Jinkang Trail, known to be the “Mr.Brown Avenue of Changbin”, has a bike path that gives you stunning views of the Jinkang mountains and the Pacific ocean. There you can gaze upon the beautiful scenery of where the ocean meets the sky, and as the seasons change, you can see the different colors of the terraced fields. You can appreciate the unblemished beauty of nature without a single telephone pole in sight. Following along the bike trail, you will pass by Zhongyong tribal village and Changguang Community, both sites have remnants from the late neolithic period. Visitors with an archaeological interest can explore the local history and culture while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Owner Gao Yao-Wei came to Changbin from Tainan, and opened the only second-hand bookstore in Changbin. He operates his bookstore in a very unique manner. He personally takes care of all the chores and cleaning in the store, is his own carpenter, and uses discarded items to decorate his store. Thus, creating a unique environment within the bookstore. Su-zhou is run by having individuals run the store in exchange for room and board. The bookstore provides a room in the basement for the temporary store manager. The store owner hopes to not only provide friends from the city a place to rest, but also allow Su-Zhou to slowly become deeply embedded within the lives of friends in Changbin. Su-Zhou also provides a children daycare services, where children can immerse themselves for hours in the bookstore’s picture book section. The picture book section also provides a place for parent and child to read together.
長濱金剛米 Changbin Jingang Rice
Kai-Yao, like many young Taiwanese in eastern Taiwan, dreamed of making a life for himself in the city. His dream was to be a baseball player. However, after sustaining another injury, he was sent home to help his father with the farming.Soon, he found himself noticing the changes and obstacles taking place in his hometown over the last couple of years. His observations motivated him to move back home and invest in the local agriculture. Through his own efforts, he hoped to inspire change in Changbin. Kai-Yao is funny, passionate, and has a strong understanding of the local culture and agriculture. Kai-Yao also guides bicycle tours around Changbin. As a tour guide Kai-Yao’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious, and through this experience you will also gain a deeper understanding of the story of Changbin.
慕樂諾斯香草園 Mornos Herb Garden
The all-natural Mornos Herb Garden does not use any pesticides and chemicals. The Mornos Herb Garden uses natural and environmentally-friendly farming techniques to cultivate and maintain local agriculture. The completely organic produce from Mornos Herb Garden is a favorite among local head chefs and is often highly requested!
In addition, the Mornos Herb garden is a platform for members of the Yong-fu tribe to share their lives with the world. Mornos Herb Garden owners, Li Deng-Yong and Sun Pei-Fang encouraged the Yong-fu tribe to start practicing natural-farming techniques, and cultivating organic and environmentally-friendly produce. This experience helped form stronger bonds within the tribe, and also helped boost local morale.
You can make guide reservations at the Mornos Herb Garden. The Mornos Herb Garden welcomes everyone to join us in learning more about organic and natural farming techniques, and experience freshly brewed organic tea, and taste some handmade snacks.
The Mornos Cuisine mainly focuses on Amis culture and guiding sea salt workshops. In the past, it was very difficult to produce sea salt in the tribe. In order to preserve the Amis tradition of making salt, the Mornos Tribe leader, Tsai, would collect water from the ocean at dawn, and spend 8 hours slowly evaporating the water in a large pot, then slowly roast the salt in a smaller pot. Three years ago, they accidentally produced a low-sodium, and slightly sweet sea salt flakes. This led to the establishment of one of the only producers of sea salt flakes in the world, and the only one in Taiwan.
吳神父足底按摩 Father Wu’s Foot Massage
Father Wu’s Foot Massage is located in the Changbin Catholic Church. “I’m a Swiss born Taiwanese.” Originally from Switzerland, and belonging to the Catholic church of Bethlehem, Father Wu Ruo-Shi came to the Eastern part of Taiwan at the age of 30 to preach, and there he stayed for 50 years.
At first, Father Wu was unaccustomed to the way of life and soon developed a serious case of arthritis. He studied a German book on foot massages and learned how to alleviate pain. By teaching foot massage techniques, Father Wu hopes to not only improve the health of locals, but also help them earn a living, and improve their lives.
Father Wu’s foot massage is not only located in the Taitung area, but also located throughout Taiwan, Hongkong, and China.
谷泥悠露營區 Gu Ni Yo Campsite
Leo, the owner of Gu Ni Yo campsite, is a young local aborigine who named the campsite after his father. The terraced campsite is full of aboriginal elements. Although the campsite doesn’t have luxurious and opulent decorations, the campsite is full of rich aboriginal language and design techniques.
"Dongi Grocery Store" is newly opened and jointly operated by the returning couple, Zhiyong and Yuzhen, located in Zhenbin Village. They lovingly renovated the once idle storefront, infusing it with a warm and unique atmosphere, combining Zhiyong's interior decoration skills with recycled materials. The store serves as a community hub, offering essential goods and local delicacies, including seasonal vegetable noodles and hangover noodles made from locally sourced ingredients. They actively participate in tribal tours promoted by the Tungkang Cultural Office under the brand "TRIVEL IN SEA STYLE," which includes tribal work holidays, children's tribal adventures, and experiential services related to tribal culture.
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The couple supports the local community by providing space for village mothers to sell handmade crafts, agricultural products, and pickled items, helping them generate extra income. They are also dedicated to preserving the indigenous language, and teaching rural children about nature, fostering self-reliance. Regarding food service, they prioritize eco-friendly cleaning agents, safeguard water sources, and use reusable containers to reduce waste.
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光織屋 Paterongan Art
"光織屋" (Paterongan Art), an art studio co-founded by artists Chen Shuyan and Duwak, is a place that awakens the inner creative spirit of every visitor. Using local, natural, dyeing and weaving materials, and traditional textile and weaving techniques, Guang Weaving House combines elements of living, dining, and workshop to provide comprehensive tribal experience classes, allowing travelers to delve deep into the cultural essence of the land. Guang Weaving House also offers customized itineraries of the surrounding areas, giving travelers a more diverse and enriching experience.
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In addition to being an art studio, Paterongan Art is a community dedicated to creation, nature, and cultural preservation. Here, everyone is an artist. Working with natural materials like tree bark and bamboo, visitors gain hands-on experiences in the traditional art of textile and weaving. They step away from the noise of the city to reconnect with their souls, focusing on the present and the connection with their materials. These experiences not only contribute to the conservation and development of Taiwan's natural textile craft, but also advance the indigenous people’s wisdom in using sustainable substances.
Recognizing the connection between healthy eating, living, and a creative lifestyle, Guang Weaving House works with nearby tribal host families to provide accommodations for visitors. Helping these communities become part of the tourism industry also helps to preserve their tribal cultural values and their unique historical heritage.
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Through playing, exploring, and experiencing life in the tribe, Emas, a young local, helps people get to know life in Jiqi. The Jiqi tribe used to be lifeless as many young people left for a life outside the tribe. When Emas returned to his hometown, he began to deeply appreciate and treasure the wisdom of his tribe elders. Giving up a stable job and income, he decided to spend time with the tribe elders and hopes to pass on and preserve their heritage. With an open and sharing spirit, Emas began to collect traditional aborigines daily life objects for the Jiqi Life Museum. Through a series of environmental and tribal activities (e.g. river-tracing the origins of old tribal waterfalls, diving in intertidal zones, wooden canoe workshops on the Pacific ocean, cooking with wild and natural produce, and tracking buffalo footprints), Emas not only introduces his hometown to travellers, but also inspires and encourages the young people of the tribe to care and pass on their tribal heritage. In hopes of promoting tribal unity and collaboration, this small tribe diligently runs the museum. Even if you spend an entire week at the museum, you are guaranteed to never feel bored or run out of things to do.
海岸咖啡莊園 Coastal Coffee Manor
On the coastal mountain side sits Coastal Coffee Manor, facing the pacific ocean. The scent of freshly brewed coffee is carried by the wind, creating a unique blend of coffee and seasalt, giving the coffee a rich and vibrant taste. The owner of the Manor, Yongzhe and Meizhu, hope to reduce environmental pollution and be more sustainable. They implement natural farming methods that leave their land pesticide-free, and their fruit trees free of industrial fertilizers. They hope that each traveller will be able to savour and enjoy a beautiful cup of coffee, and support the land and livelihoods of all the coffee farmers.
In addition, Coastal Coffee Manor has designed a sightseeing experience that allows visitors to learn about local life, and aboriginal culture. On your way to Coastal Coffee Manor, you can follow in the footsteps of a hunter and explore animal footprints, listen to the tribal guide tell stories of the tribe, and learn about the wild produce and cuisine of the Amis Tribe. Furthermore, not only will you have the opportunity to taste coffee, but also the opportunity to roast your own coffee, and experience the joy of roasting coffee beans. Bringing your own coffee home from the tribe, is sure to give your travels an “original taste”.
稻味釀小酒莊 Fragrant Rice-wine Winery
Sumi Dongi is from the Amis Tribe and grew up in the Makotaay Tribal village of Shi Ti Ping, Hualien. The location used to be an integral part of the local farming legacy, however after the younger generation moved away from home, it was abandoned for 30 years. Since 2009, Sumi Dongi has been involved in the restoration process of terraced fields. Her story has been adapted into the movie “Wawa No Cidal” (太陽的孩子). Her gentle and humble imagery has moved countless people across the world. Today, Sumi hopes to build a winery in her village in order to allow more travellers to experience and understand the culture and story of rice wine. She hopes to achieve this through guided tours through her village.
莎娃綠岸文化工作室 Sawalian Community Space
"Sawah Green Shore Cultural Studio" is a cultural space that carries the wisdom of the Makotaay Tribe. It offers museum tours, traditional weaving experience, and performances of shamanic music and dance so visitors can fully experience the Makotaay tribal culture. The studio is co-run by two sisters, Lafay and Labay, with their mother. They are dedicated to preserving their tribal culture and are opinion leaders on the issue of indigenous land return. Additionally, they serve healthy dishes made from produce from their organic farm.
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"Sawah Green Shore Cultural Studio" is deeply rooted in the tribe, and is committed to caring for the tribal children and elderly, and growing with the community. As indigenous people, they are committed to lifelong learning, and teaching of native languages and knowledge of the mountain and ocean. They support local farmers, and use wild vegetables and poultry raised by tribal elders, sourcing their ingredients sustainably.
Preserving local culture and embracing innovation, they seek traditional talents and start small businesses with their fellow tribespeople, creating new job opportunities. Through collaboration with both locals and travelers, they establish a friendly and mutually beneficial environment. They also offer green travel information for travelers to guide them on sustainable trips.
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下鄉行動 / idang依浪 / 海秧米
Originally from northern Taiwan, Candy (Wang Ting Yao) moved to Changbin in 2012 because of her love for the sea. She relocated to Jingpu in 2015 and established "Rural Action Studio". Among her various other undertakings, "Yi Lang" offers non-intrusive water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling, so travelers can enjoy the ocean without disturbing its ecosystem, promoting ecological conservation. For those who prefer to stay on land, guided tours of the intertidal zone are available to enrich their understanding of the ocean.
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Candy prioritizes hiring local tribal youth coaches, providing employment opportunities for young people in the area. She has collaborated with the East Coast National Scenic Area Administration, the Forestry Bureau, and the Ocean Conservation Administration to monitor common edible species in the intertidal zone, safeguarding marine resources in the area. "Mountains and forests are lovers of the ocean; everything we do on land is ultimately borne by the sea," Candy says.
Candy also cultivates "Sea Rice" sustainably in Hualien’s Jingpu valley. She insists on not using pesticides, herbicides, or even organic fertilizers, irrigating the rice with the pristine and unpolluted water from the Lixue River, thereby revitalizing the ecological environment of Xiuguluan River’s southern bank.
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