Category: Taiwan

Jishan Street at Jiufen

Jishan Street at Jiufen

 

 

From Shifen, we went to Jiufen and from the bus stop, the first thing you will see are countless stores at Jishan Street which is a good thing. So many good food to be had here. The peanut ice cream is my favorite. I would come back for this.. 😀

 

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Shifen

Shifen

 

Shifen is the town before Pingxi coming from Ruifang Station so we decided to stop by after Pingxi. This is the more commercialized version. I noticed that a lot of the tour buses go here, maybe because it’s more accessible? It is also known for the Shifen Waterfall which we didn’t go to since we didn’t have enough time. We saw the Jingan Suspension Bridge though! (pictured above) 🙂

 

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Pingxi

Pingxi

 

I love Pingxi. It’s probably my most favorite place we visited on this Taiwan trip. It’s a small town by the railroad tracks, about an hour away from Taipei. It is known for their Lantern Festival. You can write your wishes on the lanterns and send them up to the sky.

 

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Shabu Shabu Dinner

Shabu Shabu Dinner

 

 

I don’t usually go to Shabu Shabu places since there’s not one near where I live. They are abundant in Taipei though so I told myself that I am never leaving this place without going for a shabu shabu dinner. My friend who’s been living there for the past 10 years took us here at this local place. She said that they frequent this place and the owner actually knows her since they come very often.

 

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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

 

 

Sun Yat Sen is another famous historical figure for the Taiwanese people. He is a Chinese revolutionary and the first president of the Republic of China. It was completed in 1972. After having an amazing lunch at Din Tai Fung, we just walked here from Taipei 101 but you can also access it through the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Station on the metro.

 

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Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101

Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101

While we were at Taipei 101, we had to go to Din Tai Fung after hearing so many good things about it. We wanted to go either to this or the original branch. Din Tai Fung is known for its xialongbao or soup dumplings. We went on the MRT Red Line, Taipei 101 Station. You can’t miss it. At the exit, Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101 would be the first thing you’ll see.

 

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Taipei 101

Taipei 101

 

The Iconic Taipei 101. How can you go to Taipei without visiting this amazing building. We actually went here twice on our 3 day trip but I’m going to tell you the reason why on subsequent posts. Isn’t it gorgeous? Too bad the weather that day wasn’t exactly nice so we were kinda stuck in the building for a little while. From Chang Kai Shek Memorial, we went to Taipei 101 by metro.

 

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Chang Kai Shek Memorial

Chang Kai Shek Memorial

 

Our first order of the day was to visit the Chang Kai Shek memorial. Chang Kai Shek was the former president of the Republic of China. His name is very familiar because I went to a Chinese school. Most of our Chinese teachers were from Taiwan. I think one of the buildings that they have was also named after him.

 

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Cho Hotel Ximending

Cho Hotel Ximending

 

I love Cho Hotel in Ximending! It’s relatively new. I was searching for directions or blog posts about it but couldn’t find any. I booked it through Booking.com and I’m glad I did.

From Taipei Main Station, we took a Taxi to the hotel. We gave him the address and it was easy to find. There were no signs referring to the hotel except this small one outside the door. I’m glad we concentrated on the number and on the street and we were like this must be it. We went in and asked and it was! 🙂 There’s a Family Mart really close by and also a small grocery store.

 

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Late night bus from Taipei Taoyuan International airport to City Center

Late night bus from Taipei Taoyuan International airport to City Center

 

Our flight was supposedly at 10pm but when I did the online check in thing, it said that our flight was at 11:10pm. Usually, Cebu Pacific would send text messages for any flight changes and they didn’t. We were at the airport at 7pm thinking our flight was at 10pm. This means that we will arrive later than expected and will probably not have time to catch the 12:30ish bus that I was researching online. Our flight landed on time around 1am and we were out of immigration and the gates since we didn’t have any check in luggage at around 1:45ish am. We considered taking a taxi but we thought it was really expensive at TWD 1200-1400 so we wanted to check other options.

 

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