Don of the Philippines was amazed at Taiwan upon his first visit. Not only did he go to Taipei 101 and the highest — literally — police station in the nation, but he also visited Shilin Night Market. Follow his footsteps and experience the “Treasure Island” — Taiwan, through his eyes.
For Don, the most beautiful place in Taiwan is Alishan. One of the most special attractions is Fen Qi Hu because he thinks this small town feels like Christmas. A mountainous town, Fen Qi Hu sits at the foot of Alishan, with an altitude of more than 1,000 meters, also known as the southern Jiufen.
The town of Fen Qi Hu is a Hakka settlement. “Hu” in Mandarin means lake but in the Hakka dialect, it means “basin,” which is why there is, in fact, no lake at all.
Fen Qi Hu is a halfway station of the Alishan Forest Railway, and it is also known for its railway bento, old streets, and natural scenery.
In addition, the Alishan forest trains that have a red exterior also made an impression on Don. The forest train is a classic of Alishan.
Some railway enthusiasts come purely for the trains. For Don, Alishan’s most intriguing part is its history: the stunning combination of century-old cypress trees and Japanese-style architecture.
He kept telling himself that if those thousand-year-old trees could tell stories, imagine how many secrets they hold.
Apart from its natural beauty, Taiwan is also famous for its food. Don had a lot of traditional snacks at Shilin Night Market. He said that Taiwanese cuisine is definitely one of the top three reasons to visit Taiwan.
On the whole, Taiwan is full of rich history and culture, but “dipped in modern taste” of design and beauty. Among all the fascinating things in Taiwan, Don’s favorite is the strong local culture, which is ubiquitous, it can be seen everywhere in ancient buildings, temples, streets and food. To be honest, Taiwan has never been Don’s first choice, but after this trip, not only does he not regret it at all, he said that he must come again.