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Hilltop café – Xin guang liu yi (shooting stars)

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“Xin guang liu yi” which means “shooting stars” in English is a hilltop café opened by town chief whom the locals call “li shi zhang”. It is named shooting stars because you can see beautiful stars twinkling in the sky on a clear night from here. Another reason is because just behind this café is a hiking trail where thousands of fireflies in the bushes appear like blankets of shimmering stars at your feet.

This is the garden just outside the café and its designed and managed by “li shi zhang” himself.  He really has green fingers.  Look at the overhanging orchids and flowers from the wooden plant rack above. The trees and potted plants are also very well trimmed.

This is the beautiful scenery from the garden. You can see a traditional Taiwanese temple and a tunnel through which a train chuckles through every hour. I like to sit in the garden and have coffee because the air is really cooling and fresh out here.

This is interior of the café. It has a very homely ambience and there is a corner filled with magazines and comic books for you to browse while you enjoy your meal. This is also the place where regular community meetings are held. I love to snuggle up in a comfy chair with a magazine to read while I’m there.

Li shi zhang has also built his own homestay (min shu) for visitors. The rooms are simple and spacious and with two, three and four-room types available. You can consider staying here over the weekend while you explore Neiwan and its wonders.

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Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Posted in Neiwan

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