Here’s the formula for success in Taiwan:
Build an industrial fake (copy) of an old ‘German or French, English’ Tudor style house. Ask an admittion fee at the entrance, otherwise the locals just come in and make pictures without consuming anything … but be honest and make your ticket into a voucher that can be exchanged or deducted on purchase for drinks or food.
Preferably with a license ‘possibly’ aquired by illegal means or good 'Guanxi", because building such a structure in the mountains on a steep hill side can’t be done otherwise I guess, but that’s it’s just speculation from my side.
Be sure you have some pig nuckles, lamb chops and other western food on the menu. Coffee and ‘Schwarzwald’ (black forrest) cake should be available too. Lot’s of waiters and other staff that basically don’t know what they are doing, such as bringing the hot coffee while your still eating your starter-salad. But hey no complains about the lamb chops, they were good.
Add a garden
A plus can be when adding a terrace with parasols (umbrellas) that can’t be used most of the time because of too much wind or people just won’t sit outside due to the heat, but hey it looks great on the picture.
Good looking funiture and a view
Maybe a few sheep would do well too
Include the ‘Australian or NZ’ style shack, your sheep have to sleep somewhere … and it makes a great souvenir picture.
Oh, please don’t forget the ‘out house’
In the end the food was OK, and the view great … if you consider that this is Taiwan and that most people won’t ever make it of the island, it’s probably good to have things like this. It’s fake but if you don’t look to close it’s kind of OK … I guess.
Well it’s an Hotel too, with some nice rooms and a few with a SPA and a stunning view from the bath tub.
Here’s a link for those of you that are interested and can read Chinese.