This tour visits the neighboring towns of Yingge and Sansia. Yingge is Taiwan's pottery capital, a small town that produces hand-painted replicas of elegant Ming and Ching vases like those that once graced the places in Peking. The old Yingee pottery street is famous for it's ceramic and pottery stores. You'll have the opportunity to purchase some of these exquisite items. Every October the town holds a pottery street festival.
Visit a local Pottery factory where you can watch potters' working the clay and artists painting vases.
Tour continues to the traditional country town of Sansia, originally called Sanjiauyung. The main attraction in Sansia is the artistic Ching Shui Tsu Shih Temple, built in 1769 and destroyed in the 1833 earthquake, it was later rebuilt in 1867. The Ching Shui Tsu Shih Temple is famous for its camphor wood carvings. It is graded a a historic site and is one of Taipei's major temples.
Walk the beautiful old street of Sansia, lined with old western style buildings decorated with wood carvings as well as bronze and stone sculptures.
The guide is very knowledgable and gives very detail description on the Temple in Sansia. The street of Sansia is very beautifully laid out.
The street in Yingge that sells ceramics offers a good choice of souvenirs. It would be better if we can visit the Ceramic Museum instead of the factory. To do this we may need more time.
It is a good introduction to Taiwan folk arts on the whole.
Diane C USA
Too much time at pottery factory so time at pottery street very limited.
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.
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.
Didn't get to look at the Old Street of Sansia at all - just the temple. DEFINITELY not enough time. Rushed off to Yingge. Yingge was informative and would be interesting for people specifically interested in pottery. However, we weren't able to explore the Old Street there either, and we spent the majority of the time in show rooms with pieces that were insanely expensive. Not recommending this tour.
Marshall D Australia
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