Monday, October 18, 2021

Interesting King Ming Chang Leisure Farm in Taiwan

King Ming Chang Leisure Farm (金明昌鹿園) is an interesting leisure farm at Maling Recreational Farm Area in northern Taiwan’s Keelung City. In addition to producing quality velvet antlers, wild bee honey, and organic pomelos and other fruits, it is also famous for conducting interesting DIY projects. 

For more photos of this multifunctional farm, please watch the following video:

King Ming Chang Leisure Farm garden

The garden is composed of a Formosan sambar deer ranch, the honey cultivation area, a newly-renovated DIY building, a carp observation pond, and an area for growing fruits and vegetables.

The King Ming Chang Leisure Farm also plants some Peiyu (Citrus grandis Osbeck) in its pomelo orchards.
The King Ming Chang Leisure Farm also plants some Peiyu (Citrus grandis Osbeck) in its pomelo orchards. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

Deer ranch

King Ming Chang is one of the most famous deer ranches in northern Taiwan and was certified by the government as a Premier Deer Ranch three times in a row. It currently raises 36 Formosan sambar deer and produces about 5,000 taels (413.4 lbs or 187.5 kg) of velvet antlers per year.

King Ming Chang is a famous award-winning deer ranch in northern Taiwan. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

With over 20 years of experience, the quality of the velvet antlers produced in this leisure farm is very good and has won a high reputation nationwide. The velvet antlers are mostly sliced to sell for additional tonic herbal nutrition. It is believed that velvet antlers can support growth, boost strength and stamina, improve the immune system, and prevent various ailments. 

The leisure farm raises many Formosan sambar deer for velvet antlers. (Image: via King Ming Chang Leisure Farm)

As velvet antlers are harvested from stags between March and June every year, visitors who want to see magnificent velvet antlers on Formosan sambar deer or purchase fresh velvet antlers should not miss this period of time.  

The grasslands of King Ming Chang Leisure Farm. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

To feed those Formosan sambar deer, besides importing alfalfa grass from other countries, King Ming Chang also plants pasture grass in three grasslands in different locations nearby, with a total area of 0.6 hectares (1.6 acres). 

Deer horns and the products thereof are sold at the leisure farm’s shopping area. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Organic honey cultivation

There are scores of wooden rectangular beehive boxes scattered around the leisure farm’s garden. As honeybees collect pollen and nectar from wildflowers in the untilled forest in the nearby mountains, the organic honey produced on the farm has a unique flavor and aroma. 

Many beehive boxes are scattered along the fish pond at the leisure farm’s garden. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

If you are lucky enough, the operator of the farm may treat you to fresh propolis so you can taste the amazing substance produced by bees and experience the original flavor of fresh honey inside. But those who have an allergy to honey or bees should avoid trying it, as they may have a reaction to propolis. 

Propolis, beeswax, and honey produced at the King Ming Chang Leisure Farm. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Pomelo orchards

Covering an area of 0.78 hectares (1.9 acres), the leisure farm has planted over 160 pomelo trees in two separate orchards. Most of the pomelos produced on this leisure farm are Wendan pomelos, which originated in Taiwan, and have a juicy and delicious flavor.

One of the leisure farm’s pomelo orchards in Keelung City, Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

In addition, the farm also planted some Peiyu (Citrus grandis Osbeck, 大白柚), Xishi pomelo (西施柚) and grapefruit  (葡萄柚) trees in its orchards. Peiyu is a rounder and juicier version of the pomelo. Xishi pomelo features sweet and juicy champagne pink fruit flesh, and is nicknamed “honey pomelo,” while grapefruit is a hybrid of oranges and pomelos.

One of the pomelo orchards of King Ming Chang Leisure Farm. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

Furthermore, the organic pomelo trees in the leisure farm are open for the general public to reserve one year beforehand at the cost of NT$2,500 (US$90) per tree. When pomelos are ripe around the Mid-autumn Festival, those who had made reservations in the previous year will be informed to experience the joy of picking pomelos on the trees reserved by them. The guaranteed minimum harvesting number per tree is 60 pieces. If the actual harvesting number is lower than that figure, the leisure farm will make up the gap.

The fish observation pond at King Ming Chang Leisure Farm. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Fish pond

Surrounded by some pomelo trees loaded with pomelos and wooden beehive boxes, the carp observation pond is situated below the square in front of the main building in the garden. There are many variegated carp, including Kinginrin, Taisho sanshoku, and Kohaku, along with two large black carp (black Chinese roach 烏溜), and some geese in the pond. Visitors can stand on the bank to feed the fish, so as to watch the magnificent scene of a school of colorful carp and the huge black carp fighting for food in the water.

The shopping area at King Ming Chang Leisure Farm. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Shopping area

There are a variety of homemade products exhibited and sold in the main building of the leisure farm’s garden, such as honey, propolis, pomelo jam, kumquat jam, cervi cornus gelatinum, fresh fruits, vegetables, and antlers and products thereof. 

The leisure farm uses beeswax to teach kids dough modeling in its DIY activities. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Interesting DIY activities

The leisure farm also offers a variety of joyful DIY activities, such as picking fruit, making soaps, candles, lip balms, and pomelo jam, etc. But they are only for group visitors, and advance reservations are required.

Undoubtedly, the King Ming Chang Leisure Farm is a wonderful destination not only for fun, but also for learning. It is especially awesome for families with young kids.

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Billy Shyu
Billy has a liking for the beauty of nature and authentic traditonal culture. He has published over 100 articles on the beauty of Taiwan, traditional culture, and other interesting topics. He will continue to share more interesting articles with our readers

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