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“Not as nice as we thought”

Carton King Creative Park - Dakeng
Ranked #6 of 132 Shopping in Taichung
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Owner description: Welcome to Taiwan’s only paper zoo at Carton King. Get right up close with the life-sized animal models and experience the infinite potential of corrugated paper art. Our outdoor park features the world’s most famous landmarks made of durable paper. You don’t need an airplane to see the world. Come to Carton King and travel through Taiwan, Italy, Paris, the Netherlands, Japan, and more in one go! What else can you see in Carton King? Come find out. At our packaging museum, the cardboard cutter is constantly running. Over the years, the team behind Carton King’s products, Chin Tang Paperware, has produced almost a thousand patented packaging designs. There’s also a postal agency inside for you to mail your precious memories on postcards as souvenirs.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

When we were in Taiwan last week (3 march 2013), we decided to include this in our itinerary as it looks nice on the website. Haha - never trust company website photos. We went to the biggest one in Taichung. The whole place looked very jaded and worn out, the nicest part of the whole place is the actual restaurant building which was covered by creepers and looked spooky, haha. There is a Carton Zoo with carton animals, and as indicated before, places of interest made from paper - taipei 101, windmill, eiffel tower etc. There is also a Bee Museum which is more like a shop selling things made from honey. We did not eat at this restaurant but we did managed to grab a lunch @ the branch of Carton King in Cingjing. The food is so-so only but it is expensive so be prepared.

Thank brokeezc
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Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

My title said it all. There's a central area where you can see famous buildings like Taipei 101, Eiffel tower, Leaning tower of Pisa etc, and a small zoo filled with a couple of cardboard animals. We finished snapping photos in less than half hour and spend the remaining hour in the restaurant.

Strangely, the restaurant only permits an hour of dining during weekends. it was a weekday when I visited but it does not take long for us to polish the yummy food. A set meal of Katsu apple curry was ordered between the two of us and it comes with a jelly, salad, a small cup of cider and free-flow soup and rice and a cup of beverage. It was delicious, surprisingly, as opposed to my belief that unique tourist attraction normally served mediocre food. The tables, chairs and utensils except cutlery, was made of paper/cardboard. A unique experience.

The restaurant saved it all. Otherwise, this place is not worth a visit.

2  Thank cloversze
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This is one of the stores under the Carton King franchise in Taichung. The complex contains a restaurant, a big garden filled with greens and paper miniature edifices, a honey shop, and a shop displaying fancy paper models for sale.

While there’s a restaurant at Carton King, don’t expect anything fancy. There’s not a lot of selection for food, but the cuisine is served in boxes and cups made of paper. With the exception of the tray and eating utensils, everything else that comes with the food is made with paper.

The drinks that come with the meal are placed inside a cardboard box with a strap. You can bring the box home and remove the little sack inside (which holds the beverage) and use it as a piggy bank.

A lot of the decorations inside the diners are also made from paper and cardboard. The tree in the center of the room and the cow-shaped art work are ones I find interesting.

The small garden is a great place for a nice little walk (there were kids running around), complete with trails, man-made streams, as well as paper dogs and even a small paper lighthouse. The random water mist sprays helps relieve some of the outdoor summer heat.

Inside the honey shop, there’s honey, flower powder, vinegar, and other related stuff for sale. The paper works shop offer miniature paper models – miniatures, balls, clocks, and even fancy paper lamps. Some of the cheaper products are pretty good souvenir ideas, especially those small, colorful paper “balls” that requires some time to assemble, but comes in small and colorful packaging.

4  Thank RCL_TPE
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We visited the one in the Central Taiwan Science Park: No.1,Ln.281, Sec.3, Xitun Rd., Xitun Dist. Taichung City. It's off the main road, so when you see the 85 Degree store, turn in to that little side street. Parking lot is provided and with limited free parking time when you eat at the restaurant. Cool little place with DIY paper lanterns and all sorts of paper products. Everything in the restaurant, from chairs to tables and serving plates are all made of different quality of carton papers, even highchairs! The kids were amazed sitting on chairs made out of paper box material. Food was pretty good and the drinks were yummy too! There is also a little shop that has an actual visible beehive with all kinds of honey products.
By the way, the drinks comes inside a paper carton box with a handle and a hole where the straw goes. Once done with the drink, you can take the drink out and the box, with a coin opening, becomes a peggy bank.

Thank MOBR02
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

There are many Carton King outlets in Taiwan. We visited the Carton King branch at the suburb of Taichung City, Dakeng, easily accessible by 30 minutes taxi ride from Beitun (northern) district of Taichung. Entrance fee is NT100 per person regardless of age (to be redeemed upon purchase of any product inside the premises). Eateries and paper products shop are housed in a two storey low rise building with a small outdoor courtyard. The atmosphere is cosy and snug, quite distinct from the nearby buildings.
You can find all sorts of interesting paper products in the cubby rooms at the ground floor - from 3D greeting cards to postcards to files to even stamps......although the price, in my view, is not really inexpensive. The landmark, however, are the waterproof paper sculptures at the courtyard. Water-proof Eiffel Tower in France and windmills in Netherlands etc (not to scale, I believe) made of paper attracts all visitors' attention.
Other than paper products, there is a restaurant which serves pasta and western style cuisine. Reasonable price for the quality of food and beverages provided. Bee Story House and Taiwan Coffee House at the second level offers bee products (e.g. propolis, honey, pollen etc) and locally brewed coffee. We had a 2-hour stop here and enjoyed the delicious afternoon tea sets and honey ice-cream. Worth a short stop. Young kids may not find too many activities in Carton King except taking a few snapshots.

2  Thank Bunnysnaky
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