Mucha Man wrote:The place you are talking about is Hushan hot spring. It's nice. On a little island. It's a modern looking place now even if there is some jap heritage. You'll see a sign for it on the way in.cranky laowai wrote:I've heard about a Japanese-era inn that supposedly one has to walk (not drive) across a long bridge to get to. Ring any bells? It sounds like the kind of place that would be either horribly run down or pleasantly rustic.
My wife had made reservations for Hushan, so we went with that this time. (NT$3000(?) for a four-person room, with breakfast.) I thought it was just OK. The food in the restaurant was nothing special; it would be better to go out. The tubs in the rooms were nice; but it took forever for the hot-spring water to come out hot enough to soak in. On the other hand, the water was especially silky feeling (in a good way), even for Tai'an. I liked the grounds. And the suspension bridge was an interesting feature.
On the whole, though, I think I'd take Tenglong over Hushan, at least as long as Tenglong isn't nearly full with tour groups.
A nice place to eat is just after you cross the long bridge on the 62 (maybe 10 km in); there is that weird hotel on the left before the bridge that looks unfinished (you can't miss it . Across the bridge on the left is a funky little cafe-restaurant run by two Atayal sisters. Good food and music.
We tried that yesterday. The food was indeed good, and the atmosphere pleasant. I wasn't crazy about the odor of dog (that being a dog-friendly restaurant); but it wasn't too heavy and we sat next to an open window, so things were fine.
I also drove up to Cedar Wood and have added it to my list of places to stay if I ever win the lottery.