Escape to Taichung

Strolling in the Art Garden, enjoying the greenery and public art - this a real treat, especially if you consider that just a couple of streets out awaits the hustle and bustle of city life.


Chen Dao-jie, Art Garden Director:
Let me tell you, lots of people here, the ones you see taking nice relaxing walks on the street, have escaped here from Taipei. The natural environment here really allow people to unwind, and it feels like an oasis in the middle of a city.

So what do people eat here? Certainly not fast food. How does duck confit sound to you?

Syu You-de, Chef:
We use 75 day old ducks from Yilan. Along with salt and pepper, you cure it for a day, and then you saute it on low heat with lots of vegetables. After that, you poach it in fat for eight hours. The skin comes out crispy and the meat very tender.

Mm, this might sound like comfort food for some people.

There are lots of shops along the Art Garden, and here’s another one. It’s an organic foods restaurant, but they sell produce as well.

Amy Lu, Restaurant Owner:
Most people think sweet potatoes are healthy healthy foods, but because they grow in the ground and if they’re given chemical fertilizer, you’ll end up taking in a lot of those chemicals.

Producing a violin is no easy task, and it takes about two hundred years of playing to find out how great a violin can really sound. But there are more than violinists coming through this place. Visitors can make a decoupage clock out of a violin back.

Makes for a decent souvenir, no?

Relaxing, cultured, yet fun and sophisticated, the Taichung Art Garden is an escape from city life, in the city.

台中綠園道小旅遊

在美術綠園道上散步,曬太陽,欣賞公園裡的裝置藝術,好悠閒,這裡沒有許多大城市裡面令人焦躁的壓迫感,感覺是個假日放慢腳步的好地方。

美術綠園道商圈主委陳道杰:
我告訴你,有很多在這邊,你看到他走在街上的人,走得很悠閒很慢的人,都是從台北逃過來的。哈哈哈。兩旁的這些環境自然而然就是會把人的心情放鬆,就是在都市叢林的感覺。

慢活,當然也要慢食,這裡可沒有速食店。今天中午,我們要到一家以油封鴨為傲的法式餐廳吃飯。

法式料理廚師許有德:
它是採用養成七十五天宜蘭的櫻桃鴨。鹽,黑胡椒醃製一天以後,然後用大量的蔬果低溫慢慢的炒,炒完以後用油封的方式燉煮八個小時。肉質吃起來,皮酥酥的,肉質會很嫩。

傳統法國媽媽的菜,聽起來好溫馨。

主持人翁郁容:
這樣的步調,這樣的美食,感覺好像不在台灣了,開動囉。

美術綠園道這裡有不少店家走有機路線,這家也是,不過他們賣餐也賣菜。

有機餐廳老闆娘呂美惠:
一般人都覺得吃地瓜是養生,可是其實你如果不是吃有機地瓜,是用化學肥料的話,因為地瓜是根系植物,你會吸收更多化學的物質。

做一把琴實在不容易,而且琴好不好,要靠小提琴家拉兩百年之後才知道。為了讓更多人接觸小提琴,鄒師傅把一些有小小瑕疵的琴背拿出來讓大家做DIY,做成蝶古巴特時鐘。

嘿嘿,不錯的紀念品吧?

美術綠園道週遭的生活,真的有它獨特的文化,下次您來台中,不妨順道來走走,親自體驗一下。