Here is the 3rd episode of our “Panahon Sa Taiwan” travel series. Happy watching!
Places to check out
Jiji Train Station
Jiji Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
This ancient train station was built in 1933 and it’s the most well known terminal station on the Jiji route.
In the beginning, the Jiji route was mostly used to transport materials of the power plant and later tourists, agricultural produce and wood and has contributed to the regional economy.
But on Sep 21, 1999, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake destroyed the station. It was later reconstructed and restored to its original look and since then, it has attracted lots of tourists.
Across from the station you will see a “retired” steam locomotive – a relic of the past glory of the Jiji route and the most photographed.
Visitors can not only enjoy the railway culture and beautiful scenery along the route, but also learn about the willpower and determination of the local residents, best illustrated by the saying – power through in the face of a setback.
Where to eat
Cedar Tea House
The Grove, Nantoushien, T’Ai-Wan, Taiwan
For lunch, we went to Cedar Tea House located in JiJi Train Station.
After going through the menu, I finally decided on the Grilled Mackerel Bento Meal at 390 TWD.
The meal comes with side veggies, soup and a wooden bucket that has your meal. It’s a rice topping type with an assortment of garnishings.
My choice of meal was healthy and hearty. Plus I got to take home the bucket which I carefully packed inside my suitcase.
While the husband had DongPo Pork Bento Meal because he’s a carnivore!
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area
Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
The Sun Moon Lake is located in the middle of Taiwan with an elevation of 748 meters above sea level and it is the only natural big lake in Taiwan.
If you are into nature or bird watching, there are famous sights here. Apart from that, there are wild vegetables flourishing in the region as well. These are all natural resources of the Sun Moon Lake region.
You can also rent a bike and go biking while enjoying the view and fresh air.
We rented our bikes at Giant Bicycle Service Station in Delight Mall. Here are the rates for your reference.
- Bicycle security deposit range from 18000 TWD to 150000 TWD (PHP 258059/ 8424 USD) which is refundable.
- Bike rental for two hours is 200 TWD including helmet, saddle bag and bottled water after you use the bike.
I like that they have designated bike lanes really dedicated for bikers. Just like what we did. The bike lanes are safe and clear from any obstructions with a beautiful view of the Sun Moon Lake.
Make sure to stop once in awhile to take snaps. Well worth it!
The total bike trail is about 30kms from the starting point which is Shuishe. But if you just want leisure biking (like us!), you start from Sun Moon Lake Bikeway to Siang Shan which is about 3.4kms.
We also cruised along Sun Moon Lake and enjoyed the sunset.
You know why it’s called Sun Moon Lake? The southern part of Lalu Island is shaped like a new moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun.
That’s it for our 3rd episode! Watch out for our 4th!
Directed by: Blake Sarion of Sarion Films and assisted by Jana Jimenez
Make-Up Artist: Gail Sarion
- Taiwan Tourism Bureau
- Starma Entertainment
- Ana Manansala and Precious Ruby of Mode Devi Publishing
- Sara Trenuela-Patapat
- Allen Hsieh
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. 🙂