After two days of boating, bicycle riding, and firefly watching, our friends didn't want to go back to Taipei even when it was raining hard. They wanted to spend more time in Sun Moon Lake surrounding areas. They didn't care about going back to Taipei late because it was only 2-3 hours drive. Also it was very precious for them to take two days vacation escaping their jobs from Taipei.
We decided to visit Taomi Eco-Village and 18 C Chocolate Factory to satisfy their hunger for more sightseeing and also for their physical appetite. Both places were easy to reach since they were on the way back to freeway 6.
|This was one of its souvenir and cafe shops. Water|
lilies, lotuses, and ponds were the major visible
elements in this park.
|Because of the ponds and plants, this park offered a |
desirable environment for different kinds of
animals to live.
|This was ceiling of the famous Paper |
Dome which was donated by the
Japanese after the major distraction
of the 921earthquake in 1999. The
entire dome was made of paper. The
dome was covered by the metal
material to avoid the weathering
|The heavy rain turned into drizzling|
when we arrived at the park. We were
lucky to enjoy the scenery.
|Some early blooming flowers were destroyed|
by the rain. Some were just awaiting for
the right time to show its beauty to its
audiences, just like this lotus bud.
|Catching the ripples and ignoring the three beauties|
|We were enjoying this moment to have a cup of coffee |
with our good friends and the freshness of the nature.
|It was time to head to our next destination with final|
glimpses of the park.
|This was our friend's minivan. They felt ashame for |
their mess inside the vehicle. Well, I though it doesn't
matter as long as it served its purpose.
Next stop was to taste the most famous and gourmet chocolate store in Puli Township which location was a little out of the way from Sun Moon Lake to the freeway 6. But we still could get on the freeway from another entrance ramp to Freeway 6 in Puli.
The most touching story about the 18 C Chocolate Factory was the owner kept his commitment which was to keep the store open and make the best chocolates for their customers with his son who died at the age of 23. His commitment motivated him to improve the ways to make gourmet chocolate for his customers. Today his customers were worldwide like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan etc. At the same time, he continued donating his fortune to charities and helping the needed families because he knew his fortunes were from the people and he should share some of his fortunes with the needy which was also one of his son's wills for helping the people in need.
|My ticket number was 125. I didn't |
have to wait too long because of the
rainy day. Thank for the rain.
|The store offered free unlimited coffee for its customers |
while they were waiting for their number. It was very
thoughtful for the store to consider its customers.
|This map displayed the countries or regions which|
produced cocoa in the world.
|After the store got famous and attracted people to visit|
it, it also brought some business opportunities to other
vendors in the area to sell their products nearby.
|Time to say good bye to our friends and took a final |
Toami Village: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taomi_Village
18 C Chocolate Factory: http://www.feeling18c.com/index.php