The Ideal Sanshing Lifestyle in All Four Seasons
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The Ideal Sanshing Lifestyle in All Four Seasons
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Discover the wonder of the lodging.
A lovely scene is composed of green paddy fields and a few white egrets flying over the sky. Following the scent of fresh air, here you are in Sanshing, Yilan, where is embraced by the mountains and tranquil fields as seasons change. Based here, Sanshing Four Seasons Blue & White Pottery Studio is transformed from a traditional courtyard house by the paddy field. Basking in the sunshine and the scent of rice fields, the artists and staff here use their hands to grow inspiration for local life out of the soil. Among the beautiful paddy fields, blue-and-white pottery works, the coffee and dessert shop under the century-old red fruit fig tree, and a fair-faced concrete building rooting from childhood memories were born. Here, Sanshing Four Seasons・Childhood House B&B breathes with changing seasons and builds a wonderful scenery of life within the lingering hinoki aroma.
Painting the wonderfulness on blue-and-white pottery works at the workshop café
Pass through the path flanked by thin bamboos, you’d find a blue-and-white pottery studio and Sparrow Coffee occupying the half of courtyard house. In the yard, a cat lies on the ground while a few sparrows chirp and fly over. You push open the wood-framed glazed door, the interior space retains nostalgic traces from the original historic house like red bricks and mottled walls, which are incorporated into a local handcraft studio with a reborn new look. Here you may enjoy the cool drinks or coffee, some delicious desserts, or soft-serve ice cream, all with local produce used and served in the handmade blue-and-white pottery utensils. While waiting, just browse through the pottery works depicting the imagery of local life, such as a Guishan-Island-shaped chopstick rest and a sauce dish with a rice transplanter pattern. The delicate craftwork embodies the host’s love and devotion to the land of Sanshing.
After checking in, make a reservation for hand-painting blue-and-white pottery class. Then you walk into the spacious workshop behind the coffee shop and pick an unglazed ware you like. After the craftsman walks you through the process, you first draft with a pencil, then paint it with indigo blue pigment. Rain or shine, brushes of dark and light colors can create infinite fun with simple geometric lines. Whether you come alone or with your sweetheart, friends or family, everyone can create wonderful memories as making their own pottery works on the large wooden tables and bring back the fired final works as one-and-only souvenirs.
Four seasons change in four rooms full of wood aroma
At Sanshing Four Seasons, apart from tasting delicacies and exploring blue-and-white pottery, travelers are welcomed to stay and experience the local life here. Passing by the century-old red fruit fig tree in the backyard, you come to Childhood House B&B close to the fields and a young maple tree, this fair-faced concrete building that breathes has built up another local lifestyle.
Open the door of B&B, you are gently embraced by the pleasant hinoki aroma. Two long light-colored wooden tables make you imagine the scene of gathering with friends or family, while the large open kitchen with sunlight and green waves outside the windows warm up your hearts. The space is also dotted with blue-and-white pottery lamp fixtures and patterned tiles that illuminate the room.
Stepping onto the second and third floor by the stairs with wooden treads, you’d meet four rooms named Spring Plowing, Summer Rain, Autumn Harvest, and Winter Sun, bringing the imagery of life cycle in the natural rhythm into the lodging. Spacious Spring Plowing Quad Room with high-ceiling design adopts the idea of exhibition venue to present the interplay of nature and the space. The wood grid shelving and railing bring a feel like a kid’s hideout secret base for you to explore. The books on the shelves lead you into the world of stories, while the windows display charming ever-changing scenery. For duo travelers, Summer Rain Double Room and Autumn Harvest Twin Room would accommodate your needs, blending fair-faced concrete walls and wooden furnishings into calming and comfy spaces. Winter Sun Quad Room on the top floor comes with split-level space, glazed doors, and terrace that one can gaze at Guishan Island. What’s more delightful would be the hinoki soaking tub with the view of expansive rice fields. Here at Childhood House B&B, one can encounter the beauty of Sanshing in different seasons as well as at each room.
Enjoy heart-warming breakfast while cherishing the encounter with the ideal life
In the early morning, sparrows are harvesting red fruit figs among branches and leaves, waking you up with little noise of dropping figs to the ground. Drawing back the curtains, the green fields greet your eyes while you take deep breaths of the refreshing morning air. Downstairs, hosts have prepared the warm breakfast on the wood table, a bowl of hot congee with dishes of local vegetables, accompanied by the hospitality of the hosts and conversations with your loved ones, revoking one’s childhood memory of home, comforting and heart-warming.
Sanshing Four Seasons, born out of the love for local life, grows with rice fields, collects children’s carefree laughs and memories, and plants the seed of an ideal lifestyle. With pleasant breeze blowing, it welcomes travelers to visit Sanshing and shares the all-season beauty of Sanshing with you.
Meet the moving story of the host.
Driving through the Xueshan Tunnel, we arrived at Sanshing Four Seasons in the pleasant countryside. The host Jona took off his apron and stepped out from the kiln room in the rear studio, while his wife Ting opened the door of Childhood House B&B to welcome us. Both greeted us with smiles, they introduced their ideal life in the spacious space with a breezy vibe. The landscape of the hometown in their story was composed of farmers operating rice transplanters in the paddies, white-breasted waterhens crossing the street by the fields, and many other rural images of Sanshing. In the hearts of Jona and Ting, the scenery of a slow-paced life in the four seasons of Sanshing fueled their devotion to returning hometown. With the craft pottery grew out of the land, they hoped that Sanshing Four Seasons, a fusion of lodging, pottery studio, and café, would introduce travelers to the local beauty.
Back to Sanshing to retrieve the rhythm of life
Grew up in Taipei, Jona only went to his father’s hometown in Jiaoxi, Yilan with his parents on holidays. “Yilan seemed boring to me in the past, there were only paddies and mountains,” Jona said, with his head wrapped in an indigo-dyed bandana and radiating an artistic vibe. As years went by, today he finally found the place of belonging, and it was the leisurely countryside scenery that his ideal family life was built upon.
Falling in love with painting since his childhood, Jona graduated from Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School and Department of Fine Arts of Tunghai University, and had a master’s degree in computer arts from the US. His artistic sense and talent brought him into the advertising industry, but while doing the design works he loved, the family life was compromised. “I worked long hours every day, even when my kids got back home from kindergarten, I didn’t have time to play with them.” While he reflected on the life he really wanted, a teaching opportunity in Yilan was offered to him in 2011. Thus he decided to bring his wife Ting and two little kids back to the countryside, providing the kids with a natural environment to grow up and retrieving the slower pace of life.
Connecting students and art through inspiration from local life
Before relocating, Jona also served as a school instructor in Taipei, he admitted that he was unaccustomed to teaching in Yilan at first. As the environmental influences differed, the students here bore different mindsets from those in the big cities. When Jona found that his old way of teaching didn’t work out here, he started to consider how to inspire students’ interest in arts while linking to the local life. One day, a bunch of young fellows modifying scooters by the street reminded him of his students, and the item “ceramic-cylinder engine” popped out in his mind. He thought that since pottery, as one of the oldest forms of arts, could be applied in the modern technology of cylinder engine, why not apply it to his teaching of arts as well?
Therefore, he delved into pottery making, incorporated the images of local life into the painting on pottery, and created the blue-and-white pottery works with simple beauty and of great significance. “I hope that arts wouldn’t lose its connection with the local environment, thus I often think about how to reinforce the link.” Bearing the land beneath their feet in mind, the students also created works with unique characteristics of their own. From Jona’s introspection to inspired changes among students, the process was just like making pottery works, with more patience invested, the gap between him and students have been filled with the warmth of passion. Moreover, making the blue-and-white pottery works further helped Jona and his students win opportunities to receive subsidies and attend exhibitions. In 2015, the brand and studio of Sanshing Four Seasons has been established in the hope of making more contributions to the local community.
Ideal daily scenes in the seasonal cycle of life
As Sanshing Four Seasons grew day by day, apart from the studio offering classes of painting and making blue-and-white pottery, Jona and his great helper Ting planted more seedlings to the local scene, including Sparrow Coffee that served food and drinks using local ingredients, the workshop that cultivated local craftsmen while generating more job opportunities, and Childhood House B&B designed by local designer that invited travelers into the local life. By creating more interactions with consumers at each venue, they also hoped to inspire more people with local experiences.
Sitting around the large wood table at Childhood House B&B, we enjoyed the stories of Sanshing Four Seasons over the years. Outside the windows, butterflies flitted and birds chirped while branches of large trees swayed with the wind blowing. Jona and Ting first met in college and then built a family together, coming here with their childhood memories of the hometown. An adept administrator as Ting and a talented artist as Jona not only created their ideal life in Sanshing, they also looked forward to encountering various vistas of life with the devotion to the land and local students.
Summer Rain Double Room
Guests: 2 people
NTD 4,800 ~ 6,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Mountain view, In-room bathroom, 1 double bed, Up to 1 extra person (without extra bed) (more)
Autumn Harvest Twin Room
Guests: 2 people
NTD 4,800 ~ 6,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Mountain view, In-room bathroom, 2 single beds, Up to 1 extra person (without extra bed) (more)
Spring Plowing Quad Room
Guests: 4 people
NTD 8,800 ~ 10,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Mountain view, In-room bathroom, 2 double beds, Up to 2 extra person (with extra bed) (more)
Winter Sun Quad Room
Guests: 4 people
NTD 7,800 ~ 9,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 3rd floor, Mountain view, In-room bathroom, 2 double beds, Single-person bathtub, Up to 2 extra person (without extra bed) (more)
Sanshing Four Seasons ・Childhood House B&B
NTD 25,000 ~ 34,000/building
Breakfast included, 3-story building, Mountain view, 2 2-person room with ensuite bath, 2 4-person room with ensuite bath, 5 double beds, 2 single beds, 5 bathroom(s), In the event of booking entire lodging, only one group of guests will be accommodated at one time (more)
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Facilities and Services
No. 275, Sec. 2, Xingjian 2nd Rd., Sanxing Township, Yilan County, Taiwan
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