Taitung County and the East Rift Valley lay claim to some of Taiwan’s most stunning natural scenery. The latter is a slender alluvial plain stretching from Taitung to Hualien between two mountain ranges. Thanks to the remote location, indigenous culture still thrives in this region.

The relaxing town of Dulan has one of the largest Amis settlements along the east coast. Here Amis culture is a part of everyday life for everyone, and that includes artists, musicians, and surfers, Taiwanese and expat alike. At the abandoned Dulan Sugar Factory, artists set up makeshift studios where on weekends you can watch them in action and buy from them. Also on the premises is a bookshop carrying works by indigenous writers, and a bar where ethnic musicians play live on weekends.

From April to August, indigenous festivals pop up along the east coast. The Amis Harvest Festival happens July through September in Hualien and Taitung. Festivities include singing and dancing, spirit welcoming and sending away. In towns throughout the East Rift Valley in April and May, the musical Bunun tribe holds the Ear Shooting Festival, a coming-of-age ceremony.