Taichung – Confucius Temple and Banana New Paradise | Taiwan Day 6

Heading to Taiwan? I went on a 10 day trip in March 2013! For more reviews and useful tips, read here: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 7Day 8Day 9 & Day 10

Day 6

Taichung Confucius Temple

Taichung Confucius Temple Side Entrance

Took a cab to Taichung Confucius Temple. After so many days of night markets, it was a refreshing change to visit a place of rich cultural heritage instead.

Map of Taichung Confucius Temple

Taichung Confucius Temple Mirror at Sink

Carin at Taichung Confucius Temple Well

Both my Ohvola Lauren pants (in Tea Rose and Daffodil) shrank after they came out from the dryer! Had to dump them in the dryer at Taipei CityInn Hotel for them to dry in time. This is so upsetting because I just bought them before the trip and had only worn both pairs just once! The pants were already not long enough for me to begin with. I have not worn them since coming back from Taiwan. Bleah.

Open Space at Taichung Confucius Temple

Carin at Taichung Confucius Temple Door

There were only a handful of visitors scattered around and hence, the temple was very quiet and peaceful. We could walk around and immerse ourselves in the tranquility. I’ve been to the Forbidden City (故宫) in Beijing and it was SO CROWDED, I had to wrestle with the crowd everywhere! It was a nightmare.

Roof of Taichung Confucius Temple

Carin at Taichung Confucius Temple Visitors Wish

Carin at Taichung Confucius Temple Corridor

Isn’t it great that the temple wasn’t crowded so I won’t have random people appearing in my photos? 🙂

Stone Carving at Taichung Confucius Temple

View at Taichung Confucius Temple

There are classes conducted in the temple, such as calligraphy. On September 28 every year, there will also be performances in the temple to celebrate Confucius’ birthday.

Taichung Confucius Temple
No. 30, Section 2, Shuangshi Road, North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan
Tel: +886 422 332 264
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Free admission

Banana New Paradise

We were looking for a place to grab a bite and decided on Banana New Paradise (香蕉新樂園) since it’s just down the street from Taichung Confucius Temple. It’s just three minutes’ walk away!

Banana New Paradise Along Shuangshi Road

Iconic Blue Train Outside Banana New Paradise

There’s a blue train parked in front of the teahouse, so it’s hard for you to miss it. And no, we’re not going to be dining inside the train if you’re wondering.

The Restaurant

Interior Decor of Banana New Paradise

Banana New Paradise Teahouse Design

Banana New Paradise is a teahouse which goes by the retro theme. The entire place looks like a street from the nineties.

Old Shop in Banana New Paradise

Barber Shop in Banana New Paradise

Dental Clinic in Banana New Paradise

The place actually feels more like a museum rather than a teahouse. There are old school mama shop, barbershop, vintage signs and posters hung around, and lots more. You’ll walk around and go like, “Oh, I remember this! I remember that!” I could relate to some of the items there and they made me nostalgic, really.

The Food

We wanted to just grab a bite, so didn’t order much.

Dim Sum from Banana New Paradise

The custard bun wasn’t the type that I like, with the custard oozing and flowing out. It was the dry type of custard and I was disappointed. The spring roll was average.

Fruit Drink from Banana New Paradise

The stir-fried beef was good. The meat was tender and well flavoured. The drink is their specialty and was recommended by the service staff. It was an invigorating mix of fresh fruits which include apple, orange, lime, and lemon. I like it!

The Verdict

We spend about NT$560 (≈S$25) for this meal, which is reasonable to me. I would recommend this place as I feel that it is very well furnished according to its theme. Even the washroom was very retro!

We didn’t make a reservation and the place was not crowded when we went at about 5pm. However, when we left at 6pm, a group of Chinese tourists arrived and the place became instantly crowded and noisy. Thus, I think it would be wise to make a reservation if you’re heading there at peak hours.

Banana New Paradise (香蕉新樂園)
No.111, Section 2, Shuangshi Road, North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan
Tel: +886 422 345 402
Website: http://www.vernaldew.com.tw/

Ah Ming Shi Tai Yang Bing

After dinner, we took a cab to buy the famous Ah Ming Shi tai yang bing (阿明师太阳饼). I’m sure most taxi drivers will be able to bring you there.

Ah Ming Shi Tai Yang Bing Shop Front

Taichung Ah Ming Shi Lao Dian Tai Yang Tang

When you step into the shop, you’ll be given a free piece of the original flavour sun cake. It’s not just a small piece, but the entire sun biscuit in a plastic wrapper. Small sample pieces of the other flavours are also available for you to try. They even provide tea to clear your palate – how thoughtful!

Below are the prices of what we bought:
Original (malt) sun cake in box of 10 – NT$200 (≈S$9)
Original (malt) sun cake in box of 20 – NT$400 (≈S$18)
Honey sun cake in box of 12 – NT$300 (≈S$13)
Yam biscuit in box of 10 – NT$200 (≈S$9)

Since we still had four more days before flying home, we opted for the sun biscuits to be delivered to us on our last day in Taiwan. The delivery service costs NT$140 (≈S$6) and we managed to receive them in good order on our last day in Taipei. Yes, they do deliver to Taichung and Taipei, but I’m not sure about the other areas. Oh, I won’t recommend you to buy the yam biscuit as it lasts less than a week!

Ah Ming Shi Lao Dian Tai Yang Tang (阿明师老店太阳堂)
Tel: +886 422 274 007

Ah Ming Shi Tai Yang Bing Taichung Outlets

They have other outlets in Taichung and the addresses can be found in image above.

Yi Zhong Night Market

After ordering our tai yang bing, we took a cab to Yi Zhong Jie (一中街).

Taichung Yi Zhong Night Market

It was very crowded on a Saturday night.

Taichung Yi Zhong Street Papaya Milk

Tried the papaya milk. I do not like papaya and was very skeptical about it but surprisingly, it turned out pretty good! However, it can be quite “gelat” so it’s ideal for sharing. I’ve heard that papaya milk can be good for erm breast development? I’m not sure if it’s scientifically proven and I’m not buying it too. 😉

Carin Poo

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