I can’t believe 2018 is about to end already and I have so many blog posts that were left unfinished and unpublished. I even wasn’t able to continue my blog post about my Taiwan Trip last June! Lol. Forgive me for the nth time but hopefully you’ll still read this post even if it’s already super outdated and content/photo heavy because I’ll be squeezing everything in Day 3-5. I’ll just try my best to keep it short and readable.

Day 3 – Taipei City Tour + Shilin Night Market

Bopiliao Historical District

One of the tourists attractions in the city is the Bopilao Historical District. It’s a place with old buildings that were preserved since the Qing Dynasty. Inside of some of the buildings are exhibitions to view like local indie films, and historical facts and artifacts about the place.

Longshan Temple

From Bopiliao Historical District, just walk follow the signs going to Lungshan temple.

Lungshan Temple
It’s me again, just being tourist-y.

Lunch at Modern Toilet Restaurant

There are a lot of themed cafes and restaurants in Taiwain. One of the famous ones is the Modern Toilet – a toilet-themed restaurant in Ximending District.

Nothing really special about the food, but the concept, the decors and the food presentation – served in a toilet bowl – are really the reasons not to miss eating at this themed-resto.

Lunch time!
The food presentation is the cutest!
The food presentation is the cutest!

After lunch, we strolled around Ximending Shopping district that’s just down the Modern Toilet Restaurant.

Ximending Shopping District
Ximending Shopping District
Cute Handcrafted Tote Bags
Cute Handcrafted Tote Bags
They even have pineapple cakes that are…..LOL!

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
Goofing around National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
We did really tried our best. Lol.

National Palace Musuem

Shilin Night Market

This was probably one of the heavenly places I’ve been through! Shilin Night Market is hailed as the oldest and largest night market in the city. The market offers a variety of street foods, so it’s best to go here with an empty stomach.

The place was really overwhelming, we didn’t know which one to go and try first. We already did some research on the different food to try in Shilin, because really there’s really a lot to choose from, so best to have your list prepared.

One of my favorite street food in Taiwan – Potato Balls
After hours of walking and strolling around the city, I recommend you to try out this Cranberry Juice – it’s THE BOMBEST!
A lot of people were queuing for this one. So I had to try it too!
Grilled Oyster Mushroom
As per research this one’s called the Grilled Oyster Mushroom. Great for mushroom lovers! I did enjoyed it.

Different seafood to choose from – may it be exotic or not!
There are also some activities you could try, aside from eating and shopping.

After filling up our stomachs, we strolled around the market and bought some pasalubong. I would really suggest you shop for pasalubong here in Shilin Night Market since it’s cheaper and also there’s a lot to choose from – keychains, magnets, delicacies and more. Also, don’t forget to use your bargaining skills. 😉

Handcrafted chopsticks for sale.
Handcrafted chopsticks for sale. Great pick for pasalubong!

DAY 4 – Yehliu Geopark, Golden Waterfalls, Jiufen Old Street, Shifen Old Street

Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen Old Street, and Shifen Old Street are already far from Taipei City, so we decided to get a tour package since we want it to be chill and less hassle.

The tour duration is 8 hours and will already include all the places that is in our itinerary (plus the old mining site, golden waterfalls, and cat village), so our driver picked us up on our hostel at exactly 8AM. Good thing our driver was good in speaking English so it was easy to communicate. Funny because he greeted us “Sawadeeka“, he thought we were Thailanders. Well, that wasn’t actually the first time that we were greeted with “Sawadeeka” by the locals. LOL!

Yehliu Geopark

We arrived in Yehliu Geopark after an hour and half. Entrance fee to the park is NTD 80 and we bought it on the spot.

There were so many tourists during that time, that’s why I wasn’t really able to appreciate the place that much, but I enjoyed the breeze though.

Milktea time!
Bubble Tea Time! The driver didn’t know what a milk tea is since it’s called Bubble/Boba Tea to them.

Old Mining Site + Golden Waterfalls

Pagod nang mag-pose

Jiufen Old Street

Every Studio Ghibli fan would definitely love this place! If you didn’t recognize it, this place is where the 2001 movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, “Spirited Away”, was inspired from.

I loved Spirited Away ever since, and I was so in awe when I visited Jiufen. It felt like I’m in a dream – being in the movie’s setting.

Lunch at one of the restaurants in Jiufen Old Street
So many Totoro, No-Face, and cute items for sale
“The Grand Tea House”

Shifen Old Street

Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without flying a lantern in Shifen Old Street 🙂

We also actually went to the Cat Village, but I wasn’t able to take photos since I didn’t find the place interesting. But the cats there were pretty huge as in like overfed cats.

Ximending Shopping District

Capping-off that whole day trip on the north coast of Taipei, our driver dropped us off at Ximending Shopping District to stroll and have some little shopping and food trip.

We were so mad playing with these! We think it’s a scam! 😀

For Day 5, we just had some last minute shopping at Ximending Shopping District and Taipei 101 before our flight going back to the Philippines.

If you finished reading/viewing this post, then xie xie! Sorry if this post became a photo-dumped-blog post instead of a travel guide. I won’t be lazy, I’ll be writing a separate travel guide blog post for first-timers in Taiwan. I love Taiwan so much that it makes me want to share all of my experience., it’s just that my lazy spirit is possessing me right now. Hehe.

If you want to have a copy of our itinerary or if you have some questions feel free to ask me, I’ll be glad to help.

It’s new year’s eve tonight, hope you have a happy and fruitful new year!

 

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