Treasure Manor 確幸莊園: Manor in the Mountains

A fake white piano serves as one of the many photo ops at Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.

A fake white piano serves as one of the many photo ops at Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.

I’m not dead, but my computer was.  Everything’s sorted out now, so I should post updates more regularly.  I’ve got quite the backlog to share! Number one in the backlog file is Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.  Continuing the Taiwanese trend of not having accurate English names, it’s more of a lake than a manor.  Despite the poor naming, it does offer some scenic views and some cutesy photo spots if you’re into that kind of thing.  Not to mention some great waffles.  Check out more info after the jump. Treasure Manor is tucked into the mountains near Xindian in New Taipei City.  It’s not something you’d stumble across easily, and you’ll have to walk a bit if you take public transportation.  When you do arrive, you’ll find a nice little area to stroll around.  The overall area is not very large, but there are still a lot of nooks and crannies to explore. A small lake is the principle landmark in the area, and the neighboring mountains reflect nicely off of it.  However, a small lake isn’t the reason why people come here.  Instead, you can find a dozen or so photo ops with random wooden structures.  There are tree swings, a piano, rustic churches, bird houses, sign boards, and more.  The reason for these structures?  Well… to take photos of course!  The entire gimmick is to spend some time taking cute photos in a nice area.  Treasure Manor might not amaze you if you’re not into that, but if you are, it’s a good spot to pick. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can find a large, rocky stream beyond the lake.  See how far you can get before you fear for your life and turn back.  For the less adventurous, there is a restaurant within the “manor.”  I ate before I came here, which I regretted after I saw the menu.  It’s a bit pricey, but they have some interesting options.  I recommend eating here if you plan on coming.  I did manage to fit in some waffles, which were not only delicious, but as gorgeous as waffles could be. There’s not a whole lot to do at Treasure Manor, but if you’re in the Xindian area, it’s a fun place to spend an hour or so.  Check out some shots.

A wide shot of the area.

A wide shot of the area.

Another shot of the lake.

Another shot of the lake.

The trees reflect nicely off the lake.

The trees reflect nicely off the lake.

There are a few swings spread throughout the area.

There are a few swings spread throughout the area.

These bird houses remind me of the ones at Lavender Cottage in Taichung.

These bird houses remind me of the ones at Lavender Cottage in Taichung.

Seems like a nice place to get married.

Seems like a nice place to get married.

Perhaps an imitation of the famous church in Taichung.

Perhaps an imitation of the famous church in Taichung.

Try to take a photo in front of every red "LOVE" sign in Taiwan.

Try to take a photo in front of every red “LOVE” sign in Taiwan.

If you have a small shack, you might as well paint it.

If you have a small shack, you might as well paint it.

Can you really frame nature?

Can you really frame nature?

There is a fun stream to rock hop across past the lake.

There is a fun stream to rock hop across past the lake.

How did this perfect stone get here?

How did this perfect stone get here?

A shot of the rocky stream.

A shot of the rocky stream.

I don't think these are haunted.

I don’t think these are haunted.

I was a big fan of the waffles.  Then again, I'm a fan of all waffles.

I was a big fan of the waffles. Then again, I’m a fan of all waffles.

The green tea milk tea was quite good.

The green tea milk tea was quite good.

I'm not sure if the windmill actually works.

I’m not sure if the windmill actually works.

Location No. 27 Xintan Road, Xindian District, New Taipei City 新北市新店區新潭路二段27號 (Weekday: Xindian MRT, transfer to 707(small bus)獅仔頭山線。    Get off at Evergreen Valley(長青谷).  Weekend: Xindian District Office MRT to the same bus, 707.) Facebook

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