Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan
Initially, I wanted to spend that day on Green Island, but after talking to a few locals who told us that it has been spoiled by tourists and that nothing is natural about this island anymore, we decided to change our plans. The owner of the guesthouse in Taitung told us that we would enjoy ourselves better at Sanxiantai, also known as the Terrace of the Three Immortals, a well-known spot for the locals.
We drove from Taitung on the coastal highway towards the North, stopping a few times to admire the gorgeous views. Our first stop was at Xiaoyeliu (“Little Yehliu”, named after the famous Yehliu Geopark I visited in the North, a few days before).
The landscape over there is also very special but maybe not as iconic as its older sister :-) It was very hot that day and I hid most of the time under the shade where I took some pictures of these lovely colourful insects.
A bit further away, the coastline was just stunning, and we managed to find a little cafe to enjoy the views while drinking a refreshing citrus juice !
We finally arrived at destination ! Sanxiantai got its name from the legend saying that three famous immortals once took a rest in this area leaving three footprints, which are the three gigantic rocks ! There is also a very iconic red bridge with multiple arches that connects the mainland to the tiny island containing lots of footpaths and very special coastal vegetation.
We went back to Taitung by the inland road and stopped at Luye Gaotai to taste some tea ! Luye Gaotai is famous for air ballooning and the views from there are quite impressive despite being cloudy !