01 September 2015

Xinshe 新社 | Taichung Lavender Cottage | Taichung Attractions

Taichung to Xinshe

Xinshe is about 1 hour's drive from Taichung City. 

If you are taking public transportation, you can board at the bus stop opposite Taichung TRA station. Take Feng Yuan bus 270 towards Dongshi  豐原客運 Bus 270台中火車站--東勢(經大南)It costs about TWD 70 per pax. Alight at Xinshe Xin-er-chun  新社 新二村

Getting around Xinshe

Referring to the map below, the major roads in Xinshe are divided into seven colors for easy navigation.

There is an internal guided tour bus within Shinshe that you can engage to bring you to various attractions within Shinshe such as the Lavender Cottage, Princess Annie's Garden, etc. Costs TW$250 per pax for one day unlimited rides, starting from 9am to 5.30pm. Pre-arrange at Tel: +886-4-2582-1058 (although they have an English website, my previous experience was that they could only converse in Mandarin) When you reach the bus stop 新社 新二村, call them from the nearby 7-11 convenience store so that they can pick you up

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Xinshe Castle 新社古堡莊園 

TW$250/pax (TW$100 redeemable with food from 11am-6.30pm) / Open 9am-6pm

Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林

TW$200/pax (also redeemable with products or food) / Open 10.30am – 6.30pm

百菇莊 Mushroom Garden 

Opens from 9am to 5pm 
For mushroom-picking, mushroom cookies, mushroom gift boxes, fresh mushroom purchase
You can also have lunch here, we tried the braised meat rice, mushroom-meatball soup as well as the fried mushrooms. Very good :)

Due to the heavy downpour in the late afternoon, we managed to visit only three places. There are a few homestays (or minsu) and fruit farms in the vicinity if you would like to spend the night in Xinshe