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202005/05
Once in a life for greet the Guanyin in Dong Shan French go to hot spring to experience local culture

Only hot spring in Guanziling? Every year in this season, travel to Guanziling not only go to hot spring, drink Dong Shan coffee, walk Houbi town, but also take part in an annual popular custom event ─「greet the Guanyin in Dong Shan」. Follow the Guanyin to a trail which is obscure, at the last 5 km of the trail, a slope of 45 angle is waited for believers to challenge, believers can feel special cultures in this activity, and more understand the sincere heart of believers to the Guanyin in the process of walking, that’s why the believers who walked before would say must walk once in a life. 「greet the Guanyin in Dong Shan」is a largest annual popular custom event, it started from 160 years ago, still keep original style of temple fair, there are 2 parts of the event 「farewell and greet the Guanyin in Dong Shan」and「greet the Guanyin Parades in Dong Shan」, farewell and greet the Guanyin to Biyun temple on December 23rd of lunar calendar every year, walk along by trail to express the gratitude, and greet the Guanyin back to Bixuan temple on January 10th of lunar calendar next year. This year, the event would start on January 17th, there are more than 5000 believers at Bixuan temple in the early morning, and a French YouTuber Francois Devatine is also in the queue, wish to take whole 5 hours experience to be a special video, let more foreign visitors know Taiwanese culture, after the event, go to Guanziling Hot Spring Area to remove weariness by mud hot spring. If you miss the event, must hold February 3rd (January 10th of lunar calendar) midnight, the event of greet the Guanyin back to Bixuan temple, or want to experience hot spring in Guanziling, don’t miss this tour. French Youtuber Francois Devatine said:「it’s interesting to experience local culture by himself, this event would be a unforgettable experience.」 The Blogger Poca also join this event, and say this experience is very special, only 5 hours for farewell and greet the Guanyin to Biyun temple, but when you walk on the trail, you can feel different Taiwanese custom culture. Guanziling, which has the most famous mud hot spring, silky mud and relaxing spring, it’s the first choice of southern Taiwan hot spring. Other attractions like DaDong Shan path, Dong Shan coffee road, and urn kiln chicken, come to enjoy a different hot spring tour during New Year vacation. Greet the Guanyin in Dong Shan pass on more than hundred years, it’s a very important culture property in Taiwan, everybody come to join our event on February 3rd, after that go to Guanziling to enjoy great hot spring and great food in southern Taiwan.

Once in a life for greet the Guanyin in Dong Shan French go to hot spring to experience local culture
202004/30
51 May Labor Day Long Weekend 「18 hot spring industries offer many discounts」 And extra travel souvenirs

For people go to outside, get close to nature, to southern Taiwan enjoy famous hot spring, Ministry of Transportation and Communications Tourism Bureau Siraya National Scenic Area Administration launch limited hot spring travel souvenirs specially, present to people who visit Guanziling, Bolai, Sichongxi hot spring, this time also combine 18 hot spring industries offer hot spring and gourmet coupon, not only relieve pressure and increase immunity of people, but also gulp down local food and walk mountain attractions!o:p>/o:p> Join Line@ get limited travel souvenirso:p>/o:p> From today, join Line@ of hot spring master, then can get 1 travel souvenir voucher, visitors can use this voucher to get at Guanziling, Bolai, Sichongxi hot spring area, and travel souvenirs are limited, available until out of stock.o:p>/o:p> Southern Taiwan Guanziling, Bolai, Sichongxi 18 hot spring industries offer discountso:p>/o:p> Siraya National Scenic Area Administration launch hot spring and near gourmet discount with Guanziling, Bolai, Sichongxi hot spring area industries, people can get souvenirs voucher from Line@, and hot spring, accommodation, gourmet coupon. During this activity, there are 18 hot spring industries join together.o:p>/o:p> Relax in nature and increase immunity of bodyo:p>/o:p> Southern Taiwan 3 famous hot spring areas: Guanziling, Bolai, Sichongxi, famous for silky quality, many visitors love these hot spring area;there is a famous mud hot spring in Tainan Guanziling, except great hot spring, many mountain views and footpath are around there, for example dadong mountain footpath, xianglu old road under Biyun temple, people also can walk there;now is the season of pink shower tree at Kaohsiung Bolai Flower Park, go to hot spring and see flowers, it’s romantic and leisurely;Sichongxi hot spring was famous at Japanese rules era, the hot spring full of many mineral and no pollution, after many years, it formed to be a rare flower, it’s hot spring natural treasures, near Checheng Guishan footpath, people must go to Shimen Historic Battlefield.o:p>/o:p> There are many different hot spring in Taiwan, at southern Taiwan Guanziling, Bolai, Sichongxi, including mud hot spring, Sodium bicarbonate hot spring, every district is all different ecological geological landscape and historical culture.o:p>/o:p> Prevent COVID-19, travel safetyo:p>/o:p> Go out at the weekend, don’t forget keep social distance and wear mask, and wash hand diligently, protect yourself and other people. If any unwell of body, please wear mask and go to hospital, and tell doctor your travel history, contact history! And don’t forget remind your friends, family, people can travel with safety and go home with health.

51 May Labor Day Long Weekend 「18 hot spring industries offer many discounts」 And extra travel souvenirs
202003/12
Soaking in the Healthy Mud Springs of Guanzihling

Appreciating the beauty of the mountains and the old streets The original discovery of Guanzihling Hot Springs took place since the Japanese colonial period and its development has been carried on for a century to date. After soaking in the springs, the whole body feels relaxed. You are also recommended to experience hiking activities in the area. There are guides to lead groups of tourists on walks through the lush scenery, the knotted hills andmountains. The whole area and atmosphere is truly enchanting. The Hotel Guanzihling, has a history of over 100 years. There is also the temple of Central Acalanatha, the fearsome pedestrian trail of about 300 steps and a wooden stairway to Lingding oak Cherishing the past through the time tunnel There are two hot spring outcrops; one is around the Policeman Recreation Institution and the other under Huowangye Temple. Walk around the old streets in Guanzihling, experience the hot spring and observe the history which goes back over 100 years ago. The unique mud spring forms the most distinct feature of Guanzihling Hot Springs in Guanzihling Scenice Area. Because of the local geology, which consists of layers of mudstone, the escaping hot spring water contains mud-stone particles and various minerals and salts. They are of an alkaline carbonated type, and have a dense sulphuric content. The springs, which have a creamy feel, have temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees Celsius. As a result, the spring water appears black, which is why the springs here are termed the "Black Hot Springs." The spring waters are for bathing only, and not for drinking. The springs are effective for treating various medical ailments, such as skin allergies, exhaustion, gastrointestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis, and are known as "nature’s healthy springs."

Soaking in the Healthy Mud Springs of Guanzihling
202001/02
Enjoy a visual and tasty trip in Meiling

Stroll Along the Path, Appreciate the Plum Blossom The plum blossom is in full bloom every year from December till January or February of the following year, the local sign of the coming spring. In Taiwan, appreciating the plum blossom during the winter season has become a grand tour event.o:p>/o:p> Due to the large number of tourists on the weekend, it is recommended to plan to travel on weekdays.o:p>/o:p> o:p>/o:p> Meiling Scenic Area is situated on the hill in NanxiDistrict. In previous times, it was well-known for producing a special variety of bananas, and commonly referred to as “Banana Mountain.” Mass production eventually led to an agricultural recession; thus, the banana trees were replaced by plum trees. When the former vice president Xie Dongmin visited this place, he saw that the whole mountain was bursting with plum blossoms, and officially assigned its new name to Meiling (plum peak or plum hill). This is one of Taiwan's largest plum-growing areas.o:p>/o:p> o:p>/o:p>Meifeng Ancient Trail was used as the main business path for product delivery between Nanhua and NanxiDistricts. The trail is gently sloped and easy to walk on. Between April and May, this is the ideal place to view millions of fireflies lighting up summer nights. Walking along the way there are scenic attractions.o:p>/o:p> o:p>/o:p>Meiling is one of Taiwan’s largest plum-growing areas. As you appreciate the abundant blossoms, don’t miss out on the local dish – boiled chicken with salted plums.o:p>/o:p> o:p>/o:p>In addition, Meiling Farm Food Center in Meiling Scenic Area manufactures various plum products such as preserved plums, crispy plums, plum tea, plum powder and plum extract.o:p>/o:p> o:p>/o:p>Enjoy a visual and tasty trip in Meilingo:p>/o:p>

Enjoy a visual and tasty trip in Meiling
201908/20
Administration receives a global award for butterfly conservation efforts

On July 15, 2019, Siraya National Scenic Area Administration received the gold award in environmental education from the Pacific Asia Travel Association with a project on ecological purple crow butterfly valley construction and environmental education. The honor will keep the Administration going, in terms of promoting ecological tourism. Purple crow butterfly is an endemic sub-species in Taiwan. At the low-elevation Hongye Park which is 334 meters above the sea level in Siraya National Scenic Area, there are as many as 116 butterfly species including four kinds of butterflies - small brown crow, blue-banded king crow, double-branded crow, and striped blue crow. From July to November, the butterflies are many, numbering from 700 to 2,400. Unlike Maolin which is an overwintering butterfly valley, Siraya is an ecological one. Having worked with the Taiwan Purple Butterfly Ecological Conservation Association in the last 10 years, the Administration has planted trees according to the plantation of the butterfly’s original habitats, managed conservation in Siraya as a habitat on the butterfly’s migration paths, and held nectar-plant growing and environmental education events. Every summer, on weekends, conservation camps and “butterfly theme park” events are held in Hongye Park. Guided butterfly ecological tours, marking-and-setting free of butterflies, and ecological adventure games are all held to introduce butterfly conservation to the public, while developing local tourism. The Administration also trains local elementary school students to be ecological guides who help to explain the lives of purple crow butterflies and their living environs, as a part of civil science and ecological environmental education. Hongye Park in February 2018 acquired certification for environmental education and this has allowed the Administration to introduce purple crow butterflies to more groups and schools through its environmental education courses.

Administration receives a global award for butterfly conservation efforts
201906/09
Immerse in the beauty of the “four traditional arts” at Yoichi Hatta Park

Immerse in the beauty of the “four traditional arts” at Yoichi Hatta Park Siraya National Scenic Area Administration and Yoichi Hatta Memorial Park Administration will soon hold a series of events to promote “the four arts of Hatta” - oriental music, chess, calligraphy, and painting. The two administrations hope to turn the park into a one-and-only platform for exchange of the four traditional arts, as well as of Taiwanese and Japanese cultures. All visitors say they are impressed by the newly inaugurated Coral Garden, an outdoor landscaping area, especially the resounding oriental zither music and freshly made mocha tea. At this peaceful place, why not put on “yukata” (summer kimono) or old Han Chinese garments and sit down for some mocha tea and traditional Japanese desserts, and listen to the music. A precious journey into arts and souls this is! An exhibition on “the four arts of Hatta” and seasonal tours will take place soon. Coral Garden will also be installed with interactive decorations to showcases the beauty of the four arts in four sections. All are cordially invited to reserve a visit!

Immerse in the beauty of the “four traditional arts” at Yoichi Hatta Park
201904/28
Check out our firefly-watching special offers

Check out our firefly-watching special offers At the turn of spring and summer, fireflies are many. This makes April and May ideal for watching fireflies. Now at Nanliao, a countryside firefly-watching festival is taking place. Just a 10-min drive away from Nanliao, in Guanziling, delicious traditional food “bucketed chicken” can be enjoyed, along with the world’s third largest mud springs. Visitors can also sip a cup of aromatic Dongshan coffee or ask for good luck from the God of Fire. The festival runs between April 1 and May 31. During this time, from Mondays to Thursdays, every day, one firefly-watching tour is held. From Fridays to Sundays, every day, three tours are held. Each tour is limited to 300 participants. Meet-up point is Nanliao Community Center. Reservations can be made by phone. Guanziling’s hoteliers and restaurant owners are giving special offers to visitors of the Nanliao firefly-watching festival. An NT$100 discount is given to each visitor dining at designated restaurants (original full price is NT$150 per person; free for children who are 2 years old or younger). Free firefly-watching tours are provided to overnight hotel guests.

Check out our firefly-watching special offers
201903/12
Siraya grows nectar plants for overwintering Purple Crow Butterfly

Purple Crow Butterfly is one of the only two kinds of overwintering butterflies in the world. When the northeastern monsoons blow, they go to mountain valleys in southern Taiwan where it is warm to spend the winter. When the spring arrives, they follow the footsteps of the spring, returning to places in the North to breed the next generation. They die when the temperature goes under 4 Celsius degrees. Since 2009, the Siraya National Scenic Area Administration has been working with conservation groups and schools to grow nectar plants for butterflies in Hongye Park of Guanziling through educational events, so as to make the park an ideal place for butterflies to stay. As a result, today, the park has become one of the most densely populated places of Purple Crow Butterfly, and as many as 116 other butterfly species can be found in the park. Now, every year at the turn of spring and summer, visitors can appreciate dancing butterflies all around the park. At a recent event, about 2,000 plants of “Kusukusu Eupatorium,” a kind of orchid, were grown to keep the park the home of Purple Crow Butterfly. This well responds to the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Tourism Bureau of MOTC’s key policy, “making Purple Crow Butterfly Taiwan’s tourism highlight.” The Administration looks forward to contributing more to the conservation of Purple Crow Butterfly.

Siraya grows nectar plants for overwintering Purple Crow Butterfly
201902/26
Picnic by the Big Buddha

Working with Karma Kagyu Monastery, the Siraya National Scenic Area Administration will soon hold a special event called “Picnic by the Big Buddha. All visitors are cordially invited to enjoy a carefree “Buddha-style” picnic, savoring tea and coffee on a lush green meadow. Dazzling magic shows will be held in front of the six-meter gigantic Buddha statue, and at night, yoga classes led by certified yoga instructors will be held. This is of course the place for taking impressive selfies. Want to have fun? Come to Siraya! Taking pride in its beautiful Buddhist buildings and handicrafts, Karma Kagyu Monastery is home to a wide range of awe-inspiring colorful murals, thang-kas, colored crafts, and statues. In recent years, many people love to go picnic on weekends, after five hectic days at work. There are many places suitable for picnicking in Siraya, and at Karma Kagyu Monastery, other than a spacious meadow and fine landscaping, temple buildings which bring the most beautiful Tibetan and Han Chinese architectural elements together can be easily appreciated. No matter you want to enjoy food and fun, or take photos for your social media accounts, a picnic in Siraya is your best choice!

Picnic by the Big Buddha
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