Go To Taitung
Translated by Yvonne Chen
SARS may have caused a tourism slump, but with
summer vacation here and super-value travel
packages from hotels and travel agencies to
be had, leisure activities are bouncing back.
There's never been a better time to head for
Museum of Prehistory
in 2001, the National Museum of Prehistory was
originally founded to protect and present Beinan
cultural ruins, the best preserved prehistoric
tribal ruins in Taiwan and the largest stone
burial site in the Asia Pacific. The museum's
exhibits follow three themes: the natural history
of Taiwan, the prehistoric history of Taiwan,
and Austronesian tribes.
next to the Prehistory Museum is the Beinan
Culture Park. Centered around the Beinan ruins
and along the Beinan River's bank, it is Taiwan's
first archaeological park. The place has beautiful
views of the ocean and mountains. The main attraction
here is the onsite dig, where visitors can observe
excavation in progress and imagine aboriginal
living conditions from recovered artifacts.
In the future, the park hopes to combine cultural
exploration with leisure activities and introduce
traditional handicrafts from Austronesian tribes
museum is at No. 1, PoWuKuan (Museum) Road,
FengTienLi, Taitung City, and is a seven-minute
walk from KangLe Railway Station, or a ten-minute
walk from the Dingdung Bus Company's Beinan
Middle School stop. For those driving their
own vehicles, take the road next to the Yuen
Foong Yu Paper Plant on ChungShing Road, Section
4, in Taitung City. This leads directly to the
museum's parking lot.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to
5 pm, and is open on holidays, but closed the
day after consecutive holidays. Call (089) 381-166
or (089) 382-000 for information.
the exposed mountain ridges across from Taitung's
YenwanLi, is regarded as a geological treasure.
It originally belonged to a sub-group of the
Ami Tribe, called the Ligiligi. The geographical
features include valleys, sedimentary layers,
and the renowned "lunar crust" formation.
At the top of Ligioti is a great view of Xiahuang
Mountain and Dulan Bay. The unique geographical
conditions have allowed local diary farms to
become tourist farms with vista points, grass-boarding
areas, campsites, pottery kilns, sheep shows,
and a goat pen where visitors can feed and milk
goats or enjoy coffee with goat milk (NT$80),
or goat milk tea with tapioca pearls.
Kaotai is located about 30 kilometers north
of Taitung City. To get there by bus, get off
at Luye bus stop, go along Provincial Highway
9, turn left to go up the mountain, and the
road to the right will lead to a vista point
for a panoramic view of the village basin with
Dulan Mountain across the way. Because the vista
point rests on a precipice, it is great for
hang-gliding, especially during the summer and
fall's southeasterly winds. Flights take in
a view of the entire Beinan river valley. For
those who want to experience flying, the Taitung
Flying Activity Association is planning a flight
park next year. The teahouse inn is a nice stroll
from the vista point. Come here at night, see
the stars, sip the famous "fulu tea,"
and breath in the essence of Luye.
thanks to National Museum of Prehistory and
Beinan Culture Park for supplying information,
and to Fulu Teahouse Farm and Hsinli Farm for
providing assistance in the photo shoot.