Our Visit to Green World, Taiwan

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Geotagged photos by MJ Klein

Recently we joined reader Stefan and his lovely wife and daughter for a visit to Taiwan’s Green World.

Our Visit to Green World

It was a perfect day for walking around: occasionally overcast with the sun not too strong.

Our Visit to Green World

First order of business: buy tickets.  Hui-chen gets in line behind Stefan and his wife.

Our Visit to Green World

Ticket prices are reasonable.  Of course, Baby Phoenix was admitted for free.

Our Visit to Green World

Once you have your ticket you may pass through the entrance.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

The first thing that we saw were Macaw parrots.  Now, who doesn’t love parrots?

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

At the time of our arrival, the parrot show was about to begin.  We walked past some of the food vendors,

Our Visit to Green World

and through the gift shop, complete with a dinosaur skeleton.

Our Visit to Green World

The parrot show is just ahead.

Our Visit to Green World

We entered the show area on the side.  But it was just way too loud here, so we moved to the rear center.

Our Visit to Green World

This being Taiwan, of course the sound was cranked up to ear-splitting levels.  I was concerned about Phoenix and her sensitive baby ears.  But she seemed OK with being in the rear of the auditorium.

Our Visit to Green World

The parrot show is basically standard stuff, but the birds are cute and quite smart.

Our Visit to Green World

This Blue & Gold Macaw is responding to verbal commands in Chinese.

Our Visit to Green World

Soon, the trainer had the parrot doing all sorts of cute things.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

An all time favorite: bicycle riding on a wire.

Our Visit to Green World

No parrot show would be complete without parrot skating!

Our Visit to Green World

I found this demonstration very interesting.  The old shell game, with a golf ball hidden under one of the metal cups.

Our Visit to Green World

The parrot found the ball right off, every time.

Our Visit to Green World

Of course, I have no way of knowing if the bird was really keeping track of the ball, or if the trainer places the ball in the same position every time.  But I must admit that the speed at which the trainer was moving the cups around, it would be hard to keep track of the ball.

Our Visit to Green World

Recently, Phoenix learned how to clap her hands, and she often showed her appreciation of the show.

Our Visit to Green World

After the parrot show, we walked over to the Alpaca House.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

The alpaca is a type of small camel that has been domesticated in a number of South American countries.

Our Visit to Green World

The keepers have been creative in  grooming these animals.  This one looks more like a poodle than an alpaca.

Our Visit to Green World

We checked out the alpacas for a few minutes and then decided to eat, since it was right around noon time.  This was the BBQ restaurant, but we thought the prices were too high so we ate elsewhere.

Our Visit to Green World

I didn’t bother with food photos on this trip, but of course I did take some photos of Phoenix.  She really enjoyed going around to the various places in Green World, and I can recommend this place for families with children.

Our Visit to Green World

Back to the exhibits.  We went into a kind of exhibition house, but I forgot the name of the place already called the “Biodiversity Adventure Area” (hat tip to Stefan).  Inside there were quite a number of different interesting animals.

Our Visit to Green World

Not everyone likes snakes, especially big ones.  These are behind glass.

Our Visit to Green World

I always like tortoises of any kind.  There were quite a number of several varieties on hand.

Our Visit to Green World

If I am not mistaken, this is a horn bill.  It was nice and quiet, just posing peacefully on the perch.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

More snakes.

Our Visit to Green World

More tortoises.

Our Visit to Green World

Even more.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

I told you they had quite a number of them!

Our Visit to Green World

Bearded dragon.

Our Visit to Green World

This is a worst-nightmare of a snapping turtle.  This guy is huge!

Our Visit to Green World

I was rather amazed at how calm the animals were.  This bird just stood there while I took the photo.

Our Visit to Green World

As we headed out the door, I took one last photo in the entrance area.

Our Visit to Green World

When we stepped outside, the alpacas were out in the pasture grazing.

Our Visit to Green World

Everyone came over to take photos of them.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Phoenix thought they were interesting and they held her attention.

Our Visit to Green World

Green World is kind of a big loop that you walk around (or take one of the shuttles).  Along the route we came to the Sky Way, which is an elevated platform for walking through the rain forest.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

The above photos show the platform, which is quite high off the ground.  A nice easy loop to walk, the air was cool in the forest.

Our Visit to Green World

Continuing on our walk around the loop….

Our Visit to Green World

We came to this type of garden.  Notice the signs on the different plant species.  Believe it or not, at the entrance to this area, was a control panel with buttons for English, Chinese and Japanese languages.  You guessed it: there is an audio program that gets blasted throughout speakers placed along the walkway, talking about each species by numbered sign.  At first it was interesting, but after about 10 minutes we just wished it would end.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Audio program notwithstanding, this is a very pleasant walk.

Our Visit to Green World

At the end there is a small pond with a trickle of a waterfall.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Going back to the beginning (this is also a loop).

Our Visit to Green World

These are restrooms, which follow the decor of the park.

Our Visit to Green World

We couldn’t go up here because we had the stroller for Phoenix.  So we have something to check out next time.  The ancient Hakka building sounds interesting.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Here we come to the Bird and Butterfly Ecological Parks.  We went into the Butterfly park first.

Our Visit to Green World

Before we even went inside there were butterflies fluttering around.

Our Visit to Green World

If you look hard enough, you can see the fine mesh net that covers this exhibit and keeps the butterflies inside.

Our Visit to Green World

If you’ve ever wondered how one feeds butterflies, now you know.  There are pieces of fruit placed on these shelves.

Our Visit to Green World

The butterfly park is a beautiful, peaceful walk.

Our Visit to Green World

This is one of my favorite exhibits: insects that mimic parts of plants.

Our Visit to Green World

There are a number of glass cases containing many species of these types of animals.

Our Visit to Green World

This one really does look like a leaf.

Our Visit to Green World

Next we went into the Bird park where we were greeted by this myna bird who welcomed us in Chinese.

Our Visit to Green World

Many species of birds fly around at liberty, however they are kept inside a cage much like the butterflies.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

I identified this beautiful bird as a female eclectus, one of the few sexually dimorphic species of parrots.

Our Visit to Green World

Stefan identified this critter as a golden pheasant, and he told me they are an introduced species in Europe.  He also said they taste really good!

Our Visit to Green World

Getting rather tired by this time, we opted to take the shuttle back to the front of the park.

Our Visit to Green World

This shot of Phoenix is the first (and only) time she’s been in a vehicle and not in a car safety seat.  She looks so grown-up in this photo.  Phoenix had a blast at Green World.

Our Visit to Green World

Near the entrance, people were posing with these large pelicans.

Our Visit to Green World

We took a walk around the corner to see a few things we missed at the beginning, and we again passed these parrots.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

These are a type of goat that is common in the Caribbean, but thought to originate in Africa.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

And these of course, are Emus.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Finally, it was time to call it a day and head home.  We really enjoyed our trip to Green World, and we look forward to going back again soon because there is much more to see.

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12 comments

    1. hey Michael, how are you doing? thanks 🙂 Green World’s position is geotagged in the article. at the top of the full article (not the excerpt on the front page) there is a link called “Show on map” which will load the Geotagged Articles Map and who you right where it is. The area is Beipu in Hsinchu. thanks and take care.

        1. hi Michael. i hope the link and geotag helps you to find Green World. as for relocating to the countryside, i’ve always appreciated Miaoli as a very beautiful and yet under-rated area of Taiwan. as a result it’s still not as expensive as some other desirable places in the country. yet, Miaoli is not that far from either Taipei or Taichung. the cabin we used to go to (and blog about) was located in Miaoli in the mountains, and it was beautiful there. it’s worth checking out IMO. take care.

  1. Very cool – we made it on your blog!

    This was really a fun day and the Thai food in the evening was great, too.

    The place with the tortoises was the “Biodiversity Adventure Area”, which isn’t really all that descriptive. I think given the overall high quality of the park, they can be forgiven for the naming thing. 😉

    Apart from seeing you guys again, it was also nice to get to meet Phoenix – Iris enjoyed singing to her so much that she requested us to supply a baby sister. (No we have no plans in that regard.)

    1. hey Stefan, nice to see you here again 🙂 yes, it was a fun day that ended well. it’s too bad we didn’t get to hang out on that last day due to the bus thing…. oh well. we enjoyed Iris too – she is really cute and so well behaved. i’ll go back and add that information about the name of the exhibit, thanks to you. take care and we’ll see you next time around for sure!

  2. I loved seeing the pictures of the parrots and Phoenix. She looks like she had a great time.
    One of the neighbors two roads from us has three alpacas. Their coats are really heavy as we have a cold winter coming. Needless to say, they do not look like the well-groomed alpacas at Green World. Groomed, they are a good looking animal.

    1. hi Carolyn, nice to cu again. Phoenix did have a great time at Green World. we’re going to go back there again soon because there is more to see. i thought those alpacas looked more like French poodles than camels! lol take care Carolyn.

    1. hi Jim. well, it looks like you’ve encountered The Great Firewall of China in your home internet account. i’ve heard that our blog is blocked in China in some parts, but the few times that i’ve been there and checked, i could access this site. i say all the better as many of our hacking attempts come from there. Phoenix did like Green World and we’re going to go back there soon. too bad you guys couldn’t join us! take care Jim.

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