port. The Fishermen's
Association building is a gigantic ship topped
with the Eastern Marine Biology Research Center's
four-story aquarium, housing Pacific fish, including
champion clownfish tending their eggs. The restaurant
by the entrance offers inexpensive and tasty
fish cutlet rice made from the best seasonal
catch. Other area attractions include the cool
breezes at Hsingkang Falls. At Jihuei, corals
can be seen swaying to the current; a 1.5km
Coastal Bicycle Lane takes you up north, through
eight beautiful arch bridges, for a geology
lesson at Sansiantai. Head farther up north
to Shihyusan for the scenery and waves.
scenic points along the East Coast are the result
of 15 years of hard work by the East Coast National
Scenic Area Administration. Headquartered south
of Chenggong at Duli, the office faces the ocean
with an incredible view of Sansiantai to the
north and Green Island to the south. It has
a strolling path, children's playground and
Amis Cultural Center with Amis songs and dancing
on the weekends. The office provides tourist
services, displays and a scenic pool in the
basement great for parent-child bonding. For
refreshments, Shile restaurant offers wonderful
meals, mango smoothies and a great view.
provides year-round travel opportunities with
great whale watching throughout the seasons.
Sailfish is best in the winter. The end of spring
brings the Skipjack Season and the Amis Tribe
Festival is celebrated throughout the summer.
For now, however, don't miss the chance to enjoy
the culinary, scenic and cultural attractions
of the 2003 Sailfish Season.
Taitung Information Website: www.taitung.gov.tw
Tourism Bureau of Taitung County: (089) 326-141
East Coast National Scenic Area Administration:
(089) 841-520, ext. 1088