Good Morning Peeps!

My morning today was a little bit different, like literally different because of the ambience outside my room. Once I stepped out from my room, there is a bridge with seats for people to chat with their loved one, the sky was blue, and the feeling of the past hypnotized me. I walked across the reception – going through the aisle with those lanterns hanging there – like they were there to greet me all the way ^^

Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Forte Dong-Shan Villa located in 2 areas separated with a bridge. I do love the facades of the villa, like the material they used, the window, and the door! #iknowiamweird #butilovedoors #differentdoors #uniquedoors

The bridge which is connecting two areas of Forte Dong-Shan Villa

The bridge which is connecting two areas of Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Door at Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Door at Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Forte Dong-shan Villa

Forte Dong-shan Villa

Forte Dong-shan Villa - Wetland Preserve

Forte Dong-shan Villa – Wetland Preserve

Forte Dong-shan Villa - A bridge to the walking path

Forte Dong-shan Villa – A bridge to the walking path

Guess what?

During my first visit to Taiwan in 2013, I noticed that there are a lot of fortune teller machine – like in almost everywhere. ^-^. Thus, I spotted this fortune teller fish nearby the reception.

How does it work? 1) Insert a coin – 2) Wait for a moment – 3) tadaaa, your fortune paper will come out and you are ready to read it through. Written in Mandarin though :p

Guess what?

Guess what?

Administrative and Student Area

On the way to the Dining Restaurant, there is a library. I am not a good mandarin reader, thus I only take the front facade of the library and take a selfie also since I love the wall decorations :D

Library at Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Library at Forte Dong-Shan Villa

One corner in front of library

One corner in front of library ~ I love the wall decorations <3[/caption] Restaurant is located on the 2nd floor. They served a simple breakfast in the restaurant from 7 to 10 AM, both for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. [caption id="attachment_358" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Dining Room at Forte Dong-Shan Villa Dining Room at Forte Dong-Shan Villa

Inside the Restaurant

Inside the Restaurant

My Breakfast ~

My Breakfast ~

They served rice, porridge with the toppings and condiments, meat, vegetables, egg, salad, fruits, fruit juice, coffee and tea. The tea is perfect to start your day ^-^

National Center for Traditional Arts (NCTA)

NCTA Main Entrance

NCTA Main Entrance

As per mentioned in my previous post, National Center for Traditional Arts (NTCA) is a world-class attraction showcasing the culture and history of Taiwan – furnished with exciting shows, hands on activities, and interactive exhibits. Their various store and activities will delight your senses and satisfy your cultural curiosity. And surely you don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience the authentic flavor of Taiwan’s Folk Arts!

NCTA Map

NCTA Map

Since it’s still early in the morning and most of the shops and activities start from 10AM onwards, thus I decided to have a walk in the walking path and enjoy the gentle breezes of the wind. And indeed it was beautiful, refreshing and there I just realised that NCTA’s area are very spacious. The total area of the center is 24 hectares includes the Forte Dong-shan Villa as the accommodations.

NCTA - one of the sculpture

NCTA – one of the sculpture at 綠野閒情

NCTA - walking path

NCTA – walking path

NCTA Amphitheater

NCTA Amphitheater

Scholar’s Huang Residence

Built in 1877, this residence was actually the home of the fourth wife of Huang Tsan-shu, a Chu-jen degree holder and native of Yilan. The residence was originally located inside Yilan’s city district. The house was damaged over the years, and the deterioration of the two wings was getting worse. When the city began to implement its redevelopment plan, NCTA decided to move the original wooden structure to the park and were reassembled here. As it was a private residence, the decoration itself is quite simple, while the painted room at the rear of the house has a definite scholarly air around it.

Scholar's Huang Residence

Scholar’s Huang Residence – Gate Front Facade

Scholar's Huang Residence - Panorama Shot

Scholar’s Huang Residence – Panorama Shot

Scholar's Huang Residence - House Front Facade

Scholar’s Huang Residence – House Front Facade

Scholar's Huang Residence

Scholar’s Huang Residence – The Initiation Ceremony in Study

Scholar's Huang Residence

Scholar’s Huang Residence – The Kitchen ^^

Scholar's Huang Residence

Scholar’s Huang Residence

Waterfront Boulevard

Adjacent to the waterfront, there is a row of houses constructed in southern Chinese Style. Their distinct roof line against the backdrop of picturesque scenery reveals the graceful charm of the water country. Along the this boulevard, you may also take a break to taste the authentic flavor of Taiwanese snacks from the vendors by the bank.

NCTA - Waterfront Theater

NCTA – Waterfront Theater

NCTA - Waterfront Boulevard

NCTA – Waterfront Boulevard

NCTA - Waterfront Boulevard

NCTA – Waterfront Boulevard

NCTA - Waterfront Boulevard

NCTA – Waterfront Boulevard

Folk Art Boulevard

The facades of the buildings along this winding street reflect the character of prominent old towns in Taiwan, showing a mixture of traditional Southern Fujien and Baroque architectural styles. Strolling along the street is like a drama come alive! No wonder this place also being used for Pre-wedding photo-shoot as well.

More than the historic architectural, within the buildings, there are a lot of shops displaying exquisite handicrafts and traditional toys and sweets, enabling visitors to experience the fun of shopping in an antique street market. Most of the shops are interconnected and I really love the details of the decorations and interiors.

NCTA - Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA – Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA - Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA – Folk Art Boulevard, Making Candy in the process

NCTA - Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA – Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA - Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA – Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA - Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA – Folk Art Boulevard – Colorful Gasing

NCTA - Folk Art Boulevard

NCTA – Folk Art Boulevard – DIY Ocarina

NCTA also brought a full-range of Taiwanese Cuisine for you to try, from the famous beef noodle to the dessert and beverages.

If you think you want to boost your day with something you might familiar at, you can try to enjoy the scenery of the river while sipping your starbucks coffee here :)

NCTA Starbucks

NCTA Starbucks

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You can consider to stay at Forte Dong-Shan Villa should you want to have a retreat, team building, corporate meeting and even family bonding or friend’s bonding time :)

Whole range activities from art to sports are easily catered within this area and the surroundings.

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Forte Dong-Shan Villa

No. 201, Section 2 in Wujie Village, Wujie Township, Yilan, Taiwan
Tel: +886 3 960 2121

For reservation: Click HERE

Directions:

By Public Transportation

By Train: Depart from Taipei or Hualien, get off at the Luodong Train Station
By Bus: From Taipei you can take either 1) Capital Bus (MRT City Hall station exit 3) - which I took 1570 earlier, or 2) Kamalan Bus (Taipei Bus Station)
**Please check the bus websites in case of the time changes**

Get off at Luodong Station either from Taipei or Hualien

* Take a taxi. The ride takes about 15 minutes and costs around NTD200
* Take Yilan County Public Bus No. 241 or 261 at Capital Bus Luodong Terminal. For bus schedules and fares please check the Capital Bus Website or call +886 800 000 866
* Take Dongshan River Route Shuttle Bus, take the shuttle to the last stop : National Center for Traditional Arts
* Take the Luodong to Nanfang-ao Bus Line (this passes through Chinshuei) run by Kuo-Kuang Bus (Tel: +886 3 956 7505) at Luodong Train Station, get off at the Jialiyuan Bridge and walk for 10 minutes to reach the NCTA

Taxi Driver at Luodong

Mr Li (李禹樵)
Mobile/WA: +886 (0) 920 764559
Line ID: trevelertaxi
WeChat ID: Taxi659
Email: [email protected]
**English Speaking Taxi Driver**