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Taoyuan District

Taoyuan is located at the foot of southern Mount Jade (Yushan) of the Central Mountains. The topography of the area is characterized by many high forested mountains, and includes geographical features such as valleys, precipices, hot springs, and suspension bridges. The area was once home to an aboriginal tribe called Yaer, also known as Jialameng. During the Japanese colonial period, the town was named Yaer before it was renamed Taoyuan after the recession of Taiwan. The construction of the Southern Cross-Island Highway that runs through the town has brought progress and prosperity to this region. The attractions, particularly the areas surrounding Guan Mountain and Yakou, are ideal places for enjoying the dramatic scenery. Taoyuan District is one of the mountain areas that contains the highest number of waterfalls and hot springs in Kaohsiung.

  • Traffic
    • Travel Tips:


      • The road conditions on the Southern Cross-Island Highway that runs through Taoyuan District are good; however, travelers bound for wilderness areas or river hot springs should drive vehicles with high chassis.

      • A few scheduled public busses run throughout the day, but timetables are subject to change and delays may occur due to weather conditions. Visitors planning on taking public transportation are advised to seek information by phone before departure.

      • Landslides may arise in some mountain areas, especially after typhoons, rainstorms, and earthquakes. Do not go there under such conditions.

      • Along the Southern Cross-Island Highway, gas stations are only available at Yujing, Jiasian, and Baolai, so travelers should be careful not to run low on fuel. In the near future, to increase convenience for travelers, Chinese Petroleum Corp. plans to build more gas stations at Meilan village and at the mid-point of the highway.

      • For those planning to walk on the Southern Cross-Island Highway, because altitudes rise rapidly heading east, be prepared for changes in climate and temperature.

      • The hotels in Taoyuan District are relatively small and the number of rooms available is limited, so make reservations before departure.

      • There are numerous wild rivers and springs in Taoyuan District, so bring a swimsuit!


      Traffic Information:


      1. Driving: Between the 9 km marker on the side of Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 27 and 20 km marker of Laonong forest path.


      2. Bus:
      ─Take the Kaohsiung Passenger Co. bus bound for Liugui from Kaohsiung, Meinong, or Qishan. Taoyuan District is an approximately 23km walk from Liugui.
      ─From Pingtung, take the 8:00am Taiwan Passenger Bus Co. bus to the final stop. Then, take one of the scheduled Kaohsiung Passenger Co. buses from Liugui to Tengjhih National Forest Recreation Area. The buses run four times every day.


      Travel Information:

      1. Yushan National Park Meishan Visitor Center 886-7-6866181

      2. Meishan Youth Activities Center 886-7-6866057

      3. Tengjhih Forest Recreation Area 886-7-689 1002

      4. Lakusih River Upstream River Tour Guide of Fusing Village 886-7-6866011


      Crafts Information:

      1. Lafu Lasih Studio 886-7-6882668 /0913934958

      2. Mulasih Studio 886-7-6881112

      3. Lamuan Studio 886-7-6866036

      4. Bunun Culture Exhibition Center 886-7-6866181

      5. Meilan Art Village 886-7-6866292


  • Accommodation
    • Ya Li B&B +886-7-6882042 No.86-2, Jianshan Village, Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung City
    • HAL-LAN Village Resort Homestay +886-7-6866039 No. 222, Nan Heng Gong Road, Sec. 5, Mei Lan Village, Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung City
    • Yuewan Forest Villa Homestay +886-7-6882225 No. 333, Nanheng Gong Road, Sec. 3, Qin He Village, Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung City
  • Dining
    • Yilan Eating House +886-7-6861326 No. 35, Nan Heng Gong Road, Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung City
    • Shi Quan Hostel +886-7-6861129 No. 38, Lane Beijin , Taoyuan Village,Taoyuan District Kaohsiung City
    • Shaonian River Hostel +886-7-6861055 No. 83 , Lane Beijin, Taoyuan Village, Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung City