Day 7 – I booked the Wang Gong clams picking tour (王功採蚵車摸蛤生態之旅) nearly two months ahead to ensure i got a place. You can do so via Facebook messenger, which was how i contacted them. Otherwise, you can also sign up for an adhoc tour at some of the restaurants in town, or, you could just walk to the beach area and DIY.
Wang Gong town was jam packed with visitors on a Sunday. After checking reviews on Google, we had lunch at 真好呷蚵仔炸.
Changhua roundhouse was next on the list. Supposedly one of only three in the world that is still in use.
Next up, Lukang (鹿港), a town well known to many due to the namesake pop song from 1982. The heritage area is indeed worth checking out.
Taichung was the place to spend the night. Hotels are relatively cheaper there, and well located too. We stayed near the Taichung train station, and there was a Taroko Mall with a Carrefour supermarket at the basement. I found an eatery selling steamed dumplings and soup near the hotel using Google Maps and it was cheap and good. I highly recommend coming here when in Taichung.
Having been to Taichung on both the previous Taiwan trips, Taichung didn’t come across as being particularly interesting, but i came to love Taichung during this trip. It felt, and probably is much older than Taipei.
Enroute to Penglai River Ecology Park (蓬萊溪賞魚步道), we made an unplanned detour to 南庄 to view the century old post office advertised on road signage.
This part of Taiwan in Miaoli is predominantly Hakkas, so, naturally the lunch was going to be Hakka dishes.
Doing trip research is so important, and i did none for my visit to Lion’s Head Mountain. Now that i have looked at the images of some of the trails near the visitor centre, i would say the Shuilian bridge trail (水濂橋步道) is more worthwhile doing, plus it’s also the easier one. Anyway, here’s what i saw along the Tengping trail.
We were then off to Beipu old street, hoping to chill in some cafe. We stumbled across one by chance – 幸運草良口冰. The boss was very chatty, and on learning we were foreigners, became even more keen to talk. He told us about firefly watching at a nearby location. I was intrigue, but it would not be possible to stay at Beipu until it was dark. If you did a search for “萤火虫 台湾” Google images, you will find many beautiful photos.
After checking into our place of stay (which, by the way, is a hundred years-old building), i asked the very helpful staff, and he offered to bring us to a nearby place where he knew we would get to see firefly. We could only view the firefly from a distance, but at least we got to see them. A bonus for the day!
Dinner was Hakka dishes, and only 關西客家主題小吃 was open past 8pm. Food was decent.
Flight home at 8pm practically allowed us to have a full day program.
The very last stop before going to the airport – Hsu Yan-Pin bakery (許燕斌手作烘培). I’m a bread person.