Character National
Title Sanxiantai greets the New Year dawn
Introduction Welcoming the dawn has always been the premier activity on New Year’s Day. Located in eastern Taiwan, Sanxiantai is the best scenic spot in all of Taiwan to welcome the first rays of the sun on that morning and every year attracts people to make the pilgrimage there to look toward the east awaiting the day’s first light. As the curtain slowly lifts in the sky, the first light of the new year slowly peeks above the horizon and we can imagine how each visitor is already anticipating a beautiful start to the new year! Sanxiantai is a small island some 80m off the east coast of Taiwan and has three huge rocks soaring straight up into the air. Legend has it that three of China’s Eight Immortals, Lü Dongbin, He Xiangu, and Li Tieguai, once came to earth there, hence the name Sanxiantai, “terrace of the Three Immortals.” The island preserves some treasured flora and is the most important “outdoor geological classroom” of eastern Taiwan. Standing on the red bridge connecting Sanxiantai to the headland, one can appreciate a beautiful land- and seascape that melt into each other. Sanxiantai, with its many traditional legends, is a must-see for both Taiwanese and foreigners who pay the east cost of Taiwan a visit. While “Sanxiantai greets the New Year dawn,” the East Coast National Scenic Area also holds a series of exciting events. In addition to the lively singing and dancing of the local indigenous Ami people that adds to the celebratory atmosphere of the New Year, visitors can go onto small offshore islands for a panoramic view of the endless ocean or can follow the coast from Sanxiantai to Donghe and along the way enjoy the oceans of flowers growing on the fallow land, or see the beautiful scenery from the deck of a small bamboo raft.
●Sansiantai Recreation Area (No.74, Jihui Rd., Sanxian Village, Chenggong Township, Taitung County) Map
Organizers East Coast National Scenic Area Administration, Tourism Bureau, MOTC