Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan
For our second day around Sun Moon Lake, we visited the Chinese style pagoda. We were alone because all the tourist buses come a bit later than that and it was so enjoyable to have the place for ourselves. We climbed on top of it and had a great view over the lake.
We then decided to drive towards Puli to visit the Puli Wine Factory but first we had some food and we found this hot pot restaurant ! It was very fresh and delicious. I’ve realised that I just love hot pots !
The Puli Wine Factory is famous for its Shao-xing Wine made from glutinous rice, wheat or barley and distilled water. The town of Puli offers good climate and pure water and produces delicious wine. They store the wine for at least 30 months in big jars and for some wines, it can go up to 60 months. The museum explains all the fabrication process and everything is translated in English.. it was very informative !
We then decided to visit the famous Buddhist temple, Chung Tai Shan temple, nearby. It is the tallest and one of the largest buddhist temples in the world and was built up from donations only. The monastery is very impressive, lavish, but I didn’t feel anything spiritual during the visit. It felt like a business. The statues inside are very impressive and we noticed there were Four heavenly kings situated at the four corners. Apparently, each guardian watches over one cardinal direction of the world.
After this little visit, we headed towards our accommodation for the night, in Renai. Apparently, the little mountain village has become really popular with locals these last few years and there is a lot of european influence in its architecture. That was not really what we were looking for. A real tourist trap and even the food was not that amazing but the views were great.