While looking for sights to visit during our trip to Taipei, I chanced upon Window on China (Xiao Ren Guo or Little Person’s Country) thru Google and saw Doraemon plastered across it. This got me very excited to check out the details of the theme park since I have been a fan of Doraemon for a long time.
The theme park about an hour away from downtown Taipei. There are many ways to go there including a bus from the same service we used at the airport, E-Go.Since there was 4 of us, we decided on just taking a taxi package for NT2,500, back and forth from the hotel back to downtown Taipei. This was the same driver who brought us to Shilin Night Market.
We arrived around 10:30am and asked the taxi driver to come pick us up around 3pm. We proceed to get our tickets from the counter eager to start the adventure.
NT$ 550 (P825) – Regular Tickets
NT$ 499 (P749) – Students
NT$399 (P600) – Children below 6 yrs old.
We arrived just in time to catch the first show, the Taiwanese Folk Art Theatre held just after entering the theme park. Its a two part show, the first part is the multiple mask changing act wherein the performer changes masks very quickly in front of the audience, from happy to angry to sad faces in a span of seconds. The second part is made up of group acrobatic performances. All of us were happily entertained by this show despite the cool weather.
|Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Center|
Window on China is made up of three main parts, Mini World, Water Park (closed during winter) and amusement Park. Our next stop after the show was the first part of Mini World, Mini Taiwan, containing miniature replicas of Taiwan’s famous places like the ones above. Further down is Mini China.
After this we proceeded to the most exciting part of the day for me, Doraemon World. We entered through the gift shop selling Doraemon related merchandise like mugs, shirts cookies and other what not. We browsed a little but decided to buy on our way back.
There’s a Doraemon car on display on the ground floor, then an escalator or elevator can transport you to the main area. The main area includes displays from the Doraemon world, including life sized statues and posters from the movies.
To go to the next part of the theme park, you have to take a ride on the Doraemon Express, a less than 5 min train ride and you can view parts of Mini Europe and Mini Asia.
This side of the park also includes indoor and outdoor amusement rides and show areas for the Clown show. The waterpark which was closed is also here including the Jumbo Wave water plume ride, which was open but barely anyone was riding it. Can you imagine getting wet in such cool weather. (brrr!!)
The final ride is the big Doraemon themed Ferris Whee, nestled in Mini America. Each passenger car’s bottom has a different face of Doraemon, very cute. I skipped this ride since I’m not a fan of heights.
After that ride, we went back to the train station to get to the Doraemon store to buy a few souvenirs including a matching shirt for me, Irene and Lauren.
I highly recommend visiting Window on China, a fun enjoyable place for kids and adults alike.
Window on China
No. 60-2, Heng-Gang-Sia, Gaoyuan Village,
Longtan Township, Taoyuan County 325, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Window on China Webpage
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