Nantou County is located in the center of Taiwan and is known as the only Taiwanese county without a coastline. This means it is unlike its neighboring counties for not having a beach. In 1986, a huge chunk of the county – a total of 62 hectares in Yuchi – was converted into the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village. This aboriginal village is so unique since it combines tourism, culture, education by preserving and promoting the aboriginal cultures in Taiwan.
The amusement facilities and services within the village are all dedicated to highlighting the lively spirits and undying traditions of the aboriginal people. Located in the Dalin Village in Yuchi, the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village is near Nantou’s most recognizable landmark, Sun Moon Lake.
The village is not just one park but a combination of five theme parks, which include the European Garden, Amusement Isle, Aladdin Plaza, Tikal Rainforest Park, and of course, the aboriginal villages. Within these extremely entertaining parks are several joy rides, fountains, museums, a cultural square, and 3-D theater, among many more attractions including traditional dance shows, making the village a perfect venue for family retreats and holidays.
Although all the five parks are of equal importance, Nantou is quite pleased to offer to the world Tikal Rainforest Park, because it is the only theme park in all of Taiwan that has something to do with the rainforest. The park showcases a Mayan Adventure, the Tikal Temple, a roller coaster, shops, and food joints, to name a few of its attractions.
Meanwhile, the European Garden entertains guests with its Ritz Palace Restaurant, Roman Fountain, Miniature Train, Rose Garden and Vienna Forest Coffee Area set in European-style architecture. The Aladdin Pavilion, on the other hand, has several Disney-like theme rides such as the Royal Train, Monorail, Merry-Go-Round, Jurassic Cruise, Future World, Hot Balloon, Gold Mine Adventure, Mayan Adventure, Pirate Boat, and Space Mountain. If these aren’t enough, Amusement Isle offers a Culture Square, Culture Gallery, Starship Theater, and Magic Studio, among others.
Despite these many entertaining facilities, the most important attraction in this aboriginal culture village is, of course, the Aboriginal Village Park. Traditional homes that were built following authentic aboriginal architecture give visitors a chance to see, explore and experience how the native Nantou people and Taiwanese aborigines live. Aboriginal songs and dances are regularly featured in cultural shows at the Naruwan Aboriginal Theater, located adjacent to the ninth village. Also, near the fifth village, the Rock Music Theater presents traditional harvest dance presentations as performed by the Tsou and Thao villagers.
The Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on holidays. Admission fee is NT$650 for adults, NT$550 for soldiers, NT$500 for students and policemen, and NT350 for children, the elderly and disabled. To visit the Village coming from the capital city of Taiwan, there are two possible routes: (1) Sun Yat-sen Freeway, Taichung County, Jhong-gang Interchange, Highway No.74, Highway 14, Cao-tun Town, Puli Town, Highway 21, and Yu-chi Township; and (2) Sun Yat-sen Freeway, Wu-rih Interchange, Highway 14, Cao-tun Town, Puli Town, Highway 21, and Yu-chi Township.