09 Jan Taiwan: Yangmingshan National Park & Revisiting Jiufen
One of the places in Taipei that I wanted to visit was the Yangmingshan National Park. In the past travels, I would pick shopping over looking at trees anytime but I guess age does change someone. I could see myself appreciating nature more and enjoy the strolls in the park. And with the awareness of global warming, the world is trying to be more environmentally conscious. Let’s appreciate it while we can! 👍🏻
But first… breakfast at Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿, famous for their soya milk and you tiao. You tiao is like a Chinese cruller, especially yummy dipped in soya milk or coffee.. the asian way. We had to queue over an hour for it but definitely worth the wait. You know it would be delicious when the pancakes are baked the traditional way using a stone oven. The surprising bit of it was that Wy was the one who did the research on food. Kudos her!
Randomly, there was a strange pairing of a duck and a piglet roaming on the pavement! We looked around but couldn’t find any owner. SoOoo cute though!
Yangmingshan National Park 陽明山
We had planned to visit more spots in Yangmingshan National Park unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned. We wanted to visit on a weekday to avoid the crowd however, the weather was only good on a weekend before the end of our trip. A great way to know exactly how the weather would be is to view the livecam that streams the different spots in Yangmingshan. So how bad the crowd would it be anyway? I was wrong, the queue for the shuttle bus to get us from point to point was HORRENDOUS! Sometimes, it took 3-4 mini buses before we could get on and every stop was packed to the brim with visitors.
As you can see, we really didn’t manage to make it to many spots. The Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 was the highlight of Yangmingshan National Park for us. We reckoned we had to get out of the park before everyone starts leaving during the park’s closing time. We waited for probably the 5th bus and finally got away. I seriously wouldn’t recommend anyone heading over on a weekend. Too much time was wasted on the transportation.
熨斗目花珈琲 珈哩WUDAO cafe No. 90號, Xinmei Street, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700 visit site
Dunhua area has small eateries, cafes and is a place known for streetwear shopping. Local artist aside from Candybird, Mr Ogay is another well known graffiti artist with works spotted around Taiwan if you’re observant. Read more about his concept on how he developed the character, here.
Jiufen Old Street 十分老街
Since it was Wy’s first time in Taiwan, a return trip to Jiufen Old Street is a must even though she hasn’t watch Spirited Away. Jiufen Old Street, a place rich in culture which looked very different from what the city offers so it would make an interesting place to visit. She must have been wondering why would so many people queue up & cramp up in a narrow stairway to take pictures of the Ah Mei Teahouse during dawn including me haha. Check out my old post for more photos.
And I’ve finally reached the end of my Taiwan trip post. Till we meet again.