There were unique qualities of the Atayal culture that were introduced to us, such as the aboriginal performances, recreational activities, local food and aboriginal cuisine, cultural skills such as bamboo dance, assassination ball experience, and clothing try-on.
On our fourth day of the tour in Taiwan, we traveled to the Atayal Resort in Guoxing Township, Nantou County; the high-speed rail in Taichung station; visited the national historic monument, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101 Observatory and mall and had a wonderful stay at Amba Taipei Songshan.
To fully embrace and enjoy the Atayal experience, we stayed at Atayal Palace Spring Hotel with Baroque architectural style. Located amidst the fresh greeneries and natural forest, we were secluded from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The resort features the culture of the Atayal tribe, a minority aboriginal tribe in Taiwan. There were unique qualities of the Atayal culture that were introduced to us, such as the aboriginal performances, recreational activities, local food and aboriginal cuisine, aboriginal cultural skills such as bamboo dance, assassination ball experience, and aboriginal clothing try-on.
There was a popular skywalk which hangs out of the mountain located 500 meters above sea level, offering a stunning view of the mountainous landscape. The shape of the skywalk was in concise design with a geometrical pattern and tempered glass construction in the bottom. Standing on the glass platform, 500 meters high above the mountain foot, you can admire the beautiful mountain landscape and spectacular natural scenery that leave you with many wonderful memories.
From the resort, we took the high-speed rail in Taichung station to be able to reach Taipei City for 40 minutes. If by regular transportation, travel time would be two hours. Our next stop was at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall located in the heart of Taipei City. It has become the landmark of the city and most visited by foreign tourists. Its architecture is inspired by Tiantan in Beijing and is a prime example of the beauty of architecture.
Two stairs leading to the top, you will find the bronze statue of the historical great leader. It’s being manned by equally attentive guards. The stairs have 89 steps which represent the age of death of Chiang Kai-shek.
View from the top
For first-timer visitors like me, it was a must to visit the Taipei 101 Observatory. There was a fast lift up to the top and the view from the top was impressive! I couldn’t get over how fast the elevator ride was. It was located inside Taipei 101 mall, considered as Taiwan’s premier international shopping destination – featuring luxury goods, fashion, and fine dining. Here, you can enjoy your shopping in comfort and total relaxation.
After a long day of the tour, we were billeted at the Amba Taipei Songshan, which was five minutes’ walk to Raohe Night Market. The hotel is admirable for its urban vibe, spacious contemporary rooms, with dramatic views of Taipei 101 as you arrived at the chic lobby, multi-purpose communal areas, best of all; it has one of the best line up of buffet menu. It is designed for the savvy urban traveler who appreciates creativity, connectivity, and conservation. Created by Ambassador Hotels, the amba brand was launched in 2012 to coincide with the group’s celebration of 50 years of luxury hospitality.
We had a nice time at Amba, especially with the gracious and very welcoming accommodation of the hotel’s chief alignment officer, Ms. Jeanie Mak (in yellow-orange scarf). She joined us during dinner and introduced us to the many amenities of the hotel.
With all these things that happened in just one day, we shared the joys and experiences like never before.
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(Part 4 of a 6-part feature article)