Early morning of 九份老街
Majority of shops are still yet to operate, we can start messing around again.
Cats were still dreaming.
Exploring on those area that we did not went on day before.
Sakura blooming on our visit.
Pass by 阿蘭草仔粿 shop on the early morning, they are one of earliest that opened.
They are busy preparing for 草仔粿 and 芋粿, look at different colors of sweet potatoes, amazed by the quality of ingredients and good cleanliness.
Others, still sleeping perhaps.
新北市瑞芳區九份國民小學, primary school. Kinda envy because students here got wide variety foods to choose for recess time.
Long road trip began on late morning of Day 5, we were fetch by bus and took a few stops at tourist spots.
幾米主題公園 at 宜蘭.
Indication of train station locate at opposite. Something that our local government should learn, look at creativeness of it.
One day, i’ll bring my titanium road bike and ride here.
Technical problem on transportation.
清水斷崖 on 蘇花公路.
Leave a jump pose here will do.
At a beach filled with rocks, named 七星潭.
Leave a jump before went off.
Reached 天璽商務酒店 at 花蓮, after a short rest, we head to 自強夜市.
Food hunting, learned a thing in Taiwan, when we see a queue at a food stall, it won’t disappoint you.
Absolutely delicious, like this a lot. 蔣家花蓮創意官財板, ordered potato salad ingredient.
Fairly good, on par with Sungai Long’s famous Poh Piah. Head back to Hotel to take a deep sleep after stomach were filled
Quiet morning at 水田園溫泉農莊
Tot spring area, there are around 6 small pools with different temperatures and a big pool available here.
A bigger pool with every pool consist of digital temperature board.
Rules and regulation at 水田園溫泉農莊 if you going to camp here.
Take a walk around the area
Jump shot it is
Motorcycle with a windscreen and even equipped with a wiper.
Found a yellow duck floating at a own build pool.
Road is so ready for cycling, the quality of pavement will help carbon bike to last a little longer compare to riding on our country’s road.
Curious one checking on visitors in his territory.
Pedestrian bridge at 十分.
十分鐵道, an old railway where part of the movie “You Are the Apple of My Eye” (那些年，我們一起追的女孩) taken here.
Rise Sky lantern (天燈) activity available here.
All activity will stop to make way for the train to pass by.
Draw and write wishes on lantern, lit the small candle at bottom and it will rise to the air.
雙色螺絲捲, black sugar mix with original Chinese steamed bun taste.
Unique police station in 十分, built in Sky lantern shape.
菁桐車站 built on year 1929, which is a railway station.
Local planted green date and rose apple (Jambu air), green date is very refreshing after a long walk.
黄金瀑布 at 瑞芳, Golden waterfall caused by copper mining on the upper level.
Main entrance of our Home-stay at 九份.
Most of the room are located at lower floor, long stairs was built because of the hilly terrain.
For the record, 龍門客棧 is the one that arrange for our stay, transport us from lower ground to home-stay and transport of luggage.
The actual home-stay that we sleep for the night.
九份老街, crowded on late afternoon. Numbers of Korean and Japanese visitors can be seen here.
If you planning to visit 九份老街, do reserve a one full day or two days to avoid rush and miss out.
Compact built of building due to limit flat area in the hilly terrain.
Famous 花生捲冰淇淋, peanut roll with two scoops of ice cream in it.
芋圆 is common here, we picked this shop named 阿昌芋圓專賣店。
The view here is nice, enjoy a nice 芋圆 dessert accompany by scenary of 九份 and ocean.
阿蘭草仔粿, long queue for our turn, worth a try.
Shu-ku Tea Store (樹窟(木窟)人文茶堂), our dinner place that mainly built with woods.
Excellent view from second floor of restaurant.
You won’t disappoint on the food and traditional tea they serve.
Enjoyed our dinner time here.
Early in the morning at 西門町, not use to cold weather, especially for us that stayed near equator line.
Breakfast time, a stall nearby by mrt station.
Warm rice ball and hot soya bean.
It was a week day, where student going for school and peoples getting to work.
We continue to another stall for breakfast hunt. Numbers of them can be seen selling foods nearby transportation hub.
warm 馒头蛋 that just got out from steamer, simple but satisfy and easy to carry.
淡水漁人碼頭, peaceful place. Thanks to our Travel expert, Mr Bryan Lee for planned itinerary. From day 3 onward, we were brought to visit some of the well known tourist spots around Taipei and Taichung.
Jumping shot it is, Michael Jordan’s Air Walk pose.
A place called 小油坑, a volcano at 陽明山國家公園. Too bad not allowed to climb to the top.
At last, something to eat, 碗粿, soft rice cake with salt mixed in.
White calla lilies field can be spotted on 陽明山, you can buy it here, but don’t step in to the farm as you might get scold by farmer.
The famous and over crowded 野柳地質公園, look at the amount of visitors at middle left.
Squeezed and walk like duckling to take a look at 女王頭 (queen’s head)
Winter melon chicken soup.
涼拌過貓, so delicious that we ordered an extra of it.
Forgot the dish name, guess is a kind of 鐵板豆腐 with vegetables.
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, look at the percentage, it truly burns, thanks to the generous boss for letting us tested bit of it.
For the record. Operating hours for Restaurant: 11am to 9pm, Hot spring: 8am to 10am.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Reached Taoyuan safely around 40 minutes after.
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.
Funny, Friendly and knowledgeable bus driver, thanks to him for giving us short briefing on how the tour bus works and reminders.
The endlessly traffic light on this stretch.
Reached 小烏來 which located on the mountain site.
小烏來天空步道 (Xiaowulai Sky Walk), a bridge which extend the stretch to middle top of waterfall.
With look through glass as walk way.
A selfie before we part.
Nothing much to explore here.
慈湖陵寢, Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum is the temporary resting place of President Chiang Kai-shek
Nice scene, nice place but nothing much to do here.
A handshake before we part.
Stopped at somewhere nearby, flower can be bought and food can be found here.
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.
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.
Worth a visit here if you are interested on Taiwan earlier days history.
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.
Waiting a long time for the bus to bring us back to TaoYuan Bus station.
Arrived Taipei, we went to 艋舺.
艋舺夜市. Night market is a culture in Taiwan, you can see them in most of the cities.
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.
Dessert time, a 55 years old dessert shop. Need to wait our turn to get a seat for our tired legs.
Sweet rice cake porridge and Grilled pounded rice cake with peanut spread on top.
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.
Crunchy egg rolls, freshly make on the spot, highly recommend.
阿宗麵線 at 西門町 with a long queue.
Overrated or not? it depends, IMO, worth a try, at least got a topic to talk about after the trip.
Risotto 阿毛石鍋燉飯, Golden Retriever themed restaurant.
Street performance, enjoyed our night here.