Under the newly lifted level 3 restrictions, citizens in Taiwan can now travel for short trips in the nation. (Photo courtesy of @molly888666 (left) and @aiwei_o (right)/Instagram)
It hasn’t been easy for anyone in Taiwan to combat COVID-19. After enduring past the grueling semi-lockdown period for the past three months, why not take a tour to Taitung on a beautiful weekend to let off steam?
Paying a visit to picturesque country roads and historic relics is definitely going to spice up your lives, so we’ve provided three places to get those #Instaworthy photos that you sorely miss. However, do make sure to follow the COVID-19 restrictions when out and about!
池上伯朗大道 ｜Mr. Brown Avenue
Mr. Brown Avenue has been coined, the “emerald road of paradise” for its picturesque view. (Photos courtesy of @pinkmelody11 (left) and @chi982 (right)/Instagram)
Mr. Brown Avenue runs through golden rice fields surrounded by stunning mountain views which is a perfect cycling route. It’s no wonder the road has been coined, the “emerald road of paradise.”
While roaming the breathtaking settings, make sure to stop by the famous Takeshi Kaneshiro tree, which made its debut in advertisements for Mr. Brown Coffee.
You’ll also find a popular set of swings perfect for #Instaworthy photos down the road.
地址｜How to get there ：台東縣池上鄉錦新三號道路｜From Chishang Train Station, drive south on route 197. Mr. Brown Avenue starts at the intersection of 197 and route East 6.
Luye Shrine was one of the shrines built during the Japanese colonial era in Taiwan to attract more Japanese to visit. (Photo courtesy of @dai.biz0628 (left) and @smallmomo7474 (right)/Instagram)
Back in the Japanese colonial era, Taitung and Hualien were home to many Japanese villages.
To attract more Japanese people to Taiwan, scores of Shinto shrines were built, and the Luye Shrine played a major role for the purpose of worshipping.
Now, only the pedestal of the past Luye Shrine remains while the rest of the building has been reconstructed by a Japanese craftsman.
No longer dedicated to deities, Luye Shrine is now a building with a grand historical status.
地址｜How to get there ：台東縣鹿野鄉光榮路308號｜No. 308, Guangrong Rd., Luye Township, Taitung County | 電話｜Phone: 089-551637
台灣國際熱氣球嘉年華 | Taiwan International Balloon Festival
2020 Taiwan International Balloon Festival (Courtesy of Taitung County Government)
This year’s Taiwan International Balloon Festival is limited to Taitung citizens only, meaning only those living in the area can see in person the wonderful scenes that have drawn many tourists there annually.
However, the Taitung government tried their best to include others to participate in the event, setting up 360-degree livestreaming cameras for people to look at every day, specifically for avid fans who love the beauty of Taitung and air balloons.
Though the 11th anniversary of this yearly event is a bit different from the rest, the balloons are still as adorable as ever.
If you’re lucky enough to be there in person, or if you’re watching at home, make sure not to miss the huge Hello Kitty balloon in Bunun’s traditional clothing!
直播時間：8/14~9/12 每日 5:30~7:00 及 17:00~19:00
Live streaming time: Every day from 5:30~7:00 to 17:00~19:00, 8/14~9/12
Live streaming link: https://reurl.cc/ogGb3g
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