An enduring symbol of the eternal friendship between the Taiwanese and the French, the imposing Chiayi Eiffel tower sits at town centre quite close to that sitting guy, which we have already covered....At nearly two stories tall, this monument is the most recognizable feature of the nearly world famous Chiayi city skyline...more
A symbol of freedom and liberty for the denizons of Chiayi, the Liberty Bell is an exact duplica of its more famous cousin in the city of Brotherly Love... Well, almost exact, except it ain't cracked and it has Chinese writing all over it... But I'm sure it still sends the same symbolic message to all that partake in its view...more
Chiayi's Lady Liberty, strides high atop a traffic circle on the entrance into town from Highway 1. It is like a shining beacon for the weary expat here on business... " Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry, your oppressed huddled masses of expat labour...." I am told that there is a replica somewhere in New York....more
The subject of a well-known song, Alishan is one of Taiwan's top tourist resorts and well worth a visit. There are five things at Alishan that the tourist cannot miss: the railway, the beautiful cypress forests, the "sea of clouds," the sunrise, and the sunset.Website (chinese...more
Lungtou Farm is in Fanlu township. There are two travel routes in it. The main landscape area is in the Lungtouping Mountain. One route is for the sights of virgin forest and Mengdzung bamboo dense forest, the other for the Tea Park and Mengdzung bamboo forest. There are many strange stones and trees on the way, such as the dragon tree, the magic...more
Fengshan is the only plain village in Alishan Township. The shape looks like a stone plate, so gets the name "She-Gu-Pan" (Stone Drum Plate). The famous scenic spots are waterfalls, clouds and fog, suspension bridge, strange stones and trees. The waterfalls are the dragon waterfall, the big raindrop waterfall, the green granite waterfall and the...more
One of the best ways to reach Alishan is by the area's famous narrow-gauge railway, which was built by the Japanese mainly to take advantage of Alishan's wealth of timber resources. The track has been in use since around 1912. The railroad certainly rates as one of the world's most scenic. The famous red engine pushes and pulls its carriages from...more
The symbol of Chiayi is chicken rice. The most famous one is fountain chicken rice. It's just near by the fountain in Chiayi center. Easy to find the to try. Chicken rice is turkey with rice. Chicken are slices with special souce. You can eat it together with fried vegetable, tofu etc. Its taste is light, but you won't forget it.more
I would NOT call it a restaurant if you want to try something really nice in Dongshi Town, a very typical Taiwanese little township. Just go and find a food stand and then enjoy your oyter feast. BTW, if you want to try something fun (not on the menu), just ask them for help, they are willing to serve you.more
If you want to have some street vendor or pushcart food your best bet is to attend a night market in Chiayi. Friday nights head over to the stadium areas on the southwest edge of town, off of Chwei-Yang Road, and you should have a wide choice of vendors. Wen-Hwah (Culture) street has some vendors at night. On weekends you can sometimes find food...more
Please just rent a motorcycle and you can enjoy moving around with no care. This tips can be replied to all places in Taiwan except metropolitan area like Taipei city, and Kaohsiung city. So next time if you ever have a chance to visit these places, rent a scooter and enjoy your stay. :)
Are there any customs or cultural traits that set Chiayi's happy residents apart from the rest of the Taiwanese? If you read accounts of early Western visitors to Chiayi (missionaries a century ago, not the Dutch during the colonial era) you'll hear about the curious custom of stone-throwing games. Evidently the young men of Chiayi used to throw stones at each other for fun and amusement, sometimes killing each other (if accounts can be believed). This custom no longer endures, but ask any elders if they heard stories about the stone-throwing when they were children.
Chiayi was a hotbed of opposition to the KMT, so the central government didn't do much to fund economic development in Chiayi until the 1980s. As a result, there was a high concentration of traditional buildings and Japanese colonial wooden architecture in Chiayi. This is changing as economic development spells the doom of many old buildings.
One old custom probably persists. This is the rite of passage in which young men race their motorcycles through the Wen Hua night market, missing pedestrians by inches as their motorcyles, badly in need of new mufflers, scream through the crowds. This diversion is related to the custom of lighting bottle rockets and firing them from one's motorcycle or scooter while racing down the streets during the Autumn Moon Festival.
Beware !!! Gangs of bandit beekeepers roam the streets of Chiayi, sticking parking citations on the window of otherwise defenseless motorists...
If you make it out to Chiayi Park be sure to check out the old turtle. Just go east from the train station on Chung-Shan Road until you reach the slope up. It's about a 30 minute walk. The park is on your left and the baseball stadium is on the right. The Turtle is near the entrance at the corner of Chi-Min and Chung-Shan roads. The turtle has...more
In the past decade there have been a few bear sightings in eastern Chiayi County. As you go up the mountain highway toward the AliShan resort area consider stopping in towns such as Stone Table to look around and ask about bears and other wildlife. The people hanging out in the tea shops might tell you stories about deer and bears. This photograph...more
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On a clear day you can see forever in Chiayi...(If you have ever visited here you would find this statement amusing...)Chiayi is actually one of the more smog choked places on the planet. I lived here for about 2 years, very close to these mountains shown in this picture, and pretty much never saw them... The picture here is of a 99 percentile 3...more
Some local marketing genius, trying to emulate the success of the 7-11 Empire came up with his own brain child: The 5-9 store. Note the similar coloring patterns and the close proximity to their chief rival... I'm sure somewhere, somehow others are dreaming of a 8-12 or 6-9 store that they can call their very own...more