4 “Lesser-Known” Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan Trip Day 7!

Wondering what are some of the things to do in Miaoli Taiwan? Thanks to the great folks of Miaoli Maison De Chine, we were hosted to a stay and enjoyed some of the wonderful facilities there. Also, it provided us with a great base to check out all the attractions and things to do in Miaoli Taiwan!

Actually, we headed from Taichung to Tong Xiao Beach first. However, when we arrived, due to a carnival, we had to pay $20SGD to enter the beach area (which is usually free). As we were only there for an hour, we did not enter. But if you do have more time, it is encouraged that you visit as the $20SGD includes shows and displays for programmes throughout the day.

If you’re travelling from Taichung to Zhunan, it takes about 1 hour by train. After arriving at Zhunan train station, to get to Miaoli Maison de Chine, you’ll have to take a taxi for NT120 (walking takes about 30 minutes). It is a fixed price for visitors to the hotel.


Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan

1. 天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant)

Located at No. 19, Gongyuan 5th St, Miaoli County, Taiwan 350, 天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant) serves up great seafood at an excellent price. In fact, when we visited, they were having a promotion whereby each dish only costs NT100 ($4!). That’s even cheaper than Zi Char in Singapore! Plus, we were having stuff like prawns (really fresh ones at that), squid and pork ribs. If you’re staying at Miaoli Maison De Chine, do check out 天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant) to enjoy great food, an excellent ambience at a fantastic price!

Zhunan Train Station to Miaoli Maison De Chine NT120
Zhunan Train Station to Miaoli Maison De Chine NT120
天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant) Entrance
天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant)
Classy ambience at 天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant)
Classy ambience at 天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant)
天厨海鲜楼 (Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant) Menu
Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant 天厨海鲜楼 Menu
Stir Fried Pork Rib @ Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant 天厨海鲜楼
Stir Fried Pork Rib @ Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant 天厨海鲜楼
Vermicelli from Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant
Vermicelli from Tian Chu Seafood Restaurant

2. Zhunan Beer Factory / 竹南啤酒厂

The Zhunan Beer Factory is the largest brewery in the whole of Taiwan. But in order to go for a visit, you’d have to at least have a group of 20. In addition, there are allocated times for visit. This time, we unfortunately missed the last group tour of the day. Hence, it would be wise to give the factory a call first and ask the group tour timings before you head over. Oh, the taxi ride from Miaoli Maison De Chine to Zhunan Factory is between NT150 to NT200.

As we were not able to join the tour, we were only able to walk around within the store area. Inside, the various types of alcohol and beers, produced by the factory are sold. In addition, we also got to try the 18 days Taiwan Beer for free. It tasted a little bitter (which we prefer) and the usual price is NT65 per bottle.

There is also a restaurant where you can order dishes to go with the beer. But do note that it is just like a regular restaurant NOT ANYTHING LIKE a microbrewery with beers on tap. But do give the 18 days Taiwan Beer a try, you won’t regret it!

Zhunan Beer Factory Alcohol Store
Zhunan Beer Factory Alcohol Store
Taiwan Beer Robot @ Zhunan Brewery
Taiwan Beer Robot @ Zhunan Brewery
18 days Taiwan Beer at Zhunan Beer Factory
18 days Taiwan Beer at Zhunan Beer Factory
 曾记馅饼 Buns with Fillings
曾记馅饼 Buns with Fillings
Pork Bun NT30 and Red Bean Bun NT15 from 曾记馅饼
Pork Bun NT30 and Red Bean Bun NT15 from 曾记馅饼
Close up of the red bean bun from 曾记馅饼
Close up of the red bean bun from 曾记馅饼

3. 曾记馅饼 (Zeng Ji Pastry)

We were also informed by Shelly (Marketing Manager from Maison De Chine) that, within walking distance of hotel, there’s a famous bun store ( 曾记馅饼) at the intersection of Ba De Yi Lu and De Yi Lu. Located next to the 7-11, it is a mobile truck that sells buns with pork, beef or sweet red bean filling. Definitely a must try if you’re in the vicinity!

4. Zhunan Integrated Sports Complex

Before we headed back to our hotel for great food and spa pool enjoyment, we headed to the Zhunan Integrated Sports Complex just across the road from Miaoli Maison De Chine. There, residents can enjoy runs around the track, play some basketball or croquet.

Kids playing a game of croquet
Kids playing a game of croquet
Zhunan Integrated Sports Complex Soccer Field and Running Track
Zhunan Integrated Sports Complex Soccer Field and Running Track
 Zhunan Integrated Sports Complex
Zhunan Integrated Sports Complex
Spa pools at Miaoli Maison De Chine
Spa pools at Miaoli Maison De Chine
Menu of Pin Jiang Nan at Miaoli Maison De Chine
Menu of Pin Jiang Nan at Miaoli Maison De Chine
What we ate at Pin Jiang Nan Miaoli Maison De Chine
What we ate at Pin Jiang Nan Miaoli Maison De Chine




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Hope you have enjoyed our post on the things to do in Miaoli Taiwan! Do stay tuned for day 8 of our Taiwan trip where we’ll be visiting Taoyuan!

You have just finished a post on our Taiwan Trip in 2014 which started here. Here is the full list of posts written about Taiwan Trip 2014…

Singapore to Tainan : Taiwan Trip Day 1
Things to do in Tainan Taiwan Trip Day 2
鹿早茶屋 Opposite 1967 Hotel Tainan
Things to do in Chiayi Taiwan Trip Day 3
Chiayi Attractions Taiwan Trip Day 4
Changhua Meatballs (彰化肉圓) : Which is the Best?
What to eat at Feng Jia Night Market (逢甲夜市)?
Changhua Taichung Taiwan Trip Day 5
Things to do in Taichung Taiwan Trip Day 6
Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan Trip Day 7
Kuo Tai Glass Park Zhunan Day Trip
Things to do in Taoyuan Taiwan Trip Day 8
Taoyuan Attractions Taiwan Trip Day 9
Things to do in Taipei Taiwan Trip Day 10

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2 Comments on 4 “Lesser-Known” Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan Trip Day 7!

  1. Hi 2bearbear,

    Enjoying reading all your travel blog. I need your help in helping us to plan our up coming March Trip to Taiwan.

    We would like to explore Miaoli, Hsinchu & Taipei. (we are lost as to where to stay & what to do…we will reach Taoyuan airport on 8 March, 7am…plans is to leave for Miaoli (3D2N) & start the adventure before leaving for Hsinchu (3D2N) & last leg will be Taipei.

    Greatly appreciate for your help with the trip.

    Regards,
    Alice

    • Hi Alice,

      It seems like you should head over to Hsinchu (2hrs 40 mins from Tao Yuan International Airport – walking and transfers involved) first before heading to Miaoli (40 mins from Hsinchu to Zhunan Train Station). From Zhunan Train Station to Taipei is another 1hr 45 mins. You can get these information via google map.

      Miaoli

      We have not been to Hsinchu but at Miaoli, we’d recommend the glass blowing factory @ Kuo Tai

      http://2bearbear.com/kuo-tai-glass-park-zhunan-day-trip/

      It was quite an experience to not only see glass making (think Murano, Venice) but you’ll actually be able to blow your own glass. We missed the Zhunan Beer Tour but if you’re into beer and fruity 台啤, this would be the place to go. Call ahead of time via skype or the local phone at your hotel. Staying at Miaoli Maison De Chine was definitely unforgettable. Till date, we’ve not seen such an extensive suite of spa pools at an hotel. At spas such as those in Japan/Korea, yes but not in hotels. So definitely something that you may want to check out.

      http://2bearbear.com/miaoli-maison-de-chine-hotel-review/

      Taipei

      Many Singaporeans have written extensively about their travels in Taipei. Ours can be found here

      http://2bearbear.com/things-to-do-in-taipei-taiwan-trip-day-10/

      If you’re heading to Taipei 101, check out the restaurants at the top (different cuisines offered at varied prices). It allows you to skip the queues, enjoy the views while dining and you do not have to pay additional fees for the ride up. Just pay for the meal, which is great. You can also check out what we had at Shilin Night Market in the post above.

      Hope this helps Alice. Let us know what you did at Hsinchu as well!

      Happy and Safe Travels!

      Tom & Kate,
      2bearbear.com

      P.S. We visited before the increase in popularity of Uber/Lyft. You may want to include them in your “transportation options” especially for short transfers to attractions within the city.

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