Pages

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Taiwan Trip: Going Around Taiwan (台湾绕岛)



Finally I'm getting around to blog about my Taiwan trip from 19th April 2014 - 26th April 2014! I only decided to go on this trip with my mum and sister just two weeks before the actual date! It's the first time we are having such a sudden trip, but since it's spring time there, we didn't have to prepare much. 


We joined Leisure Vacation tour through AR Travel Agency and it's a trip that goes around the whole of Taiwan (绕岛). Although we followed tour but we decided to go there one day earlier by ourselves just because the flight changed time for the tour, and boy was I glad we did that. Because on the first night, we stayed at what has become my favourite place in the whole of Taiwan -- Ximending!


XIMENDING, TAIPEI 西门町



It won't do justice for me to just give a brief introduction of this place because I love it so much that I really want to go back there some day (a couple of times), so I shall save this for the next post where I will talk about all the night markets, old streets, and some fashion districts that I have been to. So there will be no Shilin Night Market or Jiufen Old Street...etc in this post okay.

But anyway, we arrived Taoyuan International Airport at 2pm and reached Ximending around 4pm, where I spent the whole day shopping. hee.


WULAI 乌来




Met up with our relatives who are staying there the next day and they brought us to Wulai! It's something like our Cameron Highlands there as we had to go up a very long and windy road all the way to the top. They have a natural waterfall, hot springs and an old street there with a lot of local street food. 



Didn't dare to try a lot of food though because I was still very full from lunch and I have motion sickness ....so...yeah...food and rough car rides don't mix well for me. 



I did eat this though. Syrup sweet potato! It was really nice, and sweet. Apparently, Taiwanese love sweet food. But too much of this will be...too much. lol.



DANSHUI 淡水


A few of my friends and my mum's friends recommended that we head over to Danshui, so we did. Didn't expect the journey to be that long though. We sat the MRT to Danshui Station which was the last stop. Then we had to take a bus to the Fisherman's Wharf (淡水渔人码头) which was also the last stop of the bus. Took us about 1 and a half hours to get there I think. And in Taiwan, it starts to get dark around 5.30pm, and then totally pitch black at about 6.30pm. 

They say that the best time to go Danshui is during sunset, so I presume it'll be around 5pm? A bit sad that we didn't get to be there during daylight because we spent too much time at Wulai, but quite okay la, at least we got to see the night view.



情人桥! On Lover's Bridge without a lover. Lol. *goes to a corner to cry*  #kidding



The view at night was quite nice, but it was very very cold. The wind was very strong, good thing I had my jacket on, or else I'll seriously be frozen there.


TAIPEI 台北


The next day, we reunited with our tour group and visited Martyr's Shrine (忠烈祠) where the guards that are standing there must be: handsome enough, tall enough, no eyesight problem, and their families' names must be clear. Have to stand for one full hour without moving! I can't even do 3 minutes -.-



Headed on to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街) later on for lunch! (more about this place in the next post)


...and then we headed off to the countryside of Taiwan starting off with a 3 hours train ride to...


HUALIEN 花莲



My tour guide said this when we arrived at the countryside of Taiwan: 这里有三种好:好山,好水,和 好无聊. Basically it means there's only mountains and seas to see, nothing much. haha. I have to agree with her, but we did had a nice view of the Pacific Ocean (太平洋) here at Seven Star Beach (七星谭).

The reason why this placed is called Hualien is because long time ago, their native there had to tattoo their faces, those that have tattoos near their mouth area are women, while guys only tattoo their foreheads and chins. And in Chinese they called them 花脸, but it doesn't sound that nice la, so they changed it to 花莲.



The black parts on their faces are their tattoos. Looks quite painful ._.


TAITUNG 台东

Headed to Taitung the next day and visited Taroko Gorge 太鲁阁国家公园 which is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world!





The rushing river waters cut through the marble and granite to form the gorge. It was a really beautiful sight in person!


Today was also the day where we spent our night in a 5 star hotel called Papago International Resort!
This resort was too awesome beyond words! There were so many facilities, including a hot spring!


We also hitched a ride on one of the trains of the hotel (pic at left top corner) and was introduced to everything surrounding the hotel including paddy fields, rivers, farms, but my favourite was their flower garden 池上花海!Where they planted many different types of flowers in all colours!





KAOSHIUNG 高雄

We headed on over to Kaoshiung butI dont have any photos from there because we only went to EDA outlet mall (which is something like our KLCC / Pavillion here) and also a temple. Nothing else.


TAICHUNG 台中

Taichung is where we sat Taiwan's oldest train at Jiji Station to Checheng Station.






Look at this lunch box! So cute right?? We got to keep the bucket as a souvenir after eating. hehe. Then it's off to Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 where the view on the way up is better than the view at the tourist spot itself. Lol.



The view on the way to Sun Moon Lake



We also went to a Peacock Farm and for the first time in my life, I saw a white peacock. It is so so so beautiful and rumours has it that if you see a white peacock you'll be lucky for the whole day *gasps*

If you follow my Instagram (@mandy_minli) you might have probably saw what I ate for my dinner today (No I didn't eat any peacocks), we had our dinner buffet at Buffet Le Soleil, view my food video here and dessert video here. We were extremely spoiled for choice! AND TAIWAN BUFFETS ARE SO CHEAP! With all these delicacies, you only have to pay around 600 Yuan and eat all you can! That's like RM60++ only! Super contented ah that day!


TAIPEI 台北

Headed back to Taipei on our second last day there and visited a few night markets and also...


Taipei 101! 
Feeling a bit ashamed because I will take pictures with other country's significant buildings but I don't have a picture of myself with the Petronas Twin Towers yet :S aiks.   



We then dined in this very quirky looking restaurant which every single detail of the restaurant was all designed by the artist herself. It was quite interesting, the structure was like a cave and we had to 'climb in the cave' to eat. Food was good too! :D



Also went to CKS Memorial Hall 中正纪念馆 to have a look around before we head back home the next day.



Wow. This turned out to be a longer post that I expected. lol. *phew* Finally done.

All in all, I thought this was a nice trip. Heard quite a lot of negative feedbacks from friends/family saying that Taiwan is really boring and there isn't much to look at so I was quite doubtful about this trip of mine at first.

But now, I think it really depends on your motive of going there and which season you choose to go. For me, my motive was to eat (A LOT) and to shop (A LOT) and I did! I also chose Spring time when the weather is just nice. I didn't expect to see anything extraordinary as I know our cultures are very similar, so it was all good for me.


人生应该有一次说走就走的旅行,很开心有这个机会去到了我想去的地方 =)
We all should have a spontaneous trip at least once in our life. I'm glad to have this chance to go to Taiwan =)


What I ate and where I shopped in Taiwan: *click here*
What I wore in Taiwan: *click here*



Find me on:  Instagram  l  Twitter  l  Dayre  l Bloglovin  l  Imotiv  


21 comments:

  1. You're so efficient! I haven't even blog about my Taiwan trip which was like last Nov :P I actually love Taiwan and wouldn't mind going back there again, nothing near boring to me hehe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hahaha wanted to blog as soon as possible in case I forget anything XD Yeah me too! But the next time I go back, I just want to stay in Taipei. haha. Going around Taiwan once is enough for me XD

      Delete
    2. Alhamdulillah semoga atas bantuan ki witjaksono terbalaskan melebihi rasa syukur kami saat ini karna bantuan aki sangat berarti bagi keluarga kami di saat kesusahan dengan menanggun 9 anak,kami berprofesi penjual ikan di pasar hutang saya menunpuk di mana-mana sempat terpikir untuk jadikan anak bekerja tki karna keadaan begitu mendesak tapi salah satu anak saya melihat adanya program pesugihan dana gaib tanpa tumbal kami lansung kuatkan niat,Awalnya suami saya meragukan program ini dan melarang untuk mencobanya tapi dari yg saya lihat program ini bergransi hukum,Saya pun tetap menjelaskan suami sampai dia ikut yakin dan alhamdulillah dalam proses 1 hari 1 malam kami bisa menbuktikan bantuan aki melalui dana gaib tanpa tumbal,Bagi saudara-saudaraku yg butuh pertolongan silahkan
      hubungi Ki Witjaksono di:+62852-2223-1459
      selengkapnya klik-> PESUGIHAN TANPA TUMBAL

      Delete
  2. 人生应该有一次说走就走的旅行 ! totally agree with it !
    move on !!

    http://siawsiawlife.blogspot.sg/

    ReplyDelete
  3. Aww I miss Taiwan so much! Miss everything there! There is a lot of places in this post I have never been. Haha. Btw did you go to 清境?:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah me too T____T haha. Ohh where have you been then? :D Nope I didn't go there, where is it located?

      Delete
  4. Do you need Personal Loan?
    Business Cash Loan?
    Unsecured Loan
    Fast and Simple Loan?
    Quick Application Process?
    Approvals within 24-72 Hours?
    No Hidden Fees Loan?
    Funding in less than 1 Week?
    Get unsecured working capital?
    Contact Us At :majidvijahlending@gmail.com

    LOAN SERVICES AVAILABLE INCLUDE:
    ================================
    *Commercial Loans.
    *Personal Loans.
    *Business Loans.
    *Investments Loans.
    *Development Loans.
    *Acquisition Loans .
    *Construction loans.
    *Business Loans And many More:

    LOAN APPLICATION FORM:
    =================
    Full Name:................
    Loan Amount Needed:.
    Purpose of loan:.......
    Loan Duration:..
    Gender:.............
    Marital status:....
    Location:..........
    Home Address:..
    City:............
    Country:......
    Phone:..........
    Mobile / Cell:....
    Occupation:......
    Monthly Income:....

    Contact Us At :majidvijahlending@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. GUDANG303 AGEN BOLA ONLINE MASTER BETTING TERPERCAYA

    AGEN SBOBET
    AGEN BOLA ONLINE
    BOLA ONLINE
    AGEN BOLA
    AGEN JUDI
    BOLA ONLINE
    REGISTER GUDANG 303
    DEPOSIT GUDANG303
    WITHDRAW GUDANG303
    PERATURAN GUDANG 303
    BONUS GUDANG303
    LIVESCORE GUDANG 303
    PREDIKSI GUDANG 303
    LINK ALTERNATIF
    http://bonusgudang303.blogspot.com
    http://167.114.137.238/~g303net/

    Prediksi Bola terbaru

    http://198.50.133.243/prediksi-everton-fc-vs-manchester-united-fc-17-oktober-2015
    http://198.50.133.243/prediksi-new-england-vs-montreal-impact-18-oktober-2015
    http://198.50.133.243/prediksi-ac-milan-vs-juventus-19-oktober-2015
    http://198.50.133.243/prediksi-swansea-city-afc-vs-stoke-city-fc-20-oktober-2015

    ReplyDelete
  6. How I Got My Loan From A Genuine And Reliable Loan Company

    I am Mrs.Irene Query i was in need of a loan of $150,000 and was scammed by those fraudulent lenders and a friend introduce me to Dr Purva Pius,and he lend me the loan without any stress,you can contact him at (urgentloan22@gmail.com) Approvals within 2-4 Hours

    1. Name Of Applicant in Full:……..
    2. Telephone Numbers:……….
    3. Address and Location:…….
    4. Amount in request………..
    5. Repayment Period:………..
    6. Purpose Of Loan………….
    7. country…………………
    8. phone…………………..
    9. occupation………………
    10.age/sex…………………
    11.Monthly Income…………..
    12.Email……………..

    Regards.
    Managements
    Email Kindly Contact: urgentloan22@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Are you in need of a loan? Do you want to pay off your bills? Do you want to be financially stable? All you have to do is to contact us for more information on how to get started and get the loan you desire. This offer is open to all that will be able to repay back in due time. Note-that repayment time frame is negotiable and at interest rate of 3% just email us creditloan.1111@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Really amazing! I don't know how you do it but I am flabbergasted by the awesomeness of your content and your website model! How did you get those sponsored links on the bottom of your article? Is it on the bottom of all your articles? Again! Really awesome.. keep up the awesomeness! :) Take care and God bless!!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you very much for sharing information that will be much helpful for making coursework my effective.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi. How was the weather in April?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi. How was the weather in April?

    ReplyDelete
  12. Our company work according to a clear, flexible, transparent and easy to understand terms. We offer very low interest rates in relation to the transition slow down economic activity (recession) in most countries of the world. You may have bad credit, Our company now offers affordable interest rate loan, so what do you need funds to boost your business? Or are you in need of money for some personal purposes? Why not contact us now, as we offer loans by individuals or legal entities at the 3% interest rate for a maximum period of 25 years. The interested applicant can contact us via e-mail now: paulsonloaninvestment@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Saya ingin menyampaikan kepada
    seluruh Tki Tkw yang bekerja di negeri orang
    saya ibu irma seorang Tki di Singapura
    pengen pulang ke indo tapi gak ada ongkos,sempat saya putus asah,gaji pun selalu di kirim ke indo untuk biaya anak sekolah,sedangkan hutang banyak sama majikan,tampah di sengaja seorang teman buka-buka internet,kebetulan dapat nomor hp Mbah Sero.ada orang berkomentar solusi melunasi hutang melalui jalan togel,kebetulan di singapura ada pemasangan togel,jadi saya hubungi beliau minta angka bocoran singapura 4d angka yang di berikan tembus 100%,syukur alhamdulillah saya menang 390.juta itu dalam bentuk uang indo,saya bangga sekali dan saya bisa melunasi hutang sama majikan,dan rencana mau pulang untuk buka usaha,sekali lagi terima kasih banyak Mbah saya tidak akan melupakan budi baik Mbah,bagi saudarah-saudara di indo mau di luar negeri,apabila punya masalah hutang sudah lama belum lunas jangan putus asah,beliau bisa membantu anda melunasi hutang,ingin merubah nasib seperti saya hubungi O82-370-357-999 Mbah Sero..saya sangat bersyukur karna melalui bantuan Mbah Sero,kini kehidupan saya sudah jauh lebih baik dari sebelumnya,atau silahkan anda buktikan sendiri ingat kesempatan tidah akan datang untuk yang kedua kalinya
    untuk info lebih jelasnya buka blog Mbah Sero
    silahkan KLIK DISINI PESUGIHAN TOGEL


    Inilah Jenis Pesugihan Tanpa Tumbal Dari Mbah Sero
    1.Pesugihan Putih
    2.Pesugihan Tuyul
    3.Pesugihan Togel
    4.Pesugihan Uang Balik
    5.Pesugihan Uang Ghaib

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, what a beautiful place. Nice blog with all information needed! Thank you I read your full blog and it was very informative, and helped me a lot. Travel Agency in India

    ReplyDelete
  15. Nice post. Thanks for sharing your travel experience. Taiwan is an amazing place for the vacation trip. I am very much excited to go for my Taiwan trip. We got hotel com 優惠 for our trip. Now ready to go.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Good Day Sir/Madam: Do you need an urgent loan to finance your business or in any purpose? We are certified,legitimate and international licensed Loan Factory we offer loans to Business firms.interest rate of 1%.


    Available loans we offer are,


    1. Personal Loan
    2. Business Loan
    3. Investement Loan


    - Complete Name:
    - Loan amount needed:
    - Loan Duration:
    - Purpose of loan:
    - City / Country:
    - Telephone:

    Contact us today via:
    bdsfn.com@gmail.com
    anatiliatextileltd@gmail.com

    Get your instant loan approval

    ReplyDelete