A trip to Spirited-away land – Taiwan

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Hahaha, I’ve been to this amazing country. This is the plan I followed with my partner. It was a bit in rush for a week travelling that I barely remember the name of places I visited, but the view was marvelous that I will never forget them.

Day Time Trip
Day 1

 

20:40 Taiwan
23:00 Reach accommodation
Day 2 5/3/16 Go 7:00

Reach

8:30 – 10:30

National Palace Museum 2-3 hours
11:00 – 1:00 Matyr’s shrine 1-2 hours

The grand hotel (just see, buffet offered)

1:00-2:00 Eating
2:00-4:00 Taipei Confucius Temple

Dalongdong Baoan Temple

4:00 -6:00 Eating
6:00 -9:00 Shilin Night Market
Day 3 6/3/16 Go 8:00

Reach 9:00 – 12:00

Eating breakfast/ Buy a lot of food for lunch

Taipei zoo

http://english.zoo.gov.taipei/ct.asp?xItem=980056&ctNode=10055&mp=104032

12:00 – 12:30 Maokong Gondola

http://english.gondola.taipei/ct.asp?xItem=41699153&CtNode=57335&mp=122034

To Zhinan Temple

12:30-18:30 Walk to Maokong Station

Take the following buses to the Maokong Station: Bus Route of the Maokong Tour Bus (Right Line), S10, Brown 15.

18:30 -20:00 Eatting dinner
Day 4 7/3/16 Go 6:00 Reach: 8:00-10:00 Yehliu Geopark 野柳

Queen’s rock

Yehliu

10:00 -13:00 -> Keelung

Explore around: Night Market for lunch基隆廟口夜市

https://www.google.com/maps?daddr=Rensan+Rd.,+Renai+Dist.,+Keelung+200+Taiwan

Reach 14:00 -17:00 Shifen Village    Wanggu waterfall

Pingxi Police station    Lingjiao station

Shifen Waterfall          Pingxi old street

Shifen recreational area => Kettle holes

Coal-transport bridge (瑞三運煤橋)

http://kampungboycitygal.com/2009/08/taiwan-best-trip-riding-the-pingxi-branch-rail-line/

http://www.eva-newtaipeicity.com/map-1.html

Reach 18:00-19:00 Check in FC hotel
19:00-21:00 Eating and Explore Chiufen Village at night

http://kampungboycitygal.com/2009/08/taiwan-day-4-jingtong-pingxi-shifen-jiufen/

Day 5

8/3/16

Go 8:00

Reach 8:30

Back 12:00

Teapot mountain茶壺山

https://taiwan-photography-blog.com/2013/03/12/teapot-mountain-%E8%8C%B6%E5%A3%BA%E5%B1%B1/

12:00 12:30 Lunch , comeback to Jiufen
12:30 – 16:00 Jishan old street

Shuqui road

Jiufen elementary school

Shengping theater

Peng garden

Golden museum

Map: http://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/page.aspx?wtp=3&wnd=262

16:30

-18:30

黃金瀑布 Golden Waterfall

The remain of 13 levels十三層

89, Qiche Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/northern-taiwan/jiufen-and-jinguashi/sights/historic/remains-13-levels

19:00

-20:00

Go back to Jiufen, Eating, Resting

Day 6

9/3/16

Go 8:00

Reach 8:30 – 10:00

Ying yang sea

Nanya rock formation 南雅奇岩

http://everyday-im-travelling.blogspot.jp/2013/09/taiwan-day-4-part-1-yehliu-geopark.html

10:30 -12:00 Bitou Cape Light house
12:30- 15:00 Longdong street
15:00-18:00 Back to home (53.7 km)
Day 7

10/3/16

Go: 8:00

Reach: 8:30-10:00

Dihua Street (old market) + Xiahai City God Temple ( looks like Chinese Temples)+ Gui-de Street貴德街 ( on river bank, old architech)
10:30-12:00 National red house theater + Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Museum
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch: around Taipei main station
14:00-15:00 National Taiwan Museum + 2-28 Peace Park +Presidential Office building + Zhongshan Hall
15:30-16:30 Shi-menting/Ximending street (Harajuku of Taipei) + Ximending Red house (dying person)
17:00-18:00 Longshan Temple  (Most popular temple in Taipei)
18:30-19:30 Dinner
19:30-20:30 Night market : Hwahsi – Red snake 1-2 hour
21:30 Back home

 

We explored this country by motorbike so it costed very little for this long fun trip. By motorbike, you can go to mostly everywhere and save a lot of energy from walking, especially mountainous areas. However, it is extremely dangerous if you are not a good driver as the path to these special places usually has sudden curves and there was no light at night. If you cannot ride a scooter, you can choose other means of transportation such as bus and railway, but they will cost more than a scooter does. Thanks to that scooter, we spent about $300 in 7 days including accommodation, food, flight ticket, entrance fee and transportation. Another advantage of riding scooter instead of public transport is that you can see the beautiful view on the way as the bus and train are usually on the high way and the view is blocked.

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Nanya rock
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at Golden waterfall

Food in Taiwan is perfect since it is as varied as Chinese food, but less oil. The most delicious food is usually from Tainan though there are not many beautiful scene in this area. The most famous food must be bubble milk tea. I have tried various shops including the popular and non popular ones, and they were all delicious with chewy and flavored tapioca. However, it is difficult to order anything from a local restaurant or food stall as they don’t either have English menu or speak English. What I did was simply pointing randomly at a name or saying easy word like ‘chocolate’. I think because of the language barrier, I could not try the best flavor in those shops.

Night markets in Taiwan are mostly everywhere in the country and they usually sell their regional specialty food, for example, in Keelung night market, it is famous for seafood like clams soup and oyster omelette. In Taipei night market, my friend told me that there is a famous fried chicken shop but I couldn’t try it yet. One of the unique food I tried in Taiwan is stinky tofu that I thought I cannot stand it but it turned out to be super tasty, a bit of weird smell but still tastes good. My another favorite dish is tofu pudding, and there are many of them in every night market that you should try.

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Stinky tofu
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Sausages

I did not go shopping in Taipei, but I heard that electronic device in Taiwan is cheap and good quality. Taipei malls have all the common brands for clothes, accessories and cosmetics, and they are usually cheaper than those in other countries like Japan or America.

This trip costed very little but it has been my best one because of the country itself and my friends as well. I hope you find this plan useful for you.

 

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