Nantou County in Central Taiwan is considered the Alps in the East. It has picturesque greeneries, plains and plateaus that continue to astound both local and international tourists. Surrounded by mountains, Nantou has more mountainous terrains than plains, but it’s most beautiful tourist attraction is the world famous Sun Moon Lake. The best way to truly appreciate this part of Taiwan is to learn about the culture and festivals in Nantou.
Nantou’s earliest settlers were the Han Chinese, and today, Nantou is the home of three aboriginal tribes, which are the Bunun, Atayal, and Thao tribal peoples. The Thao Cultural Village (or The Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village), found not far from Sun Moon Lake, displays aboriginal culture so that visitors could better understand the traditional way of life centuries ago in Nantou. The Thao people entertain and educate visitors by showing how they normally live from day to day and perform authentic aboriginal songs and dances. [Read more…]