In The Heart Of Taiwan: Top 10 Places You Must Visit In Nantou

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It’s located in the center of Taiwan, and it has abundant greenery. From the mountains to the forests, Nantou will certainly amaze visitors who want to admire the beauty of nature. The history and culture are also well-preserved, and you can see it when you explore Taiwan Times Village and Jiji Station. Without a doubt, a journey through the heart of the country is sure to be an adventurous experience. These are the top ten places you should check out if you’re in Nantou.

1. Yushan National Park

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Prepare to be mesmerized by the view of Yushan Mountain, which is the highest in Northeast Asia, and many other snow-capped landscapes. Yushan National Park is over 247105.38 acre (100,000 hectare), and apart from mountains and valleys, it’s also home to a wide variety of flowers and animals. Finding the Taiwan macaques, black bears, and sambar deer may be difficult, but you will definitely hear them as you explore the park. Another highlight is the sunrise view, which is considered the best in Taiwan. You can go to the website to fill out the park entry application and read the rules and regulations.

Yushan National Park

Address: 556, Taiwan, Nantou County, Xinyi Township

Price: Free

Contact: +886 492773121

Website: Yushan National Park

2. Hehuan Mountain

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Between Nantou and Hualien is a mountain that reaches up to 11,207 feet (3415 meters). Hehuan Mountain, also known as Hehuanshan, offers a memorable hiking experience. You won’t just get magnificent views of the landscapes, but also the famous sea of clouds. If you decide to hike during the winter season, make sure you bring your coat and boots because it will be very cold especially in January. Winter is also special because you will see the mountain get covered in snow. At night, the shining stars in the sky are guaranteed to enthrall you.

Hehuan Mountain

Address: Hehuanshan, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Price: Free

3. Qingjing Farm

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In Ren’ai town, there’s a foggy 1878 acre (760-hectare) farm that is often referred to as paradise. Qingjing Farm is ready to enchant you with its lush surroundings and mountain views. It’s where you will see the beautiful sub-tropical flowers such as calla lilies and tulips. Apart from admiring the sights, you can also interact with the adorable animals. Kids will surely love the pony rides during the day and the sheep shearing and horse shows are guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

Qingjing Farm

Address: 170, Renhe Rd, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 546

Price: from 19 USD

Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact: +886 492802172

Website: Qingjing Farm

4. Sun Link Sea Forest Recreation Area

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There are more natural gems waiting for you at Sun Link Sea Forest Recreation Area, which is located on Xishan Road. The 98 acre (40 hectare) attraction is filled with fir trees, hemlocks, and different types of flowers. Maple leaves turn red during autumn while April is the month where peonies start blooming. If you visit around Chinese New Year, you will see the lovely cherry blossoms up-close. The area is also home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls such as Qingyun, Niaosong, and Water Curtain Cave. Qinygyun is the most popular because of its height, which reaches up to 116 meters.

Sun Link Sea Forest Recreation Area

Address: 6, Xishan Rd., Zhushan Township, Nantou County 557, Taiwan

Price: from 6 USD

Opening Hours: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact: +886 492611217

5. Houtanjing Sky Bridge

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You will definitely fall in love with nature even more at the 669 foot-long (204 meter) Houtanjing Sky Bridge. It has 265 steps, and it offers marvelous views of the valley, lush forests, and the Changhua plain. If the weather is fine, you may also have a chance to see Yunlin’s Xiluo Bridge. LED lights are switched on at night, making the bridge look more fascinating than ever.

Houtanjing Sky Bridge

Address: 300, Houtanjing St., Nantou City, Nantou County 540, Taiwan

Price: from 2 USD

Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Contact: +886 492292556

6. Jiji Train Station

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Jiji Train Station was damaged during the 1999 earthquake, but thanks to the government and the locals, it was restored in 2000 with its original look. Built in 1933, the train station is known for its cypress planks and its well-preserved steam locomotive relic. You can take photos of the old train and the lush surroundings and visit the nearby food stalls to try out some of the famous dishes.

Jiji Train Station

Address: 552, Taiwan, Nantou County, Jiji Township

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24 Hours

Contact: +886 492761084

7. Xitou Monster Village

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With its Japanese setting and colorful characters, Xitou Monster Village on Xingchan Road is the perfect place to visit with the family. Once you pass through the traditional gate, you will see red lanterns, old-style houses, and sculptures of adorable monsters. Wherever you go, this village will surely give you plenty of photo opportunities. There are also restaurants and shops named after the famous monsters. Eat, take pictures, or just enjoy the sights of this beloved attraction.

Xitou Monster Village

Address: 2-3, Xingchan Rd., Lugu Township, Nantou County 558, Taiwan

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Contact: +886 492612121

8. Taiwan Times Village

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Relive the country’s old days on your visit to Taiwan Times Village in Zhongzheng Road. The buildings, alleys, and streets replicate Taiwan’s past perfectly, and there are also men dressed as KMT soldiers guarding the gate. Feel free to take pictures of the impressive replicas and don’t forget to visit the stores selling vintage items. Another highlight is the wooden train station, which looks very realistic. It has tracks, ticket booths, and a locomotive. If you’re hungry, then head to one of the many restaurants for a bite of traditional dishes.

Taiwan Times Village

Address: 1039, Zhongzheng Rd, Caotun Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 542

Price: from 11 USD (adults); 10 USD (kids ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens)

Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Contact: +886 492305000

9. Taiwan Historica

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Taiwan Historica in Jhonsing Village is where you can learn more about the country’s rich history through literature. It has a wide collection of texts from the Japanese Colonial period to the post war era. There’s also a section dedicated to Taiwanese folklore and an interactive exhibit for kids. Admission is free, and there are guides who can answer your questions and tell you more about the texts.

Taiwan Historica

Address: 254, Guangming 1st Rd, Nantou City, Nantou County, Taiwan

Price: from Free

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Contact: +886 492316881

Website: Taiwan Historica

10. Puli Brewery

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Puli Brewery is famous for producing the Shaosing Rice Wine, which is one of the national wines of the country. Because of Puli Township’s warm atmosphere and clear water, the brewery was able to make quality Shaosing Rice Wines that have a bright yellow appearance and a lovely fragrance. On your visit here, head to the second floor to learn about the history of the drinks and the production process from the various display boards. The first floor is where you can purchase wine and other related items.

Puli Brewery

Address: 219, Zhongshan 3rd Rd., Puli Township, Nantou County 545, Taiwan

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays); 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

Contact: +886 492901649

Website: Puli Brewery

Enjoy Nantou

Nantou is the second largest county in Taiwan, which means there’s more for you to see. Apart from the natural and cultural attractions, the calm rural atmosphere will also put a huge smile on your face. You definitely won’t experience these kinds of vibes when you’re in other cities. The rainy season is from April to September, while the dry season is from October to March. No matter what the weather is, Nantou surely has something to offer for everyone. Have a memorable trip!

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