[Eat] Having high tea at Vivienne Westwood Café in Taipei

A day where we had plan to go to HsinChu city for a half day trip, however, due to bad weather we cancelled the trip and decided to stay in Taipei city.

Did a quick check on interesting cafe or places where we can spend our afternoon. We chanced upon Vivienne Westwood Cafe in Taipei, we thought that it is quite cool, hence we went over to have our afternoon tea there.

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[Eat] Taiwan – Food to try at Shilin Night Market

Travelers who have been to Shilin Night market will know that it is a huge place for delicious street food and lots of things to see, buy and play.

There are so many food to try and what would be the one that worth queuing and waiting? Choices from food that are not widely accepted by tourists, and some of the hidden food that you might miss. These are stalls that I always go to when I am in Taipei and will discovered some new found favorite in subsequent visits.

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[Help] Awareness of Acute Mountain sickness

As there is an increase of adventure travelers, heading to a high altitude places and staying there. It is a necessary to learn what is Acute Mountain sickness, what is the symptoms and how to prevent it and aware of it. Even though not all people might develop high altitude illness but this doesn’t mean that being physically fit will decrease your chances of developing it.

The reason for writing this post is because I had the first-hand experience of it when I was climbing up the Mt HeHuan, with an altitude of 3,485m (11,433 feet).

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[Trip] Taiwan – 2 Day 1 Night at Mt Hehuan

How to make full use of your stay in Hehuanshan or Mt Hehuan for one night? In my previous post, I have covered our stay at the Songxuelou, the highest accommodation in Taiwan, where you can view the beautiful scenery right from your balcony.

There are a lot of trails here to choose from ranging from easy to difficult. The easy trail will take less than an hour to hike and the difficult trail will require a professional guide and a night stay at the mountain.

For more information, you can check here.

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[Stay] Taiwan Highest mountain Lodge-SongXueLou

Have you ever wonder what it is like to wake up to a beautiful sunrise the next morning right at your own balcony?  I have never thought of that in my life before as this is not something we could experience in the city, but I am able to experience it at SongXueLou.

As I was looking into where to stay for a night at Hehuanshan before my trip. I came across this hotel, which is the perfect accommodation and location for us because we wouldn’t want to go back down to Qingjing, the next nearest place to spend a night.

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[Move] Transport back to Taipei from Hehuanshan

Following my previous post on how to get to Hehuanshan from Taipei. In this post, we are going to cover on how to return to Taipei city the next day after a stay at the mountain lodge in Hehuanshan, SongXueLo.

When we arrived the day before, the bus driver will ask who will be heading back the next day before everyone alight, and he will inform you the pickup time. Please do wait at the pickup point earlier than what the time he advised.

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[Move] Taiwan – Transportation to HeHuanShan

Hehuanshan is a place where I wanted to explore but the transportation is not convenient if we do not drive. In addition, your driving skill has to be good because of the winding road up the mountain road.

Getting up there from Taipei is not near and it is time-consuming but if you love nature, hiking or wish to have a break from the bustling city this would be a good choice. As there are not much information in English about how to get there by public transport yet, thus this will be a detailed transportation guide from Taipei to Hehuanshan.


Taipei to Hehuanshan

There are a few methods to get there; One, take the High-speed rail to Taichung station, take a bus to Qingcing farm stay for one day, and the next day book a car from your lodge to get up there. Two, stay in Taichung for a few days and hire a car to drive you up for one day. Three, take a train to Fengyuan station then a bus up, this was what we did. This is actually more suitable for travelers who have been to Taichung or CingJing Farm before and do not wish to stay there again.

Train to Taichung FengYuan

Board the first train to Taichung.

Easycard can be used here. If you do not have the easycard, you will need to buy a train ticket at the ticket counter:

Cost:

Adult

220NTD

Child

110NTD

Duration:

2 Hours 24 Minutes

Our train is at 05:30 to FengYuan:

To platform 3:

台北到合歡山

Fast Local Train Mountain route, that will stop at every station:

After a 2 hour plus train ride, we reached Feng Yuan Station:

Exit to ZhongZheng Road


Exit and turn right follow the sign:

The old FengYuan station:

Bus to HeHuanShan

The only public bus transport in Taiwan that drive up to the highest peak and using the snow chain to secure up the mountain during the winter period.  And the only bus that drives on an altitude of 3275m at Taiwan highest highway road, passing through Taroko National Park looking over the vast sea of clouds and mountain landscape.

Little to know:

– There are only 3 bus drivers that are driving on this bus route

– This bus route have a total of 86 stops

– The bus doesn’t earn much profit from the passengers. Hence, the driver acts as a transporter to bring necessary necessities from the city to the mountain and help the children or villages in needs.

– Drivers will stay at the end stop LiShan for one day, next day the same driver and bus will bring you down.

When you see this view you are in the correct direction:

The bus terminal to get to HeHuanShan:

Getting Bus Ticket

Advice from the ticket counter lady, we can purchase the bus ticket from the bus driver:

Cost:

To Songxue Lou

Adult

400NTD

Child

200NTD

Duration:

3 Hours 40 minutes  (Depend on the road condition)

Buy your ticket on the bus or tap your easycard, inform the bus driver where you will be getting off.

To note:

– Knowing basic Mandarin is necessary to speak to the driver

– Inform the bus driver where you will be dropping off

– Prepare the exact amount as the driver do not provide small change


Getting on the Bus

Bus No: 6506 will depart at 09:10 daily.

The mini bus there  ⇓ in the middle of the large buses will leave on time:

We were given 30 minutes to rest and toilet break at a pit stop in Puli.

Our simple lunch there, if you do not want to eat this, there is also a convenient store nearby for you to grab some snacks or onigiri:

We had crispy chicken rice and mushroom meat soup:

That day when we were at the bus terminal the bus is already full. As you can see it is a mini bus with 21 seaters only including the driver, so if you did not get there earlier you might not get a seat.

Transportation Hehuanshan

This route is more known by the locals or Chinese speaking tourist only.  However, I hope that this can be known to more people so that they will continue this route. There will be a post on how to return from HehuanShan to Taipei.

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[Eat] Taiwan, Taipei- iNPUT Music Cafè 音鋪

A hidden gem found in the alley near the busy Tong Hua Street. Not sure if you all know about this place? It is well known among the fans of Taiwanese band, Mayday. This store is opened by one of the members, Stone with his 2 other friends who are musicians.

It is a music store to be exact, however, they have a little cafe area for coffee lovers. As I am not a musician nor have any knowledge of musical instruments, I will not cover about that section. Therefore, this post will focus on the café.

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[Eat] Taiwan – Rilakkuma Theme Cafe in Taipei

I have to admit that I am a crazy fangirl for Rilakkuma and love it so much that I will always buy its stuff and collect them. It is always on my to-do list to visit the café in Japan, however, they only do pop-up store for Rilakkuma café, which means, they will be in certain parts of Japan for a period of time and move on to another location.

When the news of Rilakkuma café was opened in Taiwan, I have been planning to visit the cafe to have a cup of coffee and meal there. Without any hesitation this time, I kept a day free in my itinerary and made my reservation online.
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[Trip] One day in Taipei city, Xinyi District to Tamsui District

What to do if you have a day in Taipei city? I will focus on just a few places, mainly the famous Taipei 101 and old street of Taipei.

Xinyi district is a well-known place for shopping and if you have time to spare, you can proceed to Tamsui old street, where you can try out some of the local street food and enjoy the beautiful seaside view. I will be covering on the LINE FRIENDS Cafe & Store (feat. Choco), delicious Japanese buffet and lastly, Tamsui old street for some souvenirs and local snacks.

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