Taichung: Xinshe Castle, A Glimpse of Europe in Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

European vibe | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

A European-themed resort located in the mountainous part of Taichung, Taiwan. More widely known as the Xinshe Castle (named after the district it was built), by stepping in you feel like you’ve been teleported into a fairytale fantasy location coming to life. Incredibly picturesque, the place is so serene and relaxing.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

A glimpse of medieval scene | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

We haven’t gone to Europe yet (though we already visited the UK once), let alone saw a European castle. But according to one of the caretakers here, the story of why the Summit Mountain Resort was built, is for them to have a glimpse of Europe. Taiwan was once mired into poverty, and overseas travel was out of reach except for those who have the luxury to do it.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

A charming destination | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

View from the castle | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

The resort became a success on its objective, through their medieval-themed buildings with the vibe of like being in Europe. There is a charming mansion, elegant manor, chateau, winery, ponds, and an elegant garden, that are so Instagram-worthy. To look more authentic, all structures were built with red stone blocks.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Hexagon Restaurant | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Lots of natural shed | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

We came on a weekday so visitors are just a few, but even if the tourists come in droves it will not look very crowded due to its size. Most of the visitors we encountered were in pairs – couples doing their prenuptial pictorial. Aside from being charming, the place looks romantic so it’s no wonder why it is a prime photoshoot location.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Watchtower | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

With only NT$250 you can enjoy the entire resort, and there is also an NT$100 rebate consumable for drinks. The only thing is, the foods in their restaurant are so expensive, but you can save much by bringing your own food here.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

The upper floor of Hexagon Restaurant | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Wine Chateau | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

View from Hexagon restaurant balcony | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

The downside during our visit is their pond is almost dry. You can see the poor fish swimming sideways in whatever water that was left. The waterfall is not working as well, so you may not enjoy much passing by here. There are also small insects in some places that are so annoying.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Relaxing ambiance | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Even with its shortcomings, the scenery is still picturesque, and its ambiance is very relaxing. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Taichung.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Hiking trail | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Forest area | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Landscape flower garden | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan


ADMISSION

  • NT$250 (NT$100 – consumable in beverages)
Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Romantic location for photoshoot | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

A pre-wedding photoshoot in session | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan


INFORMATION

  • Opening Hours
    Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00
    Sat-Sun 08:00-18:00
  • Telephone: +886-4-25825628
  • Address: No.65, Xiezhong St., Xinshe Dist., Taichung City 426, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
  • Website: http://www.summit-resort.com/
Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

No fountain during our visit | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Water-less pond | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Colorful flowers | Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan


DIRECTION

  • Take bus 270, 271, 276 or 277 outside the Taichung railway station; and get off at Zhongxingling Bus Station (中興嶺). It takes around 1 hour. Then, you may take a taxi or walk for around 35mins to the resort.
Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園古堡, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan


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  1. Heidi says:

    We’re going to Taiwan this summer. Is there any public bus going there and how much?

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