Day 4 – South bound. Main attraction of the day – Brown Boulevard, named so after the advertisement shot here. Win.
Guided by Google Maps, i drove onto Brown Boulevard from the other end instead of the usual entry point. Doing so saved me 1000 Taiwan Dollars (S$45) it would have cost me to rent the electric bicycle to go around. Cars are prohibited from entering for safety reasons, understandably. But i didn’t know until it was too late.
My first choice restaurant (宋妈妈) was closed for the day, so i opted for Xin Penghu. A good choice at Chenggong town, where we were putting up for the night.
東粄香傳統米食坊 is a famous stall selling traditional food in Chenggong town. I bought some to try out, and indeed, it was good quality stuff.
Moving south, there are a few attractions that you can check out along the coast. I chose Xiao Yehliu, a smaller scale version of the famous Geopark north of Keelung.
There’s not much to see in Taitung city, and i chose only to see the Arbor White Shanties. Built single handedly by one man. Would have been interesting to check out the interior, but not possible now with the passing of the owner. I doubt it will ever be open for visit for safety reasons.
The journey from Taitung to Kaohsiung would take 3 hours, and unfortunately there isn’t much to see or do along the way. I originally planned to do a short hike at Shuangliu National Forest Recreation Area (4.3/5.0 rating), but changed plans and visited a coffee plantation instead. Frankly i wouldn’t recommend it because the organic coffee beans are quite pricey, and the taste is not as bold as i like my coffee to be. For the price you pay though, you will be brought to see the coffee plantation, something i haven’t really seen so far.
The main reason we went back to Kaoshiung, for the third consecutive time, was Liuhe night market. Probably the best night market in Taiwan – simple layout, good variety and consistent quality.
My plan for the the day was to go watch butterflies, then proceed to a small town (玉井) known for Mango shaved ice. Since it was not the season for Mangoes (specifically the 艾文 variety), i scrapped the plan altogether. Instead, we hung around in Kaohsiung at the 驳二艺术特区.
Next up, we visited the fairly new TS Mall in Tainan, just to kill time.
The highlight of the day was Chigu Salt Mountain. We arrived just in time for sunset!
We were pleasantly surprised by the offerings of Chiayi city where we were putting up for the night.