Kaohsiung and Kenting (2016 December)

Kaohsiung and Kenting

Travel type: Sisters/Family
When: 2016 December 24-29

Day 1-3: Chiayi & Alishan
Day 3-5: Tainan

Day 5 : Kaohsiung

Train Tainan to Kaohsiung: NT$106 (MYR14), 40 minutes. Will be enjoying the remaining days in Kaohsiung and Kenting with my other sister and her family.

Kaohsiung Pier 2 Art Centre, Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway
A very nice public open space. It seems like an ideal hangout spot for the locals here especially the families.
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Tainan, Taiwan (2016 December)


Travel type: Sisters
When: 2016 December 22-24

Day 1-3: Chiayi & Alishan
Day 5-9: Kaohsiung & Kenting

Day 3 : Tainan

Train Chiayi to Tainan: NT$139 (MYR20), 41 minutes.
Met up with my elder sister in Tainan, and off to Wusheng night market for dinner. Do we look alike?  :roll:

Day 4 : Tainan

Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan. It has always been recognised as a city with deep culture and history.

Anping Walk Tour
Anping Old Street Walking Tour Map 1
Anping Old Street Walking Tour Map 2
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Alishan, Taiwan (2016 December)


Travel type: Solo
When: 2016 December 20-22
Weather: Mild
Flight: China Airlines (Hong Kong>Kaohsiung)

Day 3-5: Tainan
Day 5-9: Kaohsiung & Kenting

Day 1 : Kaohsiung to Chiayi

Taiwan Sim Card
You can buy sim card at Kaohsiung Airport. Two to choose from, Chunghwa (中華電信) and Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大). There was a long line for Chunghwa, so I decided to skip that and opted for Taiwan Mobile, which worked just fine for my whole journey, and the prices were the same. ;-)

How to buy Taiwan MRT ticket from the machine
1. Check the fare map on top of the machine
2. Choose that fare on the screen
3. Buy!

Kaohsiung Main Station Luggage Storage
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Day 8-9: Taiwan Jiufen

Taiwan Jiufen (Day 9-10)

We hired a cab to drive us from Taipei to Jiufen, and also to make stops at several places as you will see in this post. We didn’t get any recommended drivers, we just booked one from the website. And good for us, the driver didn’t talk much. We prefer that… hehe  ;-)
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Day 5-6: Taiwan Nanzhuang Olive Tree Minsu

Taiwan Nanzhuang Olive Tree Minsu (Day 5 – 6)

Olive Tree Minsu is a wonderful minsu located in Nanzhuang. We went there just because of the minsu itself. Although the journey was long, it was a pleasant that we had the chance to stop by several places before reaching Olive Tree Minsu – Taichung, Zhunan and Nanzhuang old street.

Day 5 at Nanzhuang Olive Tree Minsu (南庄橄欖樹民宿)

How to get to Nanzhuang Olive Tree Minsu from Xitou Monster Village?Refer here.

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Day 4-5: Taiwan Xitou Monster Village

Taiwan Xitou Monster Village (妖怪村) (Day 4-5, December 2014)

Since we were already in Nantou, it was appropriate to visit Taiwan Xitou Monster Village. It is a small Japanese style village with lots of cute monster statues and red lanterns. Definitely a place for photography lovers. It’s highly recommended for family with kids. Well, of course it’s also suitable for everyone.

Day 4-5 Xitou Monster Village (妖怪村)

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Day 1-4: Taiwan Taichung & Cingjing

Taiwan Taichung & Cingjing (Day 1-4, December 2014)

I choose to arrive at Taiwan Taichung airport, because it is nearer to Cingjing which I will be going and of the cheaper airfare available back then. By the time I reached Taichung, it was already 10pm. Cab from airport to our accommodation, Plaza Hotel, was roughly NT$600, and we had to share with another passenger. Almost all the drivers tend to do that. Remember to prepare your accommodation address, in Chinese preferably, if you cannot speak Mandarin.

*More on our stay at Plaza Hotel*

Day 2 Taichung – Cingjing

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Jiufen Accommodation

Jiufen Accommodation (2015 January)

There are a lot of beautiful minsu in Jiufen. After going through some hard time, we decided to stay at Windsor BnB. The main reason must be the view from the room.  :-D

Windsor BnB 九份溫莎堡

Location :    :-P
Our driver talked to the minsu and dropped us at a temple. We then were guided by one of the staffs waiting there to the minsu by walking for a short distance.

Price :  :-|
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Taipei Accommodation

Taipei Accommodation (December 2014, January 2015)

I stayed in Taipei for 3 nights, to celebrate the New Year. One was quite a luxurious one, another was budget. There are a lot of choices there, but I found one Taipei accommodation hard to resist, Sato Castle. It is a fantasy-themed hotel with unique rooms.
The budget room for another 2 nights was from AirBnb.

Sato Castle (莎多堡奇幻旅館)

Location :    :-) 
We took the MRT, Bannan Line (blue) from Taipei Main station to Zhongxiao Fuxing to change to Wenhu Line (brown). Sato Castle is situated just about 6 minutes walk from Continue reading