leisure at Feng Le Sculpture Park
by Taichung City Government
Pictures and article by Yang Jing-Yi
Translated by Cara Steenstra
How long has it been since you
last lay down in a field and felt the wind?
During May, the last of month of spring, flowers
bloom everywhere and it is the best time of
year for families get out of the house. Taichung's
Fengle Sculpture Park, offen called the most
beautiful park in Taiwan, is located at the
intersection of Hsinnan Road and WenXin south
5th Road in Nantun District and is a very good
choice for a short trip.
When you arrive at Fengle, you must visit the
outdoor coffee shop built beside the lake, and
have a cup of Hueihsin coffee or some snacks.
Various kinds of drinks are hand-mixed on site
and very different from drinks that are made
from usual concentrates. Three snacks are highly
recommended: any NT$70 drink comes with a slice
of cake, a Halley Puff, or thick toast. Each
tastes different but equally delicious. While
you are eating your snack, you can also enjoy
the gentle breezes, the beautiful lake view,
the chirping of the birds, the fragrance of
the flowers, feeding the fish in the lake, or
watching the sculptures located randomly throughout
the park. Satisfaction comes easily in this
The Fengle Lakeview Cafe is the main scenic
spot in the park. The atmosphere during the
day is different from that of the evening. Other
scenic spots include Rainbow Lake, the waterfalls,
a sculptured bridge and a performance stage.
Apart from the drinks and baked desserts, the
open square also attracts many public and private
clubs holding outdoor and group activities.
At times, while you enjoy your coffee, you can
listen to the relaxing, improvised Jazz being
performed by famous jazz bands from central
Taiwan. There are about 400 seats around the
lake and 60 seats on the stage above the lake,
a great place to enjoy the view and the music.
After sunset, Fengle is lit up like a rainbow
and you are immersed in the beauty of the urban
night. Folk singers perform at Lakeview Cafe
starting from 5 p.m. Pleasant singing and starry
skies make the night especially romantic. Whether
day or night, you must not miss the chance to
savor the flavour of a Lakeview coffee during
this romantic, leisurely moment.