Taiwan Trip Itinerary:6D6N @ Taipei & Yilan, Taiwan

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    Yes we are back from a 6D6N Taiwan Trip and can’t wait to blog about our itinerary! We flew Malaysia Airlines and of course,we got a very good seat experience for a decent shut eye. Before we knew it, four hours passed and we arrived to Taoyuan International Airport. Here’s our executive summary, more on the details later!

    Day 1
    Taoyuan International Airport 桃園國際機場 – Taipei Hostel – National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院- Shihlin Night Market 士林夜市

    Day 2
    Fu Hang Soy Bean @ HuaShan Market 阜杭豆漿 – Taiwan Story Land 台灣故事館Ah Sui Sai Pork’s Trotter 阿水獅豬腳大王 – 688 Beef Noodles 牛爸爸牛肉麵 – 101, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, New York New York – Shida Night Market 師大夜市

    Day 3
    Yang Ming Shan National Park 陽明山國家公園 – BeiTou (hot spring) 北投 – DanShui Old Street 淡水老街Lover’s Bridge & Fisherman Wharf 情人桥,淡水漁人碼頭 – Xi Men Ding 西門町

    Day 4
    Pingxi, Jiufen, + North East Coat, + Jinguashi, + KeelungJingTong 菁桐 – PingShi 平溪 – ShiFen 十分 Jiufen 九份 – Windsor B&B 溫莎堡景觀民宿 – Seafood Dinner near KeeLung 基隆 North East Coast, + Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park + Keelung Miao Kou Night Market

    Note: I have included some places of interest from my latest Taiwan Trip into the itinerary with a “+” sign. Pingxi, Jiufen, Jinguashi, Keelung are townships that lie adjacent to each other. It is best to spend 2D1N to cover places of interest like Pingxi + Jiufen + Jinguashi + Keelung Night Market (spend a night in Jiufen). Mode of transportation includes inter-township buses, taxis or chartered car. It is best to charter a car (check with the B&B owner) to avoid complications and to save time, and the view along the way from Jiufen to Jinguashi (North East Coast東北角海岸) is spectacular!

    Day 5
    LuoDong, Yilan County: Yilan Braised Duck – Lo Dong Night Market 羅東觀光夜市Rothenburg Bed & Breakfast 羅騰堡民宿

    Day 6
    Dong Shan River Park 冬山河親水公園Wu Fen Pu 五分埔商圈 + Raohe Street Night MarketTripod King Ma La Steamboat 鼎王麻辣鍋

    BONUS! From Taiwan August 2009

    Day 1



    Our “hand-made” guide book with maps and all…

    Taoyuan International Airport

    Transportation Information:


    Things to Do:

    1. Redeem Digital Tour Buddy (consist of a hand set, sim card with talk time of NT200 and phone charger). Remember to apply online 7 days before departure.

    2. Apply for Youth Travel Card at the tourism passenger service centers or any of the NYC Youth Hub nationwide to enjoy Youth Travel Special Discount.


    Just to see two of the museum’s most treasured objets d’art-Jadeite Cabbage & Meat Shaped Jasper.

    National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院

    Operating Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM daily

    Extended Hours: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM every Saturday (during extended evening hours, free admission)

    Getting Here:

    Take the Red Line to the Shilin Station. At Exit 1, take bus R30 (Red 30) to the National Palace Museum.

    Other routes that will take you to and near the Museum plaza are buses 255, 304, Minibus 18 and Minibus 19.


    Shihlin Night Market士林夜市


    Getting Here:

    Take the Red Line to Jiantan Station. The food court is located directly across the street from the station with the rest of the night market spreading out to the north.


    From Top L to Bottom R:

    1. Very Juicy Meat Rolls with Spring Onions NT 10

    2. A very popular stall with perpetual queue – Fu Zhou Peppery Sao Bing NT 45

    3. Famous Oyster Omelette inside the food court NT 50

    4. Must try Ah Sheng’s Big Sausage Wrapped Small Sausage NT 50

    5. Trademark of Shihlin Night Market – Big Biscuit Wrapped Small Biscuit NT 30

    6. Huge Bubble Milk Tea for only NT 30

    DAY 2


    Fu-Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿 (MUST GO!)

    2F, Huashan Market Building.

    Operating Hours: 530 am to 1030 am daily

    Getting Here:

    Take the Blue Line to Shandao Temple Station. At exit 5, the Huashan Market Building is on your right.


    A typical Taiwanese breakfast at it’s best – salted soy milk, thick flat bread with deep-fried dough sticks, thin flat bread stuffed with eggs and green onions, shao bing


    Taiwan Story Land 台灣故事館

    50, ZhongXiao W.Rd, Sec. 1, B2 (basement of K-Mall)

    Operating Hours: 1030am to 11pm daily


    Getting Here:

    Take exit 6/8 from Taipei Main Station and walk to the B2 level of K-Mall (next to ShinKong Tower)

    Admission Ticket: NT 280 with NT 150 cash voucher


    Ah Sui Sai King of Pork Trotters 阿水獅豬腳大王

    1, Ln 235, Sec 4, Zhong Xiao E. Road, Taipei.

    (MRT Zong Xiao Dun Hua station exit 3)

    Operating Hours: 10am to 9pm


    Are you rubbing your eyes? Beef Noodles for NT 1000, 3000 & 10000 (RM 111, 333, 1110)?


    688 Beef Noodles 牛爸爸牛肉麵

    16, Alley 27, Ln 216, Sec 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Taipei


    (MRT Zong Xiao Dun Hua station exit 3)

    Operating Hours: 11am to 9pm


    101, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, New York New York


    Getting Here:

    Take the Blue Line to the City Hall Station exit 2 and continue by (FREE) shuttle bus to Taipei 101. Hours of operation are 1100-2100, with buses coming every 15 minutes on weekends and every 20 minutes on weekdays.


    From Top L to Bottom R:

    1. TangLung braised stuff – our plate costs NT 135

    2. Arnold’s Crepe – the best that we have ever had! NT 40

    3. Xu Kee Pan Fried Bao – the queue was crazy! NT 7 for one

    4. Salted Chicken NT 60 for a quarter chicken – kgboy’s favourite!

    * all four stalls are using this digital numbering system (just like the banks). Just press for a number and wait patiently. Trust me, the wait is totally worth while!

    Shida Night Market 師大路夜市


    Getting Here:

    Take exit No. 3 of the Taipower Building (台電大樓) MRT Station (Green Line).

    DAY 3


    Yang Ming Shan National Park 陽明山國家公園


    Getting Here:

    From exit M1 of Taipei Main Station, take bus 260 to Yang Ming Shan main bus station. From there, get a unlimited bus ride for leisure bus 108 (NT 60)  to go around Yang Ming Shan area.


    Our Japanese Style Hot Spring Villa – NT 200 per person

    BeiTou (Hot Spring) 北投


    Getting Here:

    From Yang Ming Shan, take bus 230 to Xin Beitou MRT Station.


    Danshui Old Street 淡水老街


    Getting Here:

    Turn left as you exit the MRT and then turn right along the river to get the DanShui Old Street.


    From Top L to Bottom R:

    1. Mister Donut – say good bye to Krispy Kreme. NT 25 – Nt 45 for one

    2. NT 10 ice cream that sucks

    3. huge barbequed squids NT 50

    4. Sing-Ya Dorayaki – very very delicious. NT 35 for one

    5. Ah Ma’s sour plum drink that tasted weird

    6. DanShui’s A-Gei – delicious! NT 30


    Lover’s Bridge & Fisherman’s Wharf 情人桥,淡水漁人碼頭


    Getting Here:

    Take the Red Line to Danshui station, and then transfer to Bus Red-26, 836, or 837. Alternatively, take a ferry ride from Danshui Ferry Pier to fisherman’s wharf (NT 50, more expensive).

    day 3

    Ah Zong Mee Sua & Cheng Du Star Fruits Ice/Pineapple Ice

    西門町 XiMenDing


    Getting Here:

    Ximending is accessible via exit 6 of Ximen Station (Blue Line)

    Day 4


    Riding the humble Pingshi line in northern Taiwan to three deserted mining town in Taiwan – JingTong 菁桐 – PingShi 平溪 – ShiFen 十分 makes a great day trip.

    Getting Here:

    From Taipei main station, take Taiwan Railway to RueiFang station. From there, buy a one day pass at NT 54 for unlimited rides along Pingshi line. Most people will start from the last station JingTong, before making pit stops at PingShi station and ShiFen station.


    JingTong. JingTong train station – one of the three Japanese style wooden train station left in Taiwan.


    JingTong. Here you can write your wishes on bamboo sticks and hang them up.


    PingShi. Buy a paper lanterns from the grocery shops along the old street and bring it to Pingshi Sky Lantern Park.


    PingShi. Be taken aback by the grandeur and beauty as the lanterns carrying our wishes are sent off to the heaven.


    ShiFen. Shifen old street-train passes through the resident area, right in front of their doors


    ShiFen Scenic Area


    JiuFen 九份


    Getting Here:

    1.From Taipei, take the train north to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang take the Keelung Transit bus from the bus stops in front of the train station to Jiufen. Be sure to line up across the road to go to Jiufen and Jinguashi.

    2.From Taipei, take the Jiufen bus from the Adventist Hospital bus stop on Bade Road, east of the intersection with Fuxing Road. Alternatively, take the same bus from Songshan station or Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station Exit # 1.


    From Top L to Bottom R:

    1. Famous Aunty Ah Gan Yam Balls & Sweet Potato Balls NT40

    2. Ah Lan’s glutinous rice cake NT 10

    3. JiuFen Red Wine MeatBall with Glutinous Rice Skin NT 40

    4. JiuFen’s fishballs that tasted bad NT 25


    Windsor Bed & Breakfast 溫莎堡景觀民宿

    NT 3200 per night. The B&B’s owner, Mr Hsu will provide pick up services from Rueifang Train Station. It was very kind of him to offer to bring us around JiuFen & Jinguashi too.


    Squid Sausages – made of squid and squid ink.

    Mr Hsu & wife brought us to this seafood restaurant near the port for a scrumptious dinner before we call it a night.

    Day 5


    Breakfast, made with love by Mrs. Hsu.


    From RueiFang station, we took a train to Luodong Station 羅東鎮 (Yilan County). We stopped by this famous braised duck place for lunch.


    LuoDong Night Market 羅東觀光夜市 is awesome! The food stalls offer vastly different snacks and food from Taipei’s night market.

    From Top L to Bottom R:

    1. Yilan Spring Onion Dough – very sweet and juicy. NT 35

    2. Dragon Phoenix Roll – its actually minced pork wrapped with lard’s net. so sinful! NT 35

    3. Yilan Fried Pork – very flavorful. NT 50

    4. Yilan Spring Onion Bing NT 35

    5. Dang Gui Mutton Soup – the boss was interviewed by a host from Hong Kong’s tv station while we were eating there. NT 50

    6. Stinky Tofu – we were shocked because it stinks so much! but it was sooo good! NT 30


    Rothenburg Bed & Breakfast  羅騰堡民宿

    NT 3300 per night. Our host picked us up from LuoDong night market. 10 minutes later, we arrived to our B&B and were stunned by what greeted us.


    Good night’s sleep.


    Breakfast was splendid, with a grand variety of delicious food. It made us feel at home so much.


    We cycled around Dong Shan River Park 冬山河親水公園 and did nothing for the rest of the day.


    Paddy Field in front of our B&B.


    The owner, Mr Hsu offered to drive us around Yilan to do some sightseeing but we have to turn him down. We were eager to do some last minute shopping at Wufenpu.

    day 6

    WuFenPu 五分埔商圈 – Cheap clothes, famous big sausage wrapped small sauge, deep fried chicken chop.

    Getting Here

    Take a MRT train to Houshanpi Station (blue line), go to Exit 1 and walk north along Jhongpo N. Rd. to the intersection of Jhongpo N. Rd. and Yongji Rd. IMG_2770

    Our most expensive meal in Taiwan ( NT 1481 / RM 164) – Ma La Steamboat Dinner supper at Tripod King. 鼎王麻辣鍋


    As a token of appreciation, the waitresses need to do a 90 degree bend whenever they approach the patron’s tables.

    It was 2am by the time we finished eating. We hailed a cab back to our hostel to do some packing and stuffing before taking a 4.40am bus to the airport. Zai Jian Taiwan!

    That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more updates.


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