Yunlin Travel Guide
Area: 500 square miles (1,290 square kilometers)
Temperature: The annual average temperature is 73°F (23°C) and the best time to visit is spring and autumn
Feature: The county’s aquaculture and agriculture are more developed than other industries.
Caoling is at the east of Gukeng Township. Wandering along 5-mile-long (8.5-kilometer-long) Caoling Old Road built in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), you can see the vast sea, valleys, cliffs, streams, waterfalls, dense grass on the mountains, and historical relics such as Tiger Word Tablet.
Huashan Mountain Scenic Area is near Caoling. The hills are rolling, the air is fresh, and the tea plantations and coffee gardens are all around the mountains. There are also mountain trails, making it a good place to hike. You can also camp and picnic here.
Zhanghu Lake Scenic Area is also adjacent to Caoling. It is surrounded by high mountains with cliffs, rocks, streams and waterfalls everywhere. The main scenic spots include ancient mysterious trees, Dragon Phoenix Waterfall, Zhanghu Mountain, and shell fossils which are 200-500 years old.
Peikang Chaotien Temple is the general temple of over 300 Matzu temples of Taiwan, and almost 300 years old. It combines the religious architectural style with the art. The carvings no matter on the windows or on the columns are very exquisite.
Yunlin Story House at Huwei Township was built according to the typical Japanese official residences in 1920-1923. A number of senior officials used to live here. There are many Taiwanese snacks being sold around the house such as honey sweet potatoes, bean balls and peanut tofu.
Other Attractions: Silou Bridge, Silou Old Street, Bee Story House, Taiwan Temple Art Museum…
Customs and Festivals
Cloth Puppet Show is a folk drama originating from the 17th century. The performers put their hands into the cloth puppets, move them while saying the words, seeming like the puppet is talking. You can see it at Puppet Show Museum in Huwei Town.
Peikang Ox Fair, located at the right of Peikang Bridge, was the largest ox market in Taiwan with the history of 300 years old. Now lots of chicks, ducks, dogs, mini pigs, fishing goods, and hardware are sold here. There is also a second-hand stuff market selling many things that you may have never seen.
The lantern show in Lantern Festival is held at Chaotien Temple, which lasts for a month. In addition, Matzu in the temple will tour around Peikang Town on March19th and 20th. The volunteers carry the divine sedan chair followed by a large number of artistic pavilions. Each family along the tour route will welcome Matzu by setting firecrackers around the chair. Inside the fancy pavilions, there are kids being dressed up as legendary persons for people to appreciate.
If by Taiwan High Speed Rail, the train from Taipei to Yunlin takes 1.5 hours, and TWD 900 for a non-reserved seat and TWD 930 for a standard seat. It from Changhua costs TWD 105-110 with the journey time of 10 minutes.
To travel around the scenic spots, the passenger transport bus is available at Touliu and Townan. Or you can hire a private car with the rental of about TWD 4,000 for a day.
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