Day trip to Shifen 十分, Pingxi 平溪 and Jingtong 菁桐

Shifen 十分, Pingxi 平溪 and Jingtong 菁桐 are small towns on the TRA (Taipei Railway) Pingxi Branch Line. This train line was originally built for coal transportation, but now has been transformed into a tourist rail line for one to discover and experience Taiwan’s rich culture, history as well as astounding scenery. DSC04590 To get there: From Taipei Main Station, catch train to Ruifang Station 瑞芳火車站. From there, get a Pingxi Branch Line Day pass.

DSC04591My itinerary: Jingtong -> Pingxi -> Shifen. Many people also like to do it the other way around, either way it’s fine.DSC_0461DSC_0465Some direction signs. Below is Jingtong 菁桐 Old Street. It was early and the street isn’t that packed yet.DSC_0470 Continue reading

Jinshan 金山 Taiwan

On a beautiful day, decided to visit one of Taiwan’s districts near the coast, Jinshan. You could go to one of the hot springs here, or go to Shitoushan Park獅頭山公園, or simply have a nice stroll along the old street, which is what I did. I went there on Friday afternoon and it was rather quiet. Let me show you some photos I took on the day..DSC_0452DSC_0438Famous duck meat shop along the old street..DSC_0445DSC_0449Famous snack from Jinshan..  Continue reading

Shenkeng Old Street 深坑老街, New Taipei City 新北市, Taiwan 台灣

So you know how Taiwan is famous for its Stinky Tofu? And that you can practically get it anywhere: big shops, small shops, hawkers, night markets, etc.. But what about a street selling just that? Well, that’s the reason I pay a visit to this little town in New Taipei City..

Shengkeng Old Street (aka “The Tofu Capital”) is approximately half an hour from Taipei. It is quite easy to get to, there are numerous buses that pass through the old street, you just need to find the correct buses.. Let me show you some photos of the old street..

First, map… DSC_1439 DSC_1440 What the old street looks like.. Old red-brick buildings.. Nice for photoshoot..DSC_1460 DSC_1464Now the fun begins.. Tofu and tofu…
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Jiufen 九份 Day Trip, Part 1 – Keelung Mountain 雞籠山

Jiufen 九份, which used to be a prosperous gold mining town, now is one of Taiwan’s major tourist destinations. Because of its convenience (thanks to Taiwan public transport), this could be easily fit into a one-day trip. Not only can you learn and observe old cultures and buildings, but also, there are heaps of good food around, and if you are a nature lover, hike for about an hour and you will be rewarded by a fantastic view of mountains, towns and oceans!

To get there, get on Taipei Train and stop at Ruifang Station瑞芳火車站, then transfer to a bus that takes you to Jiufen. Here are some pictures..

This is Ruifang Train Station瑞芳火車站, and the sign that leads you to Jiufen九份. DSC_0197DSC_0866DSC_0865 Continue reading

MOOOR Coffee 九慕手烘咖啡 Hsinchu 新竹, Taiwan

Stumbled upon this cozy coffee shop on my way back to Hsinchu Railway Station, decided to stop for a coffee then! Mooor Coffee is a speciality coffee shop and they also sell coffee beans for your needs. If you don’t drink coffee however, don’t worry, they offer a wide range of other beverages.. And I can’t help to take photos of their cute interiors.. Here:DSC03673DSC03677A nice cuppa of americano!DSC03674 Continue reading