Meeting place►Shuanglong Community (Bunun Story House, indigenous handicraft DIY)► Aborigine lunch►Tannan Community (Tannan Forest Elementary School, Tannan Catholic Church, Hunter's Home)► lta Thao shopping district►Taichung
DAY1 Meeting place► Tannan Community (Tannan Forest Elementary School, Tannan Catholic Church, Hunter's Home)► Aborigine lunch► Shuanglong Community (Bunun Story House, indigenous handicraft DIY)►Village overnight(dinner on own account)
DAY2 Homestay breakfast►Dili Community►Tour of Ita Thao Community►Sun Moon Lake Ropeway►Lunch►Xiangshan Bikeway + Xiangshan Visitor Center►Lake tour by boat►Return
Tour of Thao and Bunun culture at Sun Moon Lake - Tourist Shuttle
Meeting places: Taichung Railway Station, High Speed Rail Taichung Station, hotels in Taichung, Sun Moon Lake
Hwafu Travel Service Co. website (Chinese only)：www.go100tour.com
Taiwan Tour Bus website：www.taiwantourbus.com.tw/
Green Transit Co.6288
Shuili-Shuanglong (6 departures daily) for schedules and station locations, please check website (Chinese only).
TEL: 886-49-277-4609 (Shuili)
Ita Thao shopping district
Handicraft shops and eateries, all with a distinctive aborigine flavor, crowd the main street of the shopping district. Here you can savor the taste of fried sharpbelly, grilled wild boar, millet wine, and other local delicacies. The end of the street links to Ita Thao Pier; at the side stands the Ita Thao Visitor Center, with a boat-shape that harmonizes with the surrounding landscape and incorporates indigenous totems, giving it a rich local air.
Located on Fengnian Street in the Ita Thao shopping district, Zhulu Market contains a restaurant and specialty store as well as a stage so that customers can watch Thao song-and-dance performance as they enjoy a delicious meal. Visitors here can also take advantage of a Thao culture package tour service, have their photos taken in native costume, shop for special farm products, and try their hand at handicraft DIY.
Weekdays (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday): Ita Thao Zhulu Market Performance Hall
Holidays (Saturday, Sunday): 11:20 a.m., Ita Thao Pier Stage (in case of rain, the show is held in Zhulu Market)
886-49-2850036 Yuchi Township Thao Cultural Development Association
Tannan Elementary School
This school was rebuilt after the Sept. 21 earthquake of 1999 as a green building in the form of a traditional Bunun house. The most sacred place in the house, the “millet storeroom, is the school library, symbolizing the storing up of knowledge. The school also has a Bunun Culture Hall, which you should visit only on holidays to avoid disturbing the classes.
Tannan Catholic Church
The Tannan Catholic Church is the highest chapel in Nantou County, with a huge statue of Jesus serving as its landmark. Built against the mountain slope, the glass surface of the surrounding wall expands the feeling of spaciousness in this long church.
Dili Catholic Church
This 50-year-old church has a red-brick outer wall and a simple rusticity of design that imparts a feeling of peace and solidity. An adjacent garden grows spices that are used to give added flavor to foods; here, the nuns also teach local women how to make fragrance sachets that they sell to increase their family income.
Darmalan Culture & Art Troupe
This troupe is composed of villagers of three generations-elderly, middle-aged, and young-who perform traditional Bunun ceremonial songs and dances that combine nature, tradition, and innovation.
Darmalan Cultural & Art Troupe Theater (No. 101, Kaixin Lane, Dili village, Xinyi Township.
Saturdays and Sundays
Please contact Mr. Chuan at 886-49-264-1619 for information on package village tours and performance times.
Legend of the Flood Wall
Along, long time ago, floodwaters inundated the land and formed a great sea, forcing the people to escape to the top of Mt. Jade. One day a crab and a huge snake got into a fight, and the crab sliced the snakes belly open. The snake fled in pain toward the west, gouging out a river course from the land as it went; this provided a channel for the floodwaters to flow away, and the dry land once again emerged. Overjoyed, the people rushed down the mountain to reclaim the land, spreading in all directions to settle the network of villages that still exists today.
This waterfall cascades down a mountain face northeast of the community in two sections, giving rise to the name Shuanglong – “Double Dragons." The 1.5-kilometer Shuanglong Waterfall Trail is an ancient pathway left from the time of the Japanese occupation (1895-1945). The trail is lined with Taiwan cherries and plums, which greet visitors with a pleasing aroma during flowering season.
The Bunun name for Tushiwan is Zeiku Daing, meaning "Big Bend." The Zhuoshui River makes a big curve here, turning 180 degrees to enfold a strip of peaked hills. This makes for a unique scene.
Located on the upper reaches of the Zhuoshui River in Xinyi Township, this is the site of an early Bunun settlement. During the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945), the tribespeople from this village moved to the area of Dili and Tannan, leaving Bakulasi largely deserted. It retains the ruins of numerous old stone-slab houses, and the surroundings are filled with rich ecological landscapes; even more enchantingly, it remains suffused with the mood of the laid-back life.