Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 1

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Reached Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on night before, reached Taipei at late night. Stayed at 絲達爾時尚精品旅店 at 西門町.

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Woke up earlier than others, walk around the street for breakfast hunting. Saw numbers of peoples queuing at a store and it was 永和豆浆.

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Ximending (西門町) on early morning, a neighborhood and shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei. It was the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan.

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Taipei Main Station (台北車站), main transportation hub for Bus and different types of train services. My partner planned a for today’s itinerary, where we will go to Taoyuan and take 小烏來線巴士 (a special design route planned by local government that will stop by only on tourist spots).

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Took a traditional train service to Taoyuan, as the ticket stated, seats are only available until a specific station, after that we went to entrance / exit space and sit on the floor.

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Reached Taoyuan safely around 40 minutes after.

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小烏來線巴士 one day ticket, that cost around RM 16 – RM 18. It will brought us from 桃客桃園總站 to 小烏來 (天空步道) -> 舊百吉隧道 -> 慈湖 -> 大溪陵寢 -> 經國紀念館.

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Funny, Friendly and knowledgeable bus driver, thanks to him for giving us short briefing on how the tour bus works and reminders.

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The endlessly traffic light on this stretch.

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Reached 小烏來 which located on the mountain site.

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小烏來天空步道 (Xiaowulai Sky Walk), a bridge which extend the stretch to middle top of waterfall.

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With look through glass as walk way.

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A selfie before we part.

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舊百吉隧道

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Nothing much to explore here.

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慈湖陵寢, Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum is the temporary resting place of President Chiang Kai-shek

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Nice scene, nice place but nothing much to do here.

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A handshake before we part.

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Stopped at somewhere nearby, flower can be bought and food can be found here.

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Walk all the way down from Love Story Building as we can’t see tour bus stop by. Found this store selling Dry Tofu, absolutely delicious, a must try.

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Reached our last destination of 小烏來線, the 經國紀念館. The operating hours finishing soon, lucky still can get ourself in for a visit.

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Worth a visit here if you are interested on Taiwan earlier days history.

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Fancy this kind of stamping? Remember to bring a notebook or piece of paper to collect, as most of the tourist spots will have own unique stamp design.

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Waiting a long time for the bus to bring us back to TaoYuan Bus station.

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Arrived Taipei, we went to 艋舺.

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艋舺夜市. Night market is a culture in Taiwan, you can see them in most of the cities.

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华西街观光夜市 (Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market), another night market connected to 艋舺夜市, with covered roof and smaller size shop lots.

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Dessert time, a 55 years old dessert shop. Need to wait our turn to get a seat for our tired legs.

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Sweet rice cake porridge and Grilled pounded rice cake with peanut spread on top.

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Not sure what this suppose to call in english, check out their official page: 頂級甜不辣. Lots of crowd and again we have to wait for our turn to get a cup of it.

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Crunchy egg rolls, freshly make on the spot, highly recommend.

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阿宗麵線 at 西門町 with a long queue.

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Overrated or not? it depends, IMO, worth a try, at least got a topic to talk about after the trip.

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Risotto 阿毛石鍋燉飯, Golden Retriever themed restaurant.

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Street performance, enjoyed our night here.

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