Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Taoyuan, Taiwan - Weichuan Pushin Ranch & Window on China Theme Park

Weichuan Pushin Ranch, Taoyuan
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When I was in Taoyuan, I visited Weichuan Pushin Ranch.  It isn’t a place I’d normally plan to visit but the cool weather made the trip quite relaxing and fun.  There was much greenery on the ranch.  The ranch even had its own mini train to transport visitors around the 65-hectare property.  We met a group of kindergarten children who were on a school trip. 

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There were plenty of farm animals such as horses, ponies, goats and cows on the ranch, much to the children’s delight.  There was a huge barbecue area that is very popular during summer but was empty when we visited.  We gave the various animal shows a miss and walked around the ranch instead. 
weichuan-pushin-ranch-euro-garden

weichuan-pushin-ranch-euro-garden

There was a large European-style garden, complete with statues and hedges.  We were told it was a beautiful sight during spring when all the flowers were blooming.  I think it would be a great place to hold events or garden parties! 
weichuan-pushin-ranch-garden

weichuan-pushin-ranch-garden

The ranch had beautifully landscaped gardens.  There were English-style gardens and Japanese-style gardens as shown above.  They were quite lovely and perfect for photo shoots. 
weichuan-pushin-ranch-lake

weichuan-pushin-ranch-lake

There was also a huge, serene lake where you could rent paddle boats in the shape of swans.  It felt like a place where you could just dream the afternoon away. 

Window on China Theme Park, Taoyuan

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While in Taoyuan, I also visited Window on China theme park (小人國主題樂). The theme park was quite deserted when I was there as it was November.  The weather was cool, the skies were downcast and it even drizzled a little.  That did little (heh heh) to dampen our enthusiasm in viewing the miniature world in the theme park. 


window-on-china

The theme park had a little train that ferried visitors from one section of the park to another.  There were tiny scaled versions of various famous buildings and monuments and places like shipyards, train stations and airports.  It was quite a fun place to visit! See if you can identify all the famous buildings shown below. 

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Mount Rushmore

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window-on-china-pagoda

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St. Basil's Cathedral (miniature size) and a London telephone booth (full size)
window-on-china-stonehenge

Next up:  Monet in Taipei

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