The atmosphere of quiet lushness from the mountain made our stay a whole new experience in getting closer to nature.
On our second day of the tour in Taiwan, I will take you to Nantou County, where you can take a glimpse of magnificent views in the countryside and cold weather at Monster Village and Sun-Link-Sea Forest and Nature Resort.
Monster Village is one of the most popular attractions in Nantou County. You will definitely like it here because of its beautiful scenery and cold weather, which is comparable to our very own Tagaytay City. The place is situated 1,100 meters above sea level – the reason for its cool climate – and you can almost see the mountains and the clouds covering the mountain top. There were all kinds of strange monster statues and the villagers dressed in Japanese style.
It’s not just a tourist attraction, but a one-stop-shop for the guests. Whenever you get hungry, you can choose from one of the restaurants here which served best-selling Taiwan and Chinese dishes.
Interestingly, there was particular bread that had caught our attention during our visit – the Stinging Nettle bread also known as “Biting Cat” in Chinese. The itchy part was the leaf and locals made it into bread but the inside was very savory and soft, there was like some cheese or some kind of meat as filling. But the highlight of the bread was the stinging nettle leaf on top of the bread.
Our group indulged in the set menu for lunch at Monster Village Theme restaurant. The food arrived in big servings. It was truly a mouthful of dishes served before our very eyes. We enjoyed the food, the company, and the ambiance.
There were some souvenir shops as well and the hotel within the village for long-staying guests.
The next location was at Sun-Link-Sea Forest and Nature Resort. The place has an annual average temperature of about 20-degrees Celcius, and 1600 meters above sea level. The climate was perfect like Baguio City. Here, you can enjoy a different side of Taiwan, far from the city.
You won’t feel perspired and get tired while walking; most of all, you get to enjoy being surrounded by nature. There were some waterfalls, lots of trees, a Flower Center, which exhibited some 30 flower species, such as peony, color cabbage, hydrangea, tulip, Taiwan cherry, fuchsia, etc.
We were billeted at the Sun-Link-Sea Hotel, an elegant building characterized by modern and neo-classical architecture. The atmosphere of quiet lushness from the mountain made our stay a whole new experience in getting closer to nature.
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(Part 2 of a 6-part feature article)