TAIPEI (The China Post) — Earlier this year, Zach Tureck and his wife traveled all the way from the U.S. to Taiwan to visit their friends from college who live in Douliu, Yunlin County (雲林縣斗六市).
Their journey kicked off from Douliu where they celebrated the New Year’s Eve, and headed to Nantou the following day. As nature lovers, Zach explained that Nantou (南投) and Alishan (阿里山) were definitely their favorite places.
Driving up to Nantou was such a unique experience because there were no subtropical forests in the mountains where they live.
And to be more specific, “Chitou Forest Recreation Area” (溪頭森林遊樂區) captured Zach and his wife’s attention the most because it had an awesome mix of Japanese and Taiwanese cultures.
Taiwan never ceased to spring surprises on Zach and his wife. He stressed that the Nepenthe Forest (忘憂森林) was quite “epic.”
“The taxi took us on a crazy ride up the side of the mountain through beautiful tea gardens to the cool barren swamp. Although it was dried up when we went, it was still very beautiful!” Zach recalled.
Before taking the Taiwan High Speed Rail, they stopped to get some smoked chicken — the signature dish of the area. It definitely did not disappoint them and it was a great finale to the day, he noted.
“Being fairly ignorant visitors, we didn’t have much expectation about Taiwan,” Zach told The China Post in an email interview.
“The only problem we encountered was the language. It was a bit difficult and frustrating when my friend wasn’t around to translate,” he admitted. “But Xitou Villiage and the Nepenthe Forest were unbelievably gorgeous and were highly recommended.”