Life is the art of drawing without an eraser ~ John W. Gardner

Taiwan Go Go Go

Finally, I found some time to recount my Taiwan trip. I knew I have to do this before I forgot where and what I have actually been to and done in Taiwan. I am not showing that I am the best planner, I am not. It is simply for the purpose of sharing. How to go and what you should take note. But the information I have is not all and perfect. You may still need to do some search on the internet to plan your trip well. Am writing this in English, for those who may not understand Chinese well.

Day 1 – Taipei 101 and Ximending 西门町

Day 2 – Yang Ming Shan 阳明山, Xin Bei Tou 新北投, Dan Shui 淡水 and Shilin Night Market 士林夜市

Day 3 – Leofoo Village Theme Park 新竹六福村, Wu Fen Pu 五分浦商圈, Rao He Night Market 饶河夜市

Day 4 – Yong He Soy Milk 永和豆浆, National Palace Museum 国立故宫博物馆, Miramar Ferris Wheel 美丽华摩天轮, Mr. J Italian-French Restaurant, Ximending Duck Noodles 鸭肉扁

Day 5 & 6 – Jiu Fen 九份, Gold Ecological Park 黄金博物园, Windsor B&B 温莎堡民宿

Day 7 – Long Shan Temple 龙山寺, Ximending 西门町, Shilin Night Market 士林夜市

Day 8 – Leaving Taipei

18 responses

  1. Ivy

    hi.. glad tat i’ve found your blog on yr taiwan trip..the details and info are so helpful as i’m planing to visit taiwan march nxt yr.

    you were mentioning you went to taiwan for 8 days or so.. will you also be blogging about the rest of the days?

    thanks

    July 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    • Ashley

      Hi Ivy! Thanks for reading :) I’m glad that you like my Taiwan posts.

      Oh dear, yes, I will be blogging about the rest of the days too. Just that I am a lazy bum cum busy bee. :P

      Now now, let me go and write my 4th day. :)

      July 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

  2. Wan Yi

    Awwww.. i am so missing Taiwan after reading your posts….

    November 5, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    • Ashley

      It was a suffer to write them, miss Taiwan so much lah! hahahaha…… Next year only we plan plan lagi lah. Hahahaha.

      November 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

  3. Fun snapshots U have here of your Taiwan trip, Ashley. :-)

    I’ll be glad to share your Taiwan pages with readers in my Taiwan travel website – that many more may see what U’ve traveled and enjoyed.

    Shall we exchange links?
    Thanks.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    • Ashley

      Hi Dave! Thanks for dropping by! :)

      Exchange links? Sure, why not? :) I’ll link you up in blog. Nice Taipei travel blog you have there! I’ll definitely be travelling to Taipei again, hopefully next year. Could get some info from your blog then.

      Cheers.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:55 AM

  4. Great! I’ll link up and let U know soon.

    Thanks Ashley. :-)

    November 12, 2010 at 3:31 PM

  5. Agnes

    Hi Ashley

    I found your blog very interesting and useful!I will be going over to taiwan in April. As I am a shopping maniac myself,just to check are the prices of the clothes near Ximenting very expensive?

    March 8, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    • Ashley

      Hi Agnes,

      Glad that you find the post useful. :) You’re welcome to ask me questions and I’ll try to answer if I know.
      As for the prices in Ximending, it’s relatively slightly more expensive compared with other areas on the outskirt. However, I would it’s pretty much the same between Ximending, Shilin and Wu Fen Pu. Maybe a few bucks cheaper or more expensive than the other. The prices of stuff in Jiufen though is pretty cheap. Nevertheless, I still bought a lot of stuff in Taipei city, especially Shilin and Ximending. :) I went during winter, not much of clothes I bought. I bet you would be “sweeping” a lot of clothes then in April. Try not to go Wu Fen Pu on Monday, it’s their wholesalers day.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

  6. Jaslin

    Hi Ashley

    Im going to Taipei on 21 April, will be staying in Evergreen Hotel. Wanna check is this hotel near any MRT station? (I check the web and understand i have to walk for a distance of 10mins)
    By the way is there any factory outlet in Taipei?

    Thks

    March 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    • Ashley

      Hi Jaslin, thank you for reading.

      I’m not sure where exactly Evergreen Hotel is, but I looked it up in google map, looks like it’s quite a distance to walk to the nearest MRT station (Zhongxiao Xinsheng). Evergreen Hotel to MRT Station

      As for the factory outlet, don’t think I’ve seen any in Taipei. There are a lot of night markets in Taipei, they do sell clothes too. Wufenpu is a place where there are a lot of fashionable clothes.

      Hope the above helps.

      March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      • Jaslin

        Thk you:)

        March 24, 2011 at 1:46 AM

  7. 黃愛玲

    I enjoyed reading your Taiwan entries (not that the other entries aren’t interesting ’cause they equally are). =o)

    May 23, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    • Ashley

      Thanks 愛玲! :D

      May 23, 2011 at 8:44 AM

  8. Hey, chanced upon your blog while preparing for my Taiwan trip! I am flying next week! And your blog helps a lot! ((:

    June 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    • Ashley

      Hi there! Glad to hear that it helped you. :) Thanks for dropping by. Have a safe journey and great trip!

      June 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

  9. Sue

    Is it difficult to move around (in Taiwan) with public transport like MRT without knowing Mandarin?

    December 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    • Ashley

      Hi Sue, thanks for dropping by. :)
      If you can still communicate in mandarin, travelling in Taiwan is not difficult at all although you can’t read.
      Worry not, the MRT signage and announcements are in English too. In the event you are confused, what I would suggest is, clarify with the MRT personnel.
      Taiwanese generally could speak English, not fluent, but they can still understand and speak basic English.
      Taiwan is pretty tourist-friendly, you don’t have to worry about language barrier. :)
      However, if you’re travelling by taxi, it is best to have the address of the destination (especially hotel names) written in Chinese.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

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