[Travel] Explore Taiwan, the Heart of Asia on September 2017 (Day 3)

by - Monday, October 09, 2017

Let's begin my travelogue on the third day I have been in Taiwan. We take breakfast at Sinjhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel, around 07:15 am. Then, we transfer to Yilan for visit the National Center for Traditional Arts. 

The Yilan City (宜蘭市) is a city and the county seat of Yilan County, Taiwan. The city lies on the north side of the Lanyang River. The journey from Taipei City to Yilan City is taken around 1 hour 30 minutes by bus. It has a nice view of the countryside Taiwan. I can see the difference between the both of these cities. The Yilan City has a lot of Airbnb house's concept and most of it is the modern house. I like it so much.

The National Center for Traditional Arts (NCFTA) (國立傳統藝術中心) or also called as Center of Traditional Arts. It's located on the river bank of Dongshan River in Wujie Township, Yilan County, Taiwan. 

The center's total area is 24 hectares. The goal of the center is overall planning, supporting the related research, promoting, preserving, and teaching the traditional arts, and also redefining, renovating, and developing the traditional arts. The park itself has become one of the most important tourist spots in Yilan. 

The Entrance Ticket Fee

The tickets prices are NT$ 250 (RM 35.80) (Adult – High Season), and NT$ 150 (RM 21.50) (Adult – Low Season). All tickets prices are in the pictures. There are have many attractions; which are Wenchang Temple, Exhibition Hall, Scholar Huang's Residence, Chiang Wei-Shui Theater, Guanghsiao Shrine, Mutsai Kiln, and Boulevard.

There also have three types of Boulevard; which are Wenchang Boulevard, Luban Boulevard, and Waterfront Boulevard. I like all of it but the most I like is Wenchang Boulevard. 

The Wenchang Boulevard is a street of shophouses, extending outward from the plaza of Wenchang Temple. The winding Boulevard vividly showcases the characteristic of traditional shophouse buildings, where the beginning and the end of the buildings are not in view of each other. The façade of the Boulevard imitates the shophouses in Hukou, Sanchia, Lukang, and Dadaocheng. The gables and parapets reveal the Western architectural style of the Japanese rule while traditional Hokkien shophouses are interspersed among others. The shops for basic necessities of life re-create the busy street scene in the old times.

My Group Tour

I also have been trying the famous Taiwan bubble tea in the National Center for Traditional Arts. The price is NT$ 95 (RM 13.60). I like it but to me, it's a little bit expensive rather in Kuala Lumpur, I think.

Another place I have been learning in these places is Scholar Huang's Residence. The Scholar Huang's Residence, built in 1877, was home to Yilan's first-degree scholar Huang Zuan-Xu. It was initially located on Xinmin Road in Yilan City and then was relocated to the NCFTA in 1996 due to an urban renewal project.

The traditional folk building is a three-section compound. The right and left short walls are decorated with mullioned windows and the walls are constructed with a gravel base and bin-built bricks. The central walkway is paved with red bricks in the open atrium. 

Then, we're going to the Shangrila Leisure Farm. The journey from the The National Center for Traditional Arts to the Shangrila Leisure Farm is taken like 30 minutes only by bus. It's near.

The Shangrila Leisure Farm (香格里拉休閒農場) is a tourist attraction farm in Dongshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan. The leisure farm is located about 250 meters above sea level with temperatures conditions of four seasons. It overlooks valleys, rivers, plains, farms, islands, and ocean. It has several natural ecologies; such as macaques, tree, frogs, firebugs (Firefly), butterflies, and also a variety of plants.

The first things we're doing at the Shangrila Leisure Farm are we're taking our Halal lunch at the resorts. They serve the Halal meals for the Muslim guests. Most the meals are like Malay and Chinese meals. The dish they serve to us is 9 dishes in total. The price is around NT$ 350 (RM 50.00) per pax. It's so delicious, and this time – I can manage to the some of the dishes photos. 

After lunch, we're check-in our room and take rest for a while. The room is nice and big too with two queen beds. The room is also provided the Qiblah arrow for the Muslim guest to praying. It's just nice. I'm so tired, so I take rest before we have met back at the lobby resorts is around 05:00 pm. 

The farm also regularly hosts several activities; such as lantern activity, whirligig activity, matzo ball activity, and other do-it-yourself activity. It also houses some accommodation services for overnight stay or venues for business meetings.

Since we're staying at the Shangrila Leisure Farm, so the first activities before our dinner are walking around the farm areas and picking up the fruits – if looking back to our itinerary. But we're can't to picking up the fruits since it's not fruit season yet. I a little bit upset, since we're can't pick up the fruits so I hope the resorts will exchange with something but they are not doing that. They just were taking us walking around the farm with so hot weather at that time.

Honestly, I can't hold the hot weather in Taiwan on that time. Even Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is also having hot weather but I don't know how to explain it. For me, it's so hot rather than Kuala Lumpur during summer seasons.

Then we're proceeding to our dinner at the same place during lunchtime. Most the meals are like Malay and Chinese meals. The dish they serve to us is 9 dishes in total. The price is around NT$ 350 (RM 50.00) per pax. It's so delicious, and this time – I can manage to the some of the dishes photos too. 

After dinner, we have night activities; which are playing gasing and make the simple dumpling. This activity is open to all guests at that time. It's so fun and enjoys with other guests. 

After the night activities, it's raining. Then, we're going straight to our room and rest. That is all my third-day stories in Taiwan. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Explore Taiwan, the Heart of Asia on September 2017 – Day 1, Day 2, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6.

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