Kaohsiung Kids Friendly Itinerary Day 4: Nantou> DIY Chocolate Making > DIY Paper Factory > Flower Expo @ Tai Chung
Day 4: DIY Chocolate Making > DIY Paper Factory > Flower Expo @ Tai Chung
We're being hosted today by a friend and her Taiwanese husband (who is also a guide by the way). I always love to visit places unknown to tourists and go for a not-your-usual-kind of an itinerary. If you're one who enjoys an itinerary off the beaten track, please do engage his services during your stay in Taiwan.
Thanks to him, we discover such lovely DIY places located just across from each other. Love the authentic experience.
- Simple breakfast at Season House 山季节花园, exploring the garden and enjoy fresh air around thereafter
- DIY Chocolate Place
- DIY Paper Making Factory
- Flower Expo at Taichung
- Sleep at Season Garden House 山季节花园
After breakie at Season Garden House, we left for the DIY chocolate and paper making factory which is some 20-30 minutes car ride from Season Garden House.
You'll definitely need to hire a car if you're touring Nantou and its vicinity.
If you need a driver's contact, try
Dong Lin ( Driver + guide)
+886 921 866 490
+886 921 866 490
You can leave him a whatsapp message and he will get back to you. He's a really nice guy and professional as well. He will even plan the itinerary and suggest a lot of places which the local visit instead of the typical highly raved and overrated touristy places.
DIY Chocolate Making Workshop
It's time for some hands-on!
Finally, we can get into action. Grinding of the pulp.....it requires quite a bit of grinding to get the pulp in powder form.
Ok, here's the thing, I can't believe I didn't take any shots of the finished product! Basically once the pulp is ground, you add hot milk to it and it becomes hot chocolate! The hot chocolate was so delicious, Sticky Bean finished two cups of it and I only get to have a sip.
The husk of the seed can be soaked in hot water as a tea which is said to aid in maintaining one's beauty.
DIY Paper Making Factory
They do have a number of sessions for the factory tour and paper making but no worries, they have one session almost every 1-2 hourly.
As with most of the attractions in Taiwan, there's always a 'stamping' station so do get a plain notebook for your child and start collecting stamps as a souvenir and journal to your Taiwan trip.
This Paper Making Factory host school groups as well.
Almost done, need Popo's help to bind the side of her paper fan. And yes, again, I didn't take a photo of the finished product.
We're famished by the time we're done with all these DIY activities so Dong Lin brought us for lunch at a restaurant decorated just like a log cabin.
Next up was a trip to the Flower Expo @ Taichung. Honestly, we have no idea that the flower expo is all the way in Taichung which took us at least a 1.5-hour car ride. Had we known that it was so far away, we would have skipped it and choose to go to the Monster Village which is located within Nantou itself.
But I guess for the locals like Dong Lin, a 1-2 hour drive anywhere is considered nearby for them.
It's our first time visiting a Flower Expo.
The flower expo was really really huge, we crossed the bridge to get over to the other side
And shortly after, decided to call it a night. The walking was too much to bear after a long day and after a couple of exhibits, everything else seems to look similar.
Strangely, I've only noticed this delicacy during our Kaohsiung Trip and never take notice of it from our previous Taiwan trip.
Tip #9: Do not pack your itinerary so tightly, give yourself some time to enjoy the rustic lifestyle at Season Garden House 山季节花园. Being higher up in the altitude, the air here is so fresh and cooling, I spent most of my time outdoors here. Even sitting around the garden, watching Sticky Bean play in the sand cheers me up and I felt like this is one exactly the kind of life I can lead.
Tip #10: Nantou area is definitely not as accessible to explore without a guide so do consider engaging one, even if it's just for 1-2 days when you are in Nantou. There's just so much to explore.
Quick Review Kaohsiung Child-Friendly Itinerary Day 4: If I were to plan again, I would have done a 3-night stay here in Nantou. Totally in love with the fresh air and cooling weather here. There's so much to explore but so little time. We will also give the Flower Expo a miss and choose to go to the Monster Village located within Nantou instead.
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1. Kaohsiung Kids friendly itinerary Day 1: Singapore > Kaohsiung Airport > Dream Mall > Hoya Resort > Youth Night Market
3. Kaohsiung Kids Friendly Itinerary Day 3 - Nantou > Xin Yue Tian Kong 星月天空 > Sleep Season House 山季节花园
4. Kaohsiung Kids Friendly Itinerary Day 4: Nantou> DIY Chocolate Making > DIY Paper Factory > Flower Expo @ Tai Chung
5. Kaohsiung Child-Friendly Itinerary Day 5: Formosan Aborigine Village > HSR back to Kaohsiung> Check in Fun Bus
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