Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei

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24th Mar 2019

In the last week of March, I got an opportunity to visit Taiwan, a small independent island near China or an extension of China. A beautiful developed small city with a lot to offer in terms of travelling, eating and general sightseeing. It was 35 degrees warm as I boarded the flight to Taiwan via Hong Kong from Delhi. As I landed in Taipei, I was greeted with humid and cold weather. Since I hadn't brought any jackets or umbrella, I rushed to a nearby 7-11 and grabbed a hot coffee and a fancy transparent Umbrella.

Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 1/27 by Yogesh Pandey
At a souvenir shop
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 2/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Chinese Lanterns and hanging shrubs
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 3/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Dumplings in preparations

It was raining/drizzling almost all the time in Taipei. My plan to visit Jiufen was looking to go down the drain. At around 9 when the rain stopped, I quickly packed my bags and ran to the bus station to catch the 1-hour bus to Jiufen. I had to board bus no 890 from the station which had the frequency of every 15-20 minutes. Two 890 buses went in front of me and no one stopped at the stop to my confusion. Later in the opposite stop, I saw people waving a hand to stop the bus, I did the same to the next 890 bus. It didn't stop. It was 1 hour and my all efforts to stop the bus were going futile. Then there came another person to the stop and after reading something in Chinese he went ahead, I asked him what he read but we could not communicate, but I guess he was saying me to go to the next stop. So I walked to another stop and waited for the bus after getting another coffee and doughnut. Thankfully the bus stopped and I swiped my easy card on the bus. I took the last seat and sipped my hot coffee as the scenic journey began from Taipei to Jiufen.

As I reached Jiufen, I just followed the tourist and reached small alleys and paths that went up and down the hills. The streets were very enchanting and after every second step, the visuals and the smell of the street changed. At last, I reached the iconic tea house that was the motivation for spirited away Movie. After spending some time there and quick shopping, I went back to the bus station and took a bus to Taipei.

Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 4/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Tea house enshrouded in Clouds
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 5/27 by Yogesh Pandey
More Tea houses
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 6/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Alleyway in the hills
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 7/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Old Gold Mine
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 8/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Jiufen Square
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 9/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Most iconic Tea houses in Jiufen
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 10/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Starting the hike

Later in the evening, I went for a hike to the elephant mountain. Taipei is a hiker's paradise, with more than 150 marked hikes from the city. It is a small hike around 3-4 km from the bus station. The city line and especially Taipei 101 looks amazing from here. When I was here, the top floors of Taipei 101 were in the clouds.

Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 11/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Well illuminated pathways
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 12/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Cityscapes from the Top

Next Day, early morning, I went for a stroll in the nearby Nangyang Park. It is a clean park with a small rivulet where you can see people fishing and spending a slow time.

Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 13/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Nangyang Park
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 14/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Taipei 101 in the backdrop
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 15/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 16/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Overlooking Hills

Next night, we went to explore the night market of Taipei. It was a great experience as I saw so many rich varieties of food among many other activities that were happening in the small but busy street.

Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 17/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Chinese Temple
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 18/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Rahoe night Market Entry
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 19/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Temple Entrance
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 20/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Some tasty Stuff
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 21/27 by Yogesh Pandey
More tasty stuff
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 22/27 by Yogesh Pandey
A vendor at the night market
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 23/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Fruits on sale


Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 24/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Shooter Game at the night market
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 25/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Streets at the Night
Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 26/27 by Yogesh Pandey
Trees marked with QR code.

After around a week, I said Goodbye to Taiwan after experience a different slice of life.

Photo of Taiwan Trip: Jiufen and Taipei 27/27 by Yogesh Pandey
At HongKong Airport
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