If you’re planning on watching the solar eclipse on June 21, look no further than Chiayi, the ideal place to view this rare phenomenon while doing some exploration on your own. The China Post has looked into the best places to take your family on a summer blast!
The eclipse will occur on Sunday, and nine counties in Taiwan will be able to witness this natural phenomenon, according to predictions from the Taipei Astronomical Museum. If you miss this opportunity, however, you will have to wait for another 195 years to see an eclipse.
The eclipse is set to begin at 2:44 p.m. until 5:26 p.m., lasting for 2 hours and 42 minutes.
觀賞日環食最佳地點：| Optimal locations to view the eclipse
Both the city governments and Forestry Bureau of Chiayi county have provided the absolute best places to sit back and watch the solar eclipse, including the Xianghu Park, Chiayi Cultural & Creative Industries Park, Chiayi Municipal Sports Park Gymnasium and the Chiayi Rainbow Riverside Park
Also, the Bengangkou Gangkougong, Chukou Nature Center, Zhaoping Park, Hinoki Village, Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center, the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, High-Heel Wedding Church as well as the Chukou Niubu Aberdeen Prairie are top destinations to enjoy the natural phenomenon.
「主場在嘉義，金環閃諸羅」專屬系列活動 | Check out the events in Chiayi to celebrate the eclipse
Hinoki Village: professional astronomers giving lectures about this rare phenomenon, picnics and local markets.
Also, 15 hotels in Chiayi will roll out discounts for staying at their respective hotels, as well as custom afternoon teas.
Local stores will also further discounts to gourmets.
日環食特色甜點-常常手作 | Local coffee shop offers solar eclipse-themed dessert
Located next to the Zhongxiao Road, East District in Chiayi, the dessert store “Frequent” is a foodies’ paradise. Due to this special event, the chefs have developed a special dessert, which uses a mango mousse cake as the base, accompanied with passion fruit flavored cream and jello, blending perfectly with the Alishan Oolong tea flavored jello.
In addition, the dessert featuring a layer of cookie dough and mango Jell-O splattered on top forms the shape of a solar eclipse.
日環食造型咖啡-呈咖啡 | Cheng Coffee Roasters offers solar eclipse-themed coffee
Once you step foot into the store, you’ll be able to take in the rich smell of coffee. The owner of the store has also come up with a custom coffee designed for this event.
The custom coffee with cocoa power on the top creates an eclipse-like shape on the surface.
夏日限定黃金雨-蒜頭自行車道 | Golden Shower tree biking trail
As summertime continues to roll in, the golden shower trees are in full seasonal bloom in Chiayi. A biking trail, stretching 450m across from Suantou Elementary School, has been completely blanketed in the gold and yellow flowers.
Riding a bike on this path is especially romantic, so don’t miss this, as it only occurs in the summer season.
圓茸茸療癒美景-故宮南院波波草 | Enjoy gorgeous fields of broomsedge in Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum
Hailed as the most aesthetic museum in Taiwan, the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, not only holds precious artifacts but also has an entire field of flowers and broomsedge in full bloom.
俯瞰市區美景-射日塔 | Sun-Shooting Tower
Standing at 62 meters tall, the Sun-shooting tower located in the Chiayi Park features an observatory where you can take in the view over the city.
If you look up from the first floor, you’ll also be able to see a huge China Redbud against blue sky, creating an extremely stunning view.
消暑必備無邊際泳池-桃城茶樣子 | Dip yourself into the infinity pool in Hotelday+ Teacap
With blazing temperatures continually on the rise, a quick dip in a pool can easily cool you off. The Hotelday+ Teacup, sitting in East District in Chiayi city, features the fancy marble lobby and art installations.
What’s more? The infinity pool boasts the view of the entire city, making it one of the best places to relax and take Instagrammable pictures.
When the night unfolds, the pool will be turned into a bar at night where you can enjoy both beverages and the night sky amid the romantic atmosphere.