Day 1 (AUG28)
8:00~10:00 Depart Taipei and drive down Taiwan’s scenic east coast
Ilan Park of National Center for Traditional Arts 宜蘭傳統藝術中心 (自由活動+diy)
There are four subordinate units under its authority, including GuoGuang Opera Company, Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan and Taiwan Music Institute; it also oversees three on-site fields: Yilan Park, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, Kaohsiung Park. The facilities were built in the style of the town. From the faith center to the neighborhood, from preserving teaching and learning to promoting exhibitions and performances, this complex has reproduced a Taiwan folk community of the 1940s or 1950s. Everywhere one sees the life of that period in microcosm. It is rich in cultural significance.
Indoigo dyeinghouse 傳藝藍染DIY
This new 24-hectare facility is located beside beautiful Dongshan River in Yilan. In addition to organized displays and performances of culture and art, it also provides a stage where performing artists can show off their creative works. The emphasis here is on the continuous propagation, innovation, and renewal of traditional arts. You can stroll casually among artistic creations, listen to elegant music, and enjoy exciting opera performances—and you can even participate in the process of artistic creation yourself.
12:30~14:00 Lunch / Buan-tsuān-lau Restaurant 滿饌樓
The quintessence of “New Taiwan Cuisine” is based on the culinary traditions of Taiwan over the past century. Through earth kilns, steaming, stewing, pickling, and stir-frying techniques, the best seasonal ingredients that Taiwan has to offer, from north to south, from east to west, from the mountains to the sea, are expertly crafted by veteran chefs who have inherited the essence of Taiwanese cuisine, creating new timeless tastes of Taiwanese dishes that bridge the past to present.
14:00~15:00 Kavalan Whisky Distillery 金車噶瑪蘭威士忌酒廠
Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Yilan County, Taiwan since 2005. Kavalan sources the mineral-rich meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is aged in a unique combination of intense heat and humidity together with sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create the quality, smoothness, and fruity character for which Kavalan is known.Kavalan takes Yilan County's old name. A land of blessings, it was here that entrepreneur Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee dreamed of a new whisky homeland and a century-old’distillery to last generations.Mr. T.T. Lee’s ambition to create Taiwan’s first whisky took him across the old world to the sacred distilleries of Scotland and Japan. He knew to compete, Taiwan must be world-class, and this tested every sinew of his resolve.Kavalan brings together a highly skilled R&D team which takes on the legacy of renowned whisky specialist, the late Dr. Jim Swan. It is backed by King Car Group and its more than 40 years of beverage experience and knowledge.
16:00 Back to Taipei