Paper Umbrellas and So Much More: 6 Reasons to Visit Meinong, Taiwan

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Paper Umbrella, Meinong

Meinong is a beautiful quaint town located just a short drive from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. (Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County recently merged to form one large city so maybe I should say that it is an hour drive from the city center.) It is situated near the foot of several low elevation mountains which serves as a perfect backdrop, making the town visually stunning. I love visiting the place and here are six reasons why I keep going back again and again!

Paper Umbrella 2

Paper Umbrella 3

~1~ Paper umbrellas

These handmade creations are a sight to behold. They contain painted words of wisdom as well as beautiful vibrant artwork of different varieties of flowers, birds, and butterflies. They make for great gifts and decorative pieces and with an outer layer of oil, they can withstand the test of time.

Ban Tiao  - Meinong
A bowl of Ban Tiao, Meinong

~2~ Ban Tiao

These flat noodles (made from rice) are sold at most stands and restaurants all over town. It is famous dish of the town, so I highly suggest you sample it.

Evening Stillness in Meinong
The Lake, Meinong
Meinong Lake 2
The Lake at Sunset, Meinong

~3~ The Lake

This area makes for a perfect peaceful get away from the action around town. I have captured some great photos around the lake: the reflection of the pavilion as well as a man fishing in a rubber tube. It is the perfect place to relax for a while and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and banana plantations. And if you are as lucky as I was, you will be able to purchase coconut juice there, right from the coconut.

~4~ The Slow Pace of Life

Even though it is not far from the city, it still has a small town vibe. Farmers tends to their rice fields, farms, and plantations wearing a typical Taiwanese straw hat. There is a pleasant atmosphere about the place that needs to be experienced to be thoroughly appreciated. It is the perfect escape and temporary retreat from every day city life.

~5~ Hakka Culture

The area is rich in Hakka culture, as the majority of the residents are Hakka. Also, most residents of Meinong converse using the Hakka language. To learn more, there is the Meinong Hakka Culture Museum in the town as well.

Meinong - Clouds and trees
Meinong Scenery

~6~ The Spectacular Views

Every time I went to Meinong, the weather has been amazing. I often associate the place with blue skies and white puffy clouds but extremely hot temperatures (being surrounded by mountains means that there is hardly any wind in the town.) However, I find that winter is the perfect time to go there as the weather is beautiful and fields of cosmos can be seen all over town.

Now, over to you! Do you prefer to visit cities or towns or a combination of both? Be sure you jot me a line or two in the comment box below.

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40 thoughts on “Paper Umbrellas and So Much More: 6 Reasons to Visit Meinong, Taiwan

    1. They are just lovely, aren’t they? I have one in my home and I also bought one for my mom.

      When our photographer was taking the ‘getting ready’ photos before our church wedding in Canada, she happened to see the umbrella and asked if she could take some shots with me holding it. And she asked right then and there if she could use one of the shots in her portfolio.

  1. Last time I went to Meinong, it was grey and raining all the time(!), so I can’t relate to #6 haha. I do remember enjoying the fresh and unpolluted air though, that was really pleasant.

  2. I haven’t been to Meinong! Let’s see when I can go back to Taiwan.

    I usually prefer visiting big cities (I love the hustle and bustle), but I don’t mind going to the countryside either.

  3. Beautiful shots! Those umbrellas are absolutely stunning. 🙂
    Those are some fantastic reasons to visitーmust make it there one day!
    I like both cities and the countryside, but I much prefer the countryside for traveling. I feel like you can take in much more, without having to rush about from one place to the next.

    1. Thanks! I hope you get to visit Meinong someday! I like to visit both cities and small towns located in the countryside as well. Both offer a different feel – the cities are more fast-paced while the countryside offers a slower pace of life!

  4. When I started traveling, I’d always choose cities over villages/towns. As I travel more and more, I notice a chance in my preferences. I enjoy the big cities, but I love visiting the countryside more. Even when I stay in cities, I always choose a quiet location to stay in, be it a low-key soi in Bangkok or a simple AirBnB in the suburbs of London.

    1. I agree! It is nice to experience the fast pace of the city but sometimes it is nice to just enjoy some quiet time in a less busy place. I just read your piece about running in Mexico and I think it is the perfect time to check out the sights when the city sleeps.

  5. Meinong is a fascinating place to visit. Years ago people in Meinong made the paper umbrella. Today they are purchased from China. They are decorated in Meinong. There is city in Japan, Mino with the same pronunciation as Meinong. It’s the center of paper making for Japan.

    1. Yes, most are purchased in China and painted in Taiwan but from my understanding, a select few are still made there (and of course, can be purchased at a more expensive price)! And my husband told me that there was a plaque of some sort around the lake in Meinong commemorating the Meinong in Taiwan and the Mino in Japan becoming ‘sister towns.’

  6. I love the paper umbrellas and their stylish designs, I didn’t know the words painted on them were of wisdom, that makes them even more interesting 🙂

  7. I love the activity of a big city, enjoy the variety of restaurants and museums. But being away from that is so refreshing, even if it’s just a day trip. Sure do like those paper parasols. I wish they didn’t look so out of place in the rest of the world because I would use one!

    1. Thanks so much!! It is such a lovely little place – it is hard to believe that it is located so close to the city. BTW, your location sounds perfect – close enough to the city to enjoy the conveniences but not too close to the hustle and bustle.

      1. I like the conveniences of the city but am okay with smaller areas. I’m not sure about a permanent move though but having a kidlet now, priorities are different and I would adapt. I’ve lived in small places including a village, the bush and at the intersection of two rural highways, but these were only for 2-3 months at a time so it’s hard to know what it would be like longer term. I think you’re in a rural area now??

        1. ‘Rural’ is a term that I use rather loosely in Taiwan. Taiwan is such a small island that no matter how far in the ‘countryside’ you are, you are only a little drive from the modern conveniences. I actually live not far from a major city in a town of about 80 to 90,000 people (with at least 8 or 9 major supermarkets, for example. It even has a McDonalds and KFC) but a short drive from rice fields.

          1. That makes sense. Likely similar to the term “city” in Japan. Japan on the other hand has some pretty hardcore rural areas but… there’s also vending machines on the top of Mount Fuji.

  8. Oh, I love Meinong. I just moved back to the States from Kaohsiung. Meinong is a perfect escape from the city. Have you ever been to the Lei Cha (擂茶) place in Meinong? The ladies there will teach you how to make the traditional Hakka tea with a mortar and pestle. It is so much fun and a great way to get a hands on Hakka experience.

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