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The people’s island

Geographically isolated, Lanyu retains a rustic charm, and indigenous traditions are kept alive despite Han-Chinese encroachment

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

? Ferry trips to the island are available from Fugang Harbor (富岡漁港) in Taitung year-round. The trip duration is two hour to two and half hour-long. From March to September, ferry trips are also available from Houpihu (後壁湖) in Kenting (墾丁). It takes one and half hours to two hours to travel. Round-trip tickets cost around NT$2,300.

Getting around

? The easiest way to travel around Lanyu is by renting a motorcycle (NT$400 to NT$500 per day). The only gas station is located in Yayo village, which closes at 8pm. Cars and bicycles are also available for rent. Ask your guesthouses for assistance in arranging transportation

Where to stay

? There are a lot of guesthouse and B&Bs on the island. The Chinese-language travel Web site at travel.lanyu.info contains comprehensive information about accommodation, transportation, restaurants, tourist attractions and other useful travel advice and tips.

What to bring

Geographically less accessible, Lanyu has a limited supply of goods, so prices are higher and choice is limited. It may be wise to bring some food when coming in the winter, as most eateries are closed.

? Also, always check weather forecast if you plan to go during the colder months. The weather can change dramatically. One day you will need a heavy winter coat; the next day it will be nearly 30 degrees Celsius and very summery.

The not-to-do list

? There are many taboos in the Tao culture, and tourists should demonstrate etiquette and respect. For example, visitors should take shoes off when entering a traditional pavilion, and always ask permission to take photographs of locals, their traditional ceremonies, canoes or semi-underground houses. Women are not allowed to touch canoes.

? When in doubt, check with locals. They are mostly friendly and sociable.

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