Exploring Beitou in Taipei

On our 6th day, or last day in Taiwan, we woke up late, had complimentary breakfast from Go Sleep Hotel Xining, and explored Beitou. We didn’t really have chance to explore Ximending even though we stayed there. We checked out, stored our luggage with the hotel, and then took MRT from Ximen to Xinbeitou.

Beitou is famous for its hotspring. It’s easy to navigate at Beitou, thanks to the abundance of detailed signage and signboards. Continue reading “Exploring Beitou in Taipei”

Ita Thao Village, Sun Moon Lake-Taichung-Taipei, Ximending, Rao He Night Market

On the 5th day, we had a hearty breakfast. Our guest house owner bought us glutinous rice with soya milk. It was great and filled our tummy to the fullest. We then packed our stuffs and the owner’s friend drove us with our luggage to Shuishe. We stored our luggage for free at the information center. After that, we walked to the pier and boarded the ferry to Ita Thao. The ferry stopped at Xuanguang first, but we didn’t have time to explore this station.

From Ita Thao Pier, we walked to ropeway station. We followed the signage but got lost somehow. We found the station in the end and took the ropeway to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (some refers it to Ita Thao Village). After we arrived at the village, we took skyline to the Amusement Isle. Continue reading “Ita Thao Village, Sun Moon Lake-Taichung-Taipei, Ximending, Rao He Night Market”

Cingjing-Puli-Sun Moon Lake, Cycling around Sun Moon Lake

Our day 4 was spent half in Cingjing and half in Sun Moon Lake. Our hotel didn’t provide complimentary breakfast, hence we had chips, banana, and coffee that we brought and ate it in our hotel room. We then showered, packed our luggage and checked out, but we stored our luggage with the hotel. We waited for bus at the bus stop near our hotel, on the main road. Around 10.30am, Nantou bus from Puli passed by, we flagged, got on the bus, told the bus driver that we wanted to go to Little France, and paid the fare (which is cheaper compared to calling the pickup-service), but of course we had to stand because the bus was full. Then we ate our early lunch at a restaurant there. It was surprisingly not so expensive. Continue reading “Cingjing-Puli-Sun Moon Lake, Cycling around Sun Moon Lake”

Keelung-Taipei-Taichung-Puli-Cingjing , Little Swiss Garden, Green Grassland (Cingjing Farm)

We woke up very early in the morning because we wanted to catch the 2nd train from Keelung at 5.33am, so that we could catch the first HSR in Taipei. We got up at 4.40am, washed our face and packed our luggage in rush, called the receptionist to help us book cab and eventually checked out from our hotel E-Coast Star Hotel at 5.00am. We took the cab to Keelung train station, which is probably about 5-7 mins cab drive. We rushed to the ticket machine and bought our tickets for normal train. Surprisingly, we could make it for the 1st train, at 5.15am. I was so relieved! We arrived in Taipei station at 6.00am. We then walked to HSR station. We witnessed the opening of HSR ticket counter. People were already queuing even before ticket counter was opened. We then bought our HSR ticket to Taichung, leaving Taipei at 6.36am. We bought reserved seat tickets. Since we have spare time, we went to toilet as well as bought breakfast from convenient store inside HSR station. We then departed from Taipei to Taichung. We had our breakfast in the train.

Local train in Taiwan
I guess he is a fish seller, bringing his fish to market (on local train in Taiwan)
Taiwan HSR (Taipei to Taichung)
Interior of HSR train. We took HSR from Taipei to Taichung

Upon arrival in Taichung at 07.28, we ran in madness to find Nantou bus station because we wanted to catch 7.35am bus to Puli. We followed the signange pointing to bus, and walked down to the basement and went to gate 5. There was already a long queue for Nantou bus but we are confused what is the destination for this long line. We asked nantou bus counter, the lady told us the direct bus to Cingjing is at 8.45, we didn’t want to wait for 1 hour, so we decided to buy ticket to Puli. After that, we queued at Puli destination but it was a long queue; a few buses came but we didn’t get to the front of the queue, until 8.10am. We took 8.10am bus and arrived at Puli around 9.10am. At Puli station, we bought ticket to Cingjing, leaving at 9.35am. This bus is the same bus that leaves Taichung HSR at 8.45am. The bus was already full when it arrived at Puli, I was so scared that we couldn’t get on this bus and had to wait another hour. It was very stressful situation because we thought we have made a mistake by not taking direct bus from Taichung HSR at 8.45am. Fortunately we were allowed to get on the bus, but we had to stand for whole journey. I told myself: it’s better than waiting for another hour. So I sucked it in for an hour journey to Cingjing. The view along the way was magnificent though. (see tips at the end of the post regarding taking Nantou Bus to Cingjing)

After the bus arrived at Wushe, before Cingjing, we told the bus driver to drop us at our hotel location. The driver then dropped us around 10.30am. We were lost and couldn’t figure out where our hotel is. We stood at the road side and tried to search in Google maps. Fortunately a taxi driver stopped by and asked where we wanted to go, we told him our hotel name and he pointed us to the direction. We followed the direction and eventually arrived at our hotel, Shan Shui-Yuan Vege Guest House, around 10.40am. Yay we made it to Cingjing before noon! So glad that we made it in the morning.

Hotel signboard in Cingjing, Taiwan
The signboard full of Chinese characters, leading to our hotel (Shan Shui) at Cingjing. Foreigners who don’t read Chinese, definitely need local’s help!

We checked in hotel but were told that the room is not ready yet until afternoon. So we settled the paperwork, stored our luggage with the hotel, and asked receptionist about how to get around and where to go. She explained that we could call a transport company and they would pick us at any location within about 5-15 mins. and they can bring us to anywhere in Cingjing, for a fee of TWD 50/person. We thought it was great price. We then decided to call the pick-up service to go to Little Swiss Garden (see tips at the end of post regarding pick-up service). At the entrance, there is a restaurant (Carton King) and a 7-11 store. Constrained by budget, we chose to buy “bento” from 7-11. The cashier heated it up and we could eat at one of the tables outside 7-11. And, there was a live performance going on. It was such a great lunch, with such a nice weather (cool weather) and such a nice atmosphere. I didn’t want to leave!

City Cafe in front of Little Swiss Garden where we had our bento lunch, accompanied by live performance
City Cafe in front of Little Swiss Garden where we had our bento lunch, accompanied by live performance. Such a great atmosphere.

Eventually we had to lift our lazy asses and buy tickets from Little Swiss Garden counter. Caution: You want to get a chop on your hand, to allow you for re-entry. The garden has well-manicured lawns and flowers. It was so neat, it was hard to find dead flowers.There is a pond in the middle that has water performance, watch out for performance timing in the brochure. We saw the performance, it was simple, there was nothing much. I was awe-struck by the beautiful flowers. The cool weather made it nice to hang around. I’ve been to 2 Disneylands before, and I’m definitely dreaming of a huge flower garden in a Disney-like park. Little Swiss Garden is a small garden, yet it’s such a perfectly-maintained garden. It is worth to visit this little garden.

Entrance fees and information for Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
Entrance fees and information for Little Swiss Garden
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Water Performance
Water Performance at Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
Water Performance
Duck at Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
Duck Dance?
Little Windmill in the middle of the pond at Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
Little Windmill in the middle of the pond
Manicured Lawn forming the words of Swiss Garden, at Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
Manicured Lawn forming the words of Swiss Garden
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Mini Greenhouse

 

At Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
At Little Swiss Garden
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At Little Swiss Garden
Little Windmill At Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
Another Little Windmill
At Little Swiss Garden, Cingjing, Taiwan
At Little Swiss Garden

Time was ticking and we had to rush to Green Green Grasslands (some refers it to Cingjing Farm), for sheep performance at 2.30pm. We exited the swiss garden, walked to bus station across the road. There was already a queue for Nantou shuttle bus (only available on weekends and holidays) to go to Green Green Grasslands. We joined the queue and paid TWD 20/person for the bus. At Green Green Grasslands, we bought ticket at entrance and go in directly to the sheep show area. Caution again: You want to get a chop on your hand, to allow you for re-entry. It was quite a long walk to the stage. Once at the stage, you want to scatter to find spot that is suitable for your height. The show was started with introduction of the shepherd. Then the shepherd guided the sheep up the hill and back down to the cage near stage. He then shaved the sheep. After that, there was some other comedy performance and then that’s it. And the end of the show, visitors got to ride the horses for a few minutes by paying certain fees to the counter. Visitor also got to touch and feed all the sheep. It was my first time touching and feeding them, it was amazing. After that, we walked to horse show location to watch horse show. The show mainly presented a few horsemen and women doing acrobatic moves while riding the horse round the stage.

Entrance fees and information for Green Green Grassland (Cingjing Farm), Taiwan
Entrance fees and information for Green Green Grassland (Cingjing Farm)
Map of Cingjing Farm / Green Grassland, Taiwan
Map of Cingjing Farm / Green Grassland
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Leading the sheep to go up the hill – Sheep Show
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Sheep on the hill
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Sheep before shaving
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Sheep during shaving
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Sheep after shaving
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Feeding the goat after Sheep Show
Sheep Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Feeding the sheep after Sheep show
Horse Show at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
The Horse Show

After the shows, we explored the farm and took photos. After that, we took shuttle bus back to the bus stop near Little Swiss Garden. Feeling tired, we had early dinner at 7-11 at little swiss garden, re-enter little swiss garden, watched night water performance (which was exactly the same as the one in the day), called the pick-up transport, and went back hotel to have early rest.

At Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Misty Cingjing Farm
Windmill at Cingjing Farm, Taiwan
Windmill at Cingjing Farm

TIPS

I couldn’t find map for Taiwan local trains. The only way for me to plan for local train transportation is to go to their official websites, which are quite informative and interactive. You may visit http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx or http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw/twrail/English/e_index.aspx# 

The official website for Taiwan HSR (High Speed Rail) can be found here: http://www5.thsrc.com.tw/en/index.asp Currently in 2015, there are 11 stations in operation, see the yellow locations in the map below. In my opinion, pre-booking is not necessary as there are many trains in a day.

Map of Taiwan HSR (High Speed Rail)
Map of Taiwan HSR (High Speed Rail)

To go to Cingjing from Taichung HSR, I highly recommend you to take Nantou bus from Taichung HSR (avoid transit at Puli), because the seats are on first-come-first-served basis. Hence, when Nantou bus stops at Puli, people who join the bus in Puli will have to stand on the way to Cingjing. Also, if you transit at Puli, there’s nothing much to be done, except probably visit the nearby KFC. Puli is the middle point between Taichung, Cingjing & Sun Moon Lake. Nantou bus will stop at many stops on the way to Cingjing. Therefore, you may ask your hotel what the nearest bus stop name is, and then inform your Nantou bus driver where you want to stop or your hotel name, the driver will announce to you when it’s your stop.The bus also stop at Little Swiss Garden and Green Green Grassland. To check the timetable and price, you may visit their website at http://www.ntbus.com.tw/en-index.html To get a sense of direction, below is map showing location of Tai Chung, Puli, Cingjing, and Sun Moon Lake.

Location of Taichung, Puli, Cingjing and Sun Moon Lake (Taiwan)
Location of Taichung, Puli, Cingjing and Sun Moon Lake

The map of Cingjing with additional translation that I added:

Cingjing Map
Cingjing Map in Chinese
Cingjing Area Map in English (Taiwan)
Cingjing Area Map in English
Cingjing Farm Map in English (Taiwan)
Cingjing Farm Map in English

The easiest way to get around Cingjing is by calling the pick-up service. They charge a flat price of TWD 50/person, and they will pick you from anywhere in Cingjing and send you to your destination. This is the phone number of the pick-up service.

Pick up service around Cingjing, Taiwan
Pick up service around Cingjing

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Jiufen to Keelung – Yehliu Geopark – Keelung Harbor – Miaokou Night Market

The plan for our second day is to make our way to Keelung and explore Keelung. We woke up not too early, packed, and had complimentary breakfast from our hotel Long Men Ke Zhan. Again, we had great view for our breakfast, the view of Jiufen and the sea. Breakfast was great. We then checked out and walked to Jiufen Old Street bus stop to take bus to Keelung. As usual, we took the bus with “Keelung” shown in the front screen, asked the driver to confirm our destination Keelung, and paid our fare. The journey was about 1 hour, and Google Maps was very helpful for telling us which bus stop is the nearest to our hotel. From bus stop, we walked to our hotel E-Coast Star Hotel and checked in. Once we stored our luggage with the receptionists, we went out. It was a 15 minutes walk to Keelung Station. We then take bus for another hour to Yehliu Geopark. We had lunch at one of the restaurant near Yehliu.

view from juifen lomenkezhan hotel
Our breakfast was accompanied by this view!
Keelung Harbor
Keelung Harbor
Keelung Harbor
Keelung Harbor
Map of Keelung Harbor
Map of Keelung Harbor

Yehliu Geopark is a very touristy place. It is not too small, and not too big either, but it is very crowded. The main attraction would be the Queen’s Head. Yehliu is located just beside the sea, hence the waves are strong, and the breeze is enjoyable. Take note that the opening hour is from 7.30 AM – 5.00 PM. After sweating it out under the hot sun light, we walked back to bus stop along the main road and crossed the main road. There is a souvenir shop just next to bus stop, selling fish crackers where we bought several packs. We then took bus back to Keelung Station.

Lunch near Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
Lunch near Yehliu Geopark
 Queen's Head 2 and Princess' Head 2 at Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
These are Queen’s Head 2 and Princess’ Head 2, the smaller version of the original
 Queen's Head and Princess' Head at Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
These are the original Queen’s Head and Princess’ Head
The coast at Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
The coast at Yehliu Geopark
The coast at Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
The coast at Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan
This sure looks like a mermaid’s tail!

We rest in hotel for a while. It was followed by a visit to Miaokou Night Market. The entrance is located at junction of Rensan Road and Road No 2. Just search for “基隆廟口” in Google Maps and follow the route. We ate Hot Star Fried Chicken, BBQ squid, milk tea, bun, butter crab (which is not fresh and not good), and noodle. The noodle shop has long queue, it was good and cheap. Feeling full, we walked back to Keelung Harbor and Keelung Train Station to plan for our train journey for the next day. After studying how to buy tickets and got the train schedule, we decided to take 2nd train (05.33am) to Taipei the next morning, in order to catch the first HSR in Taipei. We then walked back hotel and sleep.

Entrance of Miaokou Night Market, Keelung, Taiwan
Entrance of Miaokou Night Market
Food Stalls in Miaokou Night Market, Keelung, Taiwan
Food Stalls in Miaokou Night Market
The noodle shop with long queue at Miaokou Night Market, Keelung, Taiwan
The noodle shop with long queue
Performance at Keelung Harbor at night, Taiwan
Performance at Keelung Harbor at night
Cruise at Keelung Harbor at night, Taiwan
Cruise at Keelung Harbor at night
Ticket machine to buy train tickets at Keelung Station, Taiwan
Ticket machine to buy train tickets at Keelung Station
Instruction to buy train tickets at ticket machine at Keelung Station, Taiwan
Instruction to buy train tickets at ticket machine at Keelung Station

Tips to get to Yehliu from Keelung/Taipei: Click here

Tips to find Miaokou Night Market on Google Maps (because Google Maps is unable to recognize “Miaokou Night Market”): Type 基隆廟口and you will find the location as below:

Location of Miaokou Night Market, Keelung, Taiwan
Location of Miaokou Night Market

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Taipei and Jiufen – Badouzi, Buyanting, Gold Waterfall, Shuinandong / Yin Yang Sea, Gold Museum (Jinguashi), Jiufen Old Street

We landed at Taoyuan Airport early in the morning, at 6.00 AM. Our original plan was to get to the city of Jiufen by public transport and explore the city for the whole day. However we had a twist of plan because a friend of us offered to pick us up from airport and drive us to Jiufen. Taoyuan airport has a strong public wifi, hence we were able to get online to contact our friend, Ab.

After introducing ourselves, three of us (me, Frank, Step) loaded our luggage and bags into his car. And off we went to our first destination, Badouzi. Along the way, we stopped to get some food for breakfast from 7-11. I was amazed to find out that Taiwan’s 7-11 has yummy mealbox with affordable price. In Badouzi, we enjoyed our breakfast with a superb view. After breakfast, we explored the area (Wangyou valley, 65 Highland, 85 Highland and 101 Highland) and took photos.

By public transport, you can take bus 103 from Keelung Station, alight at Badouzi and walk for about 600m. Badouzi Park is just behind National Museum of Marine Science & Technology. Therefore you may plan your visit to include the museum as well.

Map of National Museum of Marine Science and Technology. Badouzi Park is just behind NMMST.
Map of National Museum of Marine Science and Technology. Badouzi Park is just behind NMMST.
badouzi location on google map
Location of Badouzi Park on Google Maps
Breakfast with amazing view at Badouzi, Taiwan
Breakfast with amazing view at Badouzi, Taiwan
Huge green field at Badouzi, Taiwan
Huge green field at Badouzi, Taiwan

We then continued our journey to Jiufen. Firstly, we went to our hotel Long Men Ke Zhan to check in and put in our luggage. After that, Ab drove us to Buyanting (不厭亭), a place with pavilion and scenic road. Ab told us that it was famous place for shooting of commercials. I got to say that it us awesome. Then we visited Gold Waterfall, Ying Yang Sea at Shuinandong, and sea side near Nanya Nanxin temple but didn’t have chance to see the famous Nanya rock formation.

Jiufen can be reached by bus from Ruifang Station or Keelung Station (it’s nearer from Ruifang), you may ask the locals where the bus stop is. For Buyanting, I’m not able to find any public transport to go there, it’s about 5.5km from Jiufen Old Street. Meanwhile, for Gold Waterfall, Shuinandong, Nanya, I recommend you to take Gold Fulong bus (from Jiufen or Ruifang station) which will take you to these places plus Gold Museum (Jinguashi), Bitou, Audi and Fulong.

Location of Buyanting on Google Maps
Location of Buyanting on Google Maps
Jiufen and surrounding on Google Maps
Jiufen and surrounding on Google Maps
Mount Jilong, near Jiufen, Taiwan
Mount Jilong, near Jiufen, Taiwan
Buyanting (不厭亭)
The amazing Buyanting (不厭亭) Taiwan
Gold Waterfall at Jiufen, Taiwan
Gold Waterfall at Jiufen, Taiwan
Ying Yang Sea at Jiufen, Taiwan (close up view at Shuinandong)
Ying Yang Sea at Jiufen, Taiwan (close up view at Shuinandong)
Ying Yang Sea at Jiufen, Taiwan (close up view at Shuinandong)
Ying Yang Sea at Jiufen, Taiwan (close up view at Shuinandong)

Our friend Ab dropped us at Gold Museum (formerly Gold Ecological Park) at Jinguashi, and went back to Taipei. We had our lunch at one of the restaurant. The price is not very cheap but we were too hungry and there were no alternatives so we just eat there. Food is not bad but not fantastic. Once filled up with energy, we explored the Gold Museum. Caution: use mosquito repellent!! Because we were bitten by starving mosquitoes and the scars couldn’t heal until weeks after that day. We had a dessert. And we touched the gold bar in the museum.

My lunch at Jinguashi Gold Museum, Jiufen, Taiwan
My lunch at Jinguashi Gold Museum, Jiufen, Taiwan
Map of Gold Museum at Jinguashi, Jiufen, Taiwan
Map of Gold Museum. You may download and print this for your planning =)
Dessert at Gold Museum at Jinguashi Jiufen, Taiwan
Dessert at Gold Museum at Jinguashi Jiufen, Taiwan
Jin, means gold (Gold Museum Jinguashi, Jiufen, Taiwan)
Jin, means gold (Gold Museum Jinguashi, Jiufen, Taiwan)

From museum, we took bus to go back to Jiufen. I didn’t recall the bus number, as long as “Jiufen” is written on the bus screen, we would get on the bus, ask the bus driver to confirm our destination and pay for our fare. Once in Jiufen, we feasted on street snacks at the old street market, namely wild pig sausage, yam dessert, milk tea, ice cream, and many other snacks that I can’t recall. Feast til drop, literally. I couldn’t walk any further right before sunset, and chose to sit down somewhere. My two travel friends ventured on their own and then we went back to hotel to rest. At night, we took some photos of night scene at Old Street and called it a day.

jiufen old street map on google maps
Jiufen Old Street consists of 2 main road: Jishan Street (sloping road) and Shuqi Street (Stairs). Maps credit: Yuh Jiun
Jiufen Old Street, Taiwan
Jiufen Old Street, Taiwan
City of Jiufen, Taiwan
Here’s the city of Jiufen from top! I love this spot!
Steps at Jiufen Old Street, Taiwan
There are just too many steps at Jiufen Old Street
Night view at Jiufen, Taiwan
It is not easy to get a decent night shot. And this is not one.

Tips: If you don’t read/speak Chinese, and you need to find ways to get to hotel from bus station, just copy your hotel name into google maps and look for direction. Of course you need to do this when you have internet connection =)

PS: If I’m back again, I’d love to climb Mt Jilong!

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6 Days Taiwan Trip Overview (10-15 September 2015) – Itinerary & Cost

Days leading to the trip:
Booked a plane ticket 5 months in advance during promotion period
Researched 1 month in advance of the trip
Booked hotels 1 week in advance (LOL)

Itinerary:
Day 1 (Taipei-Jiufen):
– Arrive in Taipei in the morning
– Welcomed by a Taiwanese friend at the airport
– Friend drove and traveled with us to: Badouzi, Jiufen, Jinguashi
– Explore Jiufen narrow street market on foot
– Stay the night at Jiufen

Day 2 (Keelung):
– Took bus to Keelung
– Visited Yehliu Geopark
– Walked around Keelung Habor and Miaokou Night Market
– Stay the night at Keelung

Day 3 (Cingjing):
– Took early morning train to Taipei, then High Speed Rail (HSR) train to Tai Chung
– Took Nantou bus to Puli, then Nantou bus again to Cingjing
– In Cingjing, visited Small Swiss Garden and Green Green Grassland
– Stay the night at Cingjing

Day 4 (Cingjing – Sun Moon Lake):
– In Cingjing, visited Little France for brunch; stroll on the scenic trails
– Took Nantou bus to Puli, then Nantou bus again to Sun Moon Lake
– In Sun Moon Lake, cycled around part of the lake
– Dinner around Shuishe area
– Stay the night at Sun Moon Lake

Day 5 (Sun Moon Lake – Taipei):
– Took ferry to Itha Thao
– Explore Aboriginal Cultural Village
– Visited Wenwu temple
– Took direct Nantou bus to Tai Chung
– Took HSR train to Taipei
– Met Taiwanese friends in Ximending
– Taiwanese friends drove and traveled with us to: Raohe Night Market, Rainbow Bridge, Taipei 101
– Stay the night at Taipei

Day 6 (Taipei):
– Explore Beitou area
– Went to airport and flew back home

Cost:
In total, the expense of the trip is approximately SGD 900. The breakdown is:

  1. Flight = SGD 117
  2. Insurance = SGD 36
  3. Visa = SGD 100
  4. Hotels = SGD 237
  5. Transports, Food, Attractions and other expenses = ~SGD 410

Overall Remarks:

Taiwan is an island country with well-developed transport system. It is quite easy to do DIY trips using public transports as long as you did your research, dare to ask questions to the locals, and have bus/train/ferry timetable ready in your hands. Even though in Cingjing, public transport is limited, it is still possible to roam around with ease. Furthermore, my travel partner speak and read Chinese language hence it is easy to communicate. I will do my best to provide guides on how to travel on the destinations that I visited. Hope you enjoy my blog!