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Orchid Island (Lanyu)

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Like Green Island, Orchid Island (Lanyu) is a volcanic island that was formed of magma erupting from the ocean floor. Because the peaks of the mountains at the northwestern corner of the island resemble red human heads in the crimson rays of the setting sun, it was formerly known as "Redhead Island." The present name refers to the wild orchids that once grew there in abundance. The humid, rainy climate has cloaked the mountainous interior of the island with a thick rain-forest cover, and has provided it with a countless variety of plant and animal life. Coral reefs are distributed around the island and the warm Japan Current also flows by, attracting vast schools of fish that make this a paradise for deep-sea fishing and skin diving.

Yami (Tao) Culture
The Yami (Tao) people have always depended primarily on the sea for their livelihood, a fact which is reflected in their unique culture. The men, for example, wear narrow loincloths for convenience when fishing or hunting; they use richly decorated canoes; they traditionally live in semi-subterranean houses for protection against typhoons and the torrid heat of summer; and they perform elaborate ceremonies when they launch a new boat or begin the annual flying fish season. These cultural features, among others, make the Yami (Tao) intensely interesting to visitors.

Yeyou Village
This is the site of the island's administrative center, township office, middle school, and main bus station. Kaiyuan Harbor, situated on the outskirts of the village, is the island's major gateway for sea transportation—in particular, it is where the boats from Fugang Harbor in Taitung dock. A lighthouse just to the north of the village provides fine views of Orchid Island and the surrounding seas.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)

Nat'l Fwy 5 → Exit at the Su'ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 11 → take the ferry frome Fugang Fishing Harbor to Orchid Island (Lanyu)

  1. Take airplane to Orchid Island (Lanyu) Airport.
  2. Take airplane to Taitung Airport, transfer Taitung County Bus Land, Sea and Air Line to Fugang Fishery Harbor stop, and take the ferry frome Fugang Fishing Harbor to Orchid Island (Lanyu).
  3. Take TRA to Taitung Station, transfer Dingdong Bus to Fugang Village stop, and take the ferry frome Fugang Fishing Harbor to Orchid Island (Lanyu).

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Last update time: Nov 23, 2023
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