Finally found some time to write out this trip here goes
First solo backpacking trip to Taiwan from 16 Feb to 22 Feb 2014.
Day3 Pingxi line(Jingtong,Shifen,Houtong)
Day6 Elephant Mountain
Flight from Singapore to Taiwan by Tigerair, reached Taiwan Taoyuan International airport at 12+pm. Some delays here and there and bought data sim card for a week at the airport.
Finally checked-in at the first hostel, Taipei Cheeky House, 6 bed dorm room
After resting for awhile went to Ximending for dinner
Cheese potato and AhZhong mian xian
Also had some other street food and window shopping around Ximending didn’t saw anything interesting to buy though
Met a local at the dorm he was from Kaohsiung came to Taipei to meet up with his friends
Had breakfast with him at a random shop just across the road of the hostel
Ham burger, Ice red tea and pancake (taste like prata but with sweet sauce)
He was kind enough to show the way to walk over to Taipei Main station and got to know more about him on the way there, save money on transport yay!!!
Took the metro from Taipei Main Station to Xinbeitou, need to transfer at Beitou Station
Unique train from Beitou to Xinbeitou
Nice park on the way to Thermal Valley
Beitou library no taking photos inside
Finally reached the thermal valley, but guess what? its closed because its MONDAY…
Do take note that lots of attractions are closed on monday at taipei plan ahead. But since I am alone making other plan is easy.
So I made my way to Jiufen. Took the metro back to Taipei Main Station then a train to Ruifang Station.
Small cafe near the train station
Bus to Jiufen, just look around and follow the queue (typical Singaporean)
Best if that you can find a seat in the bus, or else hold on tight the trip is going to be bumpy, not the road condition but because of the winding road.
View from the bustop
Everyone was taking picture of the signboard
After walking along the main Jiufen Laojie, find it kinda boring and crowded so I wander off to some deserted area.
Done with Jiufen moving on to Jinguashi. Upon reaching Jinguashi, I move straight to the mountain area skipping all the tourist attraction.
Sakura haha was lucky there was still some left, and beware of snakes
There is this house “guarded” by these 2 metal dudes, I think there is also some of these dudes in the city as well
YingYang Sea down there, Mountain view
After all these scenery decide to walk back to visit the tourist attractions, on the way back saw a cafe by the side of the pathway so went in to rest and a drink
The signboard and view from outside
Its like house converted into a cafe.
Went to the gold production plant, see how gold was being produce back then and left Jinguashi to Keelung for Miaokou NM
Entrance to the NM (was there quite early not much people yet)
You Fan and Crab meat soup
This NM not for solo traveller because mainly selling seafood also had the fried sandwich which I don’t really like it
That’s it for Day1 and 2