Yingge and Sansia Half-Day Folk Arts Tour from Taipei
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Stop At: Sanxia Old Street, No. 37-147, Minquan Street, Sanxia District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 237
Sanxia, about 22 KM southwest to Taipei, is a bustling town with narrow, winding streets and brick buildings at least a century old. The main attraction is the Zushi Temple, built in honor of Sung Dynasty loyalist, Cheng Chao-ying. This temple was in ruins at the end of World War II, and a meticulous restoration project has been underway for some forty years. The temple is known for its intricately carved stone and bronze columns and statues, carved stone lions, camphor wood carvings, and exquisite bronze bas-reliefs.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Yingge Ceramics Street, Jianshanbu Rd., Yingge Dist., New Taipei Taiwan
A short trip to the lush countryside southwest of Taipei brings you to Yingge where hand-painted replicas of elegant Ming (1368-1644) and Ching (1644-1911) vases are produced. The small town is Taiwan’s pottery center and its narrow streets are lined with shops selling everything from earthenware tea sets to delicate statues.
Duration: 50 minutes
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Professional tour guide
- Admission fee and entrance ticket included in the itinerary
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Taipei City downtown only)
- Pottery throwing experience
- Entry/Admission - Yingge Ceramics Street
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Our guide was a driver, not a guide. While he spoke excellent English he didn't have any prepared information for us and seemed to be totally unprepared for our outing. The pottery factory was interesting and the employees did a good job with the tour.
Too much time at pottery factory so time at pottery street very limited.
The tour was good, but the bus was not. It needed a new set of Shocks and tires. We bounced the entire tour. Our second day's tour was the same. Not sure if we were on a different bus or not. No difference in the ride.
One of the most disappointing half-day tours my wife & I have ever taken. We went initially to Sansia & spent so long at a Taoist temple that we were only able to walk about 50 metres along Sansia Old Street before our guide told us it was time to go to Yingge. Instead of going to Pottery Street as expected or the ceramics museum as we'd hoped, we were taken to a single store, where prices were quite expensive. No-one wanted to purchase anything, whereupon the tour guide announced we had 20 minutes to spare & we would go back to the railway station so we could look in the shops opposite. Unfortunately, the quality of the pottery in those shops that were open was very poor & staff in several stores were clearly surprised at our wanting to look at their merchandise. One person made a single purchase before we were back at the tour van well before the 'spare 20 minutes' had expired. My wife & I were disconcerted by the absence of seat belts in the 9-seater van that was used for this tour & did not feel comfortable while travelling. While the tour guide was very personable & knowledgeable, I cannot recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing Sansia or Yingge.
The old street market and pottery factory were really neat.