Exploring Taiwan 2014.

So this is as promised.. continuation to my earlier entry on my Taiwan trip. This entry will have pictures (!) since they speak a thousand more words than anything 🙂

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#1 I love taking aerial shots from the plane especially when i see beautiful places or geographical areas that are so different from SG.

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#2 the bus 1962 that we took from Airport to where our rented apartment is at Banqiao. But we had to walk quite a distance from the Bus station to the train station.

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#3 the first meal we had in Taiwan was Din Tai Fung and it was really awesome! Especially the veggies which are so much juicer than the ones we had in SG. The veggies are so GREEN and FRESH.. i am drooling now.

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#4 the 1 BR apartment we rented through AirBnB.

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#5 the not so good thing about this apartment is this narrow staircase that we all had to be really careful about climbing up to our bed every night haha

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#6 And then we took the HSR (bullet) train to Taichung.

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#7 ‘Looking excited’ selfie but was actually quite tired as we had to wake up early to catch the earliest train possible so as to maximise whatever time for Taichung.

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#8 Train selfie while on the way since we had nothing to do

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#9 Old England taken from afar.. Did not visit this as i thought it would be pretty lame to visit “England” when we are actually in Taiwan

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#10 CingQing Farm where we’ve finally reached.

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#11 Immediately upon entering the farm, we were greet by this enthusiastic + hungry fella.. she was really pestering us to throw out more of the sheep feed in our hands.

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#12 more and more

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#13 I attempted to walk on their ‘land’ of shit just to get real close with them.. haha

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#14 sudden reaction was because this fella tried to make a move on me and i got scared initially LOLIMG_5510

#15 my friends haha..

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#16 friend.. you need a hair cut soon!! 😛

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#17 more fully grown sheep

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#18 this is the underground railway station.. we took this to the north east side of Taiwan towards Ping Xi.

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#19 first stop – Jing Tong. People said this is a very nice little town.. i beg to differ.

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#20 and then we discovered the lovers bridge.

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#21 Graffiti designed train that only moves along the PingXi line. You gotta take this to be able to visit all the small towns.

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#22 pingxi town is getting quite commercialised with all these…

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#23 Guanyin Waterfall – i am not very sure whether this is a man made waterfall or natural one.. my brother said it is a man made one!

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#24 a pretty calming sight just facing opposite to the waterfall

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#25 we were pretty tired after much walking but still decided to take a look at the 18 bronze monks along the way.. duh.

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#26 Experienced taking their public bus when the gondola up to the Maokong was down for their annual maintenance – bOO!

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#27 the view that we got to see at Mao Kong, they called it the tea paradise in Taipei where only the locals know.

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#28 Really love fresh mangos and its something you can’t get in SG since we only import from other countries.

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#29 the famous Ah Zhong Mian Xian at Ximending.

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#30 Went shopping abit around Ximending. Was packed with crowds but lucky Taiwan is bigger than SG.. nothing of a sandwiched place as yet. 😀

 

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#31 Ximending Red House in the background and the art flea markets in the foreground.

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i’m glad we got our hands dirty with whatever we could on this trip since we are pretty much on our own. We figured much, planned much and got back a whole deal of experience that one can never get it on a guided tour. Big thanks to the people who have shared with me and a lot of time was put into my research, even the taxi driver was amazed that we know quite a lot about their country. Hehehe… it’s good to be prepared! Hope you guys enjoyed looking through.. i will be back with more pictures of another trip LOL..

Cheers, the dark traveler