Taitung County is the third largest county in Taiwan. Due to its high temperatures throughout the year, Taitung is also known as the hometown of the sun. The Taitung region has many attractions for tourists, both urban and rural. From plains to mountains and from oceans to outlying islands, Taitung is full of many different types of scenery, including a wide variety of tropical plants. In addition to the mountainous terrain, the coastline of Taitung stretches for 176 km and has many rocky bays. In recent years, eco-tourism activities, such as whale and dolphin watching have seen an increase in popularity in the region. The tropical island style of Green Island and Orchid Island will enrich the ocean journey in Taitung.
Taitung County is the region with the richest aboriginal culture in Taiwan, and signs of the earliest cultures trace back to the Paleolithic era. Taitung is home to many different ethnic groups and their ancestral cultures include Nagahama culture, Kirin culture, Peinan culture, and so on. It’s interesting to note that as many as one or two hundred cultural relics that have been discovered in this area, making it significant in Taiwan’s history and culture. Daisies, fulu tea, and moth orchids are well known Taitung County, as well as fresh milk and chih shui rice.
Taitung County has an average annual temperature of 22°C or more for 8 months of the year. The county’s Orchid Island is Taiwan's most tropical area, the annual average temperature is higher there than in most other parts of Taiwan. There is no dry season in the region, which is similar to the Philippines in the south. In addition, Taitung is home to many aboriginal settlements such as the s Amis, Bunun, Atayal, Rukai, and Paiwan tribes. Each year in July and August, tribes of the eastern coastline hold Harvest Festivals in succession, making it the best time to experience Amis culture.