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A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views Daxi is so beautiful

Written by Senior Editor, Xue-Yao KUO and famous travel blogger Johnson WANG

“Top 10 Scenic Towns in Taiwan”, a voting activity held in 2012, Daxi located in Taoyuan was ranked the 1st place. These years Taiwan government promote agro-tour, and Daxi possesses the mountainous feature for leisure and it is near Greater Taipei living perimeters with highway interchanges to arrive directly so that many tourists choose to visit Dakeng on weekends or holidays to experience the different “town charm”.

Floral Sea Van Gogh Theme Restaurant: Watching the Flower Blossoms without Going Abroad
Floral Sea Van Gogh Theme Restaurant, originally named Daxi Floral Sea Farm, is next to the well known scenic spot, “CiHu”. Due to the fertile soil and mild weather, it used to mass produce citronella for citronella oil in the 19th century. In the 1960s, owners changed to grow Assam tea and make Japanese matcha, and till today there is still a stretch of tea garden at the entrance in memory of those days. Now the whole area has the floral garden as the main body to provide visitors a space for flower watching and experiential activities. It is definitely a good choice for agro-tour!

Inside the Floral Sea Van Gogh Theme Restaurant, there is a floral field with a total area of 17 hectares, including “Purple Dreamy Area” with sages and lavenders, “Fascinating Area” with perennial shrubs and the “Rainbow Floral Field” with colors changing by the seasons. It is not only a spot many idol dramas were shot but also a place that photography professionals like to take photos. Only admission fee is required, many newlyweds come here to shoot their wedding photos, keeping their happy and sweet memories by the camera.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
There is a white piano by the big tree in the Floral Field, and it is one of the shooting spots of the idol drama “La robe de mariée des cieux”. Though the piano is just a prop for decoration, it still attracts many fans to come have a look.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Because of the vast area, the park especially provides tram ride services, and the surrounding plants such as begonia, snapdragon, sage brush for the winter and spring time and gomphrena, cockscomb flower, periwinkle, and the golden queen that blossoms all year round will be introduced along the ride. The tram itself is also special, because it is modified from the prototype of farming vehicles in the old days, and therefore it is one of the attractions catching the tourists’ eyes.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Asides from sightseeing, DIY activities can’t be missed either. With the admission package, visitors can go to the “Aroma Shop” for making either incense sachet or bath salt. And there are other activities making lavender pillows, aromatic soap bars, key chains with pressed flowers, and so on, for visitors to bring their wonderful sensations felt here home.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Casa de Van Gogh Restaurant is a highlight in the park, too. It was a tea factory in the old days, but later converted to an exotic restaurant in South European Style. The chef is from a 5-star hotel and the European herbal cuisines are served. The dining ambient is cozy and elegant. In the afternoon, visitors can have a cup of jasmine tea or cappuccino and enjoy the agreeable atmosphere with some friends here.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Back CiHu: No need to venture into the high mountains to watch the pristine ecology
Out of the “Floral Sea Van Gogh Theme Restaurant” is the famous scenic spot “CiHu”, aka. The Culture Resort of The Jiang, open to the public. Back CiHu, open in recent years and only 1 km away from the Northern Cross-Island Highway, was a military controlled area for years, so that the pristine forest form and natural ecology are able to be preserved.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Along the way, docents will introduce the animals and plants such as Nephila pilipes, and indigenous Musa basjoo Sieb. The route in the beginning is not required to make applications for visits and it is free.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Arriving at the south gate controlled area, visitors have to show the tickets to enter. It is about another 900m to reach the Back Cihu. The lake is smaller than that of the Front Cihu, and the pristine view is still preserved. The signature plants around the Back Cihu are camphor trees and Taiwan incense cedars. By the lake, visitors can watch birds and butterflies. When in spring time with the flower blossoms, it is even refreshing strolling inside.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
The later part of the Back Cihu guided tour, visitors will see the Jiang’s office and there are photos showing those times during Chinese civil war and Taiwan after the independence. Finally, when passing the “Back Cihu Fairy Land Trail”, visitors must follow the instruction because some places along the way are closed to protect the ecological environment for the animals and plants.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
On the way back to the parking lot, visitors can have a look at the “Front Cihu”, or simply Cihu. Cihu is connected with the Back Cihu by the river streams and the soaring trees and plants contrast the lake water. The natural view varies along with the seasons.

Please make an online application for those who would like to visit Back Cihu to confirm the time to visit. And then register at the guided tour center, take the free shuttle bus to “Bai Ji Tunnel”; there will be docents lead the hiking and guided tours. The activity takes around 2.5 hours with a walking distance of 3.85km. Please mind the time and children’s physical strength.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Green Forest FuYe Sheep Ranch: Herds of Sheep with the Picturesque View As If in the Idol Drama
Because this spot is where idol dramas were shot, Green Light Forest FuYe Sheep Ranch is gaining the popularity. The blue sky, white clouds and green lands make the European Naples yellow architecture and colorful wooden chairs at the vantage point even brighter, which brings the tourists a good mood and therefore become a popular picture shooting spot.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
“Green Light Forest Resort” building in the Mt. Jiao-Ban area, has a slanting terrain with elevation difference but that makes it a good place to grow all kinds of plants. Not far from the gate is a centennial autumn maple tree; cherry trees, planted around the alfresco seat area, attract many tourists in the spring time when the flower blossoms. The farm also has a “Bamboo Trail”, where the soaring bamboos intertwined with the farther mountain view, brings the visitors to a remote space far away from the cities and noises. Inside of the park are tress and green plants everywhere, even the torching sun doesn’t feel that sizzling.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Green Light Forest Resort raises merino sheep, the ranch especially has an area for visitors to interact with the sheep, and visitors can take photos here and watch sheep’s behaviors in a short distance. It is a good choice for family trips. If lucky, visitors can see a large number of sheep running together!
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful
Asides from sightseeing, “Green Light Forest Resort” also provides accommodation. If time is permitted, visitors can stay here to experience a different night view from the day time. Visitors can choose rooms, or camping trailer area for accommodation, and the resort even prepares equipments and food materials for visitors staying in the camping area so that they can enjoy the fun of DIY breakfast on the camping site.
A Trip with Romantic and Pristine Views  Daxi is so beautiful

Why not go visit Taoyuan on the weekend to enjoy the romantic and pristine views? It will totally relax and recharge your mind and body and prepare you for more challenges afterwards!

Green Light Forest Fuye Sheep Ranch

Add: No. 19-2 3rd Neighborhood Xia-Yun Village Fuxing District, Taoyuan City<br/>TEL: 03-382-2696<br/>Website: http://www.furano.com.tw

Floral Sea Van Gogh Theme Restaurant (Daxi Floral Sea Farm)<br/>Add: No.27 Lane 1093, 1st Sec Fuxing Rd, Daxi District, Taoyuan City <br/>TEL: 03-388-0801 ext 10, 11<br/>Website: http://www.tasheeblmn.com.tw

Back Cihu

Add: Country Road, Tao 118-1, Daxi District, Taoyuan City<br/>TEL: 03-3359031<br/>Website: http://backcihu.tycg.gov.tw <br/>(please use Visit Application System, which is open from 9:00–24:00, other than this period of time, no application service.)<br/>Note: Visitors who drive here please go to parking lot at Cihu. Do not enter “Back Cihu” in GPS, you may not find the entrance or bump into places that are closed to the public.