A little late on this, but I just wanted to tell everyone the train journey worked out really well and I made it to Taitung. I ended up sitting next to a guy that spoke English on the way down so we had a nice chat!
Thank you to everyone that gave me tips and advice!
Thanks to the super awesome glare on the window of the train, there are no internet-worthy pictures from that trip…hahaha. HOWEVER, here is one for you. Took this yesterday at Taitung Forest Park And then I got fried to a crisp and went to buy stronger sunscreen. Lesson learned.
Beaches in the city?! Never! For Chishang, you can take the train, then bike around. For the nicer beaches -with awesome views and rocks, even camping grounds- or the famous bridge -cross te bridge to escape the crowds and you’ll find a treasure- they have two mini buses doing the rounds. Or taxi.
Just tried to buy train tickets to Taitung online (for dragon boat festival time) when they are supposedly available for everyone starting after midnight, using like 3 computers that were already auto-filled with info. Didn’t even see 1 opening.