Yuan Shien Valley
Translated by Yvonne Chen
The name "Tao Yuan Shien Valley" derives
from the cloud spiraling place on the fairy
tale island Penglai. Like its fairy tale counterpart,
the place has dreamlike and picturesque scenery.
Located off the Loma Highway, the spacious grounds
include stunning rice fields, streams, a hidden
valley, and woodlands. The white tulips by the
entrance will entrance visitors the moment they
arrive. A tunnel leads straight into the grounds,
where a beautiful tulip garden awaits. Along
the road, dazzling tulips and exotic plants
have been planted and meticulously labeled.
Yuan Shien Valley covers a large area. Besides
the cherry blossom, yellow maples, plum and
pine groves, there are also herb gardens, the
Chieh-tung Aged Tree, the Intelligent Dog Fall,
a stream wading area, and a series of stone
sculptures collected by the owner. The owner
sculpts according to the natural shape of the
rocks: If a rock resembles a hawk, he sculpts
it into a hawk following the lines on the rock.
bloom here throughout the year. January and
February have cherry blossoms, tulips, freesia,
iris, hyacinth, and chrysanthemum. The tulip
field always attracts large crowds. Peaches,
plums, calla lilies, snapdragons, strawflowers,
carnations, pansy, and azaleas bloom from March
to May. Fireflies set against the moonlight
are a beautiful sight. The July and August Flower
and Plant Festival features cleomes, fancy-leaf
caladium, and zinnia among hundreds of others;
children chase dragonflies and butterflies.
September through December is the maple and
lily season. Green maples, red maples and yellow
maples along with lilies, gladiolus, tuberoses
and fall chrysanthemums paint a beautiful picture.
Come winter, the snow plum waits to bloom, as
Tao Yuan Shien Valley turns poetic.
the different seasons impart different feelings,
tour guides can provide further insights. Mr.
Chu, who has been here for 18 years, cautions
about the poisonous plants and not to handle
tired from walking can rest and enjoy desserts
and delicious dishes. The Nourishing Garden
Barbeque (NT$2000 for 10 servings) includes
beef slices, bamboo herb rice, sausages, sweet
curds, green bell peppers, and sweet corn. Meal
sets include herb chicken thigh, rosemary steak,
assorted grains rice, grilled salmon, broiled
bamboo chicken, and vegetarian cuisine. Quench
your thirst with tapioca pearl milk tea, herbal
tea, fresh pine juice, iced or hot coffee, mesona
tea and special mixers. There are also group
specials; the Shien Valley Family Meal for NT$2200
includes free-range chicken plate, steamed fish,
roasted konnyaku, nourishing soup, grated bamboo
shoots with meat, preserved vegetable with bamboo
shoots, stir fried vegetables, country rice
noodles, Hakka stir fry, and herb jello.
Tao Yuan Shien Valley is such a large place
and does not offer rooms, stamina is required.
The resort continues to expand and offer visitors
new sights each time they visit. It is said
that the kind favor mountains, and the smart
favor water. This place has both hills and streams
1. Take the Guanshi Exit on the Northern Second
Freeway. Turn left towards Guanshi, then turn
left at the post office. Go 18 kilometers along
Provincial Highway No. 118 towards Jingshan.
The Valley's parking lot is by the 41-km mark
on No. 118.
2. Take Provincial Highway No. 3 to the Formosa
Gas Station at the 60-km mark. Turn onto Provincial
Highway No. 118, and drive towards Jingshan
(Golden Bird Theme Park) for 15 minutes.
The Valley's address is Taoyuan County, but
it is closer to Guanshi in Hsinchu County, and
easier to reach from Guanshi. The Valley is
off the 41-km mark on Provincial Highway No.
118. President Health World is at the 32-km
mark, and Golden Bird Theme Park is at the 37-km
1. At Dashi, get on the Taoyuan Bus heading
towards Fuhsing, Lofu, Little Wulai, and Paling.
At Fuhsing, transfer to the Hsinchu Bus Company
bus heading towards Guanshi, and get off at
Shangkaojao. Note: Buses to Guanshi are infrequent.
2. At Guanshi, take the Hsinchu Bus Company
bus heading towards Lofu and Fuhsing. Get off
at Shangkaojao. Note: Buses are very infrequent.
Yuan Shien Valley
Hours: 8 am-5 pm, open year around