Xitou Monster Village 妖怪村 should appeal to visitors young and old. I have never seen anything so queer or weirder before. Monster Village itself has a Japanese feel and you can expect horror theme (and ghouls) around the corners.
We had visited the scenic Xitou Nature Education Area earlier, read about the bamboo forest here, before popping over to Monster Village for lunch.
Taiwan Day photos uploaded to this Facebook album.
Monster Village looks like a mini Japanese popup, hidden in the forest.
Torii gates, Ramen, huge Japanese lanterns and sake barrels too!
Xitou Monster village looks more mystifying with the mist !
A favourite meeting spot is the road along the “Post Office”. This is a real post office but it is easier to spot the huge Red Nose.
We can actually cover Monster Village in under 45 minutes, but you need to look closer for the Fun (and sometimes crude) stuffs haha.
Maybe not too close haha.
Parents would be hard pressed to explain some product with human anatomy :p haha
Monster Village would not be complete without its Monsters. Souvenirs, mascots, cosplay, you see monsters on the roof, in keychains and even your food!
We definitely would not selfie with it (or is it him or her) at night!
Game time, Monsters are let loose, not to scare folks but to gift prizes! Visitors just need to QR code and win.
Besides the crass jokes and puns, there are less harmful activities. The rubber “metal club” looks cute but you might have problem convincing Singapore customs.
Finally, our first cup of bubble tea, girl is so happy 🙂
Only one thing is constant here, the buses keep bringing in loads of tourists. So is it worth coming? I would say Yes just for the novelty.
Next stop, Sun Moon Lake 日月潭.
Boon Yee kicked me because he blamed me for the lost opportunity to cycle!
Nice scenery around the lake, I can imagine how romantic it is to cycle under the autumn leaves.
** If you cannot wait, do pop by our Taichung cycling photos, cycling happens to be our No1 Highlight in Taiwan (link cycling)
Located at a central location, our HomeAway unit is just a few steps from “Shuishe Pier Plaza”, where you can book a boat or bicycle.
It takes 2 hours to cycle one lap around the lake. Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s biggest inland water body and you are supposed to see the shape of a Sun and Crescent within the lake (thus the name Sun Moon Lake).
Introducing our HomeAway unit at Shuishe Pier (GPS 23.864884, 120.911467) . More details on HomeAway webpage.
Love the loft style unit, kids had the freedom to choose their own “floor”. everyone can have their own comfortable bed.
The huge amount of space is ideal for big families, just take note the upper floor’s ceiling is designed for those under 1.6m 🙂
The best thing about our HomeAway unit is we got two separate showers, no need to queue. This is really a bonus for big families.
You may prepare a simple meal, but we chose to hunt around for our dinner.
Spotted Carton King at Shuishe Visitor Center (GPS 23.866467, 120.911275)
We had missed Carton King up at Cing Jing, so it was a surprise find for us in Sun Moon Lake.
Perhaps the “paper boat” (below) is designed with Sun Moon Lake’s water theme in mind?
Our first time at 紙箱王 Carton King, and the cutlery and furniture caught our attention. Everything is made of paper and cardboard!
Box creations and presentation are super creative. How did the paper bowl hold the hotpot without burning?
Our set meal is NTD390 per pax, so so food quality but we are paying for the “cardboard” experience too 🙂
Carton King facility always has a restaurant and souvenir store side by side. Again, every decorative item and toy is painstakingly crafted from paper!
Love the designs, so unique and beautiful, especially those crafts with illumination.
We slowly walk back to our vacation unit.
Good Night Sun Moon Lake 🙂
The GPS for above attractions can all be found on our G Drive (link). Photos and previous blog post (including our 10D9N Taiwan Itinerary) are all listed below.
Photo albums :
–Day 1 Aowanda, Cing Jing
–Day 2 Cing Jing
–Day 3 Xitou Nature Education Area, Monster Village, Sun Moon Lake
–Day 4 Taichung (Zhongshe flower, ShengXin station, Cycling, Fengjia)
–Day 5 Taichung (Animation Lane, Rainbow, Miyahara)
–Day 6 Keelung 基隆
Blog posts :
** Taiwan Itinerary for families
–Day 1 Google Sheet, Aowanda, Cing Jing
–Day 2 Cing Jing Farm
–HomeAway Recommendations for Taiwan
–Day 3a Xitou Nature Education area (溪頭)
–Day 3b Monster village 妖怪村 and Sun Moon Lake
-Day 4 Tai Chung