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Tribal Tourism

As a hidden paradise in the mountains, the whole Kiwit Tribe is a living museum.
Strong Spirits of the Kiwit

Tribal Story

Strong Spirits of the Kiwit

In the Amis language, the name "Kiwit" refers to a tough, durable and vital fern that is often used in daily life. Therefore, Kiwit symbolizes not only the plant but also the strong spirits of the Kiwit Tribe. While preserving its own culture, the Kiwit Tribe simultaneously strives to maintain a balance between modern impact and traditional life. For this reason, the tribal people have reached a consensus and focused on three fields: in-depth cultural tours, organic farming, and cultural and creative industries. The tribal people hope that the development of the three fields can bring more happiness into their lives.

Creative Presentation of Local Cuisine

Local Diet

Creative Presentation of Local Cuisine

The Amis culinary culture embodies the intelligence of the tribe's lifestyle. Under the principle of using local ingredients, the Amis cuisine maintains the fresh and original taste in a free style of cooking. Notice that the flavorful dishes of the Kiwit Tribe must be reserved in advance. Local fresh foods together with skillful cooking and modern creativity have transformed traditional Amis foods into the unique cuisine of the Kiwit tribe.

Authentic Journey

The Way of Thinking on the East Coast - the Tatadok Rafting and Culture Experience
The Way of Thinking on the East Coast - the Tatadok Rafting and Culture Experience

In the Amis language, "Tatadok" means to go with the flow and drift downstream. Different from common thrill-seeking rafting activities that race down the river at high speeds, the Tatadok of the Kiwit tribe is to take, it, slow. Tourists will still navigate the rafts through torrents and rapids, but what should not be missed are casting nets for fishing, setting shrimp traps, tasting stone hot pots and listening to the tribal stories, each of which unfolding the charm of the Kiwit Tatadok. Rafting downstream with the river current is like traveling through the time tunnel. Hearing the tales of the Kiwit Tribe and looking at the breathtaking views of the river and mountains will rejuvenate your body, mind and soul and let you experience a state of mind of beauty.

Return to Nature - Traditional Kiwit House
Return to Nature - Traditional Kiwit House

The construction of the traditional Kiwit House was ascribed to the teamwork of the tribe. Based on traditional house-building techniques, tribal elders led the people and assigned tasks to all generations. Thus, more and more young people returned to participate. Not only the tribal leaders and adults but also women and children took responsibilities. Today, the Kiwit Tribe offers the chance for tourists to have a wonderful experience of staying in the traditional house. To stay in the traditional house for one night, you can feel the tranquility of the night and also recollect the uniqueness and beauty experienced in the Kiwit Tribe.

The Kiwit Museum
The Kiwit Museum

Old pictures tell us stories of the past and memories. Traditional costumes display the weaving and dyeing skills of the Amis people. Thanks to the establishment of the Kiwit Museum, more and more precious artifacts have been returned to make the meanings of lost stories and objects revealed. The Kiwit Museum has gathered valuable objects of tribal life which are important symbols of the Amis culture and Kiwit Tribe. Welcome to the Kiwit Museum and listen to the stories.

Lazy River (drifting tires)
Lazy River (drifting tires)

This is a trip that will make you feel extremely relaxed. The secret water area is a rather smooth part of Xiuguluan River, suitable for relaxing and drifting on tires. You will be able to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the sunlight and breeze. You can also listen to the sounds of the river and sing along. It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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Suggested Itineraries

Half-day Tour

Tour1

Chimei Museum guided tour (incl. an introduction to festivals and culture)→visit traditional houses (tour guide inside)→enjoy indigenous cuisines→learn about Xiuguluan River→Misukap (catching shrimps) and pull up shrimp traps→learn about Maifan Stones and pick Maifan Stones→make Cifar (traditional utensils)→cook with stone hotpots→home sweet home!

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Tour2

Visit traditional houses (tour guide inside)→learn about Xiuguluan River→Misukap (catching shrimps) and pull up shrimp traps→Tafokod (throwing cast nets) →learn about Maifan Stones and pick Maifan Stones→make Cifar (traditional utensils)→cook with stone hotpots→enjoy indigenous cuisines (lunch)→DIY→Chimei Museum guided tour (incl. an introduction to festivals and culture)→enjoy indigenous cuisines (dinner)→home sweet home!

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Two-day Tour

Day1

Enjoy indigenous cuisines (lunch)→Chimei Museum guided tour (incl. an introduction to festivals and culture)→visit traditional houses (tour guide inside)→pick Palo (betel nuts)→mikasouy (cutting wood)→Xiuguluan River ecological tour→set shrimp traps→Tafokod (throwing cast nets) →make fire for bath water→enjoy indigenous cuisines (dinner)→nocturnal guided tour (if it rains: watch videos of the fishing festival of the Chimei Tribe)→good night!

Day2

The early bird gets the worm (breakfast)→Xiuguluan River→Misukap (catching shrimps) and pull up shrimp traps→learn about Maifan Stones and pick Maifan Stones→make Cifar (traditional utensils)→cook with stone hotpots→enjoy indigenous cuisines (lunch)→make hunting traps→cycle around the tribe with a tour guide (learn about the main food of the Amis and enjoy the panoramic views of the tribe)→home sweet home!

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