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Nantou Activities

What to Do in Nantou

There are so many things to see and do in Nantou County that you will not be left bored wondering how to spend the rest of your holiday. At first glance, Nantou may look like nothing but idyllic countryside with nothing to do, but the truth is that Nantou offers a lot more than just scenic views and fresh mountain air.

There are lots of hiking trails to explore, perfect for those who love adventure. Some travelers who are not ardent hiking fans will readily take part in hiking excursions, unable to resist the natural beauty and charms of the countryside. Locals and guides will usually suggest that travelers take a tour of one of the many tea plantations by the hillside so that they can see firsthand how quality Nantou tea is produced.

Along with the nature walks and hiking trails, there are also many temples, museums, historical spots as well as cultural performances to be enjoyed. All in all, Nantou is one of Taiwan’s best hidden gems, perfect for the worldly traveler who wants to discover something new and revel in its mystery.

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Batongguan Historic Trail

The Batongguan Historic Trail was established by soldiers in 1875, during the rule of the Qing dynasty. Along the trail, you will find numerous stone inscriptions that act as milestones in the history on the area as well as distance. These include the “Wan Nian Heng Cyu” stone inscription made on a gargantuan boulder. When translated, it reads: “The opening of the roads expedites trade and travel to the benefit of future generations”.

Besides learning about the deep-rooted history of Nantou, you can also bask in the beauty of the Central Mountain Range.

  • Location: Xinyi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 556
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Hanbi Hiking Trail

The Hanbi Hiking Trail is perfect for travellers who want to tour Sun Moon Lake at their own leisurely pace. The red-brick-paved trail is 1.5 km long. As you stroll down the trail, you’re treated to sights of Lalu Island and the Ci’en pagoda rising majestically against the mountainous backdrop.

  • Location: Shuishe Village, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
  • Tel: +886 (0)4 9285 5353
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Lalu Island

Previously known as Guanghua Island, Lalu Island in Sun Moon Lake is one of the most scenic in all of Taiwan. People from around Taiwan flock to the island’s ‘matchmaker shrine’ to have their prayers answered so that they may find their soul mates and enjoy a perfect marriage.

  • Location: Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
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Sip English tea at The Old England Manor

If having English tea in Nantou sounds odd, wait till you visit The Old England Manor. This well-known hotel was established by a man so enamoured with all things English that he spent a whopping NT$800 million to bring back a slice of England to central Taiwan.

The sculptures, gardens, furnishing and every single element reflect the old English charms that many experience during their stay in Nantou. Be sure to try the authentic English afternoon tea.

  • Location: No. 20-3, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 546
  • Tel: +886 (0)4 9280 1808
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Maolan Hiking Trail

The 4.6-km Maolan Hiking Trail is ideal for travellers who want to explore the beautiful mountains and verdant greenery around the Nantou countryside and don’t mind it taking a bit of time and effort. Enjoy the views over the tea plantations, with Sun Moon Lake just a stone’s throw away. You’ll find lots of fresh air and beautiful scenery, making for a great day out.

  • Location: No. 292, Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
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Nantou County Culture Park

The Nantou County Culture Park houses the County History Hall, the Nantou Pottery Exhibition Hall, Art Archive Hall and County History Reference Hall. It’s a goldmine for those keen to learn about the area’s history.

You may also want to visit the Wu-De Temple, an old structure which was first built in 1937. During the height of the Japanese occupation, the vast temple was being used as a sparring ground for police personnel to hone their kendo and judo skills. Today, the temple is a favourite spot for both locals and visitors alike.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: No. 65, Section 2, Zhangnan Road, Nantou City, Nantou County, Taiwan 540
  • Tel: +886 (0)4 9220 2430

Nantou Global Tea Expo

Nantou was the natural choice as the home of the first Global Tea Expo because of its rich history of tea growing. While the global conference has moved on, Nantou continues to hold an annual festival of tea.

The mountainous terrain in Nantou makes it ideal for the tea plants and the Nantou Global Tea Expo shows visitors just how sought-after the teas from this part of the world are. Generally held around October, you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to try out the vast array of fragrant teas produced in the Nantou region.

  • Location: Jhongxing Village, Nantou County, Taiwan 540
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