My first visit to Taiwan consisted of a 4-day fun-filled tour of some of the best amusement parks in the country. Along with seven other Filipinos, we traveled to different parts of Taiwan. We spent most of our time either on a bus or a train, enjoying the view as we hopped from one place to another walking around, exploring beautiful corners, taking photos of breathtaking scenery, taking part in aboriginal rituals, and experiencing Taiwanese culture firsthand, and of course, the one thing we always looked forward to each day: a taste of authentic Taiwanese cuisine.
Aside from experiencing Taiwanese culture, gaining a few extra pounds from eating really good food, and being so well taken care of by our very friendly and accommodating Taiwanese hosts; the best part I took home with me – which I am so grateful for – are the fun times we all spent together and the friendships that we built.
If you want to visit Taiwan and explore some of their fantastic amusement parks, here are a few places you should visit, whether you want to chill in a quiet place surrounded by nature as you sip your tea or coffee, wake up to a beautiful mountain view, or see some animals.
Fengping Rd., Shoufeng Township, Hualien County
Yiyuan Resort is a 13-hectare rural park located in Hualien Eastern Taiwan, and home to around 3,000 rescued and transplanted trees, 800 of which are more than 100 years old.
It features a well-curated garden park with hammocks and garden sets where you can just indulge and de-stress while enjoying the beauty of nature.
There is also a large koi pond where you can feed the fish.
They also have an activity area for the kids and kids-at-heart.
If you want a very relaxing getaway far from the hustle and bustle of the city and just be with nature, this is the place for you.
Pamper yourself with sumptuous aboriginal dishes, fresh air, and the scent of fresh flowers and trees.
Farglory Ocean Park
Yanliao Village, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County
How about a close encounter with some marine animals? Farglory Ocean Park is Taiwan’s first theme park focusing on Marine Ecology, and it sits on a 51-hectare property in “Huilan” or Hualien, East Taiwan.
“Huilan” means “Paradise by the Ocean” and it certainly lives up to its name.
It’s both a theme park and nature park combined.
Here, you can enjoy watching sea lions and dolphins perform tricks.
Want a kiss from a seal?
Want a chance to feed the dolphins?
If you’re not afraid of heights, you can also ride the cable car and get a magnificent view of the park and the Pacific Ocean. There are also other fun rides you and your family can enjoy.
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