Taiwan, Travel

Taiwan Day 4 – Goodbye Jiufen, Hello Beitou & Danshui

October 28, 2010

The drizzles at Jiufen lasted way past midnight but fortunately enough, it clears up the sky the next day.

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Taken this shot very early in the morning at 530AM right in our room. Nothing beats a great view on a perfect holiday.

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The hotel that we stayed for the night, by the hillside.

We packed our bags early as we will be making a trip back to Taipei before heading to Beitou.

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Breakfast is provided by Windsor, which was quite tasty with ham as filling along with special sauce and a portion of fruits.

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Home made Milk Tea, nice, creamy and soothing…even better the the teh tarik here.

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The cafe is also by the hillside, so there’s this glorious view of East China Sea to compliment breakfast.

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Some artsy deco at the front of the cafe, you won’t know it’s a cafe until you went through the door.

After breakfast, we left our bags there to do some last minute shopping and managed to get the automatic umbrella that’s much talk about by those who went to Taiwan before that can withstand the strongest wind.

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The view from the bottom of the very famous stairways that’s pretty much being used in a lot of travel brochures.

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Last minute photos before us taking the bus back to Taipei.

Our itinerary for the 4th day is pretty vague, but we ended up planning to stay a night at Beitou (which is the hot-spring district around Taipei) and visiting Danshui, which is the last stop of the Red MRT Line.

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We took the same bus back to Taipei city and head to the most integrated public transport, the MRT. Knowing that we will be using it a lot for the next few days, we bought the Easy Card, very much like our Touch n Go with a NT$40 credit, and soon we are off to Xinbeitou, where our accommodation is located.

Beitou

Things to do – Hot Springs, Hot Springs & more Hot Springs

Beitou is a district north of Taipei City and famous for the various hot springs around the area, there’s of course some common springs where you pay a fee and you can use bath in the hot spring. For more privacy, you can opt to stay in hotels that provided this kind of services as well at the benefits in your hotel room, which is what we wanted (and regretted as well).

Accomodation – Beauty Age Hotel

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At NT$3,680, it’s the most expensive stay that we’ve paid on our trip. We don’t even get to check in until after 6PM as the hotel also provide day-stay as well for families, couples and individuals.

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Japanese style room with mattress on the floor, but the room is still small.

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The hot tub that functions as a hot spring where you can open the tap for hot spring water. We only used the tub for 15 minutes, which I felt was a bit pricy for such a room.

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I think the price that we paid is very much depends on this certification.

Eat – Yoshinoya

Being a ‘hot spring’ town, there’s no night market around so we have to eat something that is fast, like Yoshinoya.

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I don’t think the franchise is available here in KL anymore so it’s good to give it a taste, moreover there’s pork being served instead of just beef.

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I ordered the normal pork set with an egg, which cost around NT$1,300.

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May ordered a combo set, that consist of beef and chicken teriyaki at a slightly higher price.

The meals are good and filling, and since there’s no more Yoshinoya here in KL, I think it will be quite a while before we will eat it again.

If you are planning to visit Beitou, there’s also other alternative like KFC, Starbucks and Sushi Express.

With a lot of time left between lunch and the time we can check in, we proceed to Danshui, where resides the Fisherman’s Wharf and Lover’s Bridge.

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The MRT in Xinbeitou is decorated with mock bath tub, which I find it quite interesting.

Danshui

Things to do – Visit Danshui Old Street, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lovers’ Bridge

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Danshui Old Street, which is another hotspot for night market and eateries, and leads all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf.

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We walked the street twice, as it’s still early. May picking up some toys for Kayden and getting a cup of Sugar Cane juice from a pretty girl stall.

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Not knowing that Fisherman’s wharf is (god knows how many)km away, we walked quite a distance before deciding to hop on to a bus.

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Where buses will show you this kind of sign the moment you step onto the bus. It’s an indicator that shows when you need to pay/swipe your Easy Card. So it’s pretty straight forward.

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Lovers’ Bridge, we’re there a bit early, so it’s not light up.

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The sun is still very high up but we were already tired of all the working.

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Some random shots around the bridge.

Things to eat – Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken, Steamed Pork Dumpling, Fish Ball noodles and Bittergourd Juice

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One of my favourite snacked during the entire Taiwan trip is Steamed Pork Dumpling, which is like the Shanghai-nese Dumpling minus the soup inside.

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A 8 pieces for NT$35 and 12 pieces for NT$50.

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Yummiest steamed dumpling ever.

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Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken, one of the Fried Chicken franchise there and the 1st stall that I encountered that needs to take number.

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A small portion is about NT$55, and have to queue to collect the fried chicken. It’s one of the best Taiwanese fried chicken during our trip, the bite size chicken with a tinge of spices is very welcoming after our long walk.

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Bitter gourd juice is very popular, depending on the size you want, the price ranges from NT$50 to NT$150.

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Another shop that we wanted to try is this place called Lau Ben Kang Kuai Chan.

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May will always be attracted to anything with fish balls, so we ended up giving this place a try.

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This is the reason that we wanted to try this place, and both me and May almost quarrel over this piece of tofu. What’s so special about it?

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What contains inside is glass noodle, and that makes the whole thing special. The sauce is also very special with a mixture of bean curd sauce and what I tasted could be plum sauce. I only eaten a little because of it’s tofu content but it’s really good.

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The lady boss busy input-ing the glass noodle to the tofu. And a bowl of assorted fish balls, which in total the meal cost about NT$80, which is quite reasonable.

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More snacks before we called it a night. Chips like pagoda, that you can also get here at Carrefour Midvalley and those very long ice cream at NT$15.

Overall day 4 is quite an enjoyable day, the only let down would be the pricey hotel that we paid. So any of you going to Taiwan anytime soon, avoid staying in Beitou.

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2 Comments

  • Reply xingqing November 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Hi there,
    enjoyed your blog… my family is planning a trip to tw this dec.. thanks for the info.. was planning to stay in beitou.. but now i think i’ll give it a miss.. just the 2 hrs… private room hot spring will be good enough i think.. moreover, i’ve got 3 young kids… can’t dip long too!
    i can’t wait to eat the dumpling btw. great pics
    xingqing

  • Reply JD November 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    @xingqing

    Glad that you find it helpful. Yeah, just spent an afternoon at Beitou will be enough. Yup, the dumpling is super delicious. They also sell something like our version of roti canai on the same stall, so maybe you can give it a try too.

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