Friday, November 12, 2010

Cebu City Local Sights Experience: Taoist Temple and Hadsan Beach Resort

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Cebu holds a lot of point of interest for the family so though not the prime purpose for our five-day visit, we alloted Wednesday night and whole day today (Friday) to check the enormous Taoist Temple nearby and dip at Hadsan Beach.

Taoist Temple

Walking distance from where we were staying in Lahug is the Taoist Temple located in the wealthy residential suburb of Beverly Hills. We visited it last Wedneday night (November 10) to have a good view of the sunset and Cebu City, since the temple has an elevation of 300 meters above sea level. It was quite a walk (considering we have kids to carry ) so we arrived at 5pm (just in time for the closing of the temple). The security guard did not allow us entry and we missed seeing the Taoist devotees perform ritual of climbing the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks and have their fortunes read by the monks. We consoled ourselves taking pictures from the road and near the parking area.

Hadsan Cove Beach Resort

With the day tour at other resorts costing an arm (P1,700 (with buffet lunch) each person being the cheapest), we settled for Hadsan Beach Resort, an unpretentious,small resort located at Mactan Island. Unlike other resorts, there is no day tour package in Hadsan Beach. You only need to pay an entrance fee of only Php 40 each person, Php 700 cottage and Php 50 for use of shower rooms. This is very affordable and fit with our plan of bringing our own food since our friend from Cebu (Manny Francisco and his wife) are willing to cook for our lunch and dinner.

Though the resort has no landscaping or fancy restaurants within its grounds, it has a natural white sand beach and clear blue warm sea at par with other expensive resorts I have been to in Cebu.

Truly a place to be for the whole family to have a taste of Cebu blue water without going over the budget!

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