埔里 (Puli), 日月潭(Sun Moon Lake), 清靜農場 (CingJing Veteran Ranch), Mid Taiwan

An impromptu getaway to mid Taiwan. Puli, a town once wrecked by the 921 earthquake but rebuilt and still flourished. It’s a town almost in the center of all renowned scenic points in mid Taiwan. For the artistic inclined, it’s a town resided by and inspired many sculptors, writers, and artists.

We stayed in a cabin at New Era Art resort (埔里牛爾藝術), which is established to collect and exhibit sculptor Lin Yuan’s works.  This resort was built on a vast and hilly land full of trees and greens.  I took a stroll in its sculpture-filled garden forest, breathing in the fresh air after a night of rain, and sipped tea at its cafe admiring its idyllic charm, egrets in sight.

On our way to Cingjing Veteran Ranch, high up in a mountain, we discovered several beautifully adorned European style resorts. It’s quite a mystery to us to find so many European style establishments in this part of Taiwan and at this altitude, almost outlandishly so.  I was particularly intrigued by this London Boutique, still being built.    Would love to come back to stay when it’s finished

Our car stopped all of a sudden. In need of help, we went into a Tea resort close by, and ended up having a pleasant time chatting and drinking coffee with the owner, who, as it turned out, owns a chain of breakfast eateries serving traditional Taiwanese breakfast such as soy bean milk, Chinese fried doughs and breakfast buns, around our house. Our car resumed its function after all.  The owner liked me enough to want to introduce his son to me.   He left me his card so I could get in touch with him for his son.  I never did, but I thought it was a nice touch.

Once we got to the top of the mountain, we reached CingJing Veteran Ranch (清靜農場).  Once again we found a surprisingly European scenery much like those pictures we have seen from the Alps.

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~ by anita314 on April 14, 2010.

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