Now, we’re off to Nantou which is right smack in the middle of Taiwan. This county is the home of Sun Moon Lake, Hehuanshan, Cingjing (Qingjing) Farm, and Carton King.
How to get here:
From Taipei, you can take any of these: High Speed Rail (HSR) at the Taipei Main Station, Metro Express Train, or Bus going to Taichung.
From Taichung, book a direct trip from Nantou Bus at the Gancheng Station (Shuangshi Rd., North District). This bus also stops at HSR, but I’m not familiar with how the ticket is sold there. From the Nantou Bus near Gancheng, purchase the Cingjing Farm Pass worth NTD610 as it includes round trip bus fare from Taichung to Cingjing Farm and vice versa, admission fee at Green Green Grassland, and discount coupon for Cingjing Guesthouse. You get to save cost and the 2.5-hour travel is made comfortable with the direct trip and one-time purchase.
Cingjing Farm – Green Green Grassland and Cingjing Skywalk
Cingjing Farm is located at Ren’ai Township, and it combines the cold weather of Baguio or Sagada and the lush green of Batanes. You can go around the farm following the recreation area map or as guided by the sign posts around the area.
Our first stop is the market area since it’s lunchtime when we arrived. There are several stalls selling noodles, sausage, shake, ice cream, and sheep or goat products like vitamins or tablets. It’s a good place to eat as the other restaurants within the area are quite expensive. Sidenote: We had dinner at a restaurant which sold omelette for NTD200. Just omelette with spring onion; no ground pork even!:(
After lunch, we started our trek at Green Green Grassland. I was amazed with the hills and vast space where sheeps roam freely. However, I expected that the place will be sprawling green instead of brown. It must be the season.
What I enjoyed the most in this place are the sheeps which you can touch and the amazing view. If you’re at the high places, you can see the mountain range as if they are just outside your window.
Another spot that allows you to get an amazing view is the skywalk. It’s a bridge that spans 1.2 kilometers, so it’s going to be a long walk. Just enjoy the view, so you won’t notice the distance. We got our ticket for NTD30 because of the discount coupon at the Cingjing Farm pass, but usual rate is at NTD50 for nonresidents.
Aside from the Cingjing Farm, you can also visit Carton King in Nantou. It’s walking distance from Cingjing Farm. It boasts of products that are made from carton and a restaurant that serves food using carton-made items.
I wanted to eat at the restaurant, but food is quite expensive, around NTD250 and up, and serving size looks small. Maybe next time when I wanted to splurge.
Overall, I liked this area of Nantou because it highlights mother nature’s beauty. The amazing view always tugs at my heart and makes me grateful to have been in that spot at least once in my life.