Duration: one day ( from 8 am to 7 pm )
Meeting Point : Taichung
Meeting Time : 8 am
Price includes: Van, Minibus or Bus, English speaking guide, lunch, entrance ticket at Saisuyat Cultural Hall, DIY activities
Price does not include: Insurance ( 85 TWD - adults / 35 TWD children) Tips ( not mandatory )
This tour will lead you to the discover of the indigenous world and its culture in Taiwan. You will meet the Atayal Tribe ( the meaning of Atayal :"genuine person" or "brave man") which is the third world largest tribal group and the Saisyat Tribe. In this last tribe members do not use the Saisiyat language. Many young people use Hakka or Atayal instead, and few children speak Saisiyat.
Nanzhuang Township is nestled in the hills of Miaoli County. It possesses a diversity of cultures, including communities of the Hakka and indigenous Atayal and Saisiyat peoples.
Its natural landscapes include hillside forests, lake and crystal-clear rivers. The Atayal tribe is mostly found in northern and central Taiwan along both sides of the Central Mountain Range. It has a population of about 80,000, and the largest distribution among the indigenous tribes of Taiwan.
The Atayal women are excellent weavers. The Atayal are also well known for their tradition of facial tattooing. In the past, males that proved themselves in battle and females with outstanding weaving skills could receive these tattoos, which were a symbol of adulthood and eligibility for marriage.
The Saisiyat tribe currently has a population of about 5,600 concentrated in the mountains of Miaoli and Hsinchu counties. The Saisiyat's most important ceremony is the Dwarf Spirit Ceremony (pasta'ay).
According to tribal legend, a people who were described as short in stature with dark skin lived next to the Saisiyat. They taught the Saisiyat how to improve their agricultural techniques and their crops flourished. However, the males would often harass the Saisiyat women, infuriating the Saisiyat men. One day the Saisiyat men killed off all of these people except for an elderly couple who foretold of future crop failures. To appease their spirits, the surviving couple taught the Saisiyat the songs of the Dwarf Spirit Ceremony. This ceremony is held once every two years, over several successive nights.The first Hakka people arrived in Taiwan more than three centuries ago and tended to congregate in hilly areas where they carried out farming. In Nanzhuang, the Hakka were attracted by the camphor harvesting, forestry and coal mining industries that once prospered here. The Hakka planted many tong trees, which produce picturesque white blossoms in May.
Snacks, Hakka lei tea (ground tea with nuts or herbs) are optional;
You might want to bring: Sunscreen,Hat/sunglasses, Mosquito repellent,Water, Camera/memory card/extra battery, Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Long pants and sleeves are recommended too.
Payments: Payment can be done with credit card or by bank wire. To confirm the reservation a deposit of 50% will be required. Final payment has to be done 25 days before the departure date of the tour.
Cancellation Policy: This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to operate. Cancellation from 0 to 10 days before departure: non-refundable. Cancellation between 10 and 25 days before departure: charge 50% of full payment. Cancellation made more than 25 days before departure: full refund.
For reservation and information, please contact:
Dalong Road, No.20 (crossing Jingming 1 Street)
TCC building, 7th floor
Taichung city, 403 TAIWAN (R.O.C)
Taichung City Phone +886 4 37001268 ext 203 for English
Skype English/French/Italian : anna.lisa2608