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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, July, 2005.

Sixth Garden



0932-178-177 / 0922-625-383
Rahaw Tribe, Xin Le Village, Jian Xi Hsiang, Hsinchu County
Hours:10 am-6 pm
Minimum charge NT$180.
Credit Cards Not Accepted.
Smoking area and Parking avaliable.
Website:www.6garden.com

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By Kristy Liu Translated by Cara Steenstra

During these hot summer days, anyone looking to escape the crowded city for a forested retreat might want to go for a walk in the Sixth Garden. If you continue along the stream after passing bustling Nei Wan, you will notice many shop signs along the way. Among these is a the little sign of a white house with a huge number "six" carved on it. Follow this and you will pass through a series of mountain paths, a winding road and a sea of bamboo trees before you are greeted by what seems like a candy house from a fairy tale.

The aboriginal tribe here is known as the "Rahaw", which is what the tribal people call the mountains here. As "Rahaw" sounds similar to "Number Six" in Chinese, the name "Sixth Garden" came into being. Owner Miss Guo remained true to her dreams and overcame a lot of difficulties while spending over a year building this place from scratch. A lot of energy was spent blending nature into the Sixth Garden, with the idea that what she took from the forest, she returned to the forest. The result is the preservation of a natural feeling in the architecture and surroundings, which all seem like part of the forest and are attractive in any weather, sunshine or rain.

The meals offered here are rather unique and all prepared with natural, healthy techniques. Worth mentioning is the Rosemary Steak. The texture of beef goes well with the rosemary and is very delicious, indeed. You can also come here for a pot of coffee or an afternoon tea set with handmade cookies. Listen to the chorus of cicadas amongst the trees and take it easy with your drink. Whether you're enjoying an afternoon tea or a meal, every tray comes with a little bouquet of flowers and, with every bite, you can savor the owner's efforts.

In order to provide food service, the owner prefers that visitors call in advance for reservations. This also allows management to report on the traffic situation, so you don't waste your precious time.

 

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