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Miaoli: Fun Things to Do in Taiwan’s Hakka County

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Miaoli is a mountainous county in northern central Taiwan, between Hsinchu and Taichung . Foreign tourists seldom include it on their travel itinerary for Taiwan because none of the things to do in Miaoli ever make it onto “must-do in Taiwan” lists (although I put three Miaoli attractions on my list of best things to do in Taiwan ).

The Taiwanese are certainly aware of Miaoli’s rural charm, though. That’s why Miaoli’s sights are overflowing with local people (only on weekends), while they remain largely off-the-beaten-track for outsiders.

Over 60% of Miaoli is inhabited by the Hakka, a Han Chinese people who are Taiwan’s largest ethnic minority, making up 15% of the country’s population. The name “Miaoli” or 苗栗 is derived from the Hakka words for ‘cat’ and ‘ raccoon dog ‘.

The Hakka are known for the their warm-heartedness, tendency to work hard but relax even harder, and hearty cuisine. The opportunity to sample Hakka foods is one of Miaoli’s greatest appeals for many visitors. In fact, several Hakka specialties make it onto my list of the 101 best street foods to try in Taiwan .

Hakka food in Miaoli Taiwan

Miaoli is also an ideal place to view tung blossoms (桐花), which are closely connected to Hakka culture. When the flowers bloom (usually April – May ) and fall, they cover walkways and streets in what looks like snow. Here’s a convenient Tong Blossom Viewing Tour from Taichung or Miaoli HSR, which also includes strawberry picking in Miaoli. Sign up for Klook with this link first and you’ll get NTD100 off the tour!

In recent years, Miaoli has developed a reputation as a slow-living/slow-travel destination, and you’ll find that most articles about the county focus on this. This is in part due to Italy-based Cittaslow including not one but two Miaoli townships (see the Cittaslow entries for Nanzhuang and Sanyi ) on its international list of slow living cities (Dalin in Chiayi and Fonglin in Hualien are other Taiwanese places that made the list.

Because Miaoli is known for slow travel, the county is loaded with excellent guesthouses and B&Bs , and it is often thought of as a place to go to take a breather from hectic daily life by people living in the major cities of Taiwan .

While Miaoli is clearly a place to kick back and stay a while, it is still possible to visit many of the places I’ll describe below as day trips from Taipei . Miaoli is also a great place to explore when most things in Taipei and other large cities in Taiwan shut down during Lunar New Year .

Slow living in Miaoli, Taiwan

We’ve been finding ourselves wanting to get out of Taipei and return to Miaoli again and again in recent months, so I decided to put together this list of our favorite things to do there. I feel Miaoli is the kind of place that attracts visitors who’ve already seen the major sights of Taiwan, and are looking for something new, laid-back, and distinctively local to experience.

In this article, I’ll focus on things to do in Miaoli. For more general info like where to stay, what to eat, how to get around, etc, see my Miaoli travel guide .

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Fun Things to Do in Miaoli Taiwan

The following things to do in Miaoli begin in Miaoli city then move throughout the county.

Miaoli City

From from above of Miaoli City, Taiwan

The Miaoli County capital, Miaoli City, sees few tourists, domestic or foreign, as the county’s rural attractions are a much bigger draw. Nevertheless, the city has a laid-back vibe and a few points of interest that might make it worth a stop for those looking to try something new.

Things to do in Miaoli City include Maolishan Park (貓貍山公園), where you can walk through old railway tunnels filled with lights and music, the Miaoli Railway Museum (苗栗鐵道文物展示館 8am to 5pm), and Yingcai Night Market (英才觀光夜市).

Related post: Read about the top-15 night markets in Taipei

Hakka Roundhouse

Hakka Round House, Miaoli, Taiwan

Lying just north of the Houlong River from Miaoli City, the Hakka Roundhouse is an impressive recreation of a traditional Hakka tulou (土樓) or Walled Village . Hakka tulou are common in mountainous regions of southeastern Fujian province in China, and a single one can house up to 800 people.

The Hakka Round House was built by the local government to welcome visitors arriving by HSR to the area . It’s free to enter, but there isn’t much to see inside. It’s only a few steps from the Miaoli HSR station, making it a convenient thing to do in Miaoli if you happen to be waiting for the high speed rail.

To experience Hakka culture in Taipei City, keep an eye out for the Taipei Hakka Yimin festival , usually held in October in Taipei .

Lion’s Head Mountain

Lion's Head Mountain (Shitoushan), Miaoli, Taiwan

Hiking the network of trails connecting the numerous Buddhist temples on Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山 or Shitoushan) is without a doubt my favorite thing to do in Miaoli. I’ve been three times now; most recently my two kids and I braved a super rainy weekend to spend the night in one of temples on the mountain and loved every second of it.

For a much more thorough description of the hiking trails and how to get there or spend the night in a temple, see my complete article on Lion’s Head Mountain .

Lion’s Head Mountain spans Hsinchu and Miaoli counties, and has an entrance on either side. It takes about 1.5 hours to hike from one side to the other, including lots of stops to admire the temples, many of which are built into cliff walls or caves.

The more impressive collection of temples in on the Miaoli side, so I’ve always started and finished my hike there (note: there’s no public transportation to the Miaoli side).

Lion's Head Mountain cave temple, Miaoli, Taiwan

Quanhua Temple (勸化堂) is largest temple on the Miaoli side. The temple kitchen offers vegetarian meals by donation (6:30 am, noon, 5:30 pm), and you can spend the night in the temple accommodation for NT1000/night for a simple double room with incredible views from the room’s balcony.

You can make a reservation by calling the temple at 037-822020, but they may not speak English. There are quite a few rooms so it is unlikely that they would fill up (we were nearly the only ones there the two times that we’ve stayed), unless there happened to be a large group visiting.

Staying at a temple on Lion's Head Mountain Taiwan

To reach Lion’s Head Mountain by public transportation, take the shuttle bus from Zhubei (竹北) train station or Hsinchu HSR. I’ve always gone by taking a Kuokuang bus 1820 from Taipei (or Banqiao transportation station) to Zhudong (竹東) bus station (Zhudong also has a train station, but only serving the Neiwan line ), then renting a scooter from a small shop in Zhudong called 勝東機車行 (03 595 7358, license required).

From there, it’s only a 30-minute ride to Lion’s Head Mountain, passing the Hakka village of Beipu (北埔), famous for it’s Old Street, and (if you take a less direct route) Nature Loving Wonderland, an enormous Buddhist complex featuring the world’s largest standing statue of Milefo, the laughing Buddha.

Read about other temple stays I’ve done in my articles on Beomeosa in South Korea and Koyasan in Japan , as well as my guide to the best temples in Taipei .

Nature Loving Wonderland in Hsinchu, Taiwan

There used to be a shuttle bus connecting the Hsinchu and Miaoli sides of Lion’s Head Mountain, but it was no longer running when we last visited. From the Miaoli side, you could walk all the way to Nanzhuang (see below), which is 3.5 kilometers and would take about an hour. Nanzhuang has several bus connections.

Buses that run to Nanzhuang also pass somewhat close to the entrance of Lion’s Head Mountain, but you’d have to walk up from the highway (about 30 minutes uphill to Quanhua Temple on vehicle road, or an actual hiking trail through the forest north of the road entrance).

Nanzhuang & Sweet Osmanthus Lane

Sweet Osmanthus Lane, Nanzhuang, Miaoli

A 15-minute drive south of Lion’s Head Mountain, Nanzhuang (南庄) is a very small, laid back Hakka village. It is famous for its old street, called Sweet Osmanthus Lane (桂花巷), which runs parallel to the main road, or Nanzhuang Old Street .

Of the many old streets in Taiwan, this one is quite small but one of my favorites because it is quite atmospheric and we found the vendors to be particularly warm and welcoming. For more information, see my complete article on Nanzhuang . If you enjoy traditional snacks and old streets in Taiwan, then also don’t miss Jiufen near Taipei !

As the name Sweet Osmanthus Lane suggests, the alley’s main specialty is sweet osmanthus, a fragrant flower that thrives in the area. Several foods flavored with the flower are sold, in particular honey.

The best place to sample it is at Bingzhen Tangyuan (桂花釀冰鎮湯圓), a shop in the middle of the old street, where they top a bowl of shaved ice, fresh fruit, and tang yuan (gooey rice balls) with a generous layer of sweet osmanthus-flavored honey.

Bingzhen Tangyuan, Sweet Osmanthus Alley, Nanzhuang

Other regional and Hakka treats to try on Nanzhuang Old Street include mochi, taro and sweet potato round cakes, dou gan (dried tofu or 豆乾), and brown sugar cake. At the entrance to the lane, there’s an old stone canal where locals used to do laundry, and nearby there’s a lovely suspension bridge.

There are also several sit-down restaurants around the Old Street and entrance to Yongchang Temple specializing in Hakka dishes such as ban tiao (wide rice noodles or 粄條). Pop into the Nanzhuang’s Visitor’s Center to grab a town map which indicates no less than 145 restaurants, shops, and foods stalls in the small old street area.

We recently stayed at an awesome guesthouse called Heaven Bird B&B (see on Agoda / TripAdvisor / Booking ) just across the river and walking distance from Nanzhuang. The owner was helpful and friendly, the room was massive and immaculate, beds super comfortable, and best of all, our large patio overlooked a bamboo forest in the backyard.

Heaven Bird B&B, Nanzhuang, Miaoli

Another guesthouse in the Nanzhuang area I can strongly recommend is Yanzitao Pottery Coffee B&B 燕子陶 (see on Agoda / TripAdvisor / Booking ), which I wrote this article about for Travel in Taiwan magazine.

Run by a retired Hakka couple, the wife is a well-known potter who now offers DIY pottery sessions on site for kids or adults (and they will mail your finished work out to you after they dry and fire it on site). Meanwhile, their daughter Momo makes exceptional slow drip coffee, including Taiwanese roasts and coffees flavored with locally grown turmeric and maqaw , an indigenous flavoring ingredient.

You can also camp beside their swimming pool or tour their gardens, where they grow coffee beans, sweet osmanthus, tung blossoms, and much more.

Yanzitao Pottery & Coffee B&B, Nanzhuang, Miaoli

Riding a scooter in this area is best, but you can also reach Nanzhuang on bus 5804 , 5805 , or 5806 from Zhunan or Toufen (all with connections to Taipei).

Quirky experience: check out the Hobbit Houses of Miaoli in Tongluo township.

Picking Strawberries in Dahu

Picking strawberries in Dahu Miaoli

Dahu is the strawberry mecca of Taiwan. Every January and February , people all around Taiwan flock to supermarkets and street market stalls to purchase strawberries from Dahu, the tiny Miaoli village that is practically synonymous with the plump fruit. Dahu’s strawberries are particularly large and sweet.

miaoli tourist attractions

Dahu is yet another place that I first visited on assignment for Travel in Taiwan magazine, and later returned with my wife and kids. The kids LOVED picking strawberries in the fields, and we recommend Strawberry Tricycle Fields (三輪車草莓園), which is a short drive out of town, and is the farm that we recommended in the magazine article.

You can read all about our strawberry picking experience in Dahu here .

Besides picking your own strawberries, you also have to make a stop at Dahu Wineland Resort (大湖酒莊), a sort of museum/theme park/winery dedicated entirely to (you guessed it) strawberries. On our most recent visit, we tried strawberry flavored noodles, ice cream, popsicles, tea eggs, beer, and wine (the latter is particularly delicious).

Strawberry noodles, Dahu Wineland Resort, Miaoli

You can reach Dahu from Miaoli City on bus 5656 . Be prepared for serious traffic jams if you visit on a weekend when strawberries are in season.

Strawberry picking in Dahu is also included on this day tour from Taichung or Miaoli HSR .

Tai An Hot Springs

Tai An Hot Springs, Miaoli, Taiwan

Remote Tai’an Hot Springs (泰安溫泉) is one of my favorite hot springs in Taiwan . I love the area’s verdant mountains, and there are some great facilities on offer in the small collection of hot spring hotels.

The hot spring water here is colorless and odorless, and staying overnight after soaking in it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

King's Resort Spa, Taian Hot Spring Miaoli

We recently had an exceptional experience at King’s Resort and Spa 錦水溫泉飯店 (see on Agoda / TripAdvisor / Booking ). The owner of the family-run hotel was extremely welcoming and even gifted us a bottle of French wine at dinner.

The dinner and breakfast were excellent, and the room was large and spotless, with the sound of the river putting us to sleep at night. The outdoor hot springs on site include multiple pools on three levels, all with gorgeous views, and each room gets one hour free use of one of the private hot spring rooms on the roof of the hotel.

King's Resort Hot Spring, Tai'an Hot Spring, Miaoli

For hot spring lovers, also see my guides to Beitou Hot Springs in Taipei , Wulai Hot Springs in New Taipei City , and Jiaoxi Hot Springs in Yilan .

King's Resort Spa, Taian Miaoli

For an ultra classy soak or overnight stay, Onsen Papawaqa 泰安觀止溫泉會館 (see on Agoda / TripAdvisor / Booking ) is the most opulent choice in town.

We loved their outdoor hot spring facilities when we visited years ago, which have a zen-like simple but harmonious feel and overlook the river. You can explore the hotel’s hot springs with this virtual tour on their website.

Onsen Papawaqa Tai'An Hot Spring Miaoli

Yet another good choice in Tai An is Tang Yue 湯悅溫泉會館 (see on Agoda / TripAdvisor / Booking ), which is surrounded by lush greenery and offers incredible views from the private or public springs. You can book a private hot spring room and set meal online here, and the hotel can arrange a shuttle service if you call.

Tai’an hot spring village is a 20-minute drive from Dahu, but there’s no direct access by public transportation. One option would be to take a taxi from Tongluo train station.

Flying Cow Ranch

Flying Cow Ranch, Miaoli, Taiwan

Would you believe we drove all the way from Taipei to take our son (who currently loves ducks) to go on a guided walk with a flock of ducks, lost track of time over lunch in Shengxing, then just missed the tour after running all the way across Flying Cow Ranch (it’s pretty big)?

Well, that’s a pretty standard day when traveling around Taiwan with kids . And by the way, no, the cows there can’t actually fly.

If you’re the kind of city person who finds farm life exotic, or you’ve got kids like us, then Flying Cow Ranch may be for you. Like so many other farm theme parks in Taiwan , there are multiple activities on offer and animals to touch or feed.

Our kids spent a solid 30 minutes petting bunnies, but were pretty grossed out after milking a cow.

The Flying Cow Ranch Hotel (see on Agoda / TripAdvisor / Booking ) actually looks pretty cool, and the fresh yogurt sold in the souvenir shop is quite delicious.

Entrance is NT220 (adults), 180 (elementary) 150 (age 3-5) and free (under 3), plus 50 per car. Here’s the public transportation info .

Feeding goats at Flying Cow Ranch, Miaoli

Miaoli Hobbit House and Capybaras

A hobbit house in Miaoli Taiwan

You don’t have to go all the way to New Zealand to see Hobbit houses from the set of Lord of the Rings. Nope, you can see some right here in Miaoli, Taiwan!

These hobbit houses can be seen inside of Hobbit House Tea Tree Garden (哈比丘茶樹森林) in the remote hills of Tongluo township in Miaoli. Besides the Hobbit houses, the attraction also includes capybaras and lambs you can pet, a swing, a cafe, and beautiful views. You’ll need your own transportation to get here.

Find other places to see capybaras in Taiwan here .

Flame Mountain (Huoyanshan)

Flame Mountain Huoyanshan hike in Miaoli

One Miaoli hike that has become quite popular in recent years is Flame Mountain, also called Fire Mountain or Huoyanshan (火炎山). As you can see from the above photo, the mountain is named after the red cliffs that appear like plumes of fire coming up from the land around this narrow valley.

If you’ve ever driven the National Highway 1 through Miaoli, you’ve m0st likely noticed these hills, as they are surrounded by otherwise flat coastal plains. It takes around 2.5 hours to hike to the top of the valley and back, including some fun and steep sections with rope.

Luxury Camping at Shangri-La Paradise

Taiwan luxury camping at CMP Village, Shangri-La Paradise, Miaoli

I visited Shangri-La Paradise in Zaoqiao township a few years ago researching a series of articles on Taiwan’s amusement parks for Travel in Taiwan magazine. Expecting another typical theme park, I arrived to find that the few remaining rides from the park’s glory days in the 1980s had been left to decay, serving as a spooky backdrop to one of Taiwan’s only luxury campgrounds, called CMP Village (勤美學) .

The CMP Village luxury camping experience includes information sessions (Mandarin only) on local Miaoli foods and culture, a communal campfire and dinner under the stars, and a variety of DIY activities, like Hakka blue dyeing, pottery making, tree climbing, and rush weaving. The yurt-like tents campers stay in looked amazing; I’d consider staying for the tents alone!

On weekends, visitors can enter the grounds and explore (adults NT500, kids NT280, discounts often available). There are photogenic art installations throughout the park, shops and cafés, a small Hakka museum, and gardens. They will even fire up some of the old rides and let you on if you ask.

See my full article on Shangri-La Paradise & CMP Village for Travel in Taiwan Magazine.

Shangri-La Paradise is a short taxi ride from Miaoli HSR station.

Mingde Reservoir

Mingde Reservoir (Minte Reservoir or Mingde Dam Scenic Area)

If you are looking for remote, scenic scooter riding or cycling, the area around Mingde Reservoir is very pretty. Consider making the easy trip from Miaoli City to Lion’s Head Mountain and Nanzhuang (see below).

The reservoir was created when the Laotianliao River, a tributary of the Houlong River, was dammed in 1960. The dam features several park areas overlooking the water and two hanging bridges connecting to Rixindao, an island in the middle with an chilled out café boasting reservoir views.

Visit the roof of Taiwan at Shei-Pa National Park

Snow Mountain (Xueshan) Taiwan

Shei-Pa (Xueba) National Park (雪霸國家公園) is an enormous high mountain park spanning Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taichung. Its main peaks are Xueshan (Snow Mountan) and Dabajianshan, with its distinctive peak.

One place where you can access the park is Guanwu Recreation Area , which offers incredible vistas and hiking trails often shrouded in mist. You can visit Guanwu Recreation Area on this hiking day trip from Taipei, Taoyuan, or Hsicnhu .

Hakka Courtyard

Hakka Courtyard in Tongluo, Miaoli

If you are interested in Hakka architecture and flower viewing, then Hakka Courtyard (客家大院) in Tongluo township may be worth checking out. The Hakka-style home was built by the government in 2010, with a combination of modern and traditional elements. Even though it’s not a real home, it’s still a picturesque structure.

Hakka Courtyard is located within Matsu Park (台灣影城 / 媽祖村), which has tung blossoms in April and May.

To be honest, since they charge NT200 per adult to enter the grounds, I wouldn’t suggest going out of your way unless you are particularly interested in seeing the Hakka home or tung blossoms. I couldn’t justify paying for my whole family to go in, so I ran in alone to get a photo. It ended up being quite a run uphill from the entrance to the Hakka home…

Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum

Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Miaoli Taiwan

While Hakka Courtyard was a bit of a letdown, the Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum truly exceeded my expectations. I’ve never been particularly interested in wood carvings, but the hundreds of pieces of intricately carved woodworks within the gorgeously designed complex were nothing short of breathtaking.

Wood sculpting in Taiwan predates the Japanese occupation period and was originally tied to temple construction. In the 1960s, the wood carving industry began booming in Sanyi, making use of the camphor which grows abundantly in Miaoli. The museum was opened in 1995.

Wood sculptures in Sanyi, Miaoli

We were nearly the only visitors in the museum when we visited on a weekday. Unfortunately, you can’t take photos inside, so the only photos I got were of some of the less impressive pieces like the one above in the shops on the street leading to the museum.

Museum entrance is NT80. Sanyi can be reached in about 2.5 hours from Taipei on the slow train.

You can visit the Sanyi Sculpture Museum as a part of this day tour from Taichung .

One of my favorite museums in Taiwan is the small but meaningful Museum of World Religions in New Taipei City .

Shengxing Station

Shengxing Station, one of the most popular things to do in Miaoli

If you’re in the Sanyi area or planning to visit Longteng Bridge (see below), then the old Shengxing Station (勝興車站) makes a good stop for lunch. The handsome wooden station was part of the Old Mountain Line , which ceased operation in 1998.

People come here to walk on the tracks and dine at the handful of Hakka restaurants lining the narrow street in front of the station.

The biggest draw used to be walking into the dark tunnel at one end, but now it’s closed off to foot traffic, and you can only enter by riding the Old Mountain Line Rail Bike (it looks like a toy train), which runs four times per day (NT280) to Longteng Bridge.

Shenxing Old Mountain Line Rail Bike to Longteng Bridge, Miaoli

Even though Shengxing seems remote, the road providing access is really narrow, and the tiny village gets extremely packed, even on weekdays. If you’re in the area on a weekend, you may want to give it a miss.

Remains of Longteng Bridge

Remains of Longteng Bridge, one of the most famous Miaoli attractions

Longteng Bridge (龍騰斷橋) has become one of the symbols of Taiwan, and you may see it on postcards or packs of Taiwan-themed stickers for kids. The red brick bridge was built in 1906 but destroyed by an large earthquake in 1935. A new iron bridge, the highest in Taiwan at 50 meters, was built nearby.

The attraction makes for an interesting stop and quick stroll, and you can also see tung blossoms in the area. The most interesting way to arrive is by taking the Old Mountain Line Rail Bike (see Shengxing Station above).

Global Tea Hut

Global Tea Hut in Miaoli City, Taiwan

The only time I’ve ever visited Miaoli City was to attend a morning meditation and tea session at the headquarters of Global Tea Hut, a zen meditation center.

Wu De, the resident American monk, offers free lodging to backpackers, guided meditations, and extremely informative tea education sessions, but the waiting list can be quite long. The organization also publishes Tea & Tao magazine, and subscriptions (which are mailed worldwide) include environmentally friendly tea-of-the-month samples.

See more information in my article about visiting Global Tea Hut and my detailed guide to buying tea in Taiwan .

UPDATE: Global Tea Hut stated years ago that its Miaoli location was closed and they were moving to a new location, but I haven’t heard anything about it reopening. Please contact the organization directly for details.

Well, I hope you’ve found more than enough ideas for interesting and off-the-beaten-track things to do in Miaoli. This county has much to offer, and once you start exploring it, and I can guarantee you’ll keep coming back again and again like we do!

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10 thoughts on “Miaoli: Fun Things to Do in Taiwan’s Hakka County”

Hi Nick! I’m Jun Hao from Singapore and am currently planning my overseas trip to Taiwan with my family. I’ve seen your blog regarding Miaoli and am interested to find out more! However, I do not have much idea about the transportation to get there and will require your help. I am planning to take a day/half day trip from taipei city to visit Nanzhuang as well as Shengxing (to take the Old Mountain Line Rail Bike). Are there any recommendations on how I can travel by public transportation? Or if you may offer me a better day trip plan to visit Nanzhuang and Shengxing from taipei? I really look forward to your reply as I have read many of your blogs regarding the attractions in taiwan. Thank you!

Hi Jun, traveling in Miaoli by bus is definitely a little slower. Also, Nanzhuang and Shengxing are quite far from each other, and Shengxing has no public transportation, so there’s no easy way, unless you rent a car or hire a driver. For Nanzhuang, take the regular (TRA) train from Taipei Main Station to Zhunan station (1.5 to 2 hours). From Zhunan, you can catch bus 5805 or 5806 to Nanzhuang (1 hr).

If you want to try to get to Shenxing also, you could go back to Zhunan, ride the train from Zhunan to Sanyi (30 min), the take a taxi to Shengxing. And finally, train from Sanyi back to Taipei. In total, your day would have lots of time on trains and buses, though.

Hi Nick, my friend & I will be visiting Hsinchu for private matters & thought to also check out some sights in the area since we are there. Our 1st time in Taiwan for 2 weeks. Would you be able to recommend? And there are much mentioned about visiting places with scooter. Can we do this with a Singapore or Dutch car driving license? Feel free to drop me note via email. Thank you.

You need to have an International Driver’s Permit for renting a scooter in Taiwan. Some shops may also want to see that you have a motorcycle license in your home country. Only showing a driver’s license from your country won’t work. Hsinchu is similar to Miaoli – there are only a few sights in the city, and most places of interest are spread out around the county, with very slow buses. Taking the Neiwan small train line to Neiwan Old Street is my most recommended thing to do in Hsinchu. With a scooter, you could also visit the hot spring resorts of Jianshi district nearby.

Hi Nick, my family of 4 will arrive at Miaoli HSR station from Kaohsiong around lunch time and will pick up a rental car near the station. We intend to explore the southern part of Miaoli before heading to Nanzhuang for 1 night stay. The next day, we explore Nanzhuang and in the evening head towards Taoyuan international airport. Questions that need your advice: 1) Is it safe to drive from Miaoli to Taoyuan using a car from rental company Heyuan? 2) Is our above travel itinerary good for a 2 days 1 night visit of Miaoli? 3) We plan to stay at Yi Jia Yuan Homestay in Nanzhuang. Is this a nice accommodation? Thanks and looking forward to your reply.

Hi, sorry I haven’t tried Heyuan or stayed at Yi Jia! The itinerary is fine, but you may find that Nanzhuang is super quiet and nothing much to do in the morning. Shops on Nanzhuang Old Street only begin to open around 10 AM.

Hi! Thank you for your blog post? I am planning to rent a car at Miaoli county but I have not driven left-hand drive before. Would you say it is difficult to drive in Miaoli county (e.g. impatient drivers, narrow roads etc.)?

No, Miaoli is a mostly rural county, so it’s probably one of the easiest places to drive in Taiwan.

Hi Nick, I am planning to go to Miaoli with my kids. Initial plan was to spend 2 days there. After reading your blog, 2 days seem quite short. How many days do you reckon we should need to visit the Lion’s head mountain, Dahu, flying cow ranch and Tai’an hot spring please? And if we need to stick to 2 days, what would be your top recommendations for kids (5 to 11 yo). Thanks Van

That depends a lot on whether you are driving or taking public transportation. If you’re driving, then 1 day could be Dahu (morning) + Tai’an hot springs (afternoon and sleeping). Day 2 could be Flying Cow (morning) then Lion’s Head (afternoon and sleep in the temple or nearby Nanzhuang area guesthouse). That shouldn’t be too rushed! If you’re going by public transportation, then this is going to be more difficult, and there’s no bus to Tai’an.

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  • Mingde Dam Scenic Area
  • Tai'an Hot Spring Area
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Top Things to Do in Miaoli

Things to do in miaoli, explore popular experiences, top attractions in miaoli.

miaoli tourist attractions

What travellers are saying

David H

  • Qi Ding Yi Er Hao Sui Dao
  • Taiwan Water Buffalo
  • Penglai River Eco Zone
  • Wen Shui Old Street
  • Sifang Xianru Farm
  • Mingde Dam Scenic Area
  • Tai'an Hot Spring Area
  • Huoyan Mountain Natural Ecological Reserve Park
  • Nanjhuang Shensian Valley
  • Xiangtian Lake
  • Flying Cow Ranch
  • Sheng Sing Station Long Teng Bridge
  • Lonsheng Fallen Bridge
  • Taiwan Hakka Museum
  • Naujhuang Old Street

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An Insider’s Guide to Miaoli County: Exploring Traditional Arts and Hakka Culture

Home to not one but two towns (Sanyi Township, Nanzhuang Township) that have been recognized as international “ slow towns ” by Italy-based Citta­slow International, Miaoli County is a home to old industry, slow living, authentic Hakka culture, and off-the-beaten track mountain escapes.

Take the secluded mountain town of Nanzhuang for example. Historically a small town that revolved around forestry, mining and farming, the old town has since been transformed into a cultural center with delicious Hakka restaurants, quaint cafes, and privately-run bed and breakfasts. 

Back in the countryside, the slow town of Sanyi is home to the wonderful Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum which not only pays tribute to the town’s century of history as a wood carving capital but also features exhibitions on indigenous wood carving, and more.

Other destinations of interest include the recreational ranch, Flying Cow Ranch, which offers farming experiences for the whole family, and the Old Mountain Rail Line which is a restored scenic and historic railway that has been outfitted with electric bicycles.

If you have the time, Miaoli’s diverse array of attractions and rural countryside will leave you with cherished memories of a different side of Taiwan. 

Nanzhuang Old Street

  • Wenhua Rd, Nanzhuang Township, Miaoli County

What looks like one hundred people are funneling into a narrow alley on a hill at the entrance to Guihua Lane.

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A Travel Guide to Miaoli, Taiwan’s Slow Travel County

A guide to Miaoli in Taiwan

Miaoli is an off-the-beaten-track city and mostly rural county of the same name. It is on the nwest coast of Taiwan between Hsinchu to the north and the more popular Taichung to the south.

Miaoli is known for slow travel, so it does take more time to reach and enjoy its main attractions, which include Lion’s Head Mountain , Nanzhuang Old Street , Dahu Strawberry Farms , Tai’an Hot Spring , and Flying Cow Ranch . It also has one of the highest percentages of Hakka people in Taiwan.

In this article, I’ll cover all the logistic for visiting Miaoli, including how to get there, where to stay, it’s most famous and lesser known attractions, best tours, what to eat, and more! 

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Miaoli Introduction

Close up of an enormous strawberry

The Taokas Taiwanese aboriginal tribe were the original inhabitants of Miaoli. Han migrants pushed them away or assimilated them and found that the area’s fertile soil was suitable for farming. Common products today include persimmons, Chinese pears, pomelos, peaches, plums, taro, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and tea.

The name Miaoli comes from Pali in the aboriginal language. Han settlers chose the characters 貓貍 (Maoli), as the Hakka pronunciation of them is similar to Pali. The characters were later changed to 苗栗 (Miaoli).

In 1950, Miaoli was made into its own county separate from Hsinchu, with Miaoli township as its seat. In 1981, Miaoli township was upgraded to a city.

A large round gray and white building in the style of a Hakka roundhouse

Many Hakka people (客家人), who make up 15-20% of the population of Taiwan, live in Miaoli. This makes Miaoli a good place to experience Hakka culture in Taiwan, along with Taoyuan , Hsinchu, and Kaohsiung .

Hakka’s main attractions are somewhat spread out. This means most visitors visit Miaoli with a specific attraction or two in mind, rather than touring the whole county. Most of Miaoli’s worthwhile attractions are in Miaoli county, not Miaoli city.

Miaoli’s rural regions have many minsu (local guesthouses), where locals go to kick back and relax. Cittaslow has even designated two townships in Miaoli (Nanzhuang and Sanyi) as official places for slow travel.

Getting to Miaoli

Nick Kembel inside a strawberry-shaped bus stop, poking his head and spreading his arms out the window

Since most visitors only make it to one or two places in Miaoli, you’ll need to look up the specific transportation information for the place you want to visit.

Miaoli’s sights are spread out and buses to them tend to be slow , so many visitors hire a driver or rent a car for exploring Miaoli. Read my guide to renting a car in Taiwan for details.

Miaoli’s High Speed Rail (HSR) station is just north of Miaoli city. This would be a logical place to start your car hire. See my guide to booking HSR seats .

As for the slower but cheaper regular train (TRA) (see my guide to reserving TRA tickets ), Zhunan Station (竹南站) is best for getting to places in the north of the county, like Lion’s Head Mountain and Nanzhuang Old Street . From there, take bus 5805 or 5806 (swipe EasyCard , 1 to 1.5 hours). Learn how to buy your train tickets in this article .

You can also take this bus from Hsinchu HSR Station to Lion’s Head Mountain , but it will drop you at the Hsinchu side of the mountain.

Going south from Zhunan, the train splits into a coastal line and an inland line. The latter goes to Miaoli Station in Miaoli City center. From there, take bus 5656 to Dahu for strawberry picking. There’s no bus to Tai’an Hot Spring, which is a 30-minute drive from Dahu.

For Flying Cow Ranch , you can take a taxi or bus there from Tongxiao Station on the coastal train line. See more info about getting to Flying Cow Ranch here .

Where to Stay in Miaoli

Two kids looking out a hotel room window at the balcony, with some carved walls around it

At Lion’s Head Mountain, it is possible to sleep in Quanhua Temple . See my Lion’s Head Mountain article for the details.

For Nanzhuang Old Street , we loved our large room and balcony facing the forest at Heaven Bird B&B (see on Booking / Agoda ).

If you stay in Dahu for strawberry picking, I recommend Cai Mei Hotel (see on Booking / Agoda ), which is the best rated, or Ci Meng Rou Resort Villa (see on Booking / Agoda ), which has a pool.

A Taiwanese woman sitting in a green hot spring tub with wooden roof covering above

If you’re traveling by car, then I recommend staying in Tai’an Hot Spring village after picking strawberries in Dahu. We really loved our stay at King’s Resort & Spa (see on Booking / Agoda ). It is a very friendly, family run hotel with kid-friendly hot springs.

Onsen Papawaqa (see on Booking / Agoda ) is Tai’an’s fanciest resort. Even if you don’t stay there, consider visiting for their excellent outdoor hot spring.

Some visitors to Flying Cow Ranch choose to spend the night at Flying Cow Accommodation (see on Booking / Agoda ) for the full ranch experience.

A red barn house-style accommodation with trees around it

Top Things to Do in Miaoli

I’ll cover Miaoli’s main attractions below, going roughly from north to south.

Looking down at the orange roof tiles of a temple with misty mountaintops in the background

Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山) is one of the coolest hiking destinations in Taiwan. Lion’s Head is more of a big hill than a mountain, and the trails are not very difficult. These trails lead to around a dozen interesting temples, some of which are partially built into caves.

The mountain is located right on the border between Hsinchu and Miaoli. The Visitor’s Center and a few temples are on the Hsinchu side. You can hike over the mountain to the Miaoli side, or there’s a road connecting the two sides if you’re driving.

A prayer wheel with staircase of a hiking trail going up behind it

The Miaoli side has the more impressive temples, including Quanhua Temple (獅頭山勸化堂), which you can sleep in. There’s quite a lot to know about how to get there, the hiking trails, and how to spend the night there. See my Lion’s Head Mountain guide for all the details.

Note that the buses on the Miaoli side (usually bound for Nanzhuang) won’t get you right to the temple. You’ll have to hike up around 30 minutes from the nearest bus stop.

A narrow old street in Taiwan with vendors on either side

Just 10 minutes away from Lion’s Head Mountain by car in Nanzhuang , Nanzhuang Old Street (南庄老街), also called Sweet Osmanthus Lane (桂花巷 or Guihuaxiang ) is one of the most atmospheric Old Streets in Taiwan. This is a daytime market where you can sample local specialties (see the “What to Eat in Miaoli” section at the end.

Nanzhuang is quite small and doesn’t have much else to see or do. If you’re driving through, an hour or two is enough, or spend the night if you just want to have a quiet night – that’s what Miaoli is all about.

In Zhunan city in the northwest of Miaoli, beer lovers may make a pilgrimage to this Taiwan Beer Factory , where you can see huge beer bottle statues out front.

There isn’t much to see or do in Miaoli City . Maolishan Park (貓貍山公園) has some historic relics and old train tunnels that you can cycle through. North of the city, beside the HSR Station, Miaoli Hakka Round House (臺灣客家八音戲曲推廣中心) is a small Hakka museum modeled on the famous Hakka roundhouses (土樓) of Fujian province in China.

If you’re driving from Lion’s Head Mountain to Dahu, consider stopping at Shitan Old Street (獅潭新店老街), a smaller and lesser-known Old Street with some cute cartoon murals.

Nick kembel and a Taiwanese strawberry farmer posing for the camera and holding up a box of strawberries

Dahu (大湖) is synonymous with strawberries in Taiwan. The strawberry picking season is December to April. Dahu’s strawberries are unusually large, juicy, and delicious.

There are dozens of small farms in and around town where you can pay for DIY picking. Here’s my guide to Dahu .

A boy kneeling down and harvesting a strawberry by cutting the stem with scissors

Dahu Wineland Resort (大湖酒莊) in the middle of town is also a must-visit. There you can taste all kinds of strawberry flavored foods ranging from normal (strawberry cakes, mochi) to weird (sausages, noodles).

They also sell strawberry wine and beer. You can even pick strawberries right beside the center.

A Taiwanese woman and her two kids posing in front of a giant strawberry statue

Tai’an Hot Spring (泰安溫泉) is one of my favorite hot spring villages in Taiwan. It’s situated in a remote, picturesque valley, but there’s no bus access. See my hot spring recommendations in the “Where to Stay in Miaoli” section above. Read my Tai’an Hot Spring guide .

Consider stopping at Xishuikeng Tofu Street (洗水坑豆腐街) on the way (see “What to Eat in Miaoli” section below).

A hot spring pool with calm water and wooden roof above

Flying Cow Ranch is one of the most famous leisure farms in Taiwan. Its claim to fame is that it actually looks like a real North American or European farm, with cows, sheep, goats, and so on. If you’re used to seeing farms in Western countries, this farm won’t excite you much. You won’t find exotic animals like capybaras, like at many other leisure farms in Taiwan.

Try to time your visit for one of the fun activities , like walking with ducklings. The farm is quite large, so get there at least 30 minutes to one hour before the activity starting time. You can buy your tickets here and spend the night on the farm (see the “Where to Stay in Miaoli” section above).

The courtyard of a traditional Hakka Chinese house in Taiwan

If you do want to see capybaras, though, there are a few at Hobbit Valley (哈比丘茶樹森林). The main attraction at this remote leisure far, though, is the Hobbit Houses, straight out of Lord of the Rings. You’ll need a car to get there. Here are other places to see capybaras in Taiwan .

There are several smaller attractions around Tongluo, which is just south of Miaoli city. You can see cherry blossoms in season at this park , take wedding photos here , or see a tea farm and buy tea at Tongluo tea Factory (台灣農林銅鑼茶廠).

Learn about Hakka Culture at Taiwan Hakka Museum (臺灣客家文化館) or see a nicely preserved Hakka House at Matsu Village (台灣影城 / 媽祖村). Walk or cycle across Tongluo Skywalk (九華山天空步道). Lastly, Green Fantasy Forest (格林奇幻森林) has castles and other unusual structures in the forest.

A small car for tourists on the railway line

Sanyi (三義) in southern Miaoli is Taiwan’s most famous woodworking center. We were quite impressed by the artworks in Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum (三義木雕博物館).

East of Sanyi, Shengxing Station (勝興車站) is a cute old wooden train station, where visitors can ride the Old Mountain Line Rail Bike into a former train tunnel. It’s very popular among locals, especially on weekends.

Three columns of a damaged red brick bridge

Near Shengxing Station, the Remains of Longteng Bridge (龍騰斷橋) is one of Taiwan’s most iconic landmarks. The red brick bridge was partially destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1935. You’ll need a car to get to Shengxing and Longteng Bridge.

South of Sanyi, Chateau in the Air (天空之城景觀餐廳) has a castle and manicured gardens. Flame Mountain (火炎山 or Huoyanshan) is a popular hiking spot.

A red stone valley with hazy plains in the distance

Best Miaoli Tours

There are no organized tours to Miaoli. For a customized visit, you’ll need to either hire a driver or rent a car .    

You can find some deals on entrance tickets for some attractions in Miaoli on Klook, like these discounted tickets for Hobbit Valley , Flying Cow Ranch , and Green Fantasy Forest .

How to Plan Your Miaoli Itinerary

An old wooden train station

Many travelers spend part of a day visiting a few attractions in Miaoli while traveling down the west coast of Taiwan . For example, driving from Taipei , they might stop to pick strawberries in Dahu and then sleep in Tai’an Hot Spring or continue on to Taichung, which has the famous Feng Chia Night Market (read about other famous night markets in Taiwan here ).

Others come to Miaoli specifically for hiking Lion’s Head Mountain , and maybe even spend a night in the temple there.

For adventurers , one trip I recommend is to take the HSR to Hsinchu Station or regular train to Zhudong Station, rent a scooter there, then drive to Lion’s Head Mountain via Beipu Old Street, the giant Buddha at Emei. Spend the night at Quanhua Temple, visit Nanzhuang Old Street the next day, then drive back.

What to Eat in Miaoli

If you spend the night at Lion’s Head Mountain , you can enjoy simple vegetarian meals served in the temple, by donation. There are also a few food stalls selling snacks around the temple and hiking trails – watch for the dried olives!

close up of a bowl of shaved ice with fruits, honey, and rice balls on top

On Nanzhuang Old Street (AKA Sweet Osmanthus Alley), you can taste the alley’s namesake flower in honey here , where they pour sweet osmanthus honey on shaved ice with fresh fruits and tangyuan .

Close up of a bowl of dried tofu chunks with green onions and chilis

On the same street, also try Hakka specialties like mochi here , bantiao (半條 or wide rice noodles) from multiple small restaurants, and dried tofu (蒜滷豆乾) at this famous shop .  

Close up of a bowl of noodles with pink sauce, egg, and cucumber slices

In Dahu, it’s all about strawberries. At Dahu Wineland Resort , you can enjoy dozens of different strawberry flavored meals, not just desserts but even bigger snacks like noodles with strawberry sauce, strawberry steamed buns, and strawberry-flavored sausages. Wash it down with a strawberry beer or wine.

A young girl biking a pink popsicle that has slices of real strawberry in it

In Tai’an Hot Spring , you may be limited to the restaurant in your hotel, but we really enjoyed our meal at King’s Resort . If you’re driving in, stop at Xishuikeng Tofu Street (洗水坑豆腐街) for stinky tofu.

Stacks of yogurt containers for sale in a shop

At Flying Cow Ranch , you can buy farm products like fresh yogurt and milk or dine at the small restaurant on site.

In Miaoli City, Ying Cai Night Market (苗栗市英才夜市) runs every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Miaoli Events

Clusters of white tung blossoms on a tree

December to April is the strawberry harvesting season in Dahu. The roads in and out of the small town can become totally packed on weekends, so try to visit on a weekday if you can.

On the 15 th day of the Lunar New Year, the same day as the Lantern Festival , the Bombing of Han Tan Ye street parade takes places in Miaoli City, similar to other sometimes dangerous festivals happening in Taitung and Tainan (Yanshui) on the same day. You can also expect to see some beautiful lanterns around that time.

In February, you can see cherry blossoms at Tongluo Pyrostegia Venusta Park (銅鑼炮仗花海公園) in Tongluo. Xieyun Temple  (協雲宮) and Liantai Wonderful Sound Sanctuary  (蓮臺山妙音淨苑) in Shitan also have them.

In April and May, white tung blossoms (桐花) blooms and fall of the trees like snow. One good place to see them in Miaoli is Matsu Village (台灣影城 / 媽祖村). These flowers are often associated with Hakka culture.

Also in April and May, it is possible to see fireflies in Miaoli. This Mandarin article introduces six places to see them in Miaoli (use GoogleTranslate or copy-paste to GoogleMaps to find them).

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Miaoli Travel Information

Miaoli (also both a county and a city) lies in northwestern Taiwan, a bit north and to the west of Taichung City. It is known as one of the main centers for Taiwan’s Hakka population, the second-most prominent of Taiwan’s ethnicities and render in Chinese as the semi-condescending “guest people”. While Hakka people make up about a fifth of the population of Formosa, they are the predominant ethnicity in Miaoli.

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As you might expect, heading to Miaoli gives you a chance to sample a bit of traditional Hakka culture. The Sanyi Wood Carving Museum highlights aspects of this culture, and the Mask Festival brings in exotic face-covers from all over the world.

taiwanese men in Miaoli

Miaoli also provides verdant ground for the  hiker  or  biker , with “historical” trails that wind through the area. This might prove especially useful as navigating through the county is distinctly lacking in public transportation. Advantageously, Miaoli is quite close to  Taipei  or Taichung, so it serves as a perfect day or weekend trip for those averse to spending too much time or money on their leisure.

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Miaoli Attractions / Things to do in Miaoli

Sanyi Wood Carving Museum This museum is in  Sanyi Township , part of Miaoli County. Taiwan features a plethora of museums dedicated to a specific craft or feature of its people’s traditional culture, and the Wood Carving Museum is no exception. The mountainous area of Sanyi and its camphor trees lent it to wood carving, initially practiced by Fujianese and Cantonese migrants. The museum uses the carvings of these people to illustrate the history of wood carving, as well as its use in architecture and furniture making. Miaoli also has a Wood Carving Arts Festival  in the summer.

chinese woodcarving in Sanyi

Sheipa National Park A large national park in the eastern swath of Miaoli County, Sheipa is just under 77,000 hectares of luxuriant rivers, ponds, forests and commanding mountains. It’s name, “Shei-Pa”, comes from the areas two most striking peaks – Xueshan and Da Ba-jian Mountain (use of multiple Romanization systems makes this unnecessarily confusing, “Shei-Pa” could also be written as “Xue-Ba”). Xueshan is “snow mountain”, famous for its white caps and as one of the only places in Taiwan where you can see natural snowfall. The area is protected and virtually undeveloped, showcasing a variety of flora and fauna.

sheipa national park mountain taiwan

Tai-An Hot Springs Unlike some other parts of Taiwan, the hot springs in Tai-An are odorless and colorless, and were the favorites of the hot spring aficionado Japanese colonizers. Tai-An Township is in the eastern part of Miaoli County, and contains just a tiny village historically associated with Taiwan’s Atayal people. In spite of its Japanese fame, Tai-An is not usually thought of by local tourists as one of the most sought-after hot spring spots, so you might be fortunate enough to avoid the crowds. The town also specializes in tofu preparation.

taian hot spring taiwan

Getting Around Miaoli / Transportation

Traveling around Miaoli County might not be very straightforward. Places like Tai-An are lacking both bus routes and train stations, so you’ll have to find a way to get there on your own. As the highways are small, you would probably manage best on a  rented scooter . You might be able to convince  taxi drivers  in nearby cities such as Taichung to take you around, but it will be far more expensive and a bit of a headhunt.

chinese couple

Eating / Food / Restaurants in Miaoli

Miaoli’s reputation as a Hakka-majority county lends itself to a bit of culinary tourism for a sampling of the traditional fare. Hakka food is understood to be salty and oily, with lots of aromas. Pickling is also commonly done. As many places in the county are agriculture-specific economies, local shops will usually dish out locally-grown goods, such as the plums of Tai-An. Basically, it will be best to use your nose, but as always, beware of stinky tofu.

Accommodation in Miaoli County / Hotels

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Hotels in Miaoli City

Chunan Chinatrust Hotel Miaoli  —  from NT$3780

Hotel in Sanyi

Fuxuan Home Hotel Sanyi  —  from US$44

Other than that, you’re on your own – you could always ask a local for an extra bed or bring your own tent and camp in the mountains of Miaoli County.

Getting to Miaoli

Miaoli and Sanyi both have  TRA train stations. Make sure you plan in advance as trains to these locations might be infrequent depending on the day. The smaller stops, such as Tai-An, have no access to public transportation so you’ll need to rent a scooter   or car  if you have any hope of getting there.

How to Travel to Miaoli from  Taipei City You can also travel to Miaoli City from Taipei by bus, or normal train (TRA). The same applies to all the other big Taiwanese cities around the island (Hsinchu, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Tainan, Chiayi, Hualien, Taitung).

Miaoli City by HSR (High Speed Rail)

Miaoli City has an HSR (High Speed Rail) station. Price for a ticket from Taipei is 430NT$ for a standard reserved seat. Fare for business class is 850NT$. Taipei to Miaoli HSR travel time is around 45 minutes.

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Things to Do in MIAOLI COUNTY

Nanzhuang, miaoli (苗栗南庄).

Nanzhuang is situated in the northeast corner of Miaoli County. It has a predominantly Hakka population and oozes small Hakka town charm. The township flourished for a time due to forestry and coal mining but gradually declined. It has, however, retained rich Hakka culture and heritage sites. The first stop for most visitors to Nanzhuang is the Nanzhuang Old Street with its unsophisticated character and old-time air. Not only does the old street offer historic sights, it also has various eateries serving local foods. To enjoy natural charm, extending the trip to nearby Xiangtian Lake or Lion’s Head Mountain is highly recommended.

Getting There: From TRA Zhunan Station take a Taiwan Tourist Shuttle bus (No. 5805, Nanzhuang Route) and get off at Nanzhuang Visitor Center (南庄遊客中心) bus stop.

Nanzhuang Old Street (南庄老街)

Zhongzheng Road, known as “Nanzhuang Old Street,” is a must-see place for visitors. Red-brick buildings with an old-time feel can be seen at every turn and nostalgia fills the air. As sweet osmanthus is the local representative flower, the Old Street is also nicknamed “Osmanthus Lane.” As well as browsing through the small stores in the lanes and alleys, there are some historic attractions well worth seeing here.

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Nanzhuang Old Post Office was originally built in 1900 and then rebuilt in 1935 after it was damaged in an earthquake. The simple and unadorned building is regarded as important cultural heritage. It is now an exhibition space for learning about local culture and history.

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Nanzhuang Theater is also an iconic local building. Opened in 1946, it’s now a restaurant with an old-time theme and large hand-painted movie posters hung outside.

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Located at the entrance to Osmanthus Lane, Laundry Ditch is a washing spot that was created by placing stone slabs above an irrigation channel; it was once used by local residents for washing clothes and vegetables.

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Yongchang Temple is a three-story temple built in 1905. It was also destroyed by earthquake and has been rebuilt twice. The temple is the belief center of local residents today. 

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Nearby Places of Interest

Xiangtian lake (向天湖).

It takes less than half an hour by bus from Nanzhuang Old Street to Xiangtian Lake. This is a Saisiyat tribe indigenous village and is where the biennial small-scale and decennial large-scale Pasta’ay sacrificial ceremony is held. This is the most completely preserved of the Saisiyat traditional sacrificial ceremonies. The Saisiyat Folklore Museum , located at the lake, has exhibits on tribal history culture and daily use utensils are on display. As well as taking a stroll around the lake, visitors can also atop at Beautiful Coffee Villa and enjoy a good cup of coffee while taking in the lovely scenery.

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Getting There: From Nanzhuang take Miaoli Bus No. 5824 and get off at Xiangtian Lake (向天湖) bus stop.

Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山)

Standing 491 meters high, Lion’s Head Mountain is located on the border between Sanwan and Nanzhuang townships. It is the most important Buddhist and Daoist sacred mountain in northern Taiwan. In 1895, a Buddhist monk established a temple in a natural cave, after which Quanhua Hall and other temples were successively built. At present, 11 temples are scattered across the front and rear mountains. The front and rear mountains are linked by the Shishan Historical Trail. Approximately five kilometers long, this is a good route to go for Buddhist worship, to admire the scenery, and do some hiking

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Getting There: Take a Taiwan Tourist Shuttle bus (No. 5805, Nanzhuang Route) and get off at Lion’s Head Mountain Historic Trail Entrance (獅頭山古道口) or Quanhua Temple (勸化堂) bus stops.

Nanzhuang produces a large amount of sweet osmanthus flowers. Jelly made using sweet osmanthus flowers, honey, and rock sugar has become a special local product. Osmanthus flower jelly with tangyuan sweet dumplings is a famous Old Street dessert, each store having its own distinctive flavor. As well as desserts, Nanzhuang Old Street also has eateries offering a variety of Hakka and indigenous dishes. There also quite a few garden cafés where visitors can dine or enjoy good tea and coffee in exquisite surroundings.

Nanzhuang Market (南庄市場)

Nanzhuang Market is a traditional retail market where locals buy their daily food ingredients. There are several renowned eateries in the market; as well as the long-established Ying Jie Diner, the Songhe Snack Food Shop has gained popularity in recent years. Its most popular dish is gougou noodles made with thick broth. This is a delicious local-flavor dish, especially when accompanied by freshly chopped soy-sauce braised foods.

Add: Inside public market on Minsheng St., Nanzhuang Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣南庄鄉民生街公有市場內)

Places to Stay in Nanzhuang (booking.com)

Traveling Further – Shitan ( 獅潭 )

Shitan is located in Miaoli County’s geographical center. The township is known for its forests and historic trails, rural scenery, old streets, and fine local food. Xindian Old Street , not far from Nanzhuang Village, was once an important traffic artery and an important distribution center for goods. Flourishing in the past, today it has become a historic street where the focus is on culture, art, and tourism. When visiting the Old Street, make sure to take a look at old houses, enter old shops, and sample authentic local Hakka fare while enjoying the strong old-time atmosphere.

Sanyi, Miaoli (苗栗三義)

Sanyi is a mountain Hakka town well known for its Old Mountain Railway Line. Its long-established wood carving industry is an important tourism resource. The Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum and Wood Sculpture Street are two must-visit attractions. Recently, the old railway line was turned into a Rail Bike line. Sanyi has also been included in Cittalow International’s list of slow towns, attracting even more visitors. After experiencing Rail Bike fun on the Old Mountain Line, a visit to the Wood Sculpture Street not far from Sanyi Railway Station to buy a souvenir or to the Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum to view amazing wood sculptures is highly recommended. Visitors can also try DIY and make their own personal souvenirs.

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Getting There: Take a train to Sanyi Railway Station; from there take a taxi or bus to places of interest in the area.

Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum & Dajia Mazu

Old Mountain Line Rail Bike (舊山線-鐵道自行車)

The Old Mountain Line, on which operation ceased in 1998, is a railway line with a 100-year history. The stations along the line are not just well-known nostalgic attractions, the mountain scenery is also enchanting. In light of this, the local government came up with the idea of using the rail bike method to allow visitors to enjoy the scenery along the line. The route starts at Shengxing Railway Station and passes through No. 2 Tunnel and passes by the remains of Longteng Bridge . After reaching the north entrance of No. 6 Tunnel travelers make their way back to Shengxing Station. The route is around 12 kilometers long and the ride takes about 1.5 hours. Each “train” can carry four passengers and is equipped with a voice guide system. Although called “rail bike” the vehicles are driven by their electric power system, making the journey quite relaxed.

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Add: No. 88, Shengxing, Neighborhood 14, Shengxing Village, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉勝興村14鄰勝興88號) Tel: (037) 878-599 Website: www.oml-railbike.com Getting There: Take a taxi from Sanyi Railway Station

Also read: Driving and Rail-Biking Through MIAOLI/HSINCHU

Shengxing Railway Station (勝興車站)

This station marks the highest point on the Old Mountain Line. It was built in 1916, constructed wholly from wood. It exudes a strong Japanese colonial era feel.

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Ruins of Longteng Bridge (龍騰斷橋)

Built in 1905, Longteng Bridge is also called Yutengping Bridge. It’s most distinctive feature is that the bridge supports were built using a traditional engineering technique. The bridge was destroyed in a big earthquake in 1935, leaving just the bridge supports for visitors to view.

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Sanyi Woodcarving

Sanyi has a highly developed wood carving industry. In its heyday, almost half of its residents were engaged in related work. Shuimei Street is also known as Wood Sculpture Street. In just a few hundred meters, there are more than one hundred wood carving stores. As well as traditional deity statues and folk artworks, in recent years wood sculptures with diverse subjects have appeared in succession, often surprising people. Sanyi also has Taiwan’s only wood sculpture museum, packed with various kinds of wood sculptures. As well as buying or admiring sculptures, in Sanyi there are also tourist factories where visitors can hand paint wood sculptures and create their own personal works of art. One of these is Sanyi Duck Factory, which, as the name suggests, has a wooden duck DIY theme. While entry is free of charge, visitors can select the style of wood sculpture they like and then paint it with their own hands to create personal works of art.

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Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum (三義木雕博物館) Add: No. 88, Guangsheng New Village, Guansheng Village, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉廣盛村廣聲新城88號) Tel: (037) 876-009 Hours: 9:00-17:00 Website: wood.mlc.gov.tw

Sanyi Duck Factory (ㄚ箱寶) Add: No. 176, Chonghe Rd., Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉重河路176號) Tel: (037) 872-076 Website: www.dp-duckdiy.com.tw

As 90% of the residents of Sanyi are Hakka, not surprisingly it’s a place where visitors can enjoy authentic Hakka cuisine. Three Generation Hall and Jiu Ding Xuan on Wood Sculpture Street are eateries renowned for their Hakka dishes that have developed a series of well-received gifts including Hakka rice-based food, pickles and desserts. Shengxing Hakka Inn next to Shengxing Railway Station is one of the oldest restaurants at Shengxing Old Street. Its dishes are tasty and the Hakka rice-based food “train rice cake” for sale in the restaurant makes a perfect gift. Those who want to try lei tea DIY can head to 16 Distilleries Teahouse on Shengxing Old Street to enjoy the nostalgic good taste of lei tea and Hakka-style glutinous rice cake.

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Three Generation Hall (參代堂) Add: No. 283-1, Shuimei St., Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉水美街283-1號) Tel: (037) 875-070 Hours: Mon. ~ Fri. 9:00-20:30, Sat. & Sun. 9:00-21:00

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Jiu Ding Xuan (九鼎軒) Add: No. 118, Shuimei St., Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉水美街118號) Tel: (037) 875-366 Hours: 8:00-19:00

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16 Distilleries Teahouse (十六份人文茶館) Add: No. 53, Shengxing, Shengxing Village, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉勝興村勝興53號) Hours: 10:00-18:00, Sat. & Sun. 9:30~18:00

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Shengxing Hakka Inn (勝興客棧) Add: No. 72, Shengxing, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣三義鄉勝興72號) Tel: (037) 873-883 Hours: 9:00-20:30

Zheng Peng Pai Hakka Traditional Restaurant (蒸烹派客家美食料理) Add: No. 5-5, Shuanghu, Shuanghu Village, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County Tel: (037) 876-482 Hours: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00

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Tongluo, Miaoli (苗栗銅鑼)

Tongluo, located to the north of Sanyi, is well-known for its blooming tung trees. During blooming season in May every year, crowds of flower lovers flock to the Skywalk on Jiuhua Mountain to enjoy the beautiful sight of the whole mountain covered in a sea of tung blossoms. The Hakka are the main ethnic group in Tongluo. The Taiwan Hakka Museum is located here and is, together with nearby Tongluo Tea Factory and Jiuhua Mountain one of three tourist attractions in the township. Going to the Taiwan Hakka Museum first is suggested; it has various interactive installations and is suitable for the whole family. At the Tongluo Tea Factory you can enjoy some fine tea and at Jiuhua Mountain walk on one of the numerous trails and admire the splendid scenery.

Getting there: Places of interest in Tongluo are not well connected by public transport; it’s best to rent a car at TRA Miaoli Station or HSR Miaoli Station or hire a cab.

Taiwan Hakka Museum (台灣客家文化館)

Located in Miaoli’s Tongluo Science Park, the Taiwan Hakka Museum combines outdoor space, a main exhibition hall, and ancillary facilities. The main structure is a green building designed in accordance with the local hilly terrain. The Hakka imagery landscaping features, a pedestrian bridge made of glass, and other attractions outside the park are popular spots to check in. The permanent exhibition on the second floor of the main exhibition hall tells the story of the Hakka through various displays. There are also an interactive area, a craft experience workshop, and a multi-media theater. Not only can visitors learn more about the richness and meaning of Hakka culture, the various interactive games also make it a good place for family fun. The museum is a must-visit popular attraction in Tongluo. The park also has two restaurants, one that serves snacks and afternoon tea and another that serves authentic Hakka food.

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Add: No. 6, Tongke S. Rd., Jiuhu Village, Tongluo Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣銅鑼鄉九湖村銅科南路6號) (inside Tongluo Science Park) Tel: (037) 985-558 Hours: 08:30-17:00 (closed on Tuesday) Getting There: Take a free shuttle bus from Miaoli High Speed Rail Station, Tongluo Railway Station, Miaoli Railway Station or Sanyi Railway Station. Website: thcdc.hakka.gov.tw

Tongluo Tea Factory (銅鑼茶廠)

Tongluo Tea Factory is an integrated tea factory that, as well as making tea, also offers visitors a chance to experience tea picking on a tea plantation. It uses natural, organic farming techniques and promotes environmental sustainability through ecological education. The interior design is simple but stylish and spatial use is excellent. All around, old tea making implements are on display, merging the modern architectural style of the factory and the historical feel of the vintage objects perfectly. Visitors can dine in the ground floor seating area and also enjoy different fine teas produced under different environmental conditions such as climate, soil and humidity together with some delicate pastries.

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Tea picking can be experienced from March until early November annually. Visitors can follow the guide through the tea fields, identifying tea varieties, picking tea leaves and rubbing the tea leaves with their own hands. After enjoying a traditional tea picker’s lunchbox and fine tea, self-made baked tea snacks can be taken away.

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Add: No. 132-16, Jiuhu Village, Tongluo Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣銅鑼鄉九湖村132-16號) Hours: Mon. ~ Fri. 10:00-17:00, Sat. & Sun. 10:00-17:30 Tel: (037) 987-358

Also read: A Slow Tour of Southern MIAOLI COUNTY

Tongluo Bikeway (銅鑼自行車道) Skywalk (天空步道)

Tongluo Bikeway is built along the ridge on Jiuhua Mountain. Around eight kilometers long, it passes tea plantations, suspension bridges, and scenic trails. The Sky Bridge and Skywalk are popular spots for viewing the scenery along the bikeway. The Skywalk is elevated, runs parallel to the tree canopy, and offers views of tea plantations and the plain below. During tung blossom season, it offers a chance to admire the tung blossoms close up. The Sky Bridge is a cable suspension bridge that spans a mountain valley. During tung blossom season, the pleasing sight of a sea of snow-white blossoms can be viewed from the bridge.

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Tongluo Chrysanthemum (銅鑼杭菊)

“Snow” falls twice every year in Tongluo Township; the first time is the tung tree bloom in spring, the second is when the florist’s daisies bloom in late autumn. The coquettish and cute florist’s daisies add a touch of romance to the uncomplicated Hakka settlement; scarecrows, and other agricultural village features can be seen in the fields and can be photographed by visitors. Adding to the appeal is the fact that a railway runs by the flower fields, drawing in keen photographers, many making a special trip to take photos.

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Jiuhu Leisure Farm (九湖休閒農場) Add: No. 92-3, Jiuhu Village, Tongluo Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣銅鑼鄉九湖村92-3號)

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Dahu, Miaoli (苗栗大湖)

Miaoli has a slow-paced rural atmosphere and countryside scenery, attributes that have allowed leisure agriculture to become highly developed. Accounting for 80% of all strawberries grown in Taiwan, Dahu is known as “Taiwan’s strawberry kingdom.” During strawberry season every year, visitors flock to Dahu to pick their own fruit. Visitors to Dahu are advised to first go to the Dahu Strawberry Cultural Center to learn about strawberry ecology and local industry and buy gifts, and then go to a nearby strawberry farm to pick strawberries. With Dahu as base you have you have two choices for further traveling. Head north to visit Wenshui Old Street in Shitan Township; head south to visit Liyutan Reservoir in Zhuolan Township.

Dahu Wineland Resort : From TRA Miaoli Station, take Hsinchu Bus No. 5656 and get off at Dahu Wineland Resort (大湖酒莊). Wenshui Old Street : From TRA Miaoli Station, take Hsinchu Bus No. 5656 and get off at Wenshui (汶水). Liyutan Reservoir : From TRA Miaoli Station, take Hsinchu Bus No. 5655 and get off at Shuiyuan Entrance (水源入口).

Fruit Picking Experience

December to April is strawberry season in Dahu. There are dozens of local strawberry farms where visitors can pick their own fruit. To make picking easier for visitors, quite a few farms considerately grow their strawberries raised off the ground, avoiding the need to have to squat down and pick. The Dahu Strawberry Cultural Center (Dahu Wineland Resort) is a must-visit attraction. The center has a gift area selling various strawberry-themed souvenirs and agricultural products. There is a strawberry farm right behind the center, where visitors relying on public transport can conveniently pick their own fruit.

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Dahu Strawberry Cultural Center (大湖草莓文化館)/ Dahu Wineland Resort (大湖酒莊) Add: No. 2-4, Baliaowan, Fuxing Village, Dahu Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣大湖鄉富興村八寮灣2-4號) Tel: (037) 994-986 Hours: 9:00-17:30, weekends 9:00-18:00

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Traveling Further – Shitan & Zhuolan ( 獅潭 & 卓蘭 )

Shitan, wenshui old street (獅潭 汶水老街).

Wenshui Old Street in Miaoli is located on Provincial Highway 6, the main route to Dahu. The street is lined with numerous historic buildings with old shop signs. Since the street is close to Dahu, many shops sell strawberry-related products. On weekends, many locals will set up stall in front of their houses, selling flat noodles ( bantiao ), vegetable bun soup and other Hakka specialties.

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Zhuolan Recreational Farms

Close to Liyutan Reservoir are quite a few recreational farms, including Flower Home , which is renowned for its wide variety of herbs, flowers, and other plants and for using natural farming methods. The farm also has Taiwan’s first essential-oil museum. Visitors have the chance to try their hand at making essential oil DIY style and can enjoy dishes made using flowers and herbs as ingredients.

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Flower Home ( 花露休閒農場 ) No. 43-3, Xiping, Xiping Borough, Zhuolan Township, Miaoli County (苗栗縣卓蘭鎮西坪里西坪43-3號) Website: www.flowerhome.com.tw

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Chinese Name: 苗栗县 (miáo lì xiàn) Population: 544,500 Area: 1,820.31 square kilometers (702.83 square miles) Location: in the north-central area of Taiwan Island, southeast China Administrative Division: 2 county-administered cities (Miaoli, Toufen); 16 townships Area Code: 037 GDP (2019): CNY 84.5 billion (USD 12.2 billion)

A Famous Hakka County in North-Central Taiwan

Miaoli County is located in the north-central part of Taiwan Island. It is adjacent to Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City to the north and northeast, and borders the Taiwan Strait to the west. Miaoli is rich in tea, sugar cane, jute, green fruit, etc. It is also the largest area producing petroleum and natural gas in Taiwan. Also, it is a famous "Hakka county" in Taiwan. Of the 18 towns and cities in the county, 13 ones are the main settlements of Hakka people. Various Hakka towns and Hakka yards are the most unique tourism resources of Miaoli. Miaoli's economic activities used to be dominated by farming and animal husbandry. Today, various vegetable and fruit farms and pastures are still the favorite attractions for tourists. All kinds of cultural and folk museums are another major feature of Miaoli's tourism. If you prefer some historical sites, Shenghsing Railway Station and Lonsheng Fallen Bridge will satisfy you.

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