In Khanyar, one finds a place with an intriguing name indeed. This is Roza Bal, also transliterated as the one-word Rozabal, which stands for “Honoured Tomb”. People of all faiths come here because of the identity of the sage said to be buried in it: Yuz Asaf, also identified as one of the bodhisattvas of Buddhism and Jesus of Nazareth of the Christian faith. The name might sound a touch distant at first to English-speaking audiences, but one must recall that Jesus Christ is merely an anglicised form of the man’s original name, which would be nearer “Yeshua”, “Isa”, and “Yuza”.
Nagin Lake, while often treated as a separate lake on its own by the inhabitants of Srinagar, is in fact part of the larger Dal Lake of the city, which is so large that it is subdivided into no fewer than four basins (each one called a lake). Nagin is one of the most picturesque of the basins, with its single-lane (and single-wheel vehicle) causeway and the Zabarwan Mountain looming over it. It is also right next to the famous Shankaracharya Hill as well as within view of the the local Mughal Fort on Sharika Hill.
Nagin Lake is considered one of the quieter spots of Dal Lake, perhaps because of its relative isolation from the other lake basins. There is an air of calm serenity here, and common photos of the lake include ones of the treeline, where water meets the banks lined [Read more…]
Although Yilan has a limited selection of restaurants, the county makes up for it with its night markets. Yilan locals usually eat at home but the Yilan Night Market and the Loudong Night Market are good bets for a decent meal especially for the hungry traveler.
Compared to the Kaohsiung and Taipei market, the Yilan Night market is not as big in size but provides a considerable good array of munchies to excite the palate. The Yilan Night Market is located in the heart of the city and is known for a couple of local specialties that are worth the try. [Read more…]
The Yilan County Cultural Affair Bureau has motivated and nurtured the spiritual lives of many Yilan citizens with the Yilan County Cultural Center. The cultural center is a large yellow building found in the western part of Yilan City. In May of 1979, plans were made to promote community education and the cultural industry of the Lanyang region. The government then decided to construct a building that covers about 4.9 hectares. The building was then completed and opened to the public on May 20, 1984. The center’s core mission is to promote social education and cultural activities in the Lanyang region. By 1990, the cultural volunteer group was put up to make it easier for the Cultural Bureau to uphold Lanyang’s cultural development. In year 2000, the Yilan County Cultural Affairs Bureau was restructured into five divisions the Culture Development, Library Information, Cultural Heritage, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.
The Institute of Yilan County History and the Taiwan Opera Museum are both under the cultural center as both institutes work at collecting comprehensive information about Yilan’s natural and cultural resources. The purpose of their extensive collection is to [Read more…]
With an area that covers around 100 hectares, the Renshan Botanical Garden is the largest plant nursery in the Yilan County that cultivates bamboos and seedlings of cypress and pine trees as well as variety of trees, plants and flowers. Formerly known as the Renshan Nursery, the garden is located at the northern part of the Central Mountain Range and is found along the upper stream of the Dongshan River at elation between 50m to 50mm. The garden is also known as the Ren Mountain Botanical Garden and is mainly visited because of its prevailing climate typical of subtropical rain forests. The garden is surrounded by vast green valleys and forests that make up its spectacular scenery. Because of its distinct geographical environment, the garden is home to a variety of plants and species including birds, amphibians and insects.
Visitors of the garden need to go through a hiking trail from the base before entering the garden itself. This way, cars and other public transportation will not be allowed to enter the vicinity in order to further preserve the garden’s natural environment. The trail is a [Read more…]
No, Xitou is not a fictional character or the male counterpart of Xena. It is a unique natural tourist attraction in Taiwan that you must definitely consider visiting. If you have been to other Asian destinations but have not been to Central Taiwan, you might be surprised that Central Taiwan has rich hills and mountains that look as though they were directly imported from Colorado or Switzerland. Also, the climate is neither hot nor humid. Xitou is located in the county of Nantou in the central regions of Taiwan. Nantou’s average temperature in summer is a cool 20° Celsius. And unlike other Asian tourist spots that you may have visited, there are no white-sand beaches or colorful coral reefs in Nantou, which is not a problem, really.
Found on Phoenix Hill in Lugu Village and set among tall mountains on its sides, Xitou is actually an experimental forest of the National Taiwan University. It is a unique resort that is teeming with cedars, red spruces, and Chamaecuparis obtuse, just to mention [Read more…]