Tsou Ma Lai: Top 5 2018 English Friendly Shops Tainan

走馬瀨農場:107年台南英語友善店家

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After a long road trip and busy itinerary of reviewing this year’s English Friendly Shops in Tainan, we arrive at Tainan’s “Tsou Ma Lai Farm” operated by the Tainan City Farmers’ Association. “Tsou Ma Lai Farm is a large multi-functional family-friendly recreational agriculture area where one can easily spend a day or two.

Famished after a long day, we arrive late at night, our only option is The Grassland Restaurant. The Grassland Restaurant is a very traditional Taiwanese restaurant, we ordered the “shrimp and egg fried rice” and the “Healthy mushroom chicken pot.” I’m not sure if it is our hunger or the chef’s superb cooking skills, but everything tastes very delicious. The rich chicken broth is accompanied by fresh wild mushrooms. We return to our spacious room in the Orchid Hall after a filling meal and sleep through the night.

Chinese/中文:

忙裡偷閒,我們在黑夜裡抵達台南市農會經營的「走馬瀨農場」,一個大型多元功能的休閒區。
經過一整天的舟車勞頓,我們早已飢腸轆轆,此時的農場僅剩「草園餐廳」尚存燈光,讓我們充飢。這是一家非常傳統的台式餐廳,我們點了「蝦仁蛋炒飯」和「菇菇養生鍋」。不知是肌餓過度或廚師技藝超群,我們感覺非常可口,濃郁的雞肉香配上新鮮的各類野菇,我們著著實實的飽餐一頓,回到蘭花會館寬敞舒適的超大房間,呼呼大睡到天明。

  • The fresh air attracts us to set foot on exploring the farm. We are surrounded by green pasture and forest, and over 150 species of animals, insects, and plants.
    A rainbow horse statue seems quite noticeable on green grass, turns out, it’s one of this year’s Lantern Festival theme lights. Parts of the soil look ready for planting until we step on it and mistake it for quicksand. After we panic our way out, our tour guide tells us that it’s called “badlands. Badlands are the main attraction of renowned Kaohsiung tourist site ” Tianliao Moon World and Tainan’s Nanhua District, its inability to retain moisture makes it ideal for growing mangos. Therefore, some of Taiwan’s best mangos are produced in Nanhua. A side of Tianliao Moon World’s landscape can also be seen from Tsou Ma Lai Farm.
  • 台南走馬瀨農場高爾夫球車導覽 Tsou Ma Lai Farm Golf cart tour
    台南走馬瀨農場高爾夫球車導覽
    Tsou Ma Lai Farm Golf cart tour

Chinese/中文:

清鮮的鄉間空氣吸引我們踏上農場小徑,整齊規劃過的小馬路兩旁是柏樹穿插碩大的紅色花叢,只見遠方是今年的元宵主題燈及彩色馬,在寬闊的牧草原上顯得極為壯碩。牧場上有部分泥土似乎才整地過,準備種植。雙腳一踏上去,誤以為踏進流沙裡,乾燥鬆軟,趕忙跳出來,後來導覽人員告知那是所謂的「琧土」。知名的高雄觀光勝地「月世界」和台南南化的土質便是琧土,其特點是無法留住水分,最適合種植芒果,因此全省最甜美的芒果便是產於南化。月世界的半邊山景觀在農場裡也可以觀賞到,只不過此地的山色傾向灰白。

 

 

  • The breakfast buffet at Tsou Ma Lai’s Orchid Hall includes both western and Chinese items, from Chinese style congee to western scrambled eggs and sausage. The steamed buns include a breakfast buns made with their own grass. Touring along the field, we see many greenhouses growing fruits like dragon fruits, pappaya, and other vegetables. I believe the vegetables they serve here are non-toxic. There are also adorable animals in the animal section including goats, cows, and rabbits. However, animals here are just for educational purposes. They do not sell nor butcher them.

Chinese/中文:

旅館早餐有西式和中式,有牧草製作的饅頭,想必他們的青菜也是無毒的,因為我們在植物區看到許多種植在溫室裡的無毒木瓜、火龍果、茄子、各類青菜、四季豆等;動物區裡有許多黑山羊、牛、馬、兔子,可惜並未嚐到這些美味。導覽人員說他們是以教育示範為導向,並非養殖來經營買賣。對於生長在這片遼闊草原上的牛隻,我們感覺有些抱歉,牠們也是忙著吃乾草,因為草原再大,也無法飼養成群牛隻,原來牛的胃口太大了,必須妥當的利用乾草當飼料。而乾草也非如我們想像可以隨時取得,必須採割合時,才不致發霉成為廢物。大地處處是學問,我們人類是何其渺小!

 

  • Every year, various mango trees are planted next to the Tainan Mango Festival Exhibition Center. Guests and participants can observe and study them close-up. But mango season is usually from May to September. We visit in October. When there’s no fresh fruit available, The mango ice shop sells frozen mangoes and mango popsicles.

Chinese/中文:

每年一度的台南芒果節展示中心旁種植各類的芒果樹,參加芒果節的人士都可以就近觀賞果實累累的各類芒果生長狀況,具有教育作用。但芒果生長季節從五月到九月,我們是十月天的訪客,自然吃不到新鮮的果實,芒果冰販賣店僅剩冷凍的芒果和製作成冰棒的芒果,為了保護牙齒,我們放棄這權利。

  • Covering a vast space of 120 hectares, including 40 hectares of New Zealand Ranch Prairie, and equipped with Over 30 multi-functional amusement and leisure facilities. Tsou Ma Lai is a space for all ages. We see students camp, kids practice archery, elderly people bird-watch and drink tea, and families come to escape from the hustle and bustle. Whatever your intentions are, The stage performance brings all together. We are treated to a Ukraine stunt show.
    Animals,Taiwan blue magpie, and beautiful trees see us off when we depart, but the experience of laughter and relaxation still plays back in our memories.

占地一百多公頃的農場,其中有獨步全台約四十公頃的牧草草原,還有規劃成三十多項多元遊樂與休閒設施,我們看見許多大學生在此農場的露營區迎新。小朋友們在射箭區、動物園區、遊樂場開懷的嬉戲;老年人在步道上賞鳥,吸取芬多精,或優閒的品茶閒聊;有些遊客是舉家來此旅遊觀光。不論來此的目的為何,當劇場有表演活動時都會匯集觀賞農場提供的節目,這天我們看到的是烏克蘭特技表演。此農場提供非常多元的服務。
回程中草原裡動物、成群的台灣藍鵲、山間兩旁的欒樹,還有遊樂園裡人們的歡笑聲仍縈繞在我們腦海裡,這是一趟讓人回味無窮的旅程。

Tsou Ma Lai Farm is 1 of our Top 5 2018 English Friendly Shops in Tainan, for more English Friendly Shops, please visit:

http://efstore.vrworld.com.tw

走馬瀨農場是我們107 年台南友善英語標章店家的前五名,更多資訊請參考:

http://efstore.vrworld.com.tw/en/index.php

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