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Monster-Village

XiTou  Monster Village (溪头妖怪村), an interesting Japanese style attraction, one of the hottest tourism spots in Nantou (南投). The place full of creativity, from concepts, buildings, foods, souvenirs, to the “creatures” staying there… Monster Village was located at the entrance of Xitou Nature Education Area (溪頭自然教育園區), with address No. 2-3, Xingchan Rd, Lugu Township Nantou County, 558 (南投縣鹿谷鄉內湖村興產路2-3號). The place open daily from 1000 to 2000, with free admission. Here is the webpage of XiTou Monster Village, currently available only in Chinese version.

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JiJi Train Station (集集火车站) was built during Japanese Colonial Era, for the purpose of materials transporting for new power plant construction. It was one of the few old train stations available in Taiwan. Locals in JiJi had very limited transportation choices before the JiJi Train Line was constructed, rail push-trolleys and porters were the main one. After since JiJi Train Station was opened for service, JiJi town was able to reach out to other places more easily, and as a chain reaction brought up economies of surrounding villages, thanks for the improvement in their connectivity.

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CheCheng Train Station (車埕火车站 ) was the last station of JiJi Train Line, well known as the most beautiful train station.  It was located at CheCheng Village (車埕村) with address 553, Nantou County, Shuili Township, 民權巷2號, which nearby MingTan Reservoir (明潭壩頂). During Japanese Colonial Era, push-trolley track was built between PuLi (埔里) and CheCheng to transport sugarcane produced from PuLi sugar factories. Up to hundred of push-trolleys stopped at CheCheng during sugarcane transporting, because of that locals called the placed “car depot” and that was how the name CheCheng came from.

Several years later, JiJi Train Line was built for construction of a new power plant, and CheCheng was included as one of the important stations in transferring construction materials and timber. Originally, CheCheng Station was built of steel and concrete, but it was damaged badly during 921 earthquake. It was then being rebuilt with timber, the design and architectural look classical.

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Woohoo~~ We were having an amazing race on day 4 of our Taiwan Trip! The target was to cover 4 popular attractions in NanTou (南投) within a day, and eventually reach TaiPei (台北) by 2100! Sounds crazy and impossible? Well, then you better put your seat belt on as we are about to start the journey!

Are you EXCITED and READY to know how could we cover all these attractions with limited time? Then click on the chapter selection below to read on for day 4!

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ShueiLi Train Station (水里火车站) was one of the station of JiJi Train Line (集集火车) in Nantou (南投), the nearest train station to Sun Moon Lake. The station was well known with its architectural design in white, having the look like western style buildings. Although this old station no longer as bustling, but still the grandest among all JiJi Train Line stations.

Getting to ShueiLi Train Station (水里火车站)

After checking out accommodation before heading out for the day, we took public bus at Feng Chia University (逢甲大学) bus stop, the one opposite Mc Donald at FuXing Road (福星路) to Taichung Railway Station (台铁台中站 ). You can take bus services 5, 25, 29, 33, 35 or 37 at that bus stop to Taichung Railway Station, same for the opposite direction.

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Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) has one of the most beautiful cycling trails in the world, we decided to spend half a day checking it out. The whole cycling path around Sun Moon Lake is about 30km, based on our research the time required to finish whole journey is within the range of 3-7 hours depends on how fast your speed is.

There were a few bicycle shops in Sun Moon Lake, we chose Merida (美利達愛騎自行車租賃店) because of the good reviews on their low price, good bicycles’ quality, friendly and knowledgeable shop owner.

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There are always so many ways in exploring an amazing place like Sun Moon Lake, you can consider taking cable car, ferry, shuttle bus, taxi, etc. Instead of having an easy way going around the lake, we chosen a more adventurous option – cycling! It was a great and exciting experience, that we could take full control of the whole journey, including the cycling pace and time to spend at every attraction. Feel the wind and focus on the beauty of Sun Moon Lake, free our mind from all the stress and troubles, just enjoy to the fullness!

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Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), one of the most popular attractions in Taiwan that you don’t want to miss. It is well know with the breathtaking and eyes catching scenery, both lake and mountains. That beautiful place is one of the eight Wonders of Taiwan, got its name from the unique terrains that look like sun and moon on each side after divided by Lalu Island.

Visitors are given multiple options in exploring Sun Moon Lake, by cable car (sky) which offers a bird-eyes view of the whole Sun Moon Lake; by ferry (lake) to have a refreshing tour slowly exploring the lake; or by cycling (land) along trails surrounding the lake. CNNGO, CNN ever nominated the lake cycling trails as one of the most beautiful cycling trails in the world, let’s find out!

You can find out more about the Sun Moon Lake here at their website.

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Maple Leaf Holiday Villas (清境楓葉山莊) is one of the many accommodations that you can find at the highland CingJing (清境). The villa’s elevation was higher than Evergreen Grasslands (青青草原), with address 546, Nantou County, 大同村仁和路226-9號清境農場楓葉山莊.

 

Getting to Maple Leaf Holiday Villas (清境楓葉山莊)

It is accessible via bus service of NanTou Bus Transportation Company (南投汽車客運股份有限公司) that I have covered in post “Taiwan (台湾) Day 2: Small Swiss Garden (小瑞士花園) & Carton King (纸箱王) [Nantou (南投)]”. Take the bus service from Puli (埔里) station towards CuiFeng (翠峰) direction, and alight at CingJing Farm – NaLuWan Station (清境農場-娜魯灣站), then walk towards Evergreen Grasslands direction for about 100m to reach the villa.

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 Evergreen Grasslands (青青草原) was the most popular attraction in CingJing. Bright blue sky and verdant mountains surrounding that wide piece of green and lush grassland, created a distinctive European atmosphere and scenery. Herds of sheep grazing at the grassland and sheep show are the main reasons for most tourists to visit the beautiful farm. You can click here for their homepage.

We took CingJing shuttle bus from CingJing Recreation Center (清境農場遊客休閒中心) to Evergreen Grasslands, the journey took around 20mins and we reach at 1345. Timing was just nice for us to wander around the luxuriant grassland, before the sheep show started at 1430.

The sheep show is available on Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (exclude Wednesday), at 0900 & 1430, show time around 30mins.

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