We hit the HSR early to hop on a train to Taichung where we caught a cab for Lukang (aka Lugang). My host’s cousin continued to act as our guide and he explained that Lukang is basically a town frozen in time. It used to be a very busy port and it was the closest major port to China so it has quite a history including some lovely old buildings. We started off in the historic district where vendors lined the streets to set up their shops for the day.
Thankfully, not many tourists were in town at that time even though the town is on the major tour bus route and the town remained fairly calm all day. Continue reading
Rested and caffeinated after our stop at the cafe, we headed out into the rainy night with our first stop being the electronics district. Our host was interested to see if he could purchase a GoPro for the same price or less than in the US so we perused various shops along the street to see what we could find.
Apologies for the late post. My time in Taiwan has been packed with so many activities that I haven’t had time to post, which I suppose is a good problem to have. 🙂
For day 3 (Tuesday) of the trip, we were able to meet up with my host’s cousin who is a tour guide and was happy to show us the sights. My host explained that Zhubei is known as “The Windy City” here in Taiwan and upon awaking on Day 3, I found out what that this name is deserved as the wind was howling between the high rises as rain started to fall. Rain and wind won’t stop us from venturing out, of course, so off we went to catch the HSR in Zhubei to get to Taipei city.
Continuing on from the previous post about our first full day in Taiwan, after the visit to the University area we headed to Huashan Creative Arts Park to find a nice location in which to savor our bubble tea. There were a lot of young people out and all kinds of bands, street performers, and arts & crafts sellers scattered throughout the complex. We ducked inside a free art show and came across some, er, interesting things.
I have been fortunate in my travels to not suffer from jet lag and, fortunately, this trip so far hasn’t been an exception. Despite needing to catch up on the sleep we didn’t get before the trip and during the flight, we were all ready to go and explore a bit of Taipei.
We caught the high speed rail (HSR) from Zhubei to Taipei city via business class (sorry, no pics) which was a very nice way to travel indeed. It amazes and shames me that so many people here speak English while I can neither speak nor read any Chinese. This is my first time being in a country where I do not speak the language even a little so it’s quite humbling when even the 7-eleven clerks and train stewardesses speak perfect English to me. Everyone we have encountered here thus far has been exceedingly kind and I genuinely feel very privileged to be able to spend time in their country.
Once we arrived in Taipei, we went searching for a traditional Taiwanese breakfast and found the place but decided not to go in as there was a 2-hour line snaking out of the building. We decided to head for a street market instead and slowly worked our way through the stands sampling the delectable treats for display.
Day 1 in Taiwan was more like Evening 1. Having left San Francisco around noon on Friday, we arrived in Taipei on Saturday evening. First stop was immigration, which surprisingly went smoothly and more quickly than I expected despite the lines. More after the jump.