We were the bad tourists this morning and was late for our 9:15 AM check-out. The itinerary for the day:
Jiji Wu Chang Temple
After an hour drive, we arrived. This is now a memorial from the Sep 21, 1999 earthquake and the new one built after 3 years. Despite the destruction, the roof is still in one piece. You can walk around the entire temple and peek inside.
We went to the new temple after.
This area also had a market! Maybe about 600km long of vendors x 4 rows. We bought some loose tea leaves here. This was actually the cheapest place we bought tea from. Wish we exchanged more cash! The toilets in the back were very clean and there were so many stalls. Such a luxury as we are going through the country side.
The bus drove through the Jia Nian Plains area. Taiwan is sometimes called Formosa, which was the 16th century name (“beautiful island” in Portuguese).
Guanmiao Service Area
Our second bathroom break was in a nice air conditioned place. We made a beeline and started exploring the place. We smelled beef noodle soup and wanted to have some…
I also spotted some Rilakkuma items. So much regrets. They had kitchen mats on sale for $14 and I should’ve grabbed some 😭
Fu Guan Shan Buddha Light Mountain 弗光山
We spent 2:45 here, which is WAY too long. It was so hot!! I remember melting away. Almost NOBODY was in the center of the area because of the beaming sun. We were all crowded along the perimeter of the place for the shade. It was also the Book and Vegetarian fair.
To reward us melting in the heat, we got bubble tea and these pancake snacks for 25 TWD each. It was so sweet and there were gross fly trap tapes everywhere.
We went through the “Mountain” and into the various rooms and exhibits.
These scholar statues are so cute!