This week we cover our last two days in Taiwan! The trip was mostly winding down to an end, but we intended to make full use of the remaining time we had left in the unpredictably fun city of Taipei!
Day 5: Eat, drink, and climb a mountain
After the long day out at Shifen and Jiufen (see our previous week’s entry here), we decided to sleep in and take the day as it came. The weather forecast proved to be unreliable once again, forecasting a day of rain where none was to be seen. Initially we would have opted to hike up the mountains at Yangmingshan, but chose to do so only later in the day. With that, we started the day with the only way we knew how: food!
Knowing that today was going to be a ‘chill’ day, we stayed in Ximending, enjoying some light shopping and walking about.
It was close to late afternoon when we decided to go up to Yangmingshan, the closest national park to Taipei City and located about half an hour from the city centre. Getting there required a change of buses. Upon reaching the bus terminal, we could feel the dip in temperature. Unfortunately, our biggest mistake was not checking the bus timing, and it turned out that many bus services going further up the national park had already ended. That being said, we enjoyed a slightly challenging walk up a nature path before returning back to Taipei City.
Our last stop of the night was a return trip to Shilin night market! We tried several different ji pa (chicken cutlet) throughout our trip and found Shilin to have the best. The night ended with us filling our stomachs with appetising and oily food (no guilt there!)
Day 6: Celebrating the last day with the first day of Dragonboat Festival!
The last day had us checking out of our hotel (which had been the most comfortable place of rest, would recommend it for anyone) and spending the day with fruitfulness. Our first stop was a ‘secret’ Starbucks on the 35th floor of Taipei 101. We had to make a booking in advance, and could only stay there for 2 hours. But, for the price of a Starbucks drink (instead of the tourist price of accessing the top floor of the tallest building in Taipei), we enjoyed a vast panorama of the city below our feet.
After our brunch at Starbucks, we headed for what would be the final main activity in Taiwan; witnessing a dragonboat race in commeration of Duanwujie (Dragonboat Festival). The location was at Dajia Riverside Park, where the winding river cut through the north of Taipei City. The weather forecast predicted showers, but given that it was the last day, we decided to just go for it…
Our last meal of the trip had to be a good one, so we sought for a reputable beef noodles store, and happily found one in Ximending! Beef noodles, just like lu ruo fan, is a popular delicacy in Taiwan. It was a great way to round off a wonderful, fun-filled and unpredictable trip by indulging in the best of local delights!
Last (but certainly not least), we present our usual collection of Polaroids and instax, taken throughout the trip! We brought our Lomo’Instant Wide, and the Sonar SX-70. It took some time for us to collate and choose our favourites (and we have already been uploading them on our Instagram); so please, enjoy!
And that wraps up our entry of our Taiwan trip! We will return to our usual antics and adventures next week, so stay tuned. 🙂