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Taiwan Trip – Xin Beitou and Yehliu


Day 10 – July 16th, 2012

The night before, we stayed at 山樂溫泉 Shan-Yue Hot Spring Hotel. We decided to splurge on accommodation at Xin Beitou so that we could have a room with attached private hot spring bath, and thus avoided the hassle of going to a public bath. We paid NT$1980 per room and it was really worth it. We indulged a hot spring bath that night itself after we had checked in. We
woke up early the next morning for another round of hot spring bath in the privacy and comfort of our hotel room before we went for breakfast.


Our driver cum tour guide for the day, Mr Orange Lai, arrived promptly as 8.30am. After checking out, we set out for our first destination – Yehliu Geopark.





At Yehliu Geopark, one could see the statue of Lin Tianzhen (as shown above). In 1964, a student who was visiting Yehliu with a group of friends accidentally fell into the sea. Lin, a local fisherman, jumped into the sea in an attempt to save the student. Sadly, both drowned. The statue was set up in memory of Lin’s heroic act.




“The Queen’s Head” (女王頭) is perhaps the most famous rock at Yehliu Geopark. We had to wait in a long queue for our turns to take picture with it. Kiate decided to give it a pass, though, as he couldn’t stand the heat anymore.


While we were there, it was too HOT for us to really enjoy the scenery. Furthermore, the place was too crowded for my liking. Ironically, it was only when I looked at the photos taken at Yehliu that I realised the captivating beauty of Yehliu. If we had gone in spring or autumn when it wasn’t scorching hot, perhaps we would have enjoyed the visit more.



Taiwan Trip – Fisherman’s Wharf, Danshui Old St., and Xin Beitou Hot Spring


Day 9 – July 15th, 2012

After almost getting “fried” at 自由廣場 Liberty Square (Freedom Square), we retreated to Taipei Main Station Underground Mall to escape the sun. We had lunch at the food court. It was so crowded that we had to hang around for at least 15 minutes before we spotted a recently vacated table.

After lunch, we decided to stay underground because we were not ready to venture out into the heat. We didn’t stay long at Taipei Main Station Underground Mall though, as we certainly couldn’t afford the high-end merchandise there. After asking around, we discovered that there were several other underground malls. We spent a good few hours shopping at 中山地下街 Zhongshan Metro Shopping Mall. This was where I found my current favourite bag.

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By late afternoon, we decided to head to our next destination 漁人碼頭 Fisherman’s Wharf . We took the MRT (red line) and alighted at 淡水Danshui station. From there we walked to the pier to take a ferry. Along the way, we walked past 淡水老街 Danshui Old Street, but we didn’t linger as we were hoping to catch the sunset from Fisherman’s Wharf.






While waiting for the sun to set, we shared three Subway sandwiches (Meatball Marinara, Cold Cut Combo and Grilled Chicken) to appease our growling tummies. Yummy~






Coming back from Fisherman’s Wharf, we scoured Danshui Old Street for local delicacies. After we had our fill, we took the MRT (pink line) to Xin Beitou, where we stayed the night at San Yue Hotspring Hotel. Xin Beitou is famous for its hot springs.