Yes, finally I am blogging about my May trip to Taiwan with my roommate, Suz M and housemates Clara and Ngiik Ling. We managed to book quite cheap tickets to Taiwan last year, around RM400. But due to our hectic schedules in 4th year, we have no time to plan so we decided to join ground tour and extend one day on our own.
We reach Taoyuan International Aiport and stayed one night at Taoyuan before taking a high-speed rail train to Taipei the very next day. In Taipei, we first went to #Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall before watching changing of the guards ceremony at #Martyr's Shrine. Later, we went to the #National Museum to listen to some
boring history about ceramics and various art stuff (no pics allowed in museum, btw).
Lunch was delicious Taiwan delicacies - dumplings! Nyam nyam =) After lunch we took a long and winding bus journey to Hualien, another province where we stayed a night there.
This was one of the best hotels I ever had. Not only did they give us a triple bed room for 2, this hotel also provided free wifi. You cannot see in the photo above, but the room is also equipped with plasma tv and kitchen. I love the hotel more than Hualien itself wtf.
On Day 2, we start our journey by visiting #Taroko National Park. Must visit if you are a geology fan. If not, the gardens outside the visitor center has some really beautiful sceneries. After that, we had some cake and coffee at a small cafe overlooking the valley that houses few temples, including #Eternal Spring Temple. It was so cooling just sitting there and feeling the cool breeze from the valley. Lunch was traditional cuisine from the Hualien Aboriginal people, including some yummy glutinous rice that strangely reminded me of lemang.
Of course, when it came to joining tours, you are sure to be led to all these places where they introduce their products and try to persuade you to buy them. So annoying, really. One of these places was selling jade but of course the 4 of us totally skipped the whole introductory tour and walked in the grounds. There, we stumbled upon some really pretty Graeco-roman inspired marble pieces / statues.
On our bus route to Taitung, we stopped by at #Rei Suei Farm for some fresh milk (yum!) and to look at farm animals like rabbits, pigs, camels, rams, goats, horses and peacocks.
I keep calling this black and white horse, 'Black Beauty' and Clara was like, "It's not even black". Lol wtf.
*all pics taken using Iphone 4
and edited using Photoscape*