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Taiwan Day 6 : Yang Ming Shan 陽明山 + Fisherman Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭 + Day 7 : How Sweet Bakery

7D Taiwan trip December 2012 : Kaohsiung + Taipei

First stop - Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai Resort & Spa 陽明山天籟渡假酒店

Hot spring is always on my winter-must-do list in Taiwan. Finally I have a chance to experience hot spring! ^.^
No photo taking within the hot spring area so have to grab these photo from the main website. 

Yang ming shan is famous for hot spring spa. When I was on the bus, I saw many elderly are heading same direction as me. I guess it is also quite a elderly sport during winter or oh yes the hiking as well! 

We headed to this highly raved Tien Lai resort & spa which is the largest bubbling spring paradise in northern Taiwan. There are basically split into two kind of hot spring spa - Blossom theme and SPA impact. Pay one money and enjoy two types of hot spring? Where to find such a good deal?  

Photo credit to Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai Resort & Spa

Beautiful scenery near the hot spring

We were so relaxed after the spa that we fell asleep on the sofa waiting for cab. *thumb up and like*

Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai Hot Spring 陽明山天籟渡假酒店
Address: No.1-7, Mingliu Rd., Jinshan Dist., New Taipei City 208, Taiwan (R.O.C.) 
Tel: +886-2-2408-0000
Direction: Take Royal bus number 1717 at Taipei main station (Public Insurance building, on Gongyuan road side
Travelling time: 75 minutes

Next up: Fisherman Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭

Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf is a very scenic spot at the western tip of Tamsui District. It is the best place to watch the view of sunset.

Fisherman Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭

The lovers' bridge
The lovers' bridge

Fisherman Wharf

The lovers' bridge
Sunset at Fisherman Wharf

Sunset at Fisherman Wharf

Fisherman Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭
Address: Guanhai Rd, Danshui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251
Direction: R26 bus from Danshui MRT Station to Fort San Domingo or Fisherman's Wharf.

Day 7 : Going back homeland

If you love egg pudding, you will LOVE this!! Egg pudding in egg itself!

Get this from How Sweet Bakery 幾分甜 - 雞蛋布丁 and bring back to home town as gift. Your families and friends confirm very surprised and happy to see this!

They have a branch at Taipei city hall station basement. So we grabbed this before we headed to airport.

How Sweet Bakery 幾分甜 - 雞蛋布丁
Hope to see you again, Taiwan....

Back to Taiwan Day 5 : Taipei 101 + Jay Chou's Deja Vu Restaurant
Back to Taiwan Day 4 (Part 2) : Jiufen 九份 + Shifen 十分
Back to Taiwan Day 4 (Part 1) : Yehliu Geopark + Nanya RockFormation + Yin Yang Sea + Golden Waterfall
Back to Taiwan Day 3 (Taipei) : Xi Men Ding 西门町
Back to Taiwan Day 2 (Kaohsiung) : Fo Guang Shan 佛光山
Back to Taiwan Day 1 (Kaohsiung) : Dream Mall + Liu He night market

Taiwan Day 5 : Taipei 101 + Jay Chou's Deja Vu Restaurant

7D Taiwan trip December 2012 : Kaohsiung + Taipei

First stop - Taipei 101

Taipei 101 was the highest building in the world until it is replaced by Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.
It is quite a distance between Taipei city hall station to Taipei 101. I usually walk and enjoy the CBD area from train station to Taipei 101. 

There is also a free shuttle bus with 15 minutes interval at Taipei city hall station exit 2. 

You would be surprised to know that Taiwan is a very dogs friendly country. I mean you can see dogs everywhere, even in the shopping malls and in the shops where the shop attendents bring their pet dogs to work! Unlike Taiwan,  most hawker centers in Singapore do not allow animals in.
random pet dog in a shop
random dog on the street


Dogs everywhere....

Taipei 101

View from Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Address: 89F, No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City
Nearest train station: Taipei City Hall station 市政府站
Entrance fee: Adult - NT$500, Children - NT$450
Operating Hours: 9am - 10pm

Next stop - Deja Vu restaurant

This fine dining restaurant is a joint venture between 2 Taiwan celebrities - a singer, Jay Chou 周杰伦, and a magician, Liu Qian 刘谦 - Magic Themed Restaurant : Deja Vu.
Out of three restaurants that Jay owned, I like this the most. I was kind of hoping to see him there but I guess I will meet him in my dream instead.

You will see Jay's bat mobile, antique piano, bike, many century-old furnitures and many props used by Liu Qian in his magic shows.

Deja Vu Restaurant

One of his proudly car collection - The Bat Mobile

Jay Chou's Deja Vu restaurant
Address: No.1, Sec. 1, Bade Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei city 100, Taiwan (台北市八德路一段一號  華山1914文創園區  中四A館 )
Nearest station: Zhongxiao Xinsheng station 忠孝新生站
Phone: 02-2396-8296
Hours: 12 pm- 12 am

(Part 2) Taiwan Day 4 : Jiufen 九份 + Shifen 十分

7D Taiwan trip December 2012 : Kaohsiung + Taipei

Continue from Taiwan Day 4 (Part 1) : Yehliu Geopark + Nanya RockFormation + Yin Yang Sea + Golden Waterfall ...

Itinerary: Yehliu Geopark 野柳 -> Keelung night market 基隆廟口夜市 -> Nanya rock formation 南雅奇岩 -> Ying Yang sea 阴阳海 -> Golden waterfall -> Jiufen -> Shifen 

Next stop - Jiufen 九份

When we were in the cab heading to Jiufen, the cab driver told us a little background for Jiufen. It was initially nine families staying in this relatively isolated village on the mountain. Whenever these village people went to the town for grocery shopping or anything, they would always buy in portion for nine families. Slowly, this has earned the name for this village until today. 
Narrow Jiufen Street
Our cab driver recommended two must-try-foods in Jiufen that we must not missed.

1) 賴阿婆芋圓 + 草仔粿 (Lai ah po taroballs + taro glutinous ricecake)
2)  九份張記傳統魚丸 (fishballs)

Authetic Lai Ah Po taro balls

Taro glutinous ricecake 草仔粿 (left),  fishballs 魚丸 (right)

Local snack

Traditional Teahouses along Shuqi Street (豎崎路) - towards the end of Jiufen and is perpendicular to Jiufen

Lavender Shop

Customized made / Recycle denims clothes and bags

Roads up to Jiufen
Breathtaking scenary from Jiufen

Several movies chose to shoot here and the movies won international acknowledgement. A film "A City of Sadness" has won first prize in Venice Film Festival and awakened people's memory of Jiufen.

Jiufen 九份
Address: Ruijin Hwy, Ruifang District, New Taipei City

Last stop - Shifen 十分 (Sky lantern)

Took the rail train from Houtong station to Shifen train station. Around 20 minutes ride for NT$15.

The main tourist attraction here is to put sky lantern 放天灯 ! Both stretch of shop houses mainly sell sky lanterns with railway in the middle where train will be passing by anytime. 
Train railway in the middle

Whole street of sky lanterns

Up up in the sky
mini light lantern souvenir to bring back homeland

My cab driver bought fire crackers and put for us to see. Never knew they can have fireworks whenever they want. Too bad, we were busy admiring the fireworks till we forgot to take any pictures.  

Till next time...

Shifen 十分
Address: Ping River (Pingsi) Township, New Taipei City