(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: Get to Jiu Fen Shi Fen Sky Lanterns

(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: Get to Jiu Fen Shi Fen Sky Lanterns

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Ruifang Station, 瑞芳火车站

It’s quite confuse to get to Jiu Fen, Shi Fen. Might get lost if you are first time here.

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There are some information board that you can refer for your reference in case get lost in the area. 🙂 — See below on how to get there.

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Jiu Fen, 九份

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Jiufen is a very popular place for most of the tourist. “Spirited away” attraction and till now it’s stays the same. Food like 铜鍩烧 can be found here. Btw, is a Ice cream! Come with different flavours too (NTD$35/each)

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While walking further, spot a shop sells Cat printed products. Like Tee Shirt, clothes, Bags, accessories and some small cats souvenirs. Might want to bring some adorable figuring home!

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Cats wondering around the shops welcoming customers! Guess who is in charge of the shop? Is Cat captain, Le Le (乐乐) 🙂

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We found a Totoro shop sells ocarina musical instruments. When I first heard the music I fall in love with it. I might learn it if I have the chance to. 😀

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When you walk up the stairs to the top, can get to see the very nice view of Taiwan! Love the nice view up here, Taiwan is one of the best scenery view I first seen.

Shi Fen, 十份

We took a cab here, we met a taxi driver gave us a package from Jiu Fen to Shi Fen, then head to Cat Village and the Shi Fen Waterfall and back to Taipei Straight to our hotel. Cost us about NTD$1100. Slightly expensive.

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You can let the driver know which are the places that you want to go and they can give the price slightly cheaper. If you want to skip certain places, can let them know too.

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The chart shows different colours, different meaning. 1 colours and 4 colours.

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Here we are to send wishes sky lanterns!

Have a short walk and feel the beautiful breeze at the 20 metre tall Shifen Waterfall (十分大瀑布). 20 minutes away, towards the train platform.

Depends on which place you want to go, some people might take the whole day to explore Jiufen. Shifen + Shifen Waterfall might take about half day (It’s depends). You can choose to go Jiufen first or Shifen, it’s up to you :). To us we went to Jiufen first, cause we took a bus from Ruifang to Jiufen.

Tips: Have to take the TRA from Taipei Main Station to Ruifang Station FIRST.

How To Get There:

Get To Ruifang station, Bus to Jiufen: (This route is to go Jiufen)

From Taipei Main Station (台北車站), take the train north to Ruifang Station. After exiting the station and facing the Welcome supermarket, take a left and walk 200 metres down Mingdeng Road.

Next to the police station is a bus station (named Local Residents Plaza, 區民廣場) with routes 827 and 788 heading toward Jiufen. Please note that the bus stop next to the police station heads east toward Jiufen, and the bus stop across from the police station heads west toward Taipei. Route 825 provides weekend service only. From here, the bus trip takes roughly 15 minutes, and the fare is NT$15.

Train to Shifen 十分火車站 : (This route is to go Shifen)

1. Take the train (TRA) to Ruifang Station (瑞芳站) at the Taipei Main Station. – follow the underground signs to get to TRA Train.

2. Alight at Ruifang Station and buy tickets for the Pingxi Line (平溪支線). Take the train to Shifen Railway Station (十分火車站). Rides are unlimited on the Pingxi Line.

3. Taking a Taxi from Ruifang Station: You can save some time by taking the train to Ruifang Station, and take a taxi there. The prices are regulated by the authorities and clearly indicated, so the taxi drivers cannot overcharge. Save even more by sharing a taxi with other travellers going the same way.

A shuttle bus service is available to Jiufen then on to Shifen Old Streets (十分老街) from Taipei City at Ximen (西門町), leaving in the morning and returning before dinner.

 

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(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: Taipei 101 Tower + Din Tai Fung

(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: Taipei 101 Tower + Din Tai Fung

Taipei 101

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Taipei 101 is the world’s tallest building in Taipei. The building have a very nice view. Is a shopping mall that have branded shops, like Louis Vuitton, Chanel etc. You can see the city of taipei when you head up to the tallest floor. It will be beautiful if you get a chance to visit at night, cause you can see the night view city lights.

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You have to get a ticket from the counter (I don’t remember which floor was it, but the counter is like information counter). Should be easy to see it inside the Mall. When you are ready to go in, there will be a person to guide a group of people to head up. Just Q and follow them!

Din Tai Fung @ Taipei 101

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We always order the fried rice with normal rice cooked, this time we try the different fried rice which is cook with the 糯米. (We still prefer the normal wan though) n.n

We become the regular customer for Din Tai Fung. 😀

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This is one of our favourite and we decide to try the Taiwan outlet. Apparently, this is actually the main and original Din Tai Fung outlet in Taipei. Highly recommend to try!

 

(TAIWAN) Hotel To Stay in Taipei – Ximending (Reviews)

(TAIWAN) Hotel To Stay in Taipei – Ximending (Reviews)

Tomorrow Hotel, 明日大饭店

We’ve book the hotel at XMD area, is call Tomorrow Hotel. Is located right at XMD. The MRT station is XiMen station.

We get the cheapest hotel stay and their service not bad too.

We wanted to get a room with bathtub, and surprisingly they have for this hotel. Is just what we needed.

The reason why we choose this hotel is because is near XiMenDing Night Market! We want to enjoy to the fullest! Ha-ha! Is very convenient, you can just shop until full bags and back to hotel then head down again for some nice supper or something 🙂

Service Rate

The service wise not bad, the staff there are all friendly and helpful, maybe some due to busy they will not really answer your questions but they will still give you clear information. They will guide you to your room and we actually reach earlier so we request the hotel to keep our luggage for us until the room is ready for check in. So we went for a walk and get those daily use stuff from nearby shops.

You don’t have to worry about food or things to buy for daily used stuff, they have a lot of shops around. Like guardians, Watson, and downstairs is just XiMenDing Shopping District. So I highly recommend this area to stay.

We very satisfied with the room, is very clean and is just a simple small room and bathroom perfect for 2 of us. 👍

Hotel : Tomorrow Hotel , 明日大饭店

Location : No. 23, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Westgate Hotel,

This is another recommended hotel also located at XiMenDing. The location was very close to Ah Zhong Mian Xian and XiMenJie.


This is 5 Star Hotel in Taipei. The view of the hotel is very nice and big. The room was clean and aesthetically pleasing.

Service Rate

As for the service is excellent, toilets are all very clean. They also have an extensive range of choices for breakfast which is super great. Also have a laundry room for you to wash your laundry with detergent provided at no extra charge. For the price wise will be slightly pricey as is a 5 star. One night will be around $191. Do check out for the website for information :).

Hotel : Westgate Hotel,  永安棧

Address: No. 150, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

(TAIWAN) 4 Night Market In Taipei You Must Go!

(TAIWAN) 4 Night Market In Taipei You Must Go!

Shilin Night Market, 士林夜市

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Shilin Night Market, is one of the largest, most popular night market in Taiwan. Most popular Night life, night market among visitors. Can be bought with a reasonable price from the friendly local seller, like clothes, shoes, accessories etc. Most of the traditional food, such as Giant Fried Chicken Steak, Tempura, Bubble Tea, Oyster Vermicelli Oyster Omelette, Fried Buns and of course, the most notorious Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.

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Fruits and 冰糖葫芦! Most popular street food one-stop destination from Taiwan’s Xiao chi snacks.

Getting There:

By MRT : Take the RED line, Alight at JianTan Station NOT Shilin Station. After leaving Exit 1, diagonally cross the street to the left and walk down Jihe Road. The entrance to the food court will be on the right.

WuFenPu, 五分付

WuFenPu is one of the wholesale with cheapest clothes, accessories etc. Most of it are lady dress up, it’s the cheapest shopping district. Can hunt for Taiwan trends here. Have less crowded. You can come her hunt for local fashion clothes!

Getting There:

By MRT : Take MRT to Songshan Station (松山), Green Line. leave from Exit 3, walk straight all the way until you see Songlong Road. The shopping complex is located within the maze of alleys and lanes to your front and left. Wufenpu is also reachable from Houshanpi (後山埤) on Blue Line

By Train: From Taipei Main Station, take any local train northbound (區間車) to Songshan Station (松山).

Raohe Night Market, 饒河街觀光夜市

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RaoHe Night Market is one of the oldest night market in Taipei. Is also one of the night market is a must to visit. 600 metre path along Raohe street in Songshan District. Also can be found a lot of nice foods and snacks, quaint shops and stalls, and carnival games with prizes. Shops that sell adorable stuff like plush, clothes, babies clothes too!

Getting There:

By MRT: Take the Green Line to the terminal station Songshan (松山), exit 5. The night market entrance is just to the right across the street next to the temple.

By Train : From Taipei Main Station, take any local train northbound (區間車) to Songshan Station (松山), then locate MRT exit 5.

XiMengDing, 西门丁街

Ximending is one of the famous shopping district. Taiwan version of “Harujuku” in Taipei. One of the shopping heaven that host a variety of fashion clothing shops, eclectic restaurants, clubs, and bars. This is one of the most popular destination for tourist. Other then shopping, also host streets performance and exhibitions.

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We found the famous “Ah Chung Flour -Rice Noodle” 阿忠面线 😄 Highly recommended to try! Also can be found at other places too.

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While walking we happen to see this! Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream! Guess what! I fall in love with it 😍! This want is a MUST to try! 😏

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‘Ah Mao’ 阿毛café is the first café that we’ve went to. Dog that welcome customers. With open space mini café, cosy café designs too!

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Normal Ice Milk Tea 🙂

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Cream of mushroom soup 😍 . Taste not bad!

Wanted to try this café since I first saw it in Ximending. Finally we get to eat our lunch brunch at this cute golden retriever café. They do have a few outlet around Ximending.

Getting There: 

By MRT: Take Blue Line or Green Line to Ximen Station (西門).

(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: How To Get To Taichung City

(TAIWAN) Travel Guide: How To Get To Taichung City

Taipei To Taichung

Board the high speed train at Taipei Main Station. You will have to take a taxi or public bus to get downtown in Taichung as the HSR station is located in Wurih, 20 minutes out of the city.

 

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We book the early bird ticket price, so it’s cheaper by a bit. Usual is NTD$750, we brought with discount price NTD$700 x 2 trips will be NTD$1400 for Standard seats.

Taipei to Taichung NTD$700

Taichung to Taipei NTD$700

Approx. Travel Time: 50 Minutes

To check the timing and price for the HSR, Can book HSR ticket via online.

 

(TAIWAN) Hotel To Stay In Cing Jing, Taichung!

(TAIWAN) Hotel To Stay In Cing Jing, Taichung!

Ailiga Villa, Cing Jing (Taichung)

Hello Pals! I would like to share my reviews of this Villa, located in Cing Jing (Taichung).

This is a hotel villa, it’s looks like a terrace house villa. We book a 4 Pax room cause we want to try out and we just thought is our first time here and YOLO for us. So we decide to book a 4 Pax Villa.

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Feel so relax and peace in here, you can feel the nice breeze, mountain scenery and catch the sunset just further up the villa with a open space.

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This is the inside view of the room, also have a small balcony beside the toilet. The Toilet was very clean and we love the room. For just simple one night stay. This is more enough. 2 Storey spacious room.

If you want to watch the sunset in the morning , may inform the counter person. They also have package available if you want for breakfast etc.

This Villa is at the Mountain further up after Cing Jing Green Green Grassland. There is also a small restaurant just beside the Villa.

Ailiga Villa, Cing Jing

Address: 546, Taiwan, Nantou County, Ren’ai Township, 榮光巷9-1-1號

 

(TAIWAN) The Best Memories To Experience When Visit Cing Jing, In Taichung

(TAIWAN) The Best Memories To Experience When Visit Cing Jing, In Taichung

1. Swiss Garden, 清境小瑞士花園

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Swiss Garden is locate within CingJing Farm, is before CingJing Farm. With the super cold air here and nice views too! To visit Swiss Garden, get a ticket @ NT$20 each person. Ticket is valid for the 1 day pass. So if you want to come back to visit again, do ask for a stamp before leaving. At night with the lighting will be very nice to take photos!

Feel hungry? They have 7-11 and Starbucks can be found around the area.

Take a break and have a brunch :). Some products that you can’t find in Singapore 7-11 store.

2. Carton King Café/Restaurant

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Carton King is a Café, a full house almost everything  made of Carton with corrugated paper / fibreboard – from the ceiling, lamp shade, tables, chairs etc. A cup and napkin holders and even plates! We were amazed by the designs!

We never get to try the food here, as we are quite full. Can have some small brunch to try! Do check out on the post if you want to know more about Carton King Restaurant. 🙂

We didn’t get to the Carton restaurant but , there is a section which sells honey and other related products just beside the restaurant near the entrance. The staff there was really friendly, gave us a few different honey to try. We decided to buy one honey with longan and one normal just pure honey! — The honey with longan taste super nice. I make and drink as honey water. Love the honey!

There is also a souvenir shop on the first floor, where you can purchase the creativity of carton made products! like the Eiffel Towel and other famous architects, DIYs Kit to buy home and build. — We brought a Windmill Carton Model lighting (can’t rmb how much exactly cost, but it’s quite cheap) and a Musical Carousel! (NTD$2,211.40 $100 SGD) 

Swiss Garden (清境小瑞士花園)

No.28, Dingyuan Vil., Ren’ai Township, Nantou County 546, Taiwan (南投縣546仁愛鄉定遠新村28號(小瑞士花園))
Opening Hours: 8am to 10pm
Entry Ticket: NT$20

Carton King (紙箱王)

No.28, Dingyuan Vil., Ren’ai Township, Nantou County 546, Taiwan (南投縣546仁愛鄉定遠新村28號(小瑞士花園))
Souvenir shop opens 9am – 9pm
Restaurant opens 11am – 8pm (3 sessions – lunch, tea, dinner)
Minimum spending NT$80 per person, excluding 10% service charge

3. Cing Jing Farm

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We are here at the Cing Jing Farm! It’s really cold out here, due to raining and mountain cold air. Feel like Air-con here! Cing Jing is a favourite spot to interact with farm animals such as cows and sheep.

Visit the Sheep

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Find this little sheep machine to buy food to feed the sheep’s.

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They all coming for food, so get ready your treats and feed them all! Remember to take a quick nice close up shot before they run away to other people’s

Horse Show


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Next is the horse show! It was inform by our driver that there is a horse show here. And we get in time to pick a seat and watch with comfortable zone area. Each of them was in charge in their own pet horse.

At the end of the show, you never want to miss taking photos with all the professional horses performance!

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Take a few nice mountiscenery

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We’ve book the nearest Hotel Villa, which is further up to Cing Jing. Catch the sunrise in the morning. If you don’t want to miss the sunrise, can let the counter know and they will have a package for you. You may check on my next post on the Hotel Villa reviews!

IMG_1548Along the way up to the mountain, can see people who stays here, work here. Seems like a tough life for them but see them happily living here, their hometown is like a blessing for them. 🙂 Will definitely come back here again.

The driver was intro by one of my friend. If you would like to book him as your driver, I have the details for you below!

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Address: No. 170, Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 546

Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm Daily

Entry Ticket: NTD$200

By Private Car:

Cing Jing Farm was located at the mountain top further up in Taichung city. Far from Rainbow Village and Sun Moon Lake. You have to book a driver to drive up here and back to Taichung HSR Station. Is our first time here, and surprisingly we successful made it here. May check my other post on How to get to Taichung City.

We paid around 3500NTD, $160 SGD for 1 day trip, for 2 person. (Price can try ask for nego)

Can contact driver thru WeChat ID :RderHamilton, 高任皓.