Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Taiwan Trip (back dated 16-22 May 2014) Summary

Wonderful Tao Yuan airport! Time to say bye-bye.. T.T

Day 1: CingJing, TaiChung
Day 2: FengJia, TaiChung
Day 3: TaiChung, Taipei 101, Miramar Entertainment Park
Day 4: ShiFenJiuFen and JingGuaShi
Day 5: YeLiu GeoparkXinBeiTou, TamShui and ShiLin
Day 6: Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall, WuFenPu and RouHe

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Taiwan Trip (back dated 16-22 May 2014) Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall, WuFenPu and RouHe

As for the last, it was quite an free and easy one. No stress of chasing time for buses and trains early in the morning because most of the time was shopping time! But before all the shops open in the early morning, we went to Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall for a tour. To travel here, get a train ride directly to CKS train station and just walk about 10 minutes, and you will reach this building. Make sure that you take note for the timing for changing of guard because that's the most interesting event there!

Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall

And it was raining again but with smiles on us! =)

The main hall at forth floor

The changing of guards.. Roughly about 15 minutes for one session..

The art exhibition halls which are all levels below the main hall

If you haven't eaten any good beef noddles in Taiwan yet, make sure that you go to this nearby place for beef noodle. The exact address is No. 17 JinShan South Road and the shop is directly facing KimHwa Primary School. Preferably to go to this place at around 11 am because it will be packed if you are late and you need to line up for the queue. 

Steamed rice with pork ribs! Fantastic but the portion is small...

Superbly good beef noodles! I will come back for this if I happen to visit Taipei again.. =)

Spicy dumpling.. I think it's better to leave space for some other better food.. 

Then, we went for shopping and shopping... There were many places to shop for example, Taipei Main Station, the underground shopping malls etc. The most suitable time to visit WuFenPu is around 3 pm because most of the shop are opened by that time. But because that, you can go for Formosa Chang's Braised pork rice at WuFenPun. It seems it's the best one in town!

Bean curd with sauce.. This was just an appetizer

Chicken with white bitter gourd soup! Recommended by the staff.. Trust me, this was very very very good and it was not bitter at all! 

Braised pork rice... This was great! I have no other comment! Highly recommended..

WuFenPu 五分铺 for some clothes which were sold in bulk.. Some of the clothes were not that cheap afterall.. 

Beautiful Chinese temple spotted while on the way to RouHe night market..

RouHe night market 绕河夜市

Famous black pepper pork bun...

I find it special but I don't think that I will come back for this..

Not much options for dinner because it was raining heavily! =(

Black pepper wild boar sausage!

Stopped by at the cheese cake shop in Taipei Main Station. It seems that this is a very good cheese cake that can be found in Taipei! Definitely it was not that cheap as well... Very smooth and moist within! It just melt in your mouth...

How our umbrella looked like on the day we were leaving! Ok umbrella, you did a wonderful job! Kudos to you =)

Bye-bye Taipei! Time to go back to work!

Enjoy and have a nice day! =)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Taiwan Trip (back dated 16-22 May 2014) XinBeiTou, TamShui and ShiLin

After reaching TamShui 淡水, take the MRT to XinBeiTou 新北投 for hotspring! If you are not a fan or didn't thought of going for a dip, better don't waste anytime here. You can spend more time at TamShui and ShiLin 士林 if you wan to! Pray hard that it doesn't rain when you are at XinBeiTou or else it will be difficult for you to walk around! But if it's raining time, it's always eating time for us! =p Remember to snap a picture of the map at the train station to give you some sense of direction when you are at XinBeiTou!

XinBeiTou 新北投 train station 

 Small baby water droplets icon at the train station! =)

A hot cup of noodle is best when it's raining! Slurppppppp...

The Geothermal museum 

Beautiful display in the museum. Surprisingly that everyone is allowed to take pictures in the museum.. 

Former public bath tub in the museum.. 

The Geothermal Valley 

 Main source for the hotsprings.. It's super warm over here... -.-"

There are many options of getting a dip for example the public hotspring or the private one in the hotel. There are even hotels that come with package if you spend a night there. Since Susan and I didn't plan to stay there, so we went for a private one at the hotel. The price is roughly NTD 1000 for 3 hours.. Here you go!

The hotel room for 2 person but we just need the bathroom only..  

 This is a bath tub with Jacuzzi with lightings.. Woohoo.. Remember to take note of the notice which is pasted on the wall and keep track of the time as well... =)

After spending hours at XinBeiTou, we headed back to TamShui 淡水 for the sunset and some tourist attraction spots. But when we reached TamShui and wanted to go for the famous and beautiful bridge, the ferry not in service so we couldn't go across to the other side of the mainland! That's sad. Oh well, at least we tasted something special in TamShui before going to ShiLin. Make sure that you get some Iron Eggs as souvenirs before you leave there!

Round 1 dinner at TamShui!

 阿给 "Ah Gei" It's a bunch of glass noodles wrapped with bean curd skin and a piece of fish cake at the bottom, topped with some soybean sauce.. Something very special but it can be weird for some people =)

Some starchy skin with minced meat inside! 

 Meat ball soup again! Ha-ha

 Breaded sausage.. Looks nice but seriously doesn't taste nice.. Sorry for that comment! =(

 Wedding shots on the streets of TamShui!

小笼包 "Xiao Long Bao, ah Xiao Long Bao" Not too bad but not as tasty as those you can get from the restaurant =)

To travel to ShiLin night market is a bit tricky, never ever take the MRT and get down at ShiLin train station! The correct station is JianTan train station because ShiLin night market is nearest to this station. Many things to eat, many things to buy and many things to play is what I can say about this place! But most importantly is that, it must not RAIN! =)

Very famous Prince Cheese Potato 王子起士马铃薯.. Must at least try once.. This is really good! 

ShiLin night market, greatest of all night markets in Taiwan! Oh well, this is based on your own judgement! =)

Teppanyaki  with the most trophy!

They cooked and served on the big hot plate! Super chef with great cooking skills, serving 7 customers at the same time!

 Tadaa.. Here you go! Super huge portion which is suitable for 2 person!

And last but not least, 豪大大鸡排 famous chicken chop in Taiwan! I think it's better to buy at other branches rather than the one in ShiLin night market! =) Don't ask me why! Ha-ha...

To be continued...

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