Zhunan

Zhunan (also spelled Jhunan or Chunan) is an urban township in Miaoli County, Taiwan.

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Zhunan is served by both the mountain and coastal lines of the Taiwan Railway Administration. It can also be reached by bus. It is served by National Highway No. 3 (Taiwan) and Provincial Highway No. 61.

The best way to get around Zhunan is with your own transportation or taxi.

The principal tourist attractions are the two temples with large statues on their top:

  • Matsu temple The largest Matsu statue in Taiwan can be seen here. To get here from the train station, leave by the west exit and go down Bo-Ai Street (the main road running out the west exit) and make a right on Longfeng Rd. It takes about 20 – 30 minutes walking.
  • 五穀先帝宮 (Wǔgǔ xiāndì gōng) is close to the train station. If you leave via the east exit and move past the car park, you should be able to see the big red statue of god with a red beard to your left. From the station it is about a 10 minute walk.

Jhunan’s large beach is suitable for surfing and kite-surfing. You can rent equipment from the centre near the Child and Parent Forest.

There is an RT-Mart off Ziqiang Road a short drive away in Toufen (see “Go next”).

紅林 (pinyin: hóng-lín) means Red Forest in English. Popular with locals, Hong Lin is a teppanyaki or tiě bǎn shāo (鐵板燒) restaurant that serves a variety of meat, vegetable and seafood dishes cooked in full view on a flat grill. Dishes include pork, beef, lamb, cuttlefish, shrimp, cod, mushrooms and omelettes. Main courses can be had as a set with rice, vegetables and soup. Prices vary between NT$100-200. Located on No. 27之9號, YánPíng Road, on the corner of YánPíng Road and MínQuán Street. English menu available.

一品 serves almost exclusively duck based dishes. It’s located at 115 ZhōngZhèng Road.

MínZú Street There are lots of cheap street food stalls and small restaurants on this street, particularly near Wellcome supermarket. The “Ji Pai Fan” (black pepper chicken plate) from 2nd shop to the right of Wellcome is particularly good, as are the bantiao (flat noodles) & dumplings from the cart under the purple-signed clothing store. This cart is usually next to a guabao “Taiwanese hamburger” kiosk which is also pretty tasty.

Longfeng Harbor. There are a lot of places to eat fresh seafood here.

阿呆鳥刀切牛肉麵. If you don’t read Chinese, you can recognize this restaurant by the small sign with a picture of a bird. Various kinds of noodles and noodle soups are served. The curry noodles and black bean noodles are both popular. English menu available.

A few buildings west of 阿呆鳥刀切牛肉麵 on Bo-Ai St is a Cafeteria Buffet (look for the yellow sign w/red text), open for lunch and dinner. Unlike most of the other cafeterias in town, this one is modern and clean with a wide selection of dishes if you come at the right time. Expect to pay NT$90-110.

繽紛泰泰式料理. Authentic Thai food. This is a small, family run place with friendly service. English menu available.

Amici. Italian food. English menu available.

There’s a good and inexpensive vegetarian restaurant on the NW corner of Longtian & Santai Rd, near Huanshi Rd. The 2nd rice item, some kind of pepper-flavored purple rice friend with veggies, eggs and walnuts is superb.

  • 24.690695120.8889911 Guo Ding hot pot shop (鍋鼎北海道昆布鍋), Park Road No. 116 (near Zhunan Sports Park), +886 37 616 287. 11:00-24:00. A hot pot shop, good indoor atmosphere, delicious meat and soup good. NT$310. (updated Feb 2018)

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