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Top Spots to Visit Around Taiwan’s Lantern Festival

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The once a year Taiwan Lantern Festival has held its grand opening in Taoyuan. Because it’s the year of monkey, the Lantern Festival was designed based on the concept of “Golden Monkey Offering Peaches”, corresponding with culture and history of Taoyuan. It’s definitely worth going. Here’s the top 10 must-go hot spot near the Taiwan Lantern Festival. So you can enjoy the beauty of the city, besides the Lantern Festival.

  1. Shihmen Reservoir

With the main purpose of water supply, flood control, and recreation, Shihmen Reservoir is the top on the list. The scenery of the lake and mountains surrounding is poetic and spectacular all year around. There are many trees and park inside. Bikes lane and yacht are available. It is also a good place to go on holidays. In autumn, Shihmen Reservoir is a famous place to watch the maple leaves.

Address: No. 68, Sec. 1, Huanhu Road, Fuxingli, Daxi, Taoyuan

Opening hour: 08:00 – 18:00

  1. Gloria Outlets

As the first outdoor boutique outlets, hundreds of international brands, many of which are the well-known international brand that entered Taiwan for the first time. With so many unique advantages, coupled with numerous famous theme restaurants, it has attracted tons of visitors to come just during its opening. How can you miss this place in Taoyuan?

Address: No. 189, Chunde Rd, Zhongli, Taoyuan

Tel: 03-2738333

Opening Hour: 10:00 – 21:00

  1. Window on China Theme Park

Window on China Theme Park is one of the showpiece tourism places in Taoyuan, filled with the memories of residents. Why named it Window on China? Because the miniatures of the historical buildings from local and abroad are the exact 1:25 scale replicas, in the detail of which show the features of the original buildings. It is the biggest feature of the park. Now, the water park has been added to the theme park.

Address: NO. 891, Gaoyuan Rd, Longtan, Taoyuan

Tel: 03-4717211

Opening Hour: 09:00 – 16:30 (Weekday), 09:30 – 17:00 (Weekends and Holiday)

  1. Cihu (Lake Kindness)

Earlier in the history, Cihu is famous as a scenic park where the remains of Chiang Kai-shek’s body are entombed. Now, many visitors come here to see the beautiful scene. Cihu is divided into 2 parts: the front Cihu and the Back Cihu. Currently, applications are required to enter the back Cihu. The surrounding environment around Cihu is stunning. With the mountain and lake around, visitors can enjoy themselves refreshed.

Address: No. 1097, Sec. 1 Fuxing Rd, Daxi, Taoyuan

  1. TaiMall

Who’s the No. 1 shopping center in Taiwan? It must be the TaiMall, located in Xuzhu district. TaiMall opened in 1999, has been bringing huge business opportunity to Taoyuan ever since. After the renovation in 2014, the overall quality of the mall has increased dramatically. Like Metrowalk, there is Cinema inside the mall. TaiMall is a 360-degree entertainment shopping center.

Address: No. 112, Sec. 1 Nankan Rd, Luzhu, Taoyuan

Opening Hour:     Monday to Thursday: 11:00 – 22:00,     Friday: 11:00 – 22:30, Saturday: 10:30 – 22:30, Sunday: 1-:30 – 22:00

  1. Daxi Old Street

Daxi Old Street is the must-go place to enjoy the authentic taste of Taiwan. The street is filled with diverse stores with the façade designed in Baroque style. It offers up Taiwanese snacks and delicacies amongst traditional storefront facades, especially dried tofu, moonlight cake, peanut candy and tofu pudding. All these are can’t miss authentic Taiwanese food.

Address: Zhongshan Rd, Heping Rd, Daxi, Taoyuan

  1. Zhuwei Fish Harbor

Zhuwei Fish Barbor is a fishing port with a long history, and it has become a sight-seeing harbor with a recreational function. You must try the seafood if you ever come here. There is a rainbow bridge at the northern entry of Zhuwei Fish Harbor. This Nielson-Lohse steel arch bridge has become a popular landmark, making the fishing port more romantic at night.

Address: No. 7, Gangkou, Dayuan, Taoyuan

Opening Hour: all day (trading hours: 08:00 – 18:00)

  1. Metrowalk Shopping Center

The Metrowalk Shopping Center is located in Zhongli, not far from downtown. Besides shopping, the wide range of restaurants from different countries, and fully equipped SBC International Cinemas are the reasons that Metrowalk attracts a large number of visitors. Also, shuttle buses are provided from downtown to the shopping center.

Address: No. 501, Sec. 2, Zhongyuan Rd, Zhongli, Taoyuan

Opening Hour: Monday to Friday: 11:00 – 22:00, Friday: 11:00 – 22: 30, Saturday: 10:30 – 22:30, Sunday 10:30 – 22L00

  1. Wei Chuan Pushin Ranch

Wei Chuan Pushin Ranch is an old ranch, located in Yangmei. Built in 1957, it was the first ranch in North Taiwan, in response to the government’s policy on developing dairying industry. The ranch has gradually transferred from ranch to tourism. Here, you can interact with animals at close range, as well as beautiful gardens. Milking the cows with your own hands is even more popular among the visitors.

Address: No. 439, Sec. 1, Youshi Road, Kaoyao Village, Yangmei Town, Taoyuan

Opening Hour: 09:00 – 17:00

  1. Republic of Chocolate

The Republic of Chocolate was built Hunya Food Co. Ltd., who created “77 Nougat Chocolate”. As the No. 1 Chocolate Museum in Asia, the Chocolate fans will be thrilled here. Not only can people learn many culture, knowledge and history of chocolate, but also make their own chocolate. It is very suitable for families to come with their kids.

Address: Sec. 2, Jieshou Rd, Bade City, Taoyuan

Tel: 03-3656555#777

Opening Hour: Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 (tickets sell until 15:30), Saturday to Sunday 09:30 – 18:00 (tickets sell until 16:30), Closed on Monday.

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