Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

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Photos by MJ Klein

Let me tell you how this happened.  My wife asked me to drive her to Nantou, to a famous temple, which of course, I did.  While we were there, we visited her cousin, who owns a dental clinic there.  Since I have been suffering from a new medical problem that has cropped up, my wife’s cousin was very interested in examining me.  This visit has turned into several visits for followups.  So, without any previous planning, we found ourselves in Nantou on several occasions, and here is what we did on those occasions, broken into segments.  We’d never been to Puli before, so that’s where we decided to go.

Before I forget, clicking on any photo will take you to the Flickr page where you may view or d/l larger sizes.  The vast majority of these photographs are geotagged, as is the article itself.

 

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is our room on the first night of our stay.  Phoenix just loves traveling (like her parents) and she was very excited to look around the room.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Behind the bedroom is the spa.  This is a hot springs hotel.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

On the left is a cold spring control, center is cool water, and on the right is the hot spring water.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The tub on the left (bottom) is for the cold springs, and we did not use that one.  The other 2 controls are for the hot spring tub on the right).

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

There are no screens on the windows.  Not that it matters because the roof is open between the slats.  This lets in the mosquitoes but it also keeps the room from becoming overly hot.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is a better shot of the 2 tubs.  Phoenix loved playing in the tub with Mommy and Daddy.  Hot springs are a nice family experience.  Btw, I’ve used a larger size photo from here on out since we are now past the right-hand sidebar of the blog.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

My 2 girls in the car, ready to head out to our first destination.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

But before we go, a few shots of the hotel we stayed in.  These shots are geotagged, so you can find this place on the map if you like.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is the outdoor spa area, which we did not use.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This place was OK, but not special.  Nevertheless, we did enjoy our time here.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Just in case you were wondering, yes we are in a mountain area.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our trusty VW Caddy, which is a real pleasure to drive on mountain roads, as well as on the highway.  This vehicle is very well suited to our family needs.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

So, now we’ve gone to our first destination of the day and parked the Caddy.  These days we don’t take the baby stroller so much, as Phoenix loves to walk.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Vendors line the street.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

These carnivorous plants were interesting.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

And so was this wasp nest.  The wasps were long gone, however.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

There are little private temples all over Taiwan, and this one was next to some kind of repair shop.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

One vendor was selling miniature plants.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is what we came to see – the famous Paper Dome.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

What?  That’s not paper!

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

We walked around to the rear to see the paper structure.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

These columns and seats are made of paper.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

But I cried “foul!” when I saw the chip-board ceiling.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The rear sides and entire back are opened up.  The outer building protects the paper structure from the elements, obviously.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is a wider view.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Behind the Paper Dome is some interesting works of art.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The dome itself is not paper, but plastic sheeting.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This sheeting gets pretty hot, so it’s cooled with spraying water.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

I thought this Japanese looking bell looked interesting, so I took a shot of it right after someone rang it.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Next to the building is a lily pond.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

With lots of little fish.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Speaking of fish, this heron caught a nice one in the river beside the Paper Dome.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This lizard scared my wife, but let me take his photo.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

After we had enough of the Paper Dome, we walked back to the car to head toward our next destination.  Before we go there, let me just say that had I known just what the Paper Dome really was, I probably wouldn’t have gone to see it.  What you see in my photos is pretty much what it is, so hopefully I’ve saved you the trouble of wasting your time.  That being said, Phoenix did enjoy running around, and it is a fairly safe place for the most part (although you have to be mindful of the water and the road that runs in back off of a sheer dropoff).  It’s just that there are far more beautiful and interesting places in Taiwan, not that our next destination is necessarily one of those….

Here are 2 shots of Phoenix, enjoying herself at the Paper Dome:

Phoenix

Phoenix

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Stacks of Taiwan Beer crates, full of empty bottles, can only mean one thing: we’re at the TTL Brewery in Nantou.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

There are huge vats basically right out in the open.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

We went inside the main building and found it to be a madhouse of vendors selling all sorts of things.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

I don’t know why, but flavored eggs are a big deal in Taiwan.  There was no shortage of them here.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Hui-chen wanted to take a tour of the place, so we went upstairs and took a look.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is the beginning of what turned out to be the shortest tour I’ve been on.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

That’s right – a liquor urn tunnel.  Don’t ask me – I have no idea.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Before we hit the tunnel, there were several examples of classic liquor urns designs from the past.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Then we entered the Liquor Urn Tunnel.  You walk down to the end,

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

and hang a right.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Looking back from the end.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Around the corner are some examples of ingredients used in the factory to make the various liquors and beers.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This old-fashioned liquor cart was cool.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is the Liquor Urn Tunnel from the outside.  The urns are held in place by pipes.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

One last look….

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

“The House Of Drunk Experiencing” is supposed to give people a feeling of being drunk, by having them walk on a tilted surface.  I didn’t try it to see how authentic it felt, though.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The above 2 shots are of deceptions of old style liquor urns used in the past.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

HC wanted to by some wine for cooking purposes.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

After the tour, we took a look at this listing of all the local spas and HC pointed out her selection for our next spa.  We’ll pick that up in Part Two.

Hope you enjoyed this segment.  Please leave us your comments below, and feel free to share if you like.

Articles in series Nantou:

  1. Our Visit to Nantou, Part One
  2. Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two
  3. Attack Of The Pandas!
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6 comments

  1. Nice pics, especially those of Phoenix walking around. I thought the name of the hotel where you stayed at was interesting. ?? in Japanese is “Hakone”, a popular hot spring area near Tokyo (though there was nothing Japanese-looking about the place, judging from the photos you posted). I’m looking forward to what you have to say about Puli. I’ve been there several times, and found it to be one of the more over-rated places to visit in Taiwan. All the best to you and your family!
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    1. hi Jim, thanks for commenting. i didn’t know that about the name of the place. Puli just seems like another old town to me. not much to do, and yet i’ve heard a lot about it. this past w/e we were in Caotun and i found that place much more interesting than Puli. but the resort that we went to after that first place was really nice. we’ll have pics for you in the next installment. take care and thanks.

  2. I’ve actually been to that Liquor Urn tunnel. We skipped the paper dome, having had a look in the guide book – I guess we can live with the regret. 😉

    Having your own hot spring bath seems nice though.

    Hope you are feeling better now, TMD sounds rather unpleasant.

    1. hi Stefan, yes, you can skip the paper dome with a clear conscience, now that you’ve seen the wooden and plastic roof, haha! we’ll show the hot springs bath in the next installment so you can see it. the TMD is a bit better since my wife’s cousin made me an appliance to sleep with. it’s quite manageable. thanks and take care.

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