Upon arrival in Hualien at 1210pm, Andy met us at the train station and arranged a driver to bring us on a half day Tarako Gorge tour. We had opted for a half day tour as we were only there for 2 nights and had planned to take the lung children (4 and 6) to Farglory Ocean Park on the second day. Andy took our luggages to the Minsu while we went on our half day tour.
When we finished our tour and returned to our Minsu, we were given some time to freshen up before Andy drove us out for our dinner and shopping.
Andy is a very sincere, friendly and hospitable host. He was very helpful and kept asking us if we needed any more food (breakfast time) or wanted more bananas (from their own banana trees) etc. he also showed us around his garden - which has rosemary herb, peppermint plant, lemon grass and even lavender!! My children loved the farm and his 2 dogs - 胖胖and妞妞。They had such great fun petting the pet Pig and goats as well as watching the turkeys, ducks and chickens. I chose this minsu based on the reviews of an excellent host as well as the farm animals as I know my children will enjoy them. By the way, a typhoon was hovering around taiwan during our visiting, thus making it rather windy and wet. Despite that we still managed to catch a glimpse of one or two fireflies in the garden.
Breakfast was yummy especially with soymilk, brewed coffee as well as home boiled lemon grass drink. Mineral water bottles were provided in our room upon arrival and if one needs more water, a water dispenser is also available on level 1 and 2 of the Minsu. Mrs Andy is very talented and we learnt that all the paintings in the Minsu were painted by her.
Not only did Andy arranged our half day tour, he also got us the tickets to ocean park and drove us there himself as it was difficult to get a driver during the time of our visit (it has coincided with China golden week so most drivers have been booked).
The Minsu is simple with basic amenities but the service provided by both Andy and his wife more than make up for it. I will definitely recommend my friends to stay here if they like a hospitable host who really care their guests.
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