This is Part 2 of our Asia 2014 adventure. View Part 1 here. We had a great time at Sun Moon Lake at the luxurious Wen Wan hotel. It was hard to leave such a pretty place but we were moving on to our next destination in Guanshi.
Back in the party bus we go! Our next stop was a fun little “theme park” resort area called the Leofoo Village. It is a theme park that seems to be designed with an Animal Kingdom theme. Their attached resort, the Leofoo Resort, has a distinct Animal Kingdom Lodge feel. It was quite exciting as I’ve never really been to a theme park outside of the US, only Tokyo Disneyland which I went to when I was much younger. On the way to Guanshi, we stopped by the location where they make the famous Shaoxing wine which is used in a lot of cooking. They had many different vendors here selling the wine and other specialty wines. They even had products made with the wine including ice cream bars, cookies and cake!
The popsicle was an acquired taste, but it wasn’t as weird as I was expecting. We also stopped at a local restaurant that specializes in Hakka food.
We also stopped in a very rural town (can’t remember the name but I will find out!) – where Steve’s mother’s relatives still reside. It was pretty cool seeing the house because it’s as if time stood still.
We did do several pit stops at rest stations to use the facilities and have a quick walk. The rest stops in Taiwan seem huge compared to the ones in the US. Lots and lots of shops, eateries, and the bathrooms have tons of stalls. Beware as some of the women’s stalls have the “squat-only” toilets.
After our stops we continued on for what seemed like hours before we got to Guanshi and the Leofoo Resort. The weather was not cooperating and it turned cold and rainy, but we were greeted at the resort with some dancing!
Our room was huge. It was a duplex and had 3 beds! A bunch of people could stay here as it’s great for groups and families, but it was only Steve and I for the night!
It was dark out so we couldn’t see outside the huge windows but it faced the courtyard where all the animals walk around.
We had meals in the Cape of Good Hope Deli which is their casual food restaurant there, however I must say that the dinner there was forgettable. It wasn’t very good and it was kind of like the Taiwanese version of American food with African touches. We all agreed that it wasn’t up to par especially with the amazing food we had had so far on the vacation. However, the breakfast was decent there, and it was included in our package. It’s not buffet, but you order either Chinese style or Western-style. Chinese style was fried mi fen (rice vermicelli noodles) with a fried egg, juice and coffee/tea, congee (rice porridge), and pork buns. Western style seemed to be a club-style sandwich with ham and egg on white bread.
After breakfast we walked around the outside paths on the resort so we could see the animals! Coming up…our shots of animals around the resort and walking in the Leofoo Theme Park Village.