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Delicacies and Delights Two Day Trips Route A

Eat, Have Fun, Play and Shoot Photos All The Way! This is a trip of food, fun and play! Head to Maolin and enjoy some unique local food. Starting with Meinong, taste Hakka dishes and walk around the mountain scenes of Shenwei Tiantaishan. Finally, stay at Baolai Hot Springs to rest your body and restore your vigor. The next day, you’ll be ready for a tour of delicacies, such as enjoying monkey head mushroom dishes! Feel the happiness of good food nourishing your body!

  • Day 1

  • Shenwei Tiantaishan Monastery
    Shenwei Tiantaishan Monastery

    Shenwei Tiantaishan Monastery is located on Provincial Highway 28. Its expansive grounds cover over 720 acres of land. The main building is divided into three separate halls, the front hall, middle hall, and rear hall. The roof is covered in gold-plated glass tiles, giving it a splendorous impression of a royal palace.

  • Plums
    Baolai- Plum Declicacies

    Taoyuan Township has 800 hectares planted with plum trees. Every winter in plum blossom season, visitors come to enjoy the scenery with its white plum blossoms. From March to April, when plums begin to mature, fruit farmers are busy picking the harvest. If picked ten days before the harvest season, the plums are not ripe yet and must be processed as bitter plums. In the middle of April, the harvest is used to make wine, produce preserved plums and dried plums, etc. Plums are thus one of the most important economic resources of Taoyuan Township: They add natural beauty and help the tourism industry, and they're delicious, too!

  • Baolai Hot Spring Area
    Baolai Hot Spring Area

    The Baolai hot spring arises in the Baolai Valley east of Baolai Village. On both sides of the spring are precipices and cliffs, and the scenery is magnificent. Baolai hot spring is a bicarbonate spring, with a pH of about 7.5, and temperature about 60℃. The water is plentiful for both drinking and bathing. It is said to have numerous health benefits.

  • Day 2

  • Monkey Head Mushrooms
    Taoyuan - Monkey Head Mushroom

    Monkey Head Mushrooms are a kind of large-size fungus, whose surface is full of acicular growths that look almost like hair. They get this name because their appearance is similar to a monkey's head. The mushroom contains plenty of protein and polysaccharides, as well seven kinds of essential amino acids for the human body. The content of glutamic acid is pretty high and it is a very famous and delicious edible fungus. People believe they can raise immunity levels, lower cholesterol, cure gastric ulcers, and have anti-cancer effects. In Chinese tradition, the “king of mushrooms” along with swallow’s nest, bear's paw, and sea cucumber are considered four famous tonic dishes. Taoyuan Township's Baoshan Village mountain area has the high altitude, moisture, clouds, and mists to successfully grow Monkey Head Mushrooms. This local specialty ranges in price from $150 to $200 for each Taiwanese kilo (approximately 0.6 kilogram). Taste them in Baoshan, and don’t forget to bring some home: whether cooked in soup, deep fried or sautéed they make an unusual delicacy!

    ─Taoyuan Township office
    ─Kaohsiung Farmers’ Association

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Last Update:2018-12-27

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