Deers are a favorite of the young and the young at heart and many people would fly to Japan just to visit the “Nara Deer Park.” Now, with the recent opening of the local version of the popular attraction, you can go meet these cute little animals without getting on a plane!
At the foot of Ali Mountain (阿里山), there is a new deer-watching area that you can visit. Not only are there adorable deers you can take photos with, but there are also hunting activities with Tsou Indigenous Tribe (鄒族)!
“Chiayi’s Little Nara” (「嘉義小奈良」) is accessed through Taiwan Provincial Highway 18 (台18線). The newly planned deer park is 1.9 hectares and is filled with cute “Bambies.” Not only are you allowed to touch and interact with these animals, you can also feed them! The deer herds are raised by the Tsou tribe and are tamed, so don’t be afraid!
The entrance fee is NT$150 and you have to make reservations beforehand in order to experience the deer-feeding practice. Remember to avoid Mondays and Tuesdays, which is when the park is closed.
Here, not only will you be surrounded by deers, but you’ll also have plenty of activities to participate in which are related to tribal cultures. There is also an archery range and a market where you can enjoy an indigenous barbecue, millet-wine ice cream and more.
There are also performances, so make sure you don’t miss them! And as a friendly reminder, remember to wear mosquito repellent before you head there!
How to get there? | 地址: 嘉義縣番路鄉觸口村車埕51號｜How to get there? No. 51, Chukou Village, Fanlu Township, Chiayi County 602, Taiwan | Opening Hours: Wed ~ Sun: 09:00 ~ 17:00 (12:00~14:00 resting time) | Entrance fee: NT$150 (free for three-year-olds and under), archery class costs NT$150 per person