Escape to Guangfu Township and discover picturesque forests, bubbling hot springs and lush wetlands. The rural township is nestled in the Huatung Valley and feels worlds away from buzzing cities like Tainan and Taichung. In addition to beautiful landscapes, Guangfu Township is rich in indigenous Taiwanese history and culture.
Things to do in Guangfu Township
Rent a bicycle and explore Danongdafu Forest Park. The park protects a patchwork of flower-strewn fields and forests framed by rugged mountains. Trails take you past the fields and through sun-dappled eucalyptus, sweet gum and paperbark woodlands. Visit after dark to see the park light up with twinkling fireflies.
Try more than 30 ice cream flavours at the Hualien Tourism Sugar Factory. The attraction is housed in a former sugar factory and features exhibits on the lucrative industry. Stock up on treats like honeycomb and enjoy a meal at the buffet restaurant. Don’t miss the World War 2 bomb crater reimagined as a fish-filled koi pond.
Soak in bubbling hot springs in the Fuyuan National Forest Recreation Area. This hidden gem is a great place to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Taiwan. Hike to the hot springs, then soothe your muscles with an invigorating soak. Colourful birds and butterflies add to the enchanting setting.
Spot orioles, eagles and more at Matai’an Wetland Ecological Park. This lush, swampy park protects a diverse ecosystem. Follow the wooden boardwalks that take you through fields of floating waterlilies and lotuses, or rent a bike and hit the Mataian Wetland Bike Trail to see more of the park. Try local specialties like salt-baked freshwater fish at the restaurant.
Getting around Guangfu Township
Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Guangfu Township and explore the Huatung Valley at your own pace. Trains connect Guangfu with major towns and cities across Taiwan. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is a 4.5-hour drive away.