Shifen 十分

We changed our original plan from visiting Yehliu to Shifen (十分), as our driver told us that Yehliu is very popular with China tour groups given that there are spacious carparks available for tour coaches to park = it will be very crowded.  In addition, the thought of being able to release sky lanterns (天灯)…

Jiufen 九份

Having heard many positive reviews about Jiufen (九份) before my holidays, it was thus a no-brainer that Jiufen must be included in my itinerary, & so we did. 🙂  We set out for Jiufen on the second last day of our trip. It is said that long ago, there were only 9 families in Jiufen,…

Tamsui 淡水

Tamsui (淡水) used to be the center of shipping & commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city is still popular with visitors from Taipei & boasts many historical attractions. It is also a popular location for viewing the sunset. As Tamsui MRT Station (the terminal station of the red line) is just…

Beitou 北投

On Tuesday, our 3rd day in Taipei, we ventured out to Beitou (北投), a northern district of Taipei famous for its hot springs.  I was looking forward to soaking myself in some relaxing hot spring there, to relief myself from the past few days’ lack of rest. The hot springs resort area is located near…

Shida Night Market 师大夜市

After an afternoon of “lazing” at 2 cafes in Yongkang Street, we found our way to Shida Night Market (师大夜市) – a popular night market in Taipei located next to National Taiwan Normal University (国立台湾师范大学).  It got its name because of its proximity to the university. Amazingly we managed to navigate our way from Yongkang…