I had wanted to visit Sun Moon Lake (日月潭）in Nantou (南投), but ended up in Xitou (溪頭) because dad kept raving about Le Midi, reportedly one of the prettiest hotels in Taiwan (trust me it is not). Luckily, there are hiking trails in the area so I was willing to change my plans.
The drive south from Taipei to Nantou is about 3 hours, but we broke it up by stopping for lunch at a highway service area.
The road onward towards Nantou becomes more scenic. The area is famed for its tea grown in high altitude. This is where Taiwan’s tea comes from.
I decided to leave the hiking for tomorrow, since the greater part of the day was gone by the time we arrived at the hotel. So we went to check out the Monster-themed village, a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Luckily, there wasn’t much of a crowd since we’re here in the middle of the week (I love being retired – every day is a Saturday, and I never have to deal with crowds ever again). On the other hand, a lot of the shops and restaurants weren’t open because of the slow season, but we were lucky to stumble upon the best roast chicken place in the area.