Hot SpringsA major factor for me when deciding on staying at 新光兆豐休閒農場 Shinkong Chaofeng Leisure Farm rather than a night in Tarako Gorge was perhaps the hot springs (onsen in Japanese)
Our fellow tourists during the Tarako Gorge tour the day before gave me a thumbs up when I shared with them about this place. For a scenic and peaceful venue, it was cheaper than staying in the mountains... and of course safer. If the mountainous roads were to meet with an unfortunate landslide, the crumbling rocks may block our roads to exit the scenic area. Moreover, mum and I would probably be bored to tears in the night time where it was too dangerous to venture on our own into the mountains. At least, we could enjoy the hot springs at night time at the farm resort
- that you enter a lower temperature hot spring pool, then slowly move towards the warmer ones
- to dip in the pool for no more than 15 minutes, after which you should exit the pool and rest for a while.
- not to allow the water level to be above your heart.
Tram Service (Farm)We spent the rest of the day in the farm area. Luckily for us, there was a tram service that goes round the farm compounds, and we can alight at the various designated stops should we want to look-see-look-see in each region.
Animals.. zoo or farm?
|erm.. we saw DINOSAURS too!|
Dairy FarmThe dairy farm is perhaps the most money-making portion for Shinkong Chaofeng, since it's the only animal area with a gift shop. There were lots of milk-flavored candies as well as cute cow merchandise
Fruit FarmAs we went in the non-harvest season, we did not enter the fruit farms to help with the picking. Instead, there is this canteen where you are free to enjoy the plucked fruits - we had pomelo and guava
|I would very much want to buy that HUGE cod fish snack... if not for the I-think-I-can-get-it-cheaper-elsewhere price tag|
And some sightseeing outside the tourist center while waiting
|This myna is super clever and noisy! Speaks mandarin :)|