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
We spent the last full day of our amazing road trip with my friend Meihsiu Hsiao before taking our flight back to the UK :-)
I’m still so grateful for her and her husband kindness and for having spent the day with us and showing us around Taoyuan. They were lovely and very generous and that day was one of the highlights of this trip.
I was very exciting to meet this other blogger as we’ve been exchanging a lot of messages nearly since the beginning of this blog. The plan was to spend the day with her and her husband and end the day in their mountain cabin. How exciting !
We first visited Lee Teng-Fang House, a Hakka-style historical residence in Daxi. The house itself was built around 1860 by the son of a wealthy merchant, and consists of two main buildings and four side buildings. The house had some beautiful details, especially the roof. It was a nice and quiet place and I would never had thought about visiting this place in the first place, I’m so glad we did !
After this first stop, we headed towards the village of Sanmin, to visit the Bat Cave. It was just a very large overhanging rock rather than a cave, but it was still very impressive. Locals seem to enjoy having barbecues over there and I can understand why ! The forest surrounding it was quite lush and green ! Due to the heat and humidity, I struggled a bit to follow the pace of my guide for the day :p Meihsiu is so fit ! And so is her husband !
We then stopped for lunch and I tried the bamboo tube rice, a local specialty, amongst other delicious dishes. The food was really good and I’m still very grateful of my friend’s generosity towards us.
After lunch, we visited several waterfalls, starting by a small waterfall on the side of road, a hidden spot off the beaten tracks. That was a very nice spot but we didn’t feel like going down.. it was too much effort and way too hot :p
We then drove towards Xiao wu Lai, one of Taiwan’s big waterfalls, famous for its sky bridge. The transparent skywalk is a great way to see the water below our feet by standing on the glass platform, 70 meters high above the bottom of waterfall. We walked around, and enjoyed the surroundings.
We finished the day by visiting a place where they were drying persimmon in Xinpu. With its famous “September dry wind”, Xinpu is the perfect location for having a persimmon orchard and this place makes excellent dried persimmon! That places still uses a traditional way of drying. They keep the persimmon in the sun up to 7-9 days.
In order to have perfect dry persimmons, they have to be picked on the tress when they are only 70% ripe. I tried some and it was gorgeous !
We spent the night in the mountain cabin and it was a wonderful way of finishing this road trip in Taiwan ! Lots of good memories and we have met lovely people :-) I really recommend a trip to Taiwan !