Of the myriad types of cypress wood, there are two types indigenous to Taiwan.
As many people are more familiar with Japanese Hinoki Wood, Taiwan Cypress Wood shares common characteristics with Japanese Hinoki Wood in that it is moisture and pest resistant as well as being lemon scented.
With all the aforementioned favorable traits, Taiwan Cypress Wood is some of the world's most valuable cypress wood in addition to its rarity.
As a matter of fact, some of the cypress wood found in Japan today originated from Taiwan during the Japanese colonial era.
Chai-yi played an important historical role in the past prosperity of Taiwan Cypress Wood. The Japanese completed the Chai-yi A-li-shan Raidroad in December 1912 to transport cypress wood from Taiwan to Japan.
Since then until 1980, logging had been responsible for over 70 percent of the entire Taiwan forestry industry revenue.
This time, English4TW brings you the place in Chai-yi reminiscent of the past prominence of Taiwan Cypress Wood.
There is just something unique about immersing yourself in a world of Taiwan Cypress Wood while grabbing a bite or having a cup of coffee!
When you walk into the 7.4-acre Chai-yi Cypress Forest Life Village amidst 28 Japanese-style wooden structures, you are experiencing a piece of Japanese colonial history.
The Chai-yi Cypress Forest Life Village was rebuilt from a cluster of official dormitories during the Japanese colonial era.
Inside the establishment, you will find authentic Taiwanese snacks, western food, coffee shops, cosmetic products and a baseball story museum.
The cubic pastry from TK Food is a delicious cookie originated from Chai-yi.
Inside the TK Food full of cypress wood, you get to try the cubic pastry samples, drink coffee and eat ice cream while admiring the splendor of the building structure and furniture made of cypress wood.
There are plenty of cubic pastry flavors to choose from, and the most notable one is the Wasabi flavor. Wasabi is a special plant grown under the shade of Taiwan Cypress Wood Trees in Chai-yi A-li-shan Forest.
Pineapple Hill is also a must-stop. Pineapple cake is a specialty cake indigenous to Taiwan. Inside Pineapple Hill, you can try the freshly baked pineapple cakes that you will not experience elsewhere.
Be sure to check out the Hinoki Ice Cream Paradise.
How enjoyable it is to indulge in various flavors of ice cream while sitting at a Japanese-style gallery and admiring the beautiful Japanese garden through the hinoki-framed window!
If you feel inclined to eat spaghetti and some steak, there is an European restaurant located on the other side of Chai-yi Cypress Forest Life Village as well!