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COMPASS MAGAZINE > November 2008
 

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history
A photo with the "Marriage
Hogs" is a long-standing lucky
charm for newlyweds.

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history
The Persimmons Garden offers
fruit-picking fun.

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history
Atayal tribal-style sweet sticky
rice cakes are a rare treat

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history
A thousand-year-old pine tree

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history
This all-nude hot spring pool
area is filled with South Pacific
flair.

2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history


2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival: Come for the hot springs, stay for the history

By Josie Wu Translated by Ann Lee

As the weather turns cooler, we're heading into hot springs season! The 2008 Taiwan Hot Springs & Gourmet Festival started on October 25 and will last, in some places, for three months. During this festival, 17 hot springs destinations throughout Taiwan are hosting celebrations and special events. To promote these festivals and hot springs culture in general, many travel agents are offering special travel packages.

Guguan Hot Springs, celebrating its 101st anniversary, enjoys a reputation as "the number one beauty spring pool in central Taiwan". Even though Typhoon Sinlaku left the nearby roads in a bit of a mess, they have all been restored and are ready for the influx of tourists that the cooler months bring. At the Guguan festival, you can enjoy the "Hike the Mountains & Dive in the Waters" package, the "Basianshan-Guguan Healthy Tour", "Journey to Song-he Community & Cultural Tour of the Atayal Tribe", "A Trip to the Dajia Creek Generator Factories", "Fun on Tour Buses" or a series of exhibitions that show cultural aspects of the Taiwan hot springs history. Weekends will feature street performers, the Wuyesong Cultural Exhibition, and the Guguan Drum Arts Festival. This festival will lead you to appreciate Guguan's ever-changing natural resources and environment.

Apart from soaking up inside the hot spring pools and strolling along the walking trails, you can enjoy persimmon season this fall and winter. A fruit-picking excursion is an ideal afternoon activity and wonderful family fun. One recommended bed & breakfast in Guguan is the Walang Leisure Farm House. Apart from being a comfortable place to sleep, it also has a cafe conveniently located on the mountain and always full of warmth and laughter. Their numerous dessert items are made with mulberries, persimmons or herbal jelly and they also sell a variety of Atayal specialty dishes.

Even though persimmons are ripe this time of year, a lot of the fruit-picking gardens are closed to the public. If you are still keen on picking but can't find a place, the owners of the Walang Leisure Farm House will take you to their own fruit garden in their backyard, so you can get in on some fruit-picking fun. The owners of the farm are known for their green thumbs.

Close by this area you'll also find Sihkeba Walking Trail and the "Guguan Eight Men's Pine Tree" at the Mt. Malun entrance. There you will see some famous creeks like the Basiansih and the Sihwensih. This area is filled with abundant biological resources that are wonderful excursions for anyone who has the time or energy.

2008台灣溫泉美食嘉年華
Left: Fresh & tasty sturgeon is a local specialty dish.
Right: Pine-style tea snacks are refreshing and delicious.

Walang Leisure Farm House
18, Lane 124-5, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, Taichung County
(04) 2595-1263, 0955-247-742
Accommodation Price: NT$3,000~NT$2,500
7 am-8 pm (reservations required)

Guguan Hotel
(04) 2595-1355
6, Hot Spring (Wen Quan) Lane, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, Taichung County
Specials: Until the end the December, order their double-portion Sturgeon for Two Set Meal (6 courses) for a special price of NT$800.

Utopia Holiday Hotel
(04) 2595-1511
6, Hot Spring (Wen Quan) Lane, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, Taichung County
Four Season Hot Spring Resort
8-1, Hot Spring (Wen Quan) Lane, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, Taichung County
(04) 2595-1235~6
Open 24 hours Specials: Free access to the Palms Hot Springs Pool & Forest Pool
Dragon Valley Hotel & Paradise
(04) 2595-1369
138, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, Taichung County
Li Chih Thanl Thuei Hot Spring & Resort
31, Fenxiao Lane, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, BoAi Village, Taichung County
(04) 2595-1212
Uni-Resort Ku-Kuan Resort
(04) 2595-0011
188, DongGuan Rd, Sec 1, Heping Township, Taichung County
Specials: hot springs therapy facilities; fruit-picking excursions; Wuyesong Gourmet Festival, serves 2-10 people, NT$1,000-5000 (plus 10 % service charge).
Home-Delivery Service by Shangguguan Persimmons (The 50th Produce Company):
Contact: Zhen Dong-yun 0916-899-876, or Chang Deng-ke 0932-531-381
Each box contains 30-39 persimmons, cost is NT$1,800-2,400 (delivery fee included)
For fruit picking trip and tour, please call to book in advance.

2008 Taiwan Hot Spring & Gourmet Festival- Hotel & Tour Packages in Guguan

Available from: 10/25/08-1/24/09

Hotel & Resorts

Accommodation Prices & tour Packages

Dragon Valley Hotel & Paradise

Stay at the Dragon Valley Hotel & experience a cultural tour of the Nine Aboriginal Tribes in Taiwan; A trip for two (NT$3,300) includes breakfast, dinner, access to the Songsih Hot Spring, and tickets to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

Uni-Resort Ku-Kuan Resort

Enjoy a 30% discount at the “Guguan Shuei-An Hot Spring Resort”

Guguan Hotel

Stay at the Guguan Hotel and spend a day of fun at the “Shan Grila Paradise”.  A trip for two (NT$2,800) includes access to the Starry Night Outdoor Hot Springs & tickets to the “Shan Grila Paradise Amusement Park”.

Mingao Spring Resort

A Double Room with indoor hot spring pool is NT$2,999 on weekdays; a Standard Room is NT$1,599 on weekdays.  Both come with Unlimited access to their brand new indoor hot spring pool.

Four Season Hot Spring Resort

A Standard double room is NT$2,500, Family Room is NT$3,500.  Comes with free access to 24-hour Palm Spring Pools & Forest Pools

Bali Nature SPA

Beat the Summer Heat Package: Room rates start from NT$4,388 on weekdays, plus your choice of prizes offered by the resort.

Utopia Holiday Hotel

Utopia’s Special Room & Meal Package for Two: nne night and three hotel meals for NT$2,888.

Meiji Hotel

End of Summer Free Room Upgrade package:
Pay for the “Luxurious double room with creek view”, and enjoy a free upgrade to the “Luxurious room for four with creek view” (weekdays only) for NT$2,500.

E-daw Hot Spring Hotel

20% discount for access to all the hot spring pools (original price is NT$300).  30% discount for weeknight stays; 10% on weekends.

Li Chih Thanl Thuei Hot Spring & Resort

30% off room rates from Mon-Frid; 10% off on Saturdays. Special room rates don’t apply during spring break and national holidays.

Shuei Wu Ku Kuan Hot Spring & Resort

Stay at the top-grade Mountain View Suite for a special NT$5,600 rate (original is NT$6,300) from Sunday to Thu.

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