Taiwan Day 4 – Taichung City Tour

Taichung Itinerary: Xinfeng Farm, Ah Liang’s Mushroom Garden, Lavender Cottage, Princess Annie’s Garden, Summit Resort, Carton King Creativity Park, Fengjia Night Market

➡ Day 1: Singapore > Taipei | Xinbeitou Hot Spring, Shilin Night Market
➡ Day 2: Taipei > Kaohsiung | E-DA World
➡ Day 3: Kaohsiung | E-DA Theme Park > Taichung | Fengjia Market
➡ Day 4: Taichung City Tour

Day 4 of our trip was pretty stress-free because we’ve engaged a driver to bring us around. He’ll be with us for three days to tour Taichung, Cingjing and back to Taipei on the third day. We paid him NT$12,000 (~SG$515), and it’s going to save us a lot of travelling time and hassles from moving our luggage around.

Our driver, Mr. Yang (his contact was listed on this post), picked us from our hotel at 9am sharp. He’s a very experienced and skillful driver (with more than 15 years of experience). He even prepared bottles of mineral water in his car for us, we were so touched by his kind gesture.

Most of our Taichung itinerary was suggested by him, except for Xinfeng Farm which I’ve specially requested. Reason – Edison wanted to try-out strawberry picking but unfortunately, it was summer – strawberries were no longer available. So, we planned to bring him to another fruit farm for some fruit picking opportunities. I chanced upon Xinfeng Farm from this website, so we thought of bringing him there.

Much to my surprise, Mr. Yang told us that he has never been there and he was kinda surprised that we asked to go there. He had to rely on his GPS to bring us there, and it was about an hour’s drive from La Vida Hotel that we stayed.

Xinfeng Farm  新峰農場

XinFeng Farm

Xinfeng Farm provides a wonderful setting for a genuine fruit picking experience that kids and adults will enjoy. For a city boy like Edison, he truly enjoyed himself here as he experienced grape picking for the first time.

Jufeng grapes (巨峰葡萄) grow here from June to August and from October to December. They have dark purple, thick and chewy skin, with a sweet and sour taste. We didn’t like eating the grapes because they’re sour, but we still bought back those that Edison picked.


Admission to the farm is free. Visitors can purchase the fruits that they picked at a reasonable price. Tools for fruit picking will be provided. Apart from grapes, the farm also have peaches, tangerines, loquats and even oranges at different months.

Ah Liang’s Mushroom Garden  阿亮香菇園 | Website: http://www.aliang.com.tw/

Ah Liang's Mushroom Garden

This mushroom garden is located near Xinfeng Farm. To be honest, this place is quite boring so we left in less than half an hour. Perhaps a mushroom farm doesn’t look as interesting as a fruit farm because it’s dark and musty.

Over here, you can see how mushrooms are grown. There are a variety of mushrooms for both medicinal and culinary purposes, such as shitake, enokitake, oyster mushrooms, meaty king oyster mushrooms, and even lingzhi. Besides mushrooms, you can also purchase a variety of mushroom products here.

Ah Liang's Mushroom Garden“Mama, can we go now? This place is so boring!”

Admission is free.

Lavender Cottage  薰衣草森林 | Website: http://www.lavendercottage.com.tw/

Lavender's Cottage

Among all the places that we’ve visited in Taichung, Lavender Cottage is the most beautiful, interesting and enjoyable. So, if you’re visiting Taichung, this is the place that I’d recommend.

The best way to introduce this place to you is to tell you the story of two young women. Many years ago, two coffee-loving and herb-loving young women enjoyed travelling around the world as they drew and record their feelings into music. Tired from working in the big cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung, they decided to quit their jobs and started their new life as farmers.

They bought a hill in the middle of nowhere that even mobile phone signal was hard to pick-up. And there, they experiment with growing lavender, and built their dream of a hillside coffee shop surrounded by lavender. After years of hard work, their dream was realized and Lavender Cottage was born.

Interesting and inspiring, isn’t it?

Lavender Cottage is one of the cosiest, most beautiful and relaxing little gardens you can find in Taichung. As we stepped into the garden, we were amazed by the beauty of the purple lavender and its delightful scent. The grass is so green and the cottage is very tastefully-decorated too.

Lavender's Cottage

You can find lavender products such as soap, bath powder, fragrance and lip gloss, as well as souvenirs such as postcards here. You need to pay admission fee, but it’s redeemable for food and drinks.

Carton King Creativity Park  紙箱王創意主題園區 | Website: www.cartonking.com.tw

Carton King Creativity Park

Carton King is very popular in Taiwan, and in fact, I’ve heard of it many times before I had a chance to visit this place. Carton King Creativity Park is a pretty little garden with adjoining restaurant, honey store and souvenir store. As its name suggests, cartons are the main “ingredient” here. It’s totally unbelievable that almost all the things here are made of cardboard – except the people and food, of course! In their restaurant, even the tables and chairs are made of cardboard.

Carton King Creativity Park

Creativity is simply unlimited here. There are more than a thousand products made of cardboard, from furniture to decorations, toys, animals, lighting, photo frame, bag and puzzles. There is really no places like this elsewhere in the world.

Admission fee applies.

Princess Annie’s Garden  安妮公主花園

This garden is somewhat similar to Lavender Cottage but on a much smaller scale. The garden restaurant provides ample seating varying from indoor to wooden pavilion and outdoor, with a wide variety of western cuisine, dessert and drinks. The garden has lovely decorations fit for a princess, but other than that, there is really nothing else to see here.

Admission fee applies.

Summit Resort  新社莊園 Website: http://www.summit-resort.com/

Summit Resort

Before we completely melted under the summer heat, we visited Summit Resort as our last destination before we head back to our hotel.

Summit Resort

Summit Resort

This European style castle is not left by European, but it was built by locals many years ago. It’s a beautiful and scenic place to take a stroll and pictures. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing. Best to go during winter, but certainly not summer as it’s very warm and sunny.

Summit Resort

Admission fee applies.

We returned to our hotel at around 6:30pm, took a shower and head to Fengjia Night Market for dinner. All in all, it was an enjoyable day in Taichung. Lavender Cottage and Carton King are an eye-opener that shows us the power of ideas and creativity.


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Taiwan Day 3 – Kaohsiung E-DA Theme Park & Taichung Fengjia Night Market

Today, we’ve officially melted under the summer heat. Summer in Taiwan is extremely hot, and the temperature in Kaohsiung was 37 degrees C. Thankfully, the E-DA Theme Park has a huge indoor play area (from B2 to 4th Floor and Rooftop) that kept us occupied most of our day.

➡ Day 1: Singapore > Taipei | Xinbeitou Hot Spring, Shilin Night Market
➡ Day 2: Taipei > Kaohsiung | E-DA World
➡ Day 3: Kaohsiung | E-DA Theme Park > Taichung | Fengjia Market

We woke up early, had a sumptuous breakfast at E-DA Royal Hotel, and took the shuttle bus to E-DA Theme Park (just a short 5 mins drive). The theme park’s opening hour is 9am to 5:30pm, so we got there as early as possible to maximize our playtime as we would be leaving to Taichung that evening.

E-DA Theme Park, in general, is not very big. If you’re looking for something like Universal Studios or Disneyland, you’ll be disappointed. There are not many thrilling rides, but it has a lot of kiddy rides. Thrilling rides are located outdoor, and kiddy rides are located indoor – which is good because it was so hot out there.

Help! Help! My little panda is melting!

I would say it’s more suitable for families with young children. It isn’t expensive for a full-day entry, and you can cover all the rides within a day. The fact that we planned our visit on a weekday is a bonus as the waiting time for each ride was not more than 5 minutes! For most of the indoor rides, we didn’t even need to queue.

Edison had so much fun at the indoor theme park. Some of the kiddy rides that I’d recommend are:

  1. Kid’s Driver – a driving circuit for the little drivers
  2. Splash Battle – mildly challenging boat ride, raincoat is required as you’ll get wet
  3. Bumper Cars – need no introduction, we all love that!
  4. Power Paddle – Edison’s favourite, he can paddle the boat all by himself
  5. Flying over Taiwan – a simulation ride “flying” over beautiful natural landscapes in Taiwan. Must try!

Pink bullet

Kid’s Driver
Power Paddle

Apart from the rides, there are various shows and parades. There are also many themed dining options, gift shops that sell souvenirs for less than half of Disneyland prices, and the theme park staffs are all well-trained and friendly.

After 6 hours of fun at the theme park, we took the 3:30pm shuttle bus back to our hotel, picked up our luggage and took the bus to Kaohsiung HSR station (the same bus that we took when we came to E-DA the day before).

The HSR departed Kaohsiung at 4:54pm and arrived Taichung at 5:36pm. It’s just a short 40 minutes journey, and as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I really love the convenience of HSR in Taiwan.

The hotel that I booked in Taichung is La Vida Hotel, and this is the most beautiful hotel in our Taiwan trip this time. The main reason we chose this hotel is its close proximity to the famous Fengjia Night Market. We took a cab from the HSR station to the hotel.

La Vida Hotel is very new as it was just opened in Nov 2014. It’s located in the center of Fengjia Business District and just 5 minutes walk to Fengjia Night Market. The hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful, particularly the Concierge who’s always there to recommend places of interest and nice eateries to us.

Our hotel room is big, clean, and spanking new, with a modern style. Our boy was thrilled to find out that the bathroom has a TV! Watching cartoon while soaking in the bath tub amused him to no end. It also provides classy toiletries and auto toilet seat / bidet.

After a quick shower, we were all refreshed and ready to head-out to Fengjia Night Market for dinner. It was a Thursday night, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the crowd at the night market. Compared to Singapore, I believe none of us will visit a night market on a weekday night.

Fengjia Night Market is touted as the most popular, the biggest, and the most interesting night market in Taiwan. It performed TWD 9.2 billion in business and drew over 118 million visitors in year 2013 alone. We also learned from our driver that Fengjia Night Market is rarely affected by economic downturn due to its competitive price.

In general, the crowd wasn’t too overwhelming that night despite traffic coming from all directions. The night market was full of clothes, bags, shoes, souvenirs, mobile phone accessories, and of course foods and snacks! You can find all these at reasonable price, and bargain was allowed at certain stores.

I didn’t try the food and snacks at the night market. The sight of bloody cake (made of congealed pig’s blood) and stinky tofu totally freaked me out. We had our dinner at “Na Ge Guo” – a spicy hotpot restaurant recommended by the hotel staffs. It was fantastic!

We stayed at La Vida Hotel for two nights, and we paid total S$387 including breakfast for 3 pax. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at La Vida, and we highly recommend it too.

E-DA Theme Park
Website: http://www.edathemepark.com.tw/

La Vida Hotel
Website: http://lavida.hotel.com.tw/eng/
Address: No.275-2, Sec. 2, Xitun Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan

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