One of the oldest towns in Taiwan, Lukang Town, attracts plenty of visitors all year round, as it presents a great opportunity to travel back in time and see Taiwan before it became the modern center it is today. Start your adventure with a stroll down Lukang Old Street which was once the main business district of the area. Here, you can see traditional Taiwanese housing with carved doorways, intricate arches, retro green mailboxes and tiled roads. The street boasts a uniquely antique charm and serves as a wonderful reminder of the old times and Taiwan’s cultural heritage. Learn even more about local history, traditions and customs at the Lukang Folk Museum and visit an art village to see local crafts and, perhaps, bring back a souvenir or two!
Starting at the Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, you will witness a wide range of intricate sculptures spread across over 9 exhibitions, from ancient antiquities to animals. Commemorate your trip to Sanyi by walking through the Wood Sculpture Old Street, where wood carvers and merchants sell sculptures, in the traditional way you will have seen at the museum. Before you leave Sanyi, visit the Duck Factory, where you will have the chance to paint your own ornamental duck! After lunch, head to Dajia, where you will come face-to-face with one of Taiwan's most venerated sites, the Mazu Temple. With extraordinary Chinese-inspired accents, a beautiful exterior and a festive atmosphere surrounding the temple, this is a site you simply cannot miss!
Explore some of Taichung’s most unique attractions on a nine hour trip to Paper Dome, Chung Tai World and more. You start with a convenient hotel pick up from your hotel in Taichung and head right over to Paper Dome - a one of a kind structure made of special cardboard to replace Takatori Catholic Church destroyed during the devastating Kobe earthquake in 1995. Make sure to press stud a picture of the building before you head over to the next stop - Chung Tai World, the largest Buddhist temple in Nantou County. Take a break over lunch in the quaint little town of Chengcheng, once a prominent timber processing centre and now a living museum of Taiwan’s timber industry. Last but not least, the trip takes you to the sleepy township of Shuili to see Shuili Snake Kiln, the oldest wood-fired kiln in Taiwan bearing a striking resemblance to a snake.
This is a museum you should not miss. If you like art and sculpture, this is a destination sure to interest you. They showcase both traditional wood sculpture as well as contemporary wood sculpture. All the various forms from architectural sculptures of building panels, doors, to boats and furniture and some very interesting modern ones. No photographs are allowed, but you are welcome to bring in your sketchbook to sketch some of the more memorable ones!
This town is off the beaten path a bit, but worth your attention if you have some time. The museum has several floors with a lot of cultural history. Unfortunately many of the signs are not in English (some are). There are audio self tours available, but I do not know if those are available in English. Still the examples of woodcarving, both ancient and modern are absolutely amazing. Hand carved eaves so thin you can see light through them. Small insects in great detail. Huge pieces that are carved from a single tree. Sanyi is a very inexpensive way to spend a couple of hours. And the whole village is filled with woodcarving craftsmen. You can watch some of them work. And there are many, many shops in town that have all sorts of hand carved works for sale.