This week, we cover our adventure into the land of Taiwan! Continuing our from our previous entry, days 3 and 4 will be detailed below, covering our trips to tourist spots like 九份 (Jiufen), 十份 (Shifen) and 淡水 (Danshui)!
Day 3: Experiencing the Full Spectrum of the Weather
Our day started with a downpour from the heavens, but thank goodness that only last a while. Having experienced a horrid storm the night before (at Raohe Night Market), we were praying for the skies to be kind on us; thankfully they did stop after a while! By then, we were at Taipei 101, planning the day’s itinerary and hoping to maximise the third day of our trip.
After waiting for the rain to end, we ended up exploring the nearby shopping centres (including the Taipei International Convention Centre and the ATT4fun shopping mall). Quite often tourists are tempted to explore the famous and well known ‘tourist spots’, but even walking around these frequented local settings was eye-opening.
Our next stop was the Huashan Creative Park 1914, a former winery turned arts gallery, whereby local artists can showcase their creative talents! There were a mingling of locals and tourists (many armed with cameras like us!) and we explored the various features of the Park, including shops, art galleries, and the famous Upside Down House!
Our final stop of the day was Danshui, a town located at the northern part of Taipei (where the train would actually go eh heh). It is close to the mouth of the Danshui River, out towards the East China Sea. It has a smaller night market (in comparison to the ones we had gone to so far, including Shilin and Raohe), but boasts an unforgettable view at the Fisherman’s Wharf!
Day 4: Travelling out to Jiufen and Shifen!
On the fourth day of our trip, we planned to go to the outlying towns of Jiufen and Shifen. Based on the weather forecast, it was going to be a bright sunny day and we banked on this and made our way there! Getting to Jiufen and Shifen would require one to travel out of Taipei City itself, and a combination of buses and trains will get you to the locations. Both places are famous for their activities, food and scenery (my goodness, the scenery!), and these places are must-visit when near Taipei!
After the eventful afternoon, we headed to Jiufen! The village of Jiufen sits atop a low mountain, where the scenic view was just breathtaking. Getting there required us to return to the main train station, and taking a bus from there. The Jiufen Old Street contains rows and rows of shops and eateries, selling famous consumables such as yuyuan (taro ball), almond powder, fishball shop, and various tea products!
This day was easy the most tiring of our trip, and we went back to our hotel rooms very much deprived of our physical energy, but buzzing at our buys and sights! Be sure to stay tuned for our last two days, along with a special surprise (clue: it’s something you haven’t see so far on our two entries!).