Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Travel to Taiwan : Experience staying at Tea Plantation near Sizhuo, Alishan




I took bus down from Alishan Mountain to another small town call Sizhuo. Its about 45 minutes journey down and I stop right in front the Hi Life Convenient store. Then wait for 'Mingsu' aka B&B owner to fetch me up to his place. Sorry! no public transport to get to this place since it located inside a huge tea plantation. I reached a bit early which is at 1:00pm but my appointment with him is around 3:00pm. It was freaking cold. I waited inside the Hi Life until around 2:30pm. 

The journey towards this B&B is like taking a roller coaster and a ride inside car driven by Takumi Fujiwara. You know that  famous anime Initial D ? Or do you remember Jay Chou playing that character in Chinese movie? He deliver tofu with his Toyota Sprinter AE86.

The route here is up hill...down hill and up hill and all those sharp 180 degree corner. Worst than Genting or even Cameron Highlands. The view is all white in front due to mist. Basically, you can't even see a things. That B&B a young dude around late 20s drove his white CX5 one hand only with some boring face expression. Whoaaa!!! this is what you call practice to perfectto!


This is my first time staying in this type of B&B. Everything fascinated me. Love the cool breeze and fresh air here. My room view is huge bamboo jungle. The surrounding is huge tea plantation and vegetables farm. Whoa!!!!! Can't wait to explore tomorrow.


No nearby restaurant. But the 'Mingsu' owner drove me to nearest town and I can call him anytime if I want a ride back. My first night dinner was sesame sauce noodles with highland cabbage top with sweet soy sauce and wasabi sauce. It was raining heavily and I was hungry. I finished it all. In normal days....don't think I will finish off this. hehehe...but I love the cabbage though. Its sweet and fresh with zest of wasabi.

I then walk towards nearby convenient shop to stock up some snacks and light food.


I woke up early in the morning and was given a delicious vegetarian rice ball and warm tea milk. No photo because forgot to take.hahaha...

I then prepare myself to go for a simple exploration around the 'Mingsu' . I don't forgot to keep breathing this fresh air to my lung. Hopefully it heal off some of the lacking inside my body.


Nearly to lunch time, I request to be driven out to old town Fenqihu. Its about 30 minutes drive from place I stayed. Owner told me to go around 11:30am and he said just call him whenever time I feel like coming back. Asssaaaa!!!!


Fenqihu is a small village off the expressway and also a former maintenance station for the forest railway. Current forest railway from Chiayi reaches here. I am taking the train down tomorrow afternoon.


Visited the forest railway museum. Interesting museum. Don't miss this place.


I enjoy my lunch bento with highlands and wild vegetables. Then quench my thirst with Alishan famous Aiyu Jello drink. I enjoy Alishan famous coffee with some wasabi cracker and also fried wild mushroom for my tea time break. I was suppose to enjoy the view while drinking and snacking but the weather was too misty that day. Owner said it suppose to be beautiful but the only think in front of me that day.....was just....ALL WHITE!!!! isk isk isk.... mist was too thick.


Forgot to mentioned if you in Fenqihu, don't miss this Bento place. You can buy and enjoy it on your train ride. To be honest that train not that comfortable for you to enjoy your bento. I think its best to eat it in the restaurant itself.


Bought some crunchy small peaches and also famous rice cakes for my night snacks.



Then I got too greedy saw this fresh made egg rolls. Who can miss this???? I bought one packet of those to add to my night snacking . The stall owner keep insist me to buy one box. I was like NO! NO! NO!!!!! But deep in my heart ..I wanna buy ...I wanna buy...kekekeke... I don't think can have real dinner since I enjoy too many street food at Fenqihu. 

Anyway....so shy la...everytime to trouble the B&B owner drive me out. I am not that thick face..duhh!!!


I woke up early the next morning to enjoy another exploration around the mingsu. Seriously , I can stay here another week which the mingsu owner found that I am strange! kekekeke... I guess he has been there too long until feel fed up with the view and environment. He told me normally people only book for 1 night. Nobody booked for 2 nights before. 

I was like....?????


I can't get enough of this view and fresh air. As usual every where I went...I will end up planning to retire there. Last time was Jeju Island near South Korea than Matsumoto, Japan. My latest retirement craze is this tea plantation near Sizhuo, Alishan. I wish have a liberty to do that. The only thing I can think off now is to marry one of those rich tea plantation owner nearby. But...things about people in this place ..they get married very early and at my age now????? They probably thought I am qualify to be a grandmother instead of mother. Wife???? Dreams on!!!  Aihhhhhh...NO HOPE! Back to KL work my ass off also cannot achieve this impossible dream ! There is no limit to dream. I know my limit to reality though!

Did I mentioned Alishan Oolong tea is the highest grade and good quality ? If you visit to Alishan don't forget to bring back some of this good tea. I bought some back!!! Yeayyyy...

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