Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the same day in Taiwan as it is in the U.S.–the second Sunday of May. This Mother’s Day–my first and only spent in Taiwan as a mother myself–we spent it at Chengcing Lake. It’s about 20 to 30 minutes away by scooter. The cost to get in was 100NTD/adult, 50NTD/child, and 30NTD for a scooter.

Its extensive and beautiful grounds include a chateau of Chiang Kai-shek; the Bridge of Nine Turns, which spans across the lake; picnic and barbecue areas; a playground with a nearby food stand selling ice cream, cold drinks, tea eggs, and sausages, among other small-plate items; pagodas and watch towers; shrines; and pavilions, among other points of interest.

We spent time walking around the lake, admiring the beautiful flowering trees and plants; visiting various pagodas and pavilions, including the one on Fu Guo Island; having lunch on Fu Guo Island, which overlooks the lake; and spending time at the playground. We all had a relaxing and wonderful day spent in nature.

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