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Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water

Yuanshan Township, located in the mountains at the origin of water, has spring water from the river basin of Lanyang River, because it has plenty of quality water that irrigates the farms and fields in the countryside, it also nurtures a diversified industries, “Heng Shan Tou Leisure Farm Area” owns such endowed water resources, let’s explore the specific tours in this area.

Hua Chuan Farm

If you look forward to a simple life, you may like to visit Hua Chuan Farm, where the spring water has crystal clear quality and feels cool, and there are water playing section in the ditches, swings over water, a wild ginger flower garden, and all sorts of aquicolous plants and ecological education as well as DIY activities on the farm.

The owner of Hua Chuan Farm, Mr. Liu Ke YANG utilizes the principle of river ways generating hydropower to run the rainbow-colored water mills with uninterruptible electricity. Strolling on the farm, visitors will get to know the green power. In addition, during the ginger flower season, there is fragrance along the wood trails.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The water mill generates power on its own
Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Swing over water on Hua Chuan Farm

Sitting in front of the restaurant, visitors will find the rich natural ecology, all kinds of flowers on the wood trails, aged camphor trees and various aquatic plants that make everyone feel like sitting under the shade to appreciate the beauty of ecology.

The gardening landscape includes not only the flowers and aquatic plants, but also a secret attraction where rows of bald cypresses standing by the pond. They are usually green but during the autumn-winter season, they will turn into a color layer with yellow, green and red which make up an intriguing seasonal picture.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Strolling in the bald cypress area when the trees are green

In the natural spring area, children can experience the ecology with parents’ accompany. The water is calf height, the kids just have to stand still, follow the docent’s guidance and look for the fish with their parents; DIY aquarium activity is also available!

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
DIY aquarium activity

Putting a few spoons of small stones into the aquarium, then cleaning the water weeds and stones before the fish and shrimps were placed inside the aquarium.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The adorable aquarium
Water Grass Park at Shengyang

“From fish farming to water grass growing”, Water Grass Park at Shengyang owns the largest water grass farm in Taiwan with marine life and water grass as their main business lines. They are devoted to growing all kinds of quality water grasses, providing many aquariums with dozens of fishes and hundreds of aquatic plants. The park is like an encyclopedia in the water grass industry.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The largest scale of water grass farm in Taiwan

The building of Water Grass Park at Shengyang is surrounded by water ponds. The design concept is putting the architecture against the mountains and next to the water, which stands it out in the country side.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Water Grass Park at Shengyang is like an architecture floating in water

The quality of natural water in Yuanshan Township nurtures all sorts of water grasses, and more than 70% of water grasses in Taiwan are produced here. Currently there are dozens of fishes and hundreds of aquatic plants here so that visitors can be in a bountiful water grass world.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Being in a bountiful water grass world

There is a detailed water grass introduction in the aquarium. For group visitors, make an appointment for a guided tour so to know more about aquatic plants.

Water Grass Park at Shengyang offers various DIY activities featuring water grasses so that visitors can bring the natural ecology home and appreciate it in different seasons.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The water grass products in the water plant boutique
Bee Museum in Bee Farmer

An informative museum featuring bee ecology. Wanna know more about bee’s world and ecological wonders, just come to Bee Museum in Bee Farmer! The museum aims at passing down knowledge on bees and offers free guided tour for visitors to observe bees up close and personal. There is also freshly harvested honey to taste, facilities for parents and children to hang out and catering for social gathering.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Informative Bee Museum
Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Stages of Bee Development

Walking into Bee Museum, visitors will see the introduction of food education and rich information, such as the stages of bee development, the looks of bees and their habits

Here visitors can observe the bees collecting nectar up close and personal. In the picture, the honey bee is holding the nectar, visitors can closely watch all kinds of behaviors bees have.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Bees collecting nectar

How to distinguish the authentic honey? Visitors can learn to tell the real honey from its appearance, smell, crystallization, taste, sourness, and the amount of amylase.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
How to tell the real honey
Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
An illustration of nectar types

In Bee Museum, visitors can observe bees’ nectar and pollen collecting process and closely watch the bee dancing over the beehives.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Watching nectar collecting process in the museum

The Bee Museum utilizes its featured product to offer a popular ice dish “Beehive Ice Cream”. The authentic honey and sweet beehive together with the milk ice cream is a perfect scrumptious fusion.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The Popular Beehive Ice Cream

Walking into the Bee Museum that serves the educational purpose, visitors would get the knowledge, cultural understanding, and fun. Those adore insects and the ecology, come have a bee tour!

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The Honey Products in Bee Museum
Yosemite Bed and Breakfast Music

A happy farm not far from the city, accompanied by slating sun, water views, and green plains, visitors can enjoy a music feast and have a guided tour to sense the farm owner’s efforts and creativity.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Yosemite Bed and Breakfast Music provides accommodation and experiential activities (such as bow rolling, fishing and music feasts)

Next to Yosemite is an ecological pond where grows various kinds of aquatic plants for ecological purposes such as teaching. The comfy and spacious environment makes it a relaxing and exquisite holiday destination.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The Ecological Pond in Yosemite Bed and Breakfast Music

Yosemite Bed and Breakfast Music offers guided tours, and the fruits grown on the farm can be tasted immediately after harvest. Parents can show children fruits such as kumquats and their growing status, and how to harvest the fruits when they are ripe.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Getting to know various fruits on the farm

The seasonal fruit signifies reunion on Mid-Autumn Festival. Have you ever seen the color of ripen shaddocks?

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The ripen shaddock

The platform besides the ecological pond also functions as a venue for social gathering. Sometimes the farm owner plays music here and visitors can listen to the enchanting sound in such a great place.

Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
Platform by the ecological pond for events or activities
Touring in Yuanshan, Yilan - A LOHAS Trip to the Town of Water
The homegrown fruits and vegetables for breakfast

During holidays, coming to Henshantou Leisure Farm Area where there is good mountain views and quality water, you will find the locals’ hospitality and bucolic scenery really attractive. Plan a two-day-and-one-night trip, enjoy the wonderful life and have a good time here!