One Community, Many Faces Pasikau 2-day Tour
Taoyuan Village, is located in Yanping Township of Taitung County. The residents here are mostly indigenous Bunun. However, this was once home to the indigenous Puyuma tribe and the community is also referred to as Pasikau, which in the Puyuma language means "bamboo forest". As the Bunun were forced to move down to lower elevations by the Japanese during their occupation of Taiwan (1895-1945), they settled here and the Puyuma moved to their present locations in nearby Beinan Township and Taitung City.
All around this community are explanatory panels with descriptions of various aspects of Bunun culture. In addition to its rich culture, Taoyuan Village lies within the fertile East Rift Valley, nestled between the Central Mountain Range and the Coastal Mountain Range, which explains its abundant pristine mountain forest and river scenery.
09:00-10:30 Pasikau Community Tour
Learn about the community's history and highlights. At the Taoyuan Elementary School, bird and frog sculptures decorate the entryway. These two animals are important to the tribe's legend following a great flood. Also visit Taiwan's only pump-less gas station. Observe a wood carving of a traditional Bunun calendar, decorated with symbols related to various annual hunting and millet cultivation activities. Then, listen to the life story of one of the community's residents.
11:00-11:30 Luming Bridge
Learn about the history of this bridge which has survived many natural disasters over many decades. A new bridge has been put in place to carry traffic across the Luye River and the original bridge is now protected. Luming refers to the sound of deer which once gathered around this river in large numbers. Walk across this old bridge and admire the ingenuity of its construction, as well as the surrounding natural scenery.
Enjoy a lunch of dishes made with traditional indigenous and locally grown and obtained ingredients.
14:00-15:00 Orange Jessamine Trail
This trail is located along the outskirts of the community in an area of farmland. Stone steps have been put in place to allow visitors to walk this loop and admire the clusters of orange jessamine trees that are 50 to 60 years old, as well as breathtaking mountain views.
15:30-18:00 Check into accommodation and free time
We will be staying overnight in a guesthouse in or near the Pasikau Community. Set your luggage down and take the opportunity to rest or explore the community on your own.
18:30-20:30 Nighttime barbecue and performance at Xing Yue Yuan Campground
The Xing Yue Yuan Campground is run by a local Bunun family and features wooden platforms for pitching tents and rooms converted from large drain pipes. At night, it comes alive with the lighting of the wood-burning barbecue. Local residents sing and chat, and there is the constant sound of music and laughter. Relax and enjoy the good food and fun.
09:00 Depart for Songfeng River Gorge
A short, but steep, trail, equipped with ropes, leads to a stunning gorge along the Songfeng River. Climb the large boulders that sit in the crystal clear waters and search for those that appear to be shaped like animals, such as the large frog boulder.
12:00-13:30 Lunch at Xing Yue Yuan Campground
Change into dry clothes and then enjoy this last opportunity to experience the hospitality of this community.