Sunday, October 26, 2014

Taiwan 2014: Day 3 - The Green Green Grassland Cingjing (青青草原)

After the light and healthy breakfast provided by Misty Villa, we hop on to the shuttle provided by Misty Villa for a one-way free ride to The Green Green Grassland or better known as 青青草原. How about going back? We will need to walk back to the minsu from the farm. It takes about 30 minutes walk but you'll manage to enjoy beautiful surrounding along the way.

From Misty Villa, it's about a 5 minutes ride to the farm. Here's the farm map: 

The red part is the Green Green Grassland area where you see all the sheep roaming freely.

The green and white part is located downhill and you can see some horse, donkeys, etc.

Our shuttle stops at the entrance which is located in the red colour area on the map. This entrance is located in the upper hill area where we just need to walk downhill from there to explore the farm. The path to walk back to our minsu is also located downhill from this area, thus it saves energy from climbing up the stairs later.

It was very misty when we reach there that morning. Our minsu owner even borrow us umbrella afraid is might drizzle later. She's so kind :)

It's that misty behind me

The entrance ticket to The Green Green Grassland is NT160 per person on a weekday and click here to see more details about the entrance fee. Once you enter the farm, do chop the stamp provided on your hand so that you can enter the farm again if you want to. The entrance ticket includes unlimited entry to the farm for the day (till before the farm close that day, of course).

Remember to put this stamp on your hand

It was so misty that we can't see a single thing. Where's the sheep? :(
The mist was so thick that it covered the beautiful scenery :(

Fine, at least we saw the squirrel statue :)

Walked to the little cottage and saw these little lambs. When they grow up, they'll be roaming outside freely.
Marry had a little lamb, little lamb ...

In front of this cottage, there's a lamb sticking out its head for food. Yes, you can feed them. There's a coin-operated machine where you can buy them food pellet. Do remember that you must only feed them food bought from the coin-operated machine and not any other animal food or human food that you might have brought along to the farm.
Food please, anyone?

Here's the area where you can watch the 綿羊脫衣秀 (Sheep shearing show). We didn't wait for the show and just explore the surrounding admiring its scenery.
Still a bit misty.
Some clouds floating above the mountains :)

The mist started to clear a little due to the strong wind and we can see the surrounding area :) Yes!

Soon, the mist is gone (not completely gone but it's okay) and we can now see its surrounding area very clearly. Enjoy the scenery:

There's the sheep.

Sea of clouds behind me and ignore my messy hair.

And we can see all the sheep walking around us. If you have some food pellets with you, they'll follow you around :)
Touching sheep's face :)

Lonely sheep walking.

More sheep.

This sheep castle (near the entrance) is still under construction. Probably they will have exhibits, souvenir store, etc soon.
Sheep castle?

Inside that castle/cottage, it's the place where baby lambs is housed. There's a souvenir shop and washroom there too.

The scenery is magnificent :)

My moment with the sheep. Okay, I don't like the sheep licking my hand thus it's best to stand far far away. But pig feed the sheep though, your hand will be covered with sheep saliva after that.

Stop by one of the souvenir shop near the stage show area and bought some local produce. There's sheep milk candy, biscuits, ice-cream, etccc. And they taste good. I love the sheep milk candy the most. Besides sheep's milk, there's a lot of products made from cow's milk too. But I bought all sheep milk's products (cow's milk is used in most commercial products) since you can't get it outside. Sheep milk's ice-cream is creamy and nice to enjoy it under the cold weather. I choose the original flavor to try the fresh sheep milk's taste.

Sheep milk ice-cream.

Walking straight from the stage show area, you'll reach another entrance. You can enter the farm via this entrance too. I saw some tourist bus and car stops here. At this area, there's some shops selling food. Didn't stop by to eat though but they looks good.


Some local produce.

Looks like Tong Po meat to me.

From the food store, we walk further and we enters the downhill side of Cingjing farm. And we saw rows of cherry blossoms trees with their flowers still clinging to the tree branches. However, weather is getting misty again. Thus, we took a few snapshots and continue our journey.

Row of cherry blossom trees.
It's misty again

Some fairy pink powder along the road?

It's cherry blossoms :)

Walk further and you can see the iconic windmill in the farm where most tourist will take pictures with. But it was so misty that we can hardly see the windmill :(

Iconic windmill under a misty weather.

At least we can see a cow structure with flash on the camera.

Without further delay, we walked further and we saw more sheep, cows, emu, etc. There's a cafe nearby this area too. Save for next visit.

Looking for food under the cold weather.

Wotcha looking at?

From the farm, we walk straight and downhill following the stairs to go back to our minsu. Along the way, you'll see some beautiful scenery and some plants too. We found some red maple leaves along the way :)
Maple leaves still in red.
The journey took about 30 minutes walking downhill and from the farm, you'll reach a plaza where there's steamboat restaurant, cafes, souvenir shops, and so on. This is a different area from the Carton King area which we went last night. Bought some pudding for lunch there. If we have time, we will dine in at the steamboat restaurant, till next time then.

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