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Agricultural Tourism – Taichung Turnip Trip

Agricultural tourism is a very popular thing amongst Taipei residents. For between US$25 and US$40 per person you can join an organized excursion from Taipei Main Station to a farm where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables. As a bonus, there are often a couple “side stops” along the way, usually to a street market or museum. If you have a free Saturday or Sunday and the weather is nice it is one of the best ways to get some clean air, exercise, and come home with something healthy to eat (minus anything picked up at any street markets you stop at along the way, of course).

So, a couple Sundays ago my family along with some family friends went on one of these day trips to a turnip farm in Taichung in central Taiwan, leaving from TMRS.

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Display at the Taiwan Hakka Expo

Taiwan Hakka Exposition 2008/2009 2

  Food. Lots of Food. Wait…I should probably explain what a Taiwanese Hakka is, just so you know. Just in case you don’t know. In broad, general strokes, Taiwan has 3 ethnic groups: Aboriginal, Hakka, Hoklo, and Immigrant (a.k.a “Mainlanders”). Aboriginals are those that are native to Formosa (and surrounding islands that make up Taiwan). They are […]