The Beautiful East Coast of Taiwan

Near Hualian, Taiwan
Near Hualian, Taiwan

The east coast of Taiwan is beautiful. From Ilan on down to Kenting it's really nice. Here the rugged mountains of Taiwan meet the Pacific ocean. This is only a few pictures of the east coast. My favorite part was the area around Taitung. Most of the pictures here are from that area. Taitung is located in the southeast of Taiwan.

Sanxiantai, taitung, taiwan
Sanxiantai, a famous bridge north of Taitung

I visited the east coast a few times and before I left Taiwan I did a tour on my scooter that included much of Taiwan's best spots: Kenting, Taitung, Green Island, Hualian, and Taroko Gorge. That trip included much of the east coast.

Sanxiantai is beautiful and you can walk out on this bridge with eight arches. On the other side you'll find a small rocky island.

Taitung Coast, Taiwan
Outside of Taitung

If I was to live in Taiwan again I would live on the east coast. You'll rarely see teaching jobs advertised here on sites like Tealit. So if you want to live here then you'll have to be prepared to go door to door with your resume. Cities like Ilan, Hualian and Taitung are pretty small. Private and public schools here are fewer in number and they don't have to advertise as teachers are probably knocking on their doors.

Taitung Coast
North of Taitung

Taiwan is nice, the center is very mountainous. The east coast is pretty rugged, unpolluted and relatively undeveloped compared to the west coast. Part of that reason is the rugged coast line and the fact that it gets hit pretty hard by typhoons.

Populations are pretty small here. Taiwan is around 23-24 million and most of those folks live on the west coast and in Taipei. The biggest city on the east coast is Hualian. Hualian county is around 350,000 people.

The photo that was shot just "north of Taitung" is near a really great cafe. This cafe sits atop a hill and overlooks the Pacific. It's really nice. It's the only one around and you can walk on down to that beach.

Palm trees near Taitung
Taitung

Be careful if you get in the water here as I did that and then after swimming a bit I suddenly noticed that I had drifted considerably north in just a short time. There are some strong currents there which I didn't even notice until after I had drifted.

Surfing is a possibility here too. I saw a bunch of surfers in Jialeshui in Kenting on the very south of the island. Then I also saw a bunch of surfers near Ilan which is farther north and not too far from Taipei.

The east coast of Taiwan is gorgeous, so I definitely recommend getting over there at least once while you are in Taiwan. It's a vastly different world from the urban west coast. A train ride would be nice, yet a scooter, car or bike would give you a lot more freedom to take your time, get out and check some of these places out.

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  • I really enjoyed Kenting. I really wanted to stay in one of the hostels there but my friends absolutely refused. Did you stay in a hostel, camp on the beach or stay in a hotel? Your pics are really beautiful.

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