Taiwan July 2016 [Day 3 – Taitung, East Coast Ocean Road]

Taiwan Day 3 – Taitung, East Coast Ocean Road

Breakfast at 早點大王, Jhihben Recreation Park, National Museum of Prehistory, Seafood Lunch at 漁港小吃部(富岡), Xiao Yeliu, rock pool exploring, Water Running Upwards, Dulan Sugar Factory,纏記舊街東河包子, Sanxiantai, Oyster mee sua, Tiehua Music Village

Local Breakfast at 早點大王

Taitung breakfast
Taitung breakfast

Super crowded, but go inside and you may be able to find seats. We tried the red bean bun, omelette roll and soya bean milk.

Must-go: 3.5/5, it’s not bad but there are other breakfast places you can visit

Jhihben Recreation Park

Closed due to typhoon damage. No clear signs of closure. Wasted half an hour driving there.

Jhihben river
Jhihben river

Jhihben hot springs? Couldn’t find a public pool, be prepared to pay for a room.

Must-go: NA

National Museum of Prehistory

Good for families, short and sweet exhibits on L2, there was an interactive exhibition on water with hands-on activities, riveting videos at many spots, informative history of evolution of Taiwanese aboriginal culture on L1.

We spent 3 hours there. Inexpensive.
Keep the tickets if you plan to go to the museum at Beinan Cultural Park as there’s a discount or something (I can’t find the exact Google maps location, but it’s around here.

National Museum of Prehistory Taitung
National Museum of Prehistory
National Museum of Prehistory exhibit
National Museum of Prehistory exhibit

Must-go: 4/5, bring your family along

Seafood Lunch at 漁港小吃部(富岡)

Try the 17 thick slices of sashimi or 生鱼 at NT150.

Sashimi
Sashimi
Restaurant near xiaoyeliu
Restaurant near xiaoyeliu

Must-go: 3.5/5, only if you’re around the area.

Xiao Yeliu

Bring young children at your peril to climb rocks. Very hot during summer. We didn’t stay longer than an hour, but you can really kill time here.

Rehydrate at the café and shops selling drinks. There’s an air-conditioned visitor centre you can hide at. Parking fees of NT60/car apply.

Xiao Yeliu map
Xiao Yeliu map
Xiao Yeliu rocks
Xiao Yeliu rocks

Must-go: 4/5 if you plan to climb rocks, 1/5 if you don’t.

Rock pool exploring

Drive further up and park at a temple. This is a more kid-friendly area to explore sea creatures. We saw crabs and even a water snake. 

Rock pools
Rock pools

Must-go: 4.5/5, bring bread and watch out for water snakes

Water Running Upwards

Try to figure out why the water runs up the hill.

Water running upwards
Water running upwards

Must-go: 2/5 only if you have time

Dulan Sugar Factory

No Saturday music festival as mentioned online, bummer.

Must-go: 1/5

Buns at 纏記舊街東河包子

Try their peanut buns, heaty but yummy.

Peanut bun
Peanut bun
Bun shop menu
Bun shop menu

Must-go: 3.5/5 if you happen to be in the area

Sanxiantai

Beautiful place. Come here at 5pm during summer when it’s less hot and crowded.

It takes 2 hours to walk past the pebble beach to the 8-arch bridge, along a boardwalk on Sanxiantai island, clamber over rocks (just head over the stairs at the far end of the island), climb up steep stairs to the lighthouse and make it back to the carpark with the last bits of sunlight left. Wear shoes to avoid stubbing your feet.

Sanxiantai map
Sanxiantai map
Sanxiantai pebble beach
Sanxiantai pebble beach
Sanxiantai ocean kayaks
Sanxiantai ocean kayaks
Sanxiantai rocky path
Sanxiantai rocky path
Sanxiantai steep stairs to lighthouse
Sanxiantai steep stairs to lighthouse
Sanxiantai view from lighthouse
Sanxiantai view from lighthouse

Must-go: 5/5. Even if you have young kids, you can just hang out at pebble beach and enjoy the view.

Oyster mee sua

Tip: park here (see picture below for entrance to open air carpark), there’s lots of space and it’s within walking distance to Taitung Night Market and Tiehua Music Village

Taitung city night market parking
Taitung city night market parking

Enjoy some good mee sua and dessert at Tatung Chang.

Tatung Chang mee sua and shaved ice dessert with green bean topping
Tatung Chang mee sua and shaved ice dessert with green bean topping

Must-go: 3.5/5 only if you’re around the area. The night market is nearby somewhere behind the restaurant. Tiehua Music Village is just across the street.

Tiehua Music Village

A hippie night market. Go if you have cash to spend on fancy jewellery, “handmade” soap and other arty-farty stuff. There’s a band playing Chinese soft rock when we visited. If you need your coffee fix, Starbucks is across the street.

Must-go: 3/5 just to enjoy the chill vibes after dinner.

Postamble:

Bring sunblock and lots of water.

Self-drive to save time and plan your itinerary to ensure you don’t reach Sanxiantai too early when it’s too hot and crowded.

Give yourself 2 hours before sunset to enjoy the trek.


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