Sun Link Sea (Shanlinshi), Nantou

Shanlinshi Nantou

Sun Link Sea is a large highland forest park located 1,600 meters above sea level in Nantou. It’s also known as Shanlinshi (杉林溪) and a very welcome respite from the heat of Taiwan. You know the song that goes Alishan di gu nian? It’s an ancient tune that describes the virtues of the maidens of Alishan, one of the handful of Chinese songs I know.

Shanlinshi

You can actually reach Alishan from Sun Link Sea Forest and Nature Resort – it’s on the way as you pass by Xitou, and there’s a footpath you can walk though. That’s what makes Shanlinshi so popular with day trippers. The air is so fresh and cool that you feel invigorated just from breathing it in.

SunLinkSea

It was around 18 degrees Celsius when we arrived, the temperature dropped even further at night, so you might need a coat if you’re sensitive to chilly environments. It’s like Cameron Highlands, but a lot colder.

Sun Link Sea Hotel

Despite having a reputation as an overnight destination before people go to Alishan mountain resort, there are a lot of things to do here and the food is great! You can reach Shanlinshi from Sun Moon Lake in 1 1/2 hours. We stayed at the Sun Link Sea Hotel – the fresh air paired with the cool temperature (it was in the low teens) made everything better. The Nantou area is also famous for their tea.

Beautiful Flower

There is a lovely botanical garden here. You can see butterflies fluttering around the flowers as well as various specimens of strange and interesting plants, including a flower that grows in the middle of a leaf:

Flower on a Leaf

Fascinating, eh? It starts out as a seed and becomes a bud before it blossoms.

Sun Link Sea Nature

There are two waterfalls at Sun Link Sea (it’s actually a corruption/Romanization of Shanlinshi) which I affectionately dub the twin dragons. They are Chinglong Waterfall (青龍瀑布 or Green Dragon Waterfall) and Songlong Rock Waterfall (松龍岩瀑布 or Pine Dragon Rock Waterfall). You’ll see Songlong Rock Waterfall first, and see it you must, for it’s the *most beautiful* sight in Sun Link Sea!

Songlong Rock Waterfall

Songlong Rock Waterfall looks like a scene that came out of a postcard. It’s a picture perfect sight with the mist and spray from the waterfall framing the stones in the middle of the lake. This is the start of a long nature trail – you can go to the higher Chinglong Waterfall, the stark Shui Yang Forest, and the curious Tien Ti Yen as well as a variety of other natural attractions from 1-4 hours.

Songlong Rock

However, if you don’t have time, you can just do the circular route that brings you into the hole in the middle of the mountain (a little like Tian Ti Yen, the Heaven and Earth Eyes which are depressions in face) and back out. The photo op from here is magnificent since the recess allows for high contrast photos with reflections.

Tien Ti Yen

The steps can be a little slippery here though. The dripping is caused by water coming down from high up the mountain. I nearly slipped and faceplanted once while attempting to take a photo.

Stepping Stones

You can also come back via the stepping stones but only if you’ve been religiously following your daily recommended intake of calcium since slipping would be a little disastrous here. Heh.

Stone Pig

There are a lot of cultural totems here too, and you can see stars at night due to the elevation and lack of light and pollution. I enjoyed my time in Sun Link Sea, if you’re heading to Alishan, you might want to consider dropping by to check out the unique and beautiful gifts of nature here.

Sun Link Sea Giant Penis

Oh, before I forget, let me do an introduction. This breathtaking carving of rock hard wood was erected here as a symbol of fertility by Taiwanese aboriginals.

Wooden Penis

Everyone, this is me and my good friend Dick. smirk

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Sup Torpedo (Bull's Penis Soup)

long dong

Sup Torpedo has an almost mythical aura around these parts. Sup Torpedo (or Torpedo Soup) is a euphemism for bull’s penis.

torpedo soup photo

You’re not actually eating a torpedo any more than you’re eating the Friar’s olfactory senses when you order Bishop’s Nose.

torpedo penis

Do you know how long a bull’s penis is? I didn’t realize the magnitude of the size until the good people at Sup Hameed showed me.

bestiality

It threatened my masculinity and I felt a peculiar urge to chomp on the appendage. It’s HUGE!

testicles

The bull’s penis is not so much about girth as it is about pure, unadulterated (hmm…interesting word to use when writing about genitalia) length.

bulls penis

It can reach a span of several meters. It’s impressive, and is likely to cause unexplained feelings of inadequacy for men if not kept in check.

sup hameed

Sup Hameed is recommended by Going Places, the in-flight magazine for MAS. It’s located conveniently beside Cititel Hotel in Penang so it’s just a hop, skip and jump to savor the delicacy known as Sup Torpedo.

torpedo

Sup Hameed specialized in all things soup and it’s open from 6 pm – 3 am to cater to the clubbing district and if you ask nicely, they’ll let you choose the penile portion you want. You can even get a side order of bull’s testicles (yes, the balls).

sup torpedo

Sup Torpedo is surprisingly tasty. You just gotta love the tender bull’s penis and the burst of flavor and juices (I don’t want to dwell too much on this topic lest you get put off your food :p) is incredible!

sup torpedo photos

This is the making of Sup Torpedo. They usually slice the bull’s penis up so you’ll have to tell them you want it whole. It’s served with bread that goes very well with the rich broth.

bull penis

Check out the remarkable similarities to human anatomy. :p

torpedo soup

It costs RM 15 for a nice length of the bull’s family jewels (sans testicles).

hameed sup torpedo

Now, that’s what I call a long dong.

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