Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Taiwan Trip Day 3 Jiufen old street, Shifen waterfall, Shifen Old Street, Taipei. Ximending

Hello readers, for day 3, we decided to visit Jiufen, so we went to bought the ticket, to get to Jiufen, there are several option, you could choose to take a cab, taking the bus or taking their train. 
When i mention train, it's not the metro station but rather you have to buy your ticket as the train come at a specific timing. Starting, we was not sure how to buy the tickets, so we went to the counter where there was a queue for people to purchase their tickets, but when we checked with the information counter staff, they told us we could go the vending machine to purchase the tickets.

The train was due to depart at morning 11.30am, it was about an hour trip and i was so sleepy especially when it was drizzling when we finally reached Ruifang station.

Since it started raining, we decided to take a cab from the station to Jiufen.
We boarded this cab and the uncle was introducing to us the package, there were two different type, the two different package include the different tourist destinations he can bring us.

For package A, it includes to Jiufen old street, Shifen waterfall, Shifen old street and to Yeliu before sending us back to Taipei.

For package B, it includes everything like package  A excluding Yeliu.

In the end, we choose the package B, it cost about 2300 NT dollar which is about S$100, which i think it was worth the value because we could shop whatever we want at Jiufen without going through the hassle of taking the train back to Taipei after that. 

If you guys are interested to engage him, this is the namecard that he give to me the other time. Pardon the blur quality!
The uncle is quite friendly, so what we do after we confirmed the package was to pay him NT$1000 first, the remaining balance will be paid upon us returning back to Taipei, our hotel.
With the cab, it was easier to get around and we only give him a call once we are done at each stop. We had about 2hour to shop at Jiufen and he reminded us to had our lunch first at Jiufen as there are no food stalls available at shifen waterfall and shifen street.

Didn't take any photos in jiufen as i was busy looking at all the stuffs and was having a quick lunch before we meet up with the driver to bring us to shifen waterfall!

It was a short distance to walk to the main entrance of the shifen waterfall.

We paid for the entrance ticket, actually i find there is nothing much to do so unless you have lots of time, this tourist spot is not exactly interesting to explore. We left this place shortly to Shifen old street! The street is famous for releasing the sky lanterns!

By then, it was around 4-5pm, so we could already see some sky lanterns in the sky, it took about 5-10mins via car to reach the shifen old street from the shifen waterfall.

The place was crowded as everyone was busy buying their own lanterns to write on it their best wishes. Basically, you get one of this sky lanterns from any of the shop, i don't think it's necessary to compare the prices because their price should be all the same. The pricing depend on the number of color you would like to take. We took all the colors available and it cost only about S$10.

We started writing and after we was done, there will be a guy to help you to take photo while standing on the railway tracks. The railway track is still in operation so you would hear people screaming to make way for the trains that is coming over.

After that, we was tired and get the uncle send us back to our hotel to put our stuffs before heading to Ximending. We took the metro and it will be the blue line, to alight at ximen station. Which is just one stop away from Taipei main station.

It was very happening when we was leaving the station, immediately there will be huge billboard everywhere on the tall building, there are street performers on the street too. I was hungry and we started looking for this particular stall that Jeremy was trying to find because he came before Taiwan and wanted to eat the  鲁肉饭!

Eventually, we managed to find this stall! I took this photo so that we can remember the stall signboard next time, because Jeremy couldn't recall the signboard name so we spend quite sometime trying to find.

Must order dish will be their 鲁肉饭, we ordered the oyster, meatball soup and vegetables too!

 The meal was so satisfying, we went to stroll around in ximending, before heading for dessert!

Shall end this post for now. 
Till then!