Chingjing Farm / Lushan Hot Spring Tourism Route

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Carp Lake & Chung Tai Chan Monastery & The Monaludao Monument
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Puli viewed from atop Mt. Hutou

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Nantou County nestles against the Central Mountain Range to the east, and the eastern half of the county is covered by alpine terrain with 41 peaks that soar above 3,000 meters. Mountain ridges recede to the horizon, presenting scenes of majestic beauty. The Cingjing /Lushan Tour Route encompasses Renai Township in the mountainous area of the county's northern half as well as the adjoining eastern part of Puli Town. The best-known tourist sites on the route include the Puli Winery, the Taiwan Geographical Center Monument, a Puli Flower Logistics Center, the Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Carp Lake, Wushe, Cingjing Farm, Bihu (Green Lake), the Lushan Hot Springs, Aowanda Forest Recreation Area, and Mt. Hehuan.

Puli is situated at the geographic center of Taiwan, a place of exquisite scenery, fertile land, and outstanding people. It is also the most thriving town in eastern Nantou. The Taiwan Geographical Center Monument that was erected during the time of the Japanese occupation has become Puli's landmark, and is today not only a geographic marker but also a popular tourist spot. Go up the steps behind the monument and you will reach the peak of Mt. Huzih, where all of Puli stretches below you. To the southeast of the mountain lies the natural Carp Lake, its clear water and the willow trees on its banks presenting an enchanting sight especially when the setting sun is mirrored on the lake's surface.

Spend a bit of time wandering around Puli, and you will discover that this is a town that virtually exudes the atmosphere of religion. The town has a density of temples that is rare in Taiwan, and the gods worshipped in them range through Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, as well as legendary folk deities. There are ancient temples, huge monasteries, and temples based on legendary stories. Of all these edifices, the Chung Tai Chan Monastery attracts the most attention. This is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, with am imposing structure, an external architecture that melds the styles of East and West, and halls and Buddhist images as well as a rich array of trees and shrubs that help make it a holy place that combines religion, scholarship, culture, and art.

The moderate weather, rich soil, and sweet water of Puli nurture a wide range of crops. It is a center of flower cultivation, producing bountiful harvests of roses, carnations, cymbidium orchids, moth orchids, Transvaal daisies, and other ornamental plants of great beauty. This flower production has given rise to two flower farms, the Taii Ecological and Educational Farm, and the Taiguang Herb Botanical Garden. The 80-year-old Puli Winery is famous for its Shao Hsing Wine and Ailan Wine, and the Shao Hsing banquets and flower banquets cooked up in local restaurants offer culinary experiences that are never to be forgotten.

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