Here is the 2nd episode of our “Panahon Sa Taiwan” travel series!
This time around, we went to Monster Village and Sun-Link-Sea Forest & Nature Resort – different in themes with deep history and culture.
Monster Village (Xitou Monster Village)
If you want to enjoy beautiful sceneries or just to be away from the city, I recommend you visit the Monster Village. It is Nantou’s whimsical and quirky attraction, perfect for day tours.
Learn about the rich history of the village, commemorating the friendship between Taiwan and Japan.
Admire and take pictures of the Japanese-style houses, then shop and eat.
STINGING NETTLE BUNS at KUBOTA BAKERY
This soft bun is filled with creamy ham and on top of it is a stinging nettle leaf. I tried eating it and it doesn’t sting actually. Maybe the “hair” melts once inside the mouth or it just gets brittle once baked? But nonetheless, the leaf doesn’t have any flavor at all and the bun actually tastes good. But be prepared to line-up should you wish to buy in the morning.
Sun-Link Sea Forest and Nature Resort
This 40-hectare scenic area is located about 1,600 meters above sea level and also known as High Mountain Fairyland in Taiwan. It boatats of a majestic waterfall and a delightfully cool climate. You can also see Mt. Hehuan from a distance.
If you are staying for the night, they have campgrounds and cottages.
If you’re into nature, Sun Link has 10 natural trails that you can discover to refresh and energize the body, mind, and soul: Taiwan Rhododendron Forest Trail, Chienshou Trail, Shihjingji Trail, Chinglong Fern Trail, Yueling Trail, Chunlin Trail, Yuehsan Trail, Yenan Trail, Tianyen Trail, and Tiyen Trailwhich.
SONGLONG ROCK WATERFALL or Pine Dragon Rock Waterfall is a beauty!
You can take pictures from where I am situated (check photo) or take the pathway and see where it leads you. Either way, you’ll definitely be mesmerized with Songlong Rock Waterfall’s gloriousness.
99 SUSPENSION BRIDGE
This bridge crosses the junction of Jiazouliao Xi and Tian-ti Yen. It is also a nice spot to take photos of the waterfall.
Going to our hotel, we opted to walk about 30 minutes from Sun Link Sea Nature’s Flower Center. But I tell you… for someone who doesn’t love walking, I must say I enjoyed it. 🙂
The walking experience gave me a wonderful time to enjoy the scenery and be one with nature.
Since there are hardly any vehicles on the road, you’ll have time to do lots of quick snaps.
Where to stay
Sun-Link Sea Hotel
Address: No. 6, Xishan Road, Daan Village, Zhushan Township, Nantou County 557, Taiwan
Sun-Link Sea Hotel can be found at the Southern tip of Nantou County where the climate is cooler. You can liken it to the Philippines’ Summer Capital, Baguio.
Sun-Link Sea Hotel is a fusion of modern and elegant neoclassical architecture with 129 spacious rooms and 3 VIP rooms that come with breakfast, tea making facilities and wifi. Since the climate is cold, rooms have no need for air conditioning units. However, they have heaters. The room is simple but functional.
For gym rats, they have a sunlit fitness center. And if you need to purchase something, they have a souvenir shop at the ground floor. They also have a full service restaurant where we had our breakfast and dinner.
If you want to have a cup of hot coffee or tea to help you combat the cold weather, there’s a coffee and tea shop just beside the hotel that gives you a refreshing view of the mountain.
Here’s the link to our second episode:
I hope you enjoyed reading my short blog and watching our 2nd episode. Watch out for the 3rd episode!
Directed by: Blake Sarion of Sarion Films and assisted by Jana Jimenez
Make-Up Artist: Gail Sarion
Taiwan Tourism Bureau
Ana Manansala and Precious Ruby of Mode Devi Publishing
Thank you, Flytpack!
I’d like to thank Flytpack for their pocket wifi device which kept me connected and online during our entire Taiwan adventure. Don’t forget to bring along your own Flytpack pocket wifi device during your out of the country travels as well. You’ll thank me for it. 🙂