Yilan Taiwan Part 3 ☆ Spring Onion Farm

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On the same day we traveled to Yilan, Taiwan from Taipei on a fast train, our friends, Josh and Kara, took us to a spring onion farm because Yilan is famous for spring onions. (Please give me a few more days to check the name of this place.) Kids got to wear boots and go pick spring onions. As you can see in the photos below, after picking some spring onions, they washed them and then made spring onion/scallion pancakes. Those pancakes were delicious!!! The crispy outside layer has a lovely texture and an accent flavor of scallions spreads in your mouth with each bite. We all scarfed them down.

My son who was 2 at the time was too young to go. Thus, I stayed behind with him. Can you tell he was envious? The spring onion picking only took about 10 minutes. It was really quick.

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The main reason for our visit to Yilan was the National Center For Traditional Arts. Please click here for the post on the National Center For Traditional Arts. As for our accommodation, we stayed at Forte Dong-shan Villa. I recommend Forte Dong-shan Villa if you would like to visit the National Center For Traditional Arts with young children. Please click here for the post about our hotel in Yilan.

Yilan Taiwan Part 2 ☆ Forte Dong-Shan Villa

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Hotel Forte Dong-Shan Villa was great for our small trip to Yilan, an hour train ride from Taipei. It is located in the same premises as the National Center For Traditional Arts which made our trip so much easier to access the National Center For Traditional Arts. For those who stayed there get some free coupons to do the arts and crafts which was a big bonus for our kids. As for the location, the hotel was about 15-minute taxi ride from Luodong Railway Station and the fare was inexpensive. On the second day we checked out of our rooms on the second day after having a breakfast and then walked to the National Center For Traditional Arts for the day filled with fun arts and craft.

Our friends, Kara & Josh, who live in Taipei arranged everything for us for this Yilan Trip. We were so lucky. The room we stayed was a Family Suite. There was a small living area with a sofa, chair and TV. Then there were two bedrooms. One room had a queen size bed and the other room had a bunk bed with a small attic type of space above the top bunk. Kids had a lot of fun going up and down the ladders. We got two rooms as we were two families. Our rooms were connected on the veranda and it was really convenient for us. We were able to play some games in one room after kids went to bed without worrying about our kids.

I don’t have a photo evidence to prove you, but my son drew on the white duvet cover on the queen size bed with a pink marker. I let my son play with a coloring book with markers. He hasn’t done anything too crazy prior to that point, so I didn’t even think to be with him when he was coloring in the bedroom. I was out in the living area. So was my husband. He was resting on a sofa and I was surfing on internet on my iPod Touch using free wifi. By the time my girls and I noticed that my son drew on the duvet cover, it was too late. He has done some pretty good damage. I immediately removed the cover and washed it in the bathroom, but the pink marker only bled and turned the sheet into pink on one side. I gave up and took it to the reception. I paid 500 Taiwan Dollar which is about US$15. At least it could be resolved by paying. There are worse things that could happen to us.

If you make a trip to National Center For Traditional Arts, I highly recommend Forte Dong-Shan Villa for your accommodation. I only brought 35 mm lens, which is not a great lens to take photos of a room. In case you cannot tell, the rooms were quite spacious and comfortable.

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Yilan, Taiwan Part 1 ☆ National Center For Traditional Arts

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National Center For Traditional Arts in Yilan was nothing short of an amazing and entertaining place for our kids. Thanks to Kara and Josh, we made a quick two-day trip to Yilan from Taipei. We got on a fast train from Songshan Station in Taipei and it only took us an hour to get to our destination, Loudong Station. The tickets were reserved and purchased by our friends in advance. Pretty amazing. From Loudong Station, a taxi ride to National Center For Traditional Arts, where our hotel was also located, took about 15 minutes and it was inexpensive.

There were many activities for kids to do and our kids had a blast. When you explore their website, I don’t think you can tell how entertaining it is for young kids to be at National Center for Traditional Arts to do arts and craft. I find the photos on Tripadvisor explain well.

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We stayed at Forte Dong-Shan Villa Yilan, a hotel in the premises of National Center for Traditional Arts. It was a great choice. It made sense for our kids and us parents. I will write a post about the hotel later just so that you can see what the room looked like. We loved it.

We had dinner at a restaurant called Fan Ge Tian Weng Roast Chicken in Jar in Wujie Township in Yilan. Yilan is famous for chicken roasted in ceramic pots. I will write about this restaurant as well because the dinner at Fan Ge Tian Weng was quite an experience and the food was delicious! Even the vegetarian dishes were tasty. Thus, I think that Fan Ge Tian Weng would still be worth going for vegetarians. Thanks to our fabulous friends, Kara and Josh, we learned about Fan Ge Tian Weng Roast Chicken in Jar and I would love for the future travelers to know about this place although it already seems to be a very well-known restaurant as it was packed when we went there.

On the day we traveled from Taipei to Yilan, we went to a Spring Onion Farm of which I will also write about our experience later. It was a great fun for the kids. Yilan is known for scallion pancakes, so we had them at the farm. They were chin-dropping delicious pancakes!!! Just thinking about them made my mouth water.

The following morning, we had breakfast at the hotel, checked out from our room and left our luggage at the reception and headed to the National Center for Traditional Arts. All the photos on this post were taken on this day. We did two activities, had lunch and did one more activity and it was time for us to head out to the Loudong Station to catch a train back to Taipei. The day went by fast like it was a fast forward! The train ride home was very smooth and easy.

I can’t say enough good things about our experiences in Yilan. I think it would be so fun to have a place like that in Mumbai as well. I would love to do activities such as wood block printing, rangoli drawing or some other traditional arts from India.

National Center for Traditional Arts
No.201 Section 2, Wubin Road
Jixi Village, Wujie Town
Yilan 268, Taiwan

EMAIL: service@ncfta.gov.tw
TEL: +886-3-970-5815
FAX: +886-3-960-5237
Facsimile: +886-3-950-1177

Hours Please check this page on the home page for National Center for Traditional Arts

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