(Taoyuan) Longtan One Day Trip
As the most characteristic township and the best places for retirement in Taiwan, Longtan is an excellent place for a vocation!
Longtan, literally means the pond of the dragon, is one of the townships in Taoyuan County. Its specialty is the Chewy Peanut Candy. The candy is made of peanut and maltose. It tastes sweet, as well as it is chewy and a bit sticky.
The most famous landmark in Longtan is the Longtan Pond. The total area of this natural pond is about 0.17 square kilometers. The grand dragon boat race is held here annually. There is a statue of Qu Yuan near the pond. Qu Yuan is a Chinese patriotic poet in the Warring States Period who committed ritual suicide by jumping into the Milou River with a great rock. The original Dragon Boat Festival was a rescue attempt mission to save Qu Yuan. However, it had become a festival to commemorate Qu Yuan.
A magnificent temple named “Nantian” is located in the center of the pond. You may reach the temple by walking through a red suspension bridge or a traditional Chinese style white bridge. The pond is actually located in a park. The park has an arch bridge, a bike trail, a children’s playground, a kiddy pool with dragon statue, a lookout, a memorial hall, a walking trail, a water plant area, pavilions, and outdoor fitness facilities. Many local people love to go fishing here. You may spend a day visiting here.
If you stay at the park till evening, you will see a fantastically beautiful night view. The water will reflect the blue light of the lookout, the golden light of the temple, and the rainbow colored light of the suspension bridge. You may indulge yourself in the dark with romantic atmosphere. After appreciating the night view, you may enjoy seafood cuisines at nearby restaurants, taste Longtan’s special Chewy Peanut Candy, and stay at our recommended Taoyuan hotels: Fullon Hotel Jhongli.
Directions from Taipei to Longtan:
1. Take MRT to Gongguan and exit from Exit 1.
2. Transfer to Longtan by taking Yalan Bus “Taipei-Longtan-Hsinchu Route” (The bus comes every ten to twenty minutes daily).
3. Get off on Jhongzhen Rd., Longtan Township, and take taxi to the Longtan Pond
Bus Fare: TWD 95/adult is and TWD 50/child under 12 years old