Taiwan Trip Day 3 – Lingzhi Store, Wen Wu Temple, Sun Moon Lake and RuiFeng Night Market

Here’s our buffet breakfast in Shinkansen Grand Hotel. It was a great stay in this hotel. Room was so comfortable till we almost late for breakfast. Anyway, here’s the kickstart for the day.

Buffet Breakfast in Shinkansen Grand Hotel

So fast day 3 arrives, and today we’ll be visiting Lingzhi Store, Wen Wu Temple, Sun Moon Lake and RuiFeng Night Market. Here’s the itinerary;

DAY 3 ITINERARY
  1. Breakfast in Hotel
  2. Native Tribe LingZhi Shop
  3. Wen Wu Temple
  4. Lunch @ Landscape Restaurant in ChingSheng Restaurant
  5. Lalu Island
  6. RuiFeng Night Market
  7. Check in Han-Hsien International Hotel

Native LingZhi Store (Ganoderma Mushrooms)

We were greeted by the prince of the tribe, somehow I forgot his name through. He’ll guiding us on the history and background of his tribe’s contribution in the LingZhi and traditional health products. He even explained the difference between existing commercially grown LingZhi and naturally grown LingZhi and another famous medicine, the Deer Foetus. Deer foetus or Young Deer Carcass which is one of the famous medicine in Taiwan which known as one of an important medicine which helps cured Soong May-Ling’s asthma.

taiwan lingzhi museum photo gallery
giant thousand years old lingzhi

Here they showcase more than 7 types of LingZhi, how they were found and usage. They explained the common info and misconception about LingZhi. Some-say that the older a LingZhi, the richer nutrients it has, but this was proven to be negative as the older the LingZhi, it will begin to lose its’ nutrient and eventually become hard like plastic and not suitable to be consumed.

We were given a chance to fill-in a bottle of LingZhi drink for us to taste, and I found the taste is slightly weird, like adding burned rubber into a boiled water. Anyway, they present some of the genuine LingZhi in powder-capsule form and explained the benefits, difference between commercially grown LingZh. It all sounds interesting until they announce the price which it cost from RM700 and above. Although we aware and understand the benefit of LingZhi but the price is just way above our budget. They even show some of their local products such as the Royal Jelly and Deer Foetus (wasn’t available during the time we visit).


lingzhi store

WEN WU TEMPLE

Second stop for today is the Wen Wu Temple in Nantou District. It was a grand temple facing the Sun Moon Lake, a wonderful scenery which can’t be missed. It consists 3 different halls which each devoted to Guan Gong – God of War, Yue Fei – Warrior God and the Civil Saint of Confucius.

wen wu temple in nantou district taiwan Entrance to Wen Wu Temple in Taiwan red lion, golden bell and turtoise shaped dragon

LUNCH @ LANDSCAPE RESTAURANT IN CHING SHENG HOTEL

This is where we had our lunch, famous for their “San Bei Ji” literally translate to Three Cups Chicken and local famous cuisine just located beside the Wen Wu Temple.

Landscape Restaurant inside Ching Sheng Hotel
landscape restaurant in ching sheng hotel nantou taiwan

Various dishes from mushrooms, pork slices, local fresh water fish, prawn and of course their signature San Bei Ji. San Bei Ji is one of a famous dishes where the chicken is cooked with a combination of 3 different sauces like soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and sesame oil. You can find various restaurant serving this dishes in Taiwan. Overall we had a good experience in this restaurant be it from the dishes to the wonderful scenery environment.

san bei ji and mushroom dishes in landscape restaurant
pork slices and steamedfish

Various dishes from mushrooms, pork slices, local fresh water fish, prawn and of course their signature San Bei Ji. San Bei Ji is one of a famous dishes where the chicken is cooked with a combination of 3 different sauces like soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and sesame oil. You can find various restaurant serving this dishes in Taiwan. Overall we had a good experience in this restaurant be it from the dishes to the wonderful scenery environment.

The dish originates from the Jiangxi province of southern China, is a specialty of Ningdu, and has become especially popular in Taiwan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanbeiji

wendy leong and may ee
Wendy Leong and May Ee, easily hooked up sisters

SUN MOON LAKE

Next stop, cruising around Sun Moon Lake and dropping by in Lalu Island. It was a wonderful lake scenery.

boat in sun moon lake deck scenery sun moon lake sun moon lake hotel seen from the sun moon lake

WHITE DEER STATUE

legendary white deer statue in sun moon lake

In legend, Thao hunters discovered Sun Moon Lake while chasing a white deer through the surrounding mountains. The deer eventually led them to the lake, which they found to be not only beautiful, but abundant with fish. Today, the white deer of legends is immortalized as a marble statue on Lalu Island.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Moon_Lake


nantou to kaoshiung
highway bridge in taiwan hdr photography

During 4 hours drive (by our coach of course), I found the landscape of Taiwan was pretty astonishing. Although it seems like a very small island but the landscape makes me wonder how impressive the country managed and improve their infrastructure.

All along the way I found few statue which can be seen from the highway, like this one;

yellow monk statue in Taiwan's highway
Unique yellow monk statue can bee seen on highway

This Yellowish monk-like statue can be clearly seen along the journey. Suddenly I felt like I was traveling around gigantic country (like the Journey to the West).

I wish I can see take more close-up photo on these statue but too bad my LX3 can’t zoom further. Let me know if you know any thing about these statue like this one.


RUIFENG NIGHT MARKET

ruifeng night market in taiwan

Ruifeng is one of a must-visit night market. It was just a simple night market condensed in 1 street. It may seems to be just a short street but it’s totally packed with loads of local food. Be it seafood, teppanyaki, noodles, street snacks, you’ll be sure to find it all here.

ruifeng night market freshwater fish or snakehead noodle
Taiwan Fried Oyster omelette Orh ah jian
Taiwan’s original fried oyster omelet taste weird to us, this is because they prefer to maintain the freshness of the oyster

 

barbecue-and-street-snack-in-ruifeng-night-market
ruifeng night market foods

xiao long pao and hot plate style in ruifeng night market
Despite it’s selling in Night Market, we found the Xiao Long Pao sold here taste better than what we expected. Do give it a try.

BLACK PEPPER BISCUITS

Taiwan Black Pepper Bun

Black Pepper Biscuits, it’s pretty hot and we had to take some time for it to cool down. The aroma of its heavily pepper marinated fillings was explode during the first bite. The black pepper taste was slightly heavy, almost cover the meat fillings.


HAN-HSIEN INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

Han Hsien international hotel in KaoShiung Taiwan

We checked in Han-Hsien International Hotel. A fantastic 5 stars hotel located in Sihwei road from KaoShiun City hall. Just 15 minutes away from Ruifeng Night Market. The room was very clean and comfortable. The hotel were pretty well equipped and most of all, they even installed a electronic Toto washlet, see the photo below;

warm lighting hotel corridor han hsien hotel room and facilities

HAN-HSIEN INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

No.111 Second Section of Shuangshi Road, Taichung, Taiwan

http://www.han-hsien.com.tw/

My other post during my trip to Taiwan

  1. Trip to Taiwan Day 1 – Ximending, Taipei
  2. Trip to Taiwan Day 2 – Fisherman’s Wharf, TamSui Old Street, Fenjia Night Market

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Comments

  • Kelly says:
    February 22, 2016 at 4:38 am

    May I know total cost for this trip?

    May I know what is the hotel rate for all location you check in?

    May I know your transport is rental car or sign local trip ?

    Thanks your blog.

    • jonathlee says:
      February 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for dropping visiting. We opt for Travel agency and cost us RM6000 for 2 person, 8days 7 nights trip. Flights, coach, hotels and food included.
      So we’re not sure how much hotel room cost.

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