Most of the temples welcome visitors, while others tolerate them only on Sundays. The Quanhua Temple (勸化堂) nearest to the southern end of the trail is the most open, offering accommodation for NT$1,000 per two-person room in its Shishan Dalou (獅山大樓; “
” [no English]), and vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners in its canteen. Lion Mountain Building
Served on canteen-style metal tray/plates, the rations include cold food that should be hot and a bowl of warm soup. On the day of NOMM’s visit, these included spoonfuls of leafy greens, bamboo shoots, seaweed, vegetarian chicken and doupi (豆皮; thin layers of tofu); bottomless bowls of white rice, wet rice or fried noodles, and miso soup with lumps of carrot, turnip, mushroom balls (丸) and fake meat.
|Baroque-style Lingxia Cave Temple|
Fake meat not withstanding, the soup was the best bit. No; the view was the best bit. And the food won’t poison you, in fact, it’s probably very nutritious.
Address: No. 242, Neighborhood 17,
, Shishan Village , Nanzhuang Township (苗栗縣南庄`鄉獅山村17鄰242號) Miaoli County
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