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  • Hello everybody! Welcome to

  • Travel in Taiwan. My name is Johan and

  • I'm going to show you some pictures of

  • a hot-spring town

  • called Guanziling today. If you don't know where

  • Guanziling is, let me show you on Google Map.

  • Here we have Taiwan. If you don't know where Taiwan is,

  • it's in Asia,

  • here you see China, Japan and here

  • are the Philippines. So we are based in Taipei

  • in the north of Taiwan, and Guanziling is

  • all the way down here,

  • around here.

  • So it's in

  • southern Taiwan and it's close

  • to the city of Chiayi

  • which is about here.

  • Can't see the name. But it's part of Tainan City, which is

  • around here.

  • Tainan City. How did we get there?

  • We took...

  • Let me first show you how far it is.

  • It's 304 kilometers.

  • It's about 300 kilometers

  • from Taipei to Guanziling and

  • it takes about

  • more than three hours by car.

  • This time we didn't take the car, but we took the high-speed rail,

  • which also follows the western coast.

  • All the way down here. The nearest

  • high-speed railway station to Guanziling is Chiayi.

  • And the station is outside

  • Chiayi City and the

  • high-speed railway station is at Taibao, which is about here. So how did we get from

  • the station to Guanziling,

  • which is here?

  • There are a few options. There is no direct bus,

  • public bus from here to here. So if you want to take the bus, you have to

  • first take

  • the shuttle bus to Chiayi City.

  • Oh, first let me show you the

  • information about the high-speed rail.

  • If you take the high-speed rail from Taipei

  • to Chiayi at 8 o'clock, you will arrive at

  • Chiayi at 9:24,

  • so it's one hour and 24 minutes.

  • And it costs you 1,180 NT dollars.

  • If you take the conventional train,

  • you can do that as well, from

  • Taipei to Chiayi.

  • You leave at 8 and you'll arrive at 11:30.

  • So it's 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Two hours more than the high-speed rail, and it will cost you

  • 600, that's half the price.

  • Like I said, from the

  • high-speed railway station to Guanziling, there is no bus.

  • So you have to take the bus first to downtown Chiayi.

  • Actually to the railway station there. And you can do this

  • by using the THSR shuttle bus,

  • which is free. You just have to show your

  • train ticket, and it takes about half an hour to go to

  • downtown Chiayi. In Chiayi you can take the bus,

  • you can take the bus from Chiayi to Guanziling.

  • And I show you the bus company's website. There is no

  • English here.

  • You have different bus routes here. And the one to Guanziling

  • is this one, it's number 7214.

  • Chiayi to Guanziling. Let me open it

  • and show you. Buses leave on top of the hour

  • or each hour, 7, 8, 9 and so on, and here you can see quite a lot of stops.

  • I don't know exactly how long it takes, probably

  • about an hour or maybe 40 or maybe 50 minutes.

  • And it will cost you,

  • if you look here, the price list, this is Chiayi,

  • and this is Guanziling. So it's

  • 93 Taiwan dollars, which is about

  • 3 bucks US.

  • If you don't want to

  • take the bus and if you want

  • to make it quicker, you can do what we did, we went,

  • we took the high-speed rail to

  • the high-speed railway station and just took a taxi from there to Guanziling.

  • There are taxis

  • waiting outside and you have to negotiate the price.

  • I think they will ask for 800 NT-Dollar

  • and I think we agreed on 700

  • or something like that.

  • The taxi will go from here to Guanziling across...

  • They will take some minor roads here

  • and they will pass the town of Baihe. Baihe is here.

  • This is an interesting place.

  • They have a lot of lotus flower fields,

  • which is quite nice in the summer. Let me show you

  • how it looks. Those are

  • beautiful lotus flowers.

  • They have

  • a lot of lotus flower fields, and actually you can sit on those

  • leaves, if you are not too heavy.

  • And they do have a flower festival,

  • a lotus flower festival during the summer.

  • Let's go back to the map.

  • The map is here. So, you pass Baihe,

  • and then you come to the Guanziling area.

  • This is plains.

  • The flatlands, the area of Guanziling is

  • quite hilly, those are the foot hills

  • of the central mountains.

  • And Guanziling is here and

  • it's in a small valley.

  • Let me show you some pictures.

  • It's not really a very attractive

  • for my taste, a very attractive village

  • in terms of architecture and buildings.

  • They have a little stream here, they tried to make it prettier by

  • building this kind of walkways,

  • and you have a bridge over the highway here,

  • where you can go from the lower section of Guanziling to the

  • higher section, upper section, where you have

  • more hotels and...

  • this is the older part of town

  • where you can see some of the

  • older hot-spring hotels, which have been around

  • for quite a long time. You can see the different spellings

  • of Kuan Tzu Ling, Guanziling.

  • This a very old house, probably built during the Japanese...

  • the early 20th century, by the Japanese.

  • And have a look here.

  • They have a bridge over the river.

  • We did look around a bit, but then

  • it was time to have lunch, and for lunch we went to a restaurant called

  • Top Rock.

  • Let me show you the map where it is.

  • This is the Guanziling area.

  • And the restaurant where we had lunch

  • is about here, this one. So from

  • here, the main area,

  • if you walk, it's like 10-15 minutes.

  • And if you want to have a look,

  • how it looks on Street View.

  • Have a look.

  • It's somewhere, you come

  • up here, this highway, the 175.

  • There is a bend in the road and

  • the restaurant is hidden behind those trees.

  • Let me show you some pictures. It's the Rock

  • Top, Top Rock or Rock Top? Rock Top restaurant.

  • You can see the entrance

  • and here it says,

  • they have chicken. G means chicken.

  • And afternoon tea and you go in there,

  • very lovely place. "We are in business"

  • "Ying ya zhong"

  • Then we met this guy.

  • This is the owner, it's not a gangster, he looks a bit, but he's very friendly.

  • And he introduced us to the dishes on the menu.

  • We first had some refreshing juice, and then

  • we had this one, a vegetable

  • dish, and

  • then we had some sausages. Very nice.

  • And then, this was the best part of the

  • meal, free-range chicken,

  • from a farm in the area. Very delicious, tender meat.

  • Very flavorful, really great, great stuff.

  • The area around Guanziling is also known as

  • coffee country. They have coffee plantations

  • there, and they actually use the coffee beans

  • to make soup. You see, those are coffee beans and it's very

  • strong flavored chicken soup. And we also had

  • this very delicious pork. Here you can see all the dishes at once.

  • And you sit in this kind of simple

  • dining room, the windows

  • are open and you can see outside,

  • it's green and very nice.

  • And they also have a coffee shop place. And the people there are very friendly.

  • And they have

  • this old car, from the, I don't know, from the '50s

  • or maybe from

  • the '60s.

  • Then we went on

  • to do some

  • sightseeing around Guanziling.

  • Let's go back to the map.

  • It's slow, the computer.

  • Here is the restaurant, and we went further down,

  • the 175.

  • It becomes 172, not 72.

  • And there is a place called the Guanziling

  • "Shui Huo Tong Yuan", and that translated

  • it means Water Fire Spring.

  • Let's see it on

  • Google Street View. Let's see what it looks like.

  • Should be here.

  • You see, here's the highway. And it is just

  • down here somewhere.

  • You go down here. There are stairs. Let me show you how it looks.

  • Let me show you some photos.

  • "Shui Huo Tong Yuan". There is no English here.

  • It means Water and Fire Spring.

  • You go down there, and that's basically it. It's a very small place.

  • There you can see the fire coming out of the wall.

  • Some gas coming out there, and someone must have ignited it.

  • And they have water there.

  • So, fire coming out of the water. And you see

  • there is some very old

  • plate there, and

  • the fire is burning all the time, even during heavy rain.

  • Even during typhoons. And this is the owner of the restaurant

  • where we had lunch and this young lady drove us around.

  • She is from the Siraya National Scenic Area,

  • which Guanziling

  • is part of. So we had

  • a car and were driven around.

  • That was very nice.

  • Some more photos. There are some eateries

  • down there, you can see, you can have noodles, rice,

  • rice noodles, bamboo tube rice,

  • and stinky tofu, very important. Then we went

  • to another place. This one to

  • have coffee. Let's go back to the map.

  • So, no no no no...

  • From the Fire and

  • Water spring we went further down

  • here the road to the Guanziling

  • Biyun Temple. There is a temple there, a very nice one.

  • If you have time to look around

  • and if you have means of transport, because there is no

  • public transport, it's very good idea

  • to take this road here

  • to go to the Biyun Temple. And the temple looks

  • like... Let me show you.

  • Biyun Temple is here. It's actually a very pretty temple.

  • It looks like this.

  • Very old. It looks a bit like it could be in

  • Mainland China, for me at least. It's called Biyun Temple, the

  • "Temple of the Azure Clouds".

  • You can see nice temple art.

  • Dragons up there and I don't know who this is.

  • Maybe can check it out online.

  • Phoenix and dragons.

  • And those are very cute lions in front of

  • the entrance. There is one on the left and one on the right side.

  • We made photos here.

  • And I like this temple quite a lot.

  • Then we went on.

  • We took the car back here, went here,

  • and then went down the 175. And the 175 is known as

  • "Coffee Road" because there are a lot of

  • coffee plantations on the side of the road.

  • Let me show you some pictures online.

  • The area is called Dongshan,

  • and it's the Dongshan Coffee Road.

  • And you have

  • quite a few... looks like this.

  • Very hilly place

  • and the roads are very nice, if you

  • like bicycling and you don't mind to

  • cycle up and down the hills, it's a great place to

  • have fun