TAICHUNG (The China Post) — 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition is one of the hottest Facebook and Instagram places. Wondering what are the must-see attractions around the Expo? Here are some of the top places to visit.
To begin with, “Hou-Feng Bike Path” (后豐鐵⾺道) is located near the “Houli Horse Ranch & Forest Expo Site” (后⾥馬場森林園區). The total length of the bikeway is 4.5 kilometers, crossing Dajia River exhibits in a series of landscapes rich in greenery and beautiful natural scenes, and giving tourists a glimpse into the history of Taiwan Railway.
If you are looking for a theme park, Lihpao Land (麗寶樂園渡假區) in Taichung, is suitable for families with young kids. Located in the northern Taichung City district of Houli, Lihpao Land covers an area of 200 hectares; it is the largest land and water amusement park in Taiwan. The park also offers a variety of options, including a five-star hotel with kids playing areas for young children. Still, remember that the hotel is not the best option if you intend to tour the sites of Taichung as it’s quite a drive away from downtown.
Also located nearby, the “Waipu Park Area” (外埔園區) features the “” (高美濕地) located on the south of the mouth of Dajia River. The area is a mixed land of both sand and soil textures that occupies around 1,500 acres. Thanks its diverse geographical features, the local fauna and flora are quite abundant, making the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition.
Last but not least, “Dajia Jenn Lann Temple” (⼤甲鎮瀾宮), a major Mazu temple in Taichung, is also be a good choice around “Waipu Park Area.” The Mazu pilgrimage, also known as “Mazu patrolling,” is recognized as one of the biggest religious events in the world. Each year, some 200,000 pilgrims walk up to 12 hours per day for nine days to carry the statue of Mazu on a sedan chair during a 300-km journey around the region. The event was listed among the intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 2010.
— By San-Ling Tsai | Special to The China Post