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4 Places To Visit From Cingjing To Taichung


After spending two days and one night in Cingjing’s Misty Villa, my family and myself will be departing this misty and green town with friendly native people to Taichung. With the taxi uncle driving us down the mountains, we will be visiting four key attractions which I would like to share with you in this post so that you can plan them in your travel itinerary from Cingjing to Taichung.

These places of attraction are Cingjing Farm 清境農場, Old England 老英格蘭, Feeling 18 Degrees Chocolate Factory 十八度C巧克力工房 and Xinshe Castle 新社古堡. Follow these travel sequence so that it will make your trip down a memorable one.

Cingjing Farm 清境農場

If you are staying in Misty Villa 雲濛仙境 (click here for my post about Misty Villa), you can start moving off in the morning at 9:30 am by driving up 2.5 km up north to Cingjing Farm, which takes about 5 minutes of the car ride. Also known as Evergreen Grassland, visiting this attraction is a good idea in the morning to enjoy the fresh cold air on the mountains and catching the scenic view of the sheep grazing on the grasses non-stop. With the altitude of 1750 meters above the sea level, the view during our visit was foggy with a temperature at 10 degrees Celsius and a slight drizzle of rain.

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Do not expect a huge farm of animals such as cows, chickens and ostriches in this attraction, but children will surely enjoy this place because they can get up close with those roaming sheep. My wife described those sheep as “intimidating”, but I feel those sheep are just being “overly friendly” to their visitors. Do bring a baby carrier if you are carrying a baby, but do not bring a stroller because of the uneven walkway and plenty of sheep droppings on the ground. Allocate about 2 hours for this trip if you want to catch the sheep and horses show.

In case you are hungry after visiting this farm, there is a flea market at the exit which sells plenty local quick bites. The entrance fee is NT $160 on the weekdays and NT $200 on the weekends.

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Address of my visit
Cingjing Farm 清境農場
Taiwan, Nantou County, Renai Township, 大同村仁和路170號

Opening hours
Daily: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Holiday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Web: http://www.cingjing.gov.tw

The Old England 老英格蘭

From Cingjing Farm, drive down 4 km south to this charming and beautiful architectural design hotel, which is a prominent attraction when driving around the mountains in Cingjing. As beauty comes with a price, many locals in Cingjing know that staying a night in the Old England would easily cost more than $600 SGD, which is currently the most expensive in the town, and probably even in the whole of Taiwan.

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Do note that only their hotel and dining guests are allowed to enter into this old fashion English mansion? It is known that most couples would spend about $200 SGD to come into this hotel, just to take beautiful photographs for their wedding album. If you are not a budget traveller, probably you can consider staying a night in this luxury boutique hotel. Else, you can spend 30 minutes to take some photographs of this building’s exterior facade and enjoy the scenic mountainous view from the Old England Hotel.

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Address of my visit
The Old England 老英格蘭
No.20-3, Shouting Ln., Renai County, Nantou, Taiwan 546

Telephone: (886) 492802166
Web: http://www.theoldengland.com

Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory 十八度C巧克力工房

After driving further down 31 km for 40 minutes, you have to stop by this chocolate factory to enjoy the alfresco sitting area for some free chunky samples of dark chocolates coated with fine aromatic cocoa powder and a free hot cup of black coffee. A little background of this confectionery shop, the founder of this Taiwanese-born chocolate factory is known as Master Mao, who has more than 30 years of baking experiences. One day, Master Mao’s son realised his father’s baking talent in making beautiful handmade chocolates.


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Soon after, they started this confectionery shop called “Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory” in the year 2006 and 2007, they began this primary outlet in Puli. Master Mao firmly believes that for the best quality and taste of chocolates, they have to preserve at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. That’s the inspiration for the company name. Besides making a variety of handmade chocolates, this shop also sells Italian gelato with a great selection of taste for ice cream cravers.

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Address of my visit
Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory 十八度C巧克力工房
545 南投縣埔里鎮慈恩街20號
No.20, Ci’en St., Puli Township, Nantou County 545, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Open hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Telephone:(049) 2984863
Web: http://www.feeling18c.com

Xinshe Castle 新社古堡

From Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory to Lavender Cottage will take about 1hr of driving with a road coverage of 41 km. Then from Lavender Cottage to Xinshe Castle will take another 20 minutes. (Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2 of my travel experience in Lavender Cottage). At Lavender Cottage, you can have your meals in their restaurant before heading to Xinshe Castle.

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Another popular attraction along the way down from Cingjing to Taichung is this European-style castle, which has a huge park surrounding it and a large pond with fishes and ducks. With an entrance fee of NT $250, you are free to roam around this castle and take some lovely photographs especially full panorama shots.

Although this castle doesn’t have a century-old of history, you can still allocate an hour in your travel itinerary to enjoy this quiet greenery park with your family and friends.

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Address of my visit
Xinshe Castle 新社古堡
No.65, Xiezhong St., Xinshe Dist., Taichung City 426, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Telephone: (886) 425825628

Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.summit-resort.com


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44 Comments

  • Reply
    mercy
    27 March 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Hi, I am so glad to find your blog after googling so many days. I am planning for our taiwan trip in june for 6 adults and 6 children. I am in the midst of compiling places worth to visit in taichung. And I found yours with very detailed info. thanks a lot.
    Reading at your blogs, I cant figure out your whole taiwan itinerary route. Can you share with me? It will greatly help me with 12 people in mind.
    Can I know if June is a good time to visit Lavender cottage? I am very interested to go there but worry no lavender to see in June?
    Looking forward for your advise. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Koon
      27 March 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Hi Mercy, thanks for visiting my blog. My itinerary route for Taichung trip is as follows:

      Day 1 (Arrival)
      Airport transfer to Taichung -> Small Swiss Garden -> I Na Ko (Lunch) -> Cingjing Farm -> Check into Misty Villa

      Day 2 (Departing Cingjing)
      The Old England -> Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory -> Lavender Cottage (Lunch) -> Xinshe Castle -> Carton King Creativity Park Of Taichung -> Check into Beacon Hotel (Excellent location for night market)

      Day 3
      Rainbow Village In Taichung -> Zhong She Flower Market 中社花市 In Taichung -> Old Railway Station (Lunch) -> Strawberry Plucking In Miaoli County Taichung -> Head back to Beacon Hotel

      Day 4 (Leaving Taiwan to Singapore)

      Unfortunately, lavender festival will be from November to April. For the month of June to August, it will be salvia festival. Probably, you can try the Zhong She Flower Market instead. I hope my itinerary can help you in your trip planning.

      • Reply
        mercy
        27 March 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Hi Koon, thank you for your fast reply.

        Is Salvia another type of flowers / lavender ? the picture looks alike.

        • Reply
          Koon
          27 March 2014 at 1:30 PM

          Hi Mercy, I found 2 good links for the differences between Salvia and Lavender. :)

          Salvia: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/salvia-clevelandii/
          Lavender: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/lavandula-x-intermedia/

          • mercy
            27 March 2014 at 2:43 PM

            Thanks for the link. Aside from the flowers, is the cottage itself worth visiting? Anything fun other than viewing the flowers?

          • Koon
            27 March 2014 at 6:02 PM

            Yes it is. Lavender Cottage is more than just a botanical garden. The decorations and drawings are beautiful and unique. There is a carousel in the park, which probably kids will enjoy it. Their herbal meals were fantastic. You can allocate about 2 hours including lunch there. :)

      • Reply
        mercy
        27 March 2014 at 1:20 PM

        sorry, forgot to ask about hired car.

        can you let me know if the car you hired based on
        -whole day / hourly based?
        -if it is whole day, is the charge include driver’s meal / boarding / insurance ?
        -any extra tips we should give ?

        • Reply
          Koon
          27 March 2014 at 1:39 PM

          The taxi uncle is being paid on a daily basis end of the day, which includes the driver’s meal and fuel charge. There is no need for tips. The taxi uncle is very professional and I would recommend my readers to use his service. I have left his contact in my post and you can use LINE or Whatsapp to contact him.

          • mercy
            27 March 2014 at 4:25 PM

            Thanks for the info

          • Koon
            27 March 2014 at 6:03 PM

            No problem. Enjoy your trip.

    • Reply
      kelly
      22 August 2016 at 5:19 PM

      I have many friends who went in Dec and there are barely any lavender in Dec as it’s winter there.

      • Reply
        Soon Koon
        23 August 2016 at 10:39 AM

        Thanks for sharing! I hope is not the harsh winter season that slows down the growth of the lavenders.

  • Reply
    Goh Kai Sin
    11 July 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Sorry…May I have your driver’s contact?
    I love to take the route that u took for Taiwan trip..Thanks!

    • Reply
      Koon
      11 July 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Hi, here is his contact detail:

      Elite Tours Services Team
      菁英旅游服务团队
      刘奕銘 (小奕)
      Telephone / Whatsapp: 0981-900316
      Email: [email protected]
      Facebook: [email protected]

      • Reply
        Kai sin
        12 July 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Thanks so much.
        May I ask if u leave ur luggages with the driver when u visited the places of of interests?

        • Reply
          Koon
          12 July 2014 at 5:33 PM

          Yup, my luggages were left in the car.

          • kai sin
            14 July 2014 at 7:24 AM

            thks!

  • Reply
    Catherine
    14 August 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Hi, I happen to read your itinerary which i found it very useful. Thank You.
    By the way, i plan to travel to taipei, tainan and cingjing. Kindly advice wat is the correct route to go first? Currently think of going either to Tainan, Cingjing,and last stop taipei.

    Thank You

    • Reply
      Koon
      14 August 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Probably I would advise you to head down to Tainan, follow by Cingjing which is located at Nantou and Taipei.

    • Reply
      Catherine
      14 August 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Thank you for your reply. Deeply appreciated. btw, do you have the driver contact to bring you to places of attractions and how is his feed like.

      • Reply
        Koon
        14 August 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Hi Catherine, the driver’s contact is

        Elite Tours Services Team
        菁英旅游服务团队
        刘奕銘 (小奕)
        Telephone / Whatsapp: 0981-900316

        His fees is about $100 SGD.

        • Reply
          kelly
          22 August 2016 at 5:14 PM

          SG$100 is for the 4 places in one day? Thank you in advance for the info!

          • Soon Koon
            23 August 2016 at 10:40 AM

            Welcome.

  • Reply
    becca
    11 September 2014 at 5:07 PM

    I’m so glad that i found your blog! its so useful! Just curious it worth it is to stay at Chingjing? Is 1 day enough for visiting chingjing, lavendar farm and xinshe castle?

    • Reply
      Koon
      11 September 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Thanks and I hope you find my information useful. I will say “yes” if you want to slow down your life and enjoy the beautiful sceneries of this mountainous area.

      1 day should be enough but have to plan your timing well due to the traveling time. If there are children around, they might get tired easily.

  • Reply
    Annie
    28 September 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Hi, thank you for sharing these helpful information. Can i check with the places that you visited, what time did you reach TaiChung?

    • Reply
      Koon
      29 September 2014 at 6:51 AM

      Hi Annie, I reached Taichung about 6:30pm.

      • Reply
        Annie
        1 November 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Hi Koon, thanks for the info. I had email the taxi contact twice but to no avail. Not sure if anyone else having issue getting a response.

        • Reply
          Koon
          2 November 2014 at 11:30 AM

          Hi Annie, you can use LINE messenger to text or call him. I did that during my trip.

  • Reply
    Fong
    31 October 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Hi Koon, chanced upon your page while researching for trip to Taichung. May I know if 小奕 or his associate drive a car for 7 pax? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Koon
      1 November 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Hi Fong, I doubt so. You might need to call or text him so he can help you suggest for other alternative drivers. I guess is you might need to have 2 vehicles.

  • Reply
    Verdell
    2 January 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Hi there, I’d like to ask if it’s a wise choice to be going from Tao yuan Airport > Chia Yi (Alishan) > Taichung (Cingjing) > Taipei?

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Koon
      2 January 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Hi Verdell, thanks for leaving your comments. I see the HSR map seems good to go since you have traveling to your furthest destination first. Most importantly, do checkout the HSR train time from http://www5.thsrc.com.tw/en/.

  • Reply
    Matthew
    13 March 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Hi, nice and informative blog.
    When a driver quote you TWD3500, it already includes his meal? Do you usuallyinvites the driver to eat with your family?

    • Reply
      Koon
      14 March 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Thanks for popping by my site. Yes, the fees included his meal allowances. Usually, after he dropped us at the restaurant, he went to elsewhere and pick us up later.

      • Reply
        Jennifer
        12 June 2015 at 7:49 PM

        Hi. I am staying at Taichung for two days before heading up to Cingjing. Is Xinshe Castle, Carton Restaurant and Lavender Cottage on the way to Cingjing. Planning to stay in Cingjing 2 nights. Worth doing so? And also…ur driver quoted u TWD3500 including his accomodation as well?

        • Reply
          Soon Koon
          12 June 2015 at 8:14 PM

          Hi Jennifer, thanks for dropping by my blog. Yes, they are on the way and Cingjing is a nice place to stay. The driver only charge for his transportation service. Do contact the driver as he can advise you on your itinerary as well.

  • Reply
    Amy Tan
    22 September 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Hi. Very informative write up! I benefit a lot.

    My plan is Taichung hotel – 熏衣早森林 – 百菇庄 for lunch – 新社花庄 – 清境民宿 in December. Did you book the taxi in advance from Singapore? Is it possible to hire a taxi when I’m there?

    • Reply
      Soon Koon
      23 September 2015 at 6:26 AM

      Hi Amy, I book my taxi in advance. Alternatively, taxis are available for booking also at the train station.

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    29 May 2016 at 4:01 PM

    4.5

  • Reply
    kelly
    22 August 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Nice post! Would be good to know where are the not so touristy places between Tai Yi Ecological Garden/Farm and Cingjing too…since that stretch of road is about 40km. Did you visit Kokomu Music Box factory? It’s very near to 18 degree ice-cream.

    • Reply
      Soon Koon
      23 August 2016 at 10:42 AM

      Hello Kelly, unfortunately, the driver did not bring us to Kokomu Music Box factory. :(

  • Reply
    Rosalind
    18 September 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Hi, Thanks for sharing your itinerary here:) Do help alot…
    Can check with you is the route up to Cingjing hilly, long & winding? I have a 76 years old mum in my trip.
    We will make our way from Taichung hotel and back to same hotel in a day.
    We are hiring a mini-bus for our group of 10 pax. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Soon Koon
      18 September 2016 at 1:29 PM

      Hello Rosalind. Thank you for reading my blog. Yes, the journey up the hills are quite winding.

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