Puli Township is located
in the center of Nantou County and is known as the "Heart of Taiwan."
There are many popular attractions in the area, such as Puli Brewery (埔里酒廠), Guang Xing Paper Mill
(廣興紙寮), Taomi Ecological Park Paper Dome (桃米生態園區紙教堂), Chung Tai Chan Monastery (中台禪寺), etc. Puli also has a unique Hakka settlement.
New Era Art Resort & Spa∣牛耳藝術渡假村
New Era Art Resort &
Spa is the first stone-themed leisure park in Taiwan. It was built in 1987 and
covers an area of about 660 acres. It overlooks the township of Puli. The
park displays the sculptures of artist Lin Yuan (林淵). More
than 200 tung trees are planted in the park. In April and May each year, the
white tung blossoms fall on the lush green lawn, forming a white tung blossom carpet,
which is like a fairyland on earth. From June to October during the popular
season of viewing butterflies, as many as 1,000 butterflies can be seen here.
It has now developed into a resort that combines food, art and accommodation.
Guangcheng Hakka Culture Park∣廣成客家文化園區
Located in Puli,
Guangcheng village is a Hakka-based settlement. In 2014, it was subsidized by
the Hakka Affairs Council to establish the first “Hakka Cultural Park” in the
county. This place was commonly known as Xiaopu Community in the era of
Japanese occupation. It was originally a primitive forest that had not yet been
developed. Later, a large number of white sugar cane were planted for Taiwan’s
sugar production industry. For the convenience of transportation, a small train
was built to travel from the Puli Sugar Factory to Xiaopu Community, and the
sugarcane was transported by a small train to the sugar factory to make granulated
sugar. At present, the landmark of a train engine sits next to the entrance of
Xiaopu Community, which is used to highlight the history of the local railway.
The park completely preserves
the early sugar mill’s train engine, the railroad track, and the round switch.
It also displays a retired F5E fighter aircraft and vehicle, which are not to
be missed by military fans. Another feature is that the park is full of tung
trees. When the tung blossoms are in bloom, you can enjoy the beauty of what is
known as “May snow.” This is also one of the hot spots for seeing Nantou’s
popular tung blossoms.
Nearby, there is also the
attraction "Xiaopu Community Bridge.” Since the surface of the bridge is
made of glass, it’s also known as the “Glass Bridge". It is lit every
Saturday night and offers a beautiful view of Xiaopu’s rural area.
Yixin Community is
located in the northwest of Puli. In the early days, the area was used by
indigenous people. The Han people began living here about 120 years ago. More
than 90% of the Han people moving to the area were Hakka people. They came from
Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli in Taiwan. In the past few years, as the community
continued to promote green conservation, rehabilitating aphyocypris moltrechti, which is a kind of precious and rare fish
in Taiwan, and striving to promote local crops such as white bamboo shoots, coffee beans, and loofah, gradually enriched
the Yixin Community.