So now that we’ve had a scooter for a few months it’s been much easier to explore. Besides going to the mountains to hike twice a week, we’ve also found a few other places quite by accident. On a Saturday afternoon we went a little bit of a different way to our usual place to hike on Huashan.
That was how we found the Honey Museum and the Green Tunnel in Douliu. To get there take Highway 3 South away from Douliu. After you cross Highway 78, start to look for the Honey Museum. Where the road forks you will see it, park there. The Honey Museum sits at one end of the road you will walk down. The Green Tunnel only has vendors there on the weekends.
First, we went to the Honey Museum and were a little underwhelmed. It seemed like more of a gift shop to me. A lot of different honey products were available to purchase, but when a place is called a museum I kind of expect there to be more to see and do. A lot of places seem like they are only there to sell products and for people to take pictures at.
There was one neat area where you can look through some glass at a bunch of busy bees working away, but other than that, we saw it all pretty quickly and headed on our way.
Next we walked down the Green Tunnel. It’s called the Green Tunnel because of the big mango trees that line the street and give everything a nice bit of shade, which is great in this hot Taiwanese weather! It reminded me of the night markets of Taiwan, but this one only happens on weekend afternoons.
We explored the street for a little while, tried a few different samples of food and drinks. There were of course plenty of mangoes and mango juices to drink, as well as the famous coffee from the mountain of Huashan.
One of the more interesting things we saw while walking down the road was a sign for a place called Beetles’ World. Naturally, I had to know what it was. It was a small area, which cost $10 NT each to look at, but it was neat. These guys were all about displaying and selling different species of beetle that were found from the mountain. They also had a random animal pen complete with a couple of roosters, a duck, and a turkey. It was pretty strange, but for what it cost us, it was worth it.
After exploring the full length of the road we turned back and made a stop at the bathroom of the Honey Museum. We actually arrived at the perfect time, as a big group of people were getting ready to go on a tour of some kind. They were handing out beekeeper hats, so we got one and followed the group.
They actually opened up a hive and pulled out a few of the slats that were covered in bees. They pointed out a few of the different types of bees and what they were doing. It was all in Chinese, but a few words were translated for our benefit. This little tour raised the Honey Museum up a few notches from what I previously thought it was. It was really cool to see the bees up close like that. They even let us hold them for a photo opp. We might look brave until you see just how young some of the kids were that did the same thing.
The Green Tunnel and Honey Museum were the perfect start to our day of hiking in the mountains. It all made for such a wonderful day.