I joined a local tour and one of the oddest things the guide said was that we should all try the bathrooms since it had scenic views. The ladies bathrooms were typical. I liked the sink areas. The gents bathrooms were more exciting. I was told they could do business in partial view of nature.
This place is easily a kid's paradise. It had an area where animals were not caged and kids could feed them. The animals are mostly babies so it's quite safe. A fair amount of hiking also made it quite relaxing for the adults. Even on a weekend, with multiple tour groups, you can find yourself in stretches of hiking ground with no one in sight. The place is large enough for people and animals.
If you liked the night safari in Singapore, you'll like this too because they don't cage the animals. The birds were not chained but surprisingly stayed in their areas. It's funny seeing all the red macaus together and the blue/orange ones together even though their huts were just next to each other. The alpacas were also given designated times to roam around freely. They're cute and seem at ease with their surroundings.
Food at the aboriginal restaurant was just alright. It was nothing special. Their vegetable dishes were better than meat or seafood dishes. I guess because it's more naturally a part of their diet in the mountains. At the time we went, the baby bamboo was in season and served as a dish, it was very good. For those who can get used to the baby bamboo smell, you have to try this dish. They have several snack stands too. At that time, we ordered a beef roll. While the flavor was good, the texture was a little to hard. It was also expensive. One thing I wanted to try was their eco-coffee. We inquired as to why it was ecological and where it came from but the servers didn't have any idea. It's too bad. It would have been nice to sit around sipping coffee, especially for adults, while kids played around the area.
As an adult, I liked it a lot because it felt like there was ample room, the animals were not cramped and there were a lot of explanations along the way. I just hope they release their large fishes. Their enclosures looked cramped. I don't know how they got soooo big in there. I was still amazed though because it was my first time to see such a large version of a fish we normally keep in aquariums at home. If you're a nature lover or have kids, this is a nice place to spend the day. If you're a tourist only here for a few days, skip this since it's not really representative of Taiwan culture or original fauna. If you like tropical plants, then it would be cool to come here and you'd likely find info on which species are typically found in Taiwan or SEA.
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