Zhuzi Lake

Sweet Potato Soup

Ginger and Sweet Potato Soup [薑汁番薯湯]

We left the flower show in the early afternoon and took a bus to Zhuzi Lake [竹子湖]. By the time we arrived it was raining fairly hard so we took shelter at one of the nearby restaurants for a late lunch and to wait for the rain to lighten up a bit.

Fried Tofu

Fried Tofu [炸豆腐]

Of the three dishes pictured, by far the highlight was the Ginger and Sweet Potato Soup [薑汁番薯湯] which really hit the spot on what was one of Taipei’s coldest days of the year.

Fried Bread

Fried Bread [炸銀絲捲]

A lot of people I keep in touch with from Michigan wonder why I complain that 5 degrees Celsius [41 degrees Fahrenheit] is cold. Well it does seem pretty cold when that 5-10 degrees is accomanied by five weeks of almost daily rainfall, a lack of sunshine, and unheated buildings.

Zhuzihu

After lunch we set out to one of the many Calla Lily [Zantedeschia] gardens that dominate the area’s landscape.

Zhuzihu

Although it was cold and rainy, at least there were no crowds. Although it would have been nice to walk around without heavy jackets and umbrellas like when we visited two years ago.

Calla Lily

We just missed one bus as we were walking towards the bus stop. We had wrongly assumed that because it was a holiday, there would be a lot of buses running. We were wrong. A few cabs were poaching people who were standing in line with the rock-bottom price of $150 NT per person to the closest MRT station. After a little more than an hour the next bus out of the park came.

Zhuzihu

6 thoughts on “Zhuzi Lake

  1. that’s kind of the point about the cold isn’t it, Todd? the buildings are not heated. so it’s almost like living in the frontier days. in New England we go out in harsh winter conditions but then it’s back to the heated home at night. night after night of no heat takes it’s toll on even the toughest outdoorsman. great article and photos as usual, Todd.

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