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“Very good and interesting theme park, esp the cultural understanding of aboriginal tribes and cable car ride.”

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Ranked #4 of 267 things to do in Nantou
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village has the largest outdoor museum in Taiwan dedicated to displaying the traditional homes and architecture of Taiwanese indigenous tribes. The nine villages are arrayed over an expansive section of hillside to give visitors a feel of what native Taiwanese villages looked like so many years ago. All buildings were reconstructed based on fieldwork research and blueprints drawn up by anthropologists in the 1930s and 40s.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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“Very good and interesting theme park, esp the cultural understanding of aboriginal tribes and cable car ride.”
Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

Great theme park for kids, scenic stroll, cultural discovery, non-hideous genuine performances, interesting "YuanZhuMing" food like bamboo rice, muachi etc.
Superbly friendly Aboriginals with wide variety of funtional crafts and sovenior gifts.
Kids amusement area good to entertain younger kids.
Cable Car ride up & down SML is a MUST.
Try spend at least 4hrs.

Thank Kairos_75
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California City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Aboriginal interpretive exhibits in one location.”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

The village combines all aboriginal cultures in one location. It is similar to Hawaii's polynesian cultural center housing all native cultures under one roof. The walk along the hills zig zag down to various tribes and demonstrates each tribe's culture. There were traditional huts and buildings demonstrating how the tribes lived. However, maybe because it was towards the end of the day when we arrived, there seems to be very little activities and staff demonstrating or explaining about the displays. There were limited signs explaining the facilities/information. Not very informative. During the day, there may be people dressed in the traditional costumes and perform traditional activities in each tribe location. Interesting, but so so. There is a full amusement park at the beginning of the hillside. We took the gondola up to the top and then walked down.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank JumaBay
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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not what we expected”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

We expected to see a lot of boring culture displays. However we were surprised to find a Funland with lots of exciting games for our kids. We will definitely plan to stay there for a longer period next stay away.

Visited July 2012
Thank Gill W
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Plesent surprise!”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

We originally did not know of this Culture Village during our planning phrase but included this as there was a package tickets from nantou bus company which includes numerous attractions and this is one of them. We decided than to visit this village at most for 2-3 hours for the cultural shows and exhibits, in the end we spent a whole day there.

When we arrived at the cultural village from tai chung. we got a very present surprise. The park is a lot bigger than we expected as also has roller coaster rides etc and many many food establishments, gardens and walking trials in addition to the cultural exhibits and performances.

Other than the cultural elements, roller coasters, food and gardens. There are 2 cable car, once internal cable car and one which takes you to the sun moon lake! which adds another attraction to the already over flowing list. And all this are included in the park's entry ticket and there is no limit to the number of rides. (however if i am not wrong, back to back rides are not allowed, you have to get off the cable car)

A park worth the money!!!

Visited June 2012
3 Thank Joshua K
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New York City, New York
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“Spectacular view of the lake, don't miss the glass bead shop”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Most visitors would at least take the cable cars up for a view of the lake. The view is spectacular! If you have a few hours, consider going to the Aboriginal Village. Entrance fee to the village includes round trip cable car rides on both sections so it's quite a bargain. The first section of the car ride takes you to where the aborigine performances are held. There you would transfer to the Jiu Zu (9 tribes) section that takes you to the theme park rides and games area.

We went on a Monday, so the park was very quiet. No queue for any of the rides or performances. The aborigine performance was interesting to watch and somewhat educational. One part of the performance was a demonstration of how the aborigines started fire by striking stones and kindling dry weeds. However, the introductions were all made in Mandarin. The ice cream on pineapple was well worth the NT$50 on a hot day, as the pineapple was perfectly ripened and sweet.

A booth that I recommend stopping by is the glass shop. There is glass bead-making demonstration on site. Some of the items made were quite exquisite. Having recently returned from Venice, we found some of the necklaces to be equally beautiful, but at a fraction of the price. Most designs are symbolic to the aborigines, e.g., flowers for beauty, just ask the shopkeeper for an explanation for what you’re interested in. The shop is located below the performance arena, at the entrance of display of aborigine houses.

Cable cars stop running at 4 pm. Therefore, if you had a late start and intend to go on all the rides and performances there, consider going up to the village first and visit Ita Thao old streets afterwards.

Visited July 2012
4 Thank V L
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