Sat, Jul 31, 2004 - Page 16 News List



Silk Valley Resort is a good place to dine and unwind.


If you want it all, including scenery, service, culture and tantalizing dishes, A-Ming (阿明) roadside rice and noodle house is the place to go.

It is a 20-minute drive from park headquarters. Take the Yangjin Highway toward the northeast exit of the park, past the sulfur pits and look for it on the left side of the road. Along the way there are also a number of roadside places that may be worth trying. Regrettably, the lack of an address makes A-Ming difficult to find but it probably keeps the open air sanctuary from being overrun.

With a selection of 15 crisp vegetable dishes, the house special stews, and rice and noodles cooked with a priceless secret recipe, there is little chance of dissatisfaction with your meal or of getting a check for more than NT$200 per person.

At the southeastern exit of the park there are an assortment of teahouses and spas located off Jingshan Road. One place in particular is worth the winding journey that it takes to get there, which passes a collection of fascinating satellite installations, one of which belongs to Chunghwa Telecom Company, and the others are a mystery.

There is no need to check into the Silk Valley Resort to enjoy the stunning valley scenes or the variety of fresh lunches and dinners on offer at the resort, served on the elegant wooden patio for no more than NT$150 to NT$250.

But if you need to totally unwind, check in and go the whole nine-yards. To enjoy the range of services, it will set you between NT$1,000 and $5,800.

Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is at 11am for couples looking for an overnight getaway. The address is: 46 Yonggong Rd, Lane 500, Taipei (台北市永公路50046).

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