Taiwan Trip (29th Sept - 6th Oct 2012) - Day Six

Because I wanna finish up posting about the Taiwan Trip so that I can move on and blog about more stuff, here's Day Six!

Recap, recap, here are the direct links to the previous entries in case you missed them!

As mentioned in my previous entry, we headed to Yangmingshan 阳明山 early the next morning. However, there were only 2 buses going to Yangmingshan 阳明山 and because it was a weekday, there were alot of university students heading to school on top of the mountain. So all the buses were super packed and full to the brim! We missed close to 5 buses before we managed to board 1 bus!

So if you are planning to go up to the mountain, do find alternative transport or avoid peak rush hours!
Anyway, when we reached the mountain, we did not know where to start, so we decided to head to the visitor's centre. But it was also quite a hike!

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And the park staff recommended us a few attractions in the park, and we decided to visit 2 of them and then proceed on to our next destination on the park shuttle bus. We went to Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑, where we saw the remains of a volcano eruption. And the next attraction we went to was the Qingtiangang 擎天岗, where we saw and experienced a so-called "countryside".

Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑
The temperature was super cold, about 16-19°C as compared to land because it was high on top of the mountain! So I had to put on a jacket!
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Beautiful scenery back there!
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This was really boiling temperature despite the cold temperature high on the mountain! You can feel the heat just standing beside it!
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Pretty!

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Qingtiangang 擎天岗
Feels like you are in some countryside, lovely!
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Don't these buildings in the background give you those "cowboys / cowgirls" feel?
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There were many cows just roaming freely on the grass! First time seeing a cow so close-up! Nice experience!
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Then, we took the bus from the mountain to the nearest MRT station, and headed to our next destination, which was to Xinbeitou 新北投 for hot springs!

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Bought this from 7-eleven before heading to our next destination
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Inside the train.. similar to Singapore's?
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Welcome to New Beitou!
We first went to the hot springs museum, it was free entry.
You'll see and learn how the hot springs looks like in the past. Very educational!
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At the entrance..
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Got japanese feel? This is where people used to sit, rest and relax after a relaxing hot springs session
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Ready, roll, action! (pretending to be Directors with the fake camera)
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Tickets for you?

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Private hot springs tub in the past for small group of people!
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Smaller hot springs tub in the past, prolly for couples?

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The equipment used for hot springs in the past

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The public hot springs tub in the past!
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The museum building! Very vintage from the outside! Nice!
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There was a public hot springs in the middle of New Beitou 新北投, which costed about NT40 per person for an hour if I remembered correctly? There were also timings scheduled for the hot spring sessions. So we decided that we did not want to share the hot springs with so many people, so we went to a hot springs resort instead, which had more privacy and was cleaner.

There are many resorts in New Beitou 新北投, from the cheaper ones, to the more expensive ones, which of course you can enjoy more services. In the end we saw 1 resort which was having a promotion, so we headed there.

The staff showed us different packages, in the end we chose the one which costed around NT800+ (if remembered correctly), which was about NT400 per person, or SGD18 per person, for 3-hours in the room, with a bathtub which has natural "hot springs" water from the tap.

Anyway, here is the link to the hot springs resort which we went to, we chose the "豪华双人房" package.
It's easy to spot this resort with its LED lights, and it's very near the MRT!
The room was big and spacious, and the tub was really HUGE! Had a really relaxing 3-hours!
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Some photos of the room (View more on the website here)
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We even had some light snacks for hi-tea after we checked out, which was part of the package
After relaxing, it was almost evening and we proceeded to our next and final destination, the Tamshui Fisherman's Wharf  淡水渔人码头.
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The lover's bridge 情人桥 at night! Don't you love the lightings? So pretty!

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Taken with self timer! Love this shot!

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We bought some light snacks as our dinner!

While heading back, we passed by Tamshui Old Street 淡水老街, but there was nothing interesting, so we took a train back to Ximen 西门, and while walking back to our hotel, we saw Ah Zhong Mee Sua 阿宗面腺, and we knew we had to try it! We were super lucky to have ordered the last bowl! It was super nice! It was much nicer than the bowl we had in Shilin Night Market 士林夜市!

*This is a must try if you are visiting Taipei!*

(Source for the 2 pictures above: Here)

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Our small bowl of mee sua for NT45! It was cooked with large intestines instead of oysters!  Super yummy!

And, that concludes Day Six!
What a day!

The next post will be the final entry for this Taiwan Trip as I'll be combining Days Seven + Eight into 1 post! 

Some sneaks:
- Day Seven was really tiring as it was raining, and we spent a whole day trying to comb all the places which we have yet to visit as it was our 2nd last day!

- Day Eight was really short as we spent the whole day travelling!

So do look out for the next post!

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