- 2D1N stay + admission to Ming Chi Forest Recreation Area for $440
- 2D1N stay + half-day admission to Divine Tree Ecological Park + admission to Ming Chi Forest Recreation Area for $600
Hotel at a glance
Surrounded by the ominous mist-laden forest of Datong, the Ming Chi Shan Zhuang offers an in-depth experience of Datong’s indigenous mountain township, complete with cobblestone paths and rustic wooden fencing. Walk paths alongside hotel grounds, where delicate creeping moss vines climb up building walls and pierce the canopy of centuries-old trees that keep guests shaded and cool.
Yilan, Taiwan: What to see and do
Located in the central region of the Lanyang Plain, Yilan is favoured for its flowing rivers and streams that enrich the soil of the land, making it one of Taiwan’s breadbaskets. With the East China Sea on one side and mountains on the other, the county has a particular landscape of earth, stone, and water. It is also connected to Taipei via the Hsuehshan Tunnel, Asia’s second longest highway tunnel, taking only 50 minutes each journey. Home to some of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, particularly the Kavalan and Atayal people, the area is steeped in a millennium of anthropological history where early indigenous settlements consisted of small riverside villages scattered around the region, mostly speaking Austronesian languages.
Yilan is a treasure trove of natural attractions such as cold and hot springs. The lowland Jiaoxi Township hosts hot springs, while the Su’ao Township hosts carbonic acid cold springs, one of only two in South East Asia. Marine wildlife lovers can head towards the seas to watch for dolphins and whales, drawn to the underwater hot springs of Guishan Island. Not to be left out, the urban attractions of Yilan are worth noting, including sampling street foods of the Luodong Night Market such as oyster omelettes, Chinese angelica mutton soup, and soy-marinated snacks. Culture vultures can revel in Yilan’s museums that glean looks into the traditional cultures and crafts of the region. For oddity seekers, make a beeline for Bei Guan Leisure Farm shows exhibits of crabs that are able to survive in boiling volcanic springs.