Historical Treasures @ National Palace Museum, Taipei

I think one of my biggest regrets on my Taiwan trip was not being able to spend more time at the National Palace Museum. We spent too much time at Tamsui, and by the time we got back to the city it was already 4-5pm. Granted, the museum closes at 9pm on weekends, but the group I was travelling with (a bunch of Aunties and … Continue reading Historical Treasures @ National Palace Museum, Taipei

Things To Do In Tamsui, Taiwan – A Seaside Town

We’re almost at the end of our trip to Taiwan! On our second to last day, we took a train from Taipei to the very last stop on the Red Line, called Tamsui. Literally translated to ‘fresh water’, this coastal town is located just next to the Taiwan Straits, and was once colonised by the Spanish and Dutch. It became a major trade and fishing … Continue reading Things To Do In Tamsui, Taiwan – A Seaside Town

Shifen – Old Streets, Sky Lanterns and The Broadest Waterfall in Taiwan

Hey guys! So we were previously in the scenic gold-mining mountain town, Jiufen, the setting that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away anime. We took it one step further the next day and headed to… Shifen.   …..   Ok sorry bad pun haha. You know I’m terrible at these things. Jiufen in Chinese literally means ‘nine portions/points’ and Shifen is +1, or ‘ten portions/points’. Unlike … Continue reading Shifen – Old Streets, Sky Lanterns and The Broadest Waterfall in Taiwan

Ximending – Taipei’s Busiest Shopping District

Hey guys! Still blogging about my trip last month to Taiwan – there’s lots of things to see and do here. After a long day of travelling and sightseeing in Jiufen, we were pooped – but one does not travel and not try to get in as much visiting as possible! Despite our tired and sore muscles, we dragged ourselves to the shopping district of … Continue reading Ximending – Taipei’s Busiest Shopping District

Quanji Temple, Jiufen, Taiwan

While visiting the historic gold mining town of Jiufen in Taiwan, the Old Quarters aren’t the only thing worth checking out. Just a short bus ride away is the gold museum which chronicles the town’s rich mining history, and nearby is the Quanji Temple, accessible on foot. Be careful of the local wildlife though: The 20 minute walk is quite scenic, with beautiful views of … Continue reading Quanji Temple, Jiufen, Taiwan

Natural and Historical Treasures @ The Gold Museum, Jiufen, Taiwan

Jiufen, much like Sacramento in California, was a town that benefited from the gold rush. Japanese mining companies flocked to the mountainside in the 19th century, drawn to its riches, and left behind a legacy of history, culture and unique buildings that are now a major tourist attraction in Taiwan. Leaving behind the scenic Old Quarters, we travel downhill to the Gold Museum, which houses several … Continue reading Natural and Historical Treasures @ The Gold Museum, Jiufen, Taiwan

Jiufen, Taiwan – The Town that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Another day in Taipei, Taiwan! We allocated a whole day to spend at Jiufen, a decommissioned gold mining mountain town originally built by the Japanese, popular for its historical alleyways and Japanese-influenced architecture. I was especially excited to explore the place after finding out that it was the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away anime, which I loved watching as a child. To get there, we … Continue reading Jiufen, Taiwan – The Town that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Eating Stinky Tofu (and a bunch of other stuff) @ Raohe Night Market, Taipei

  Taiwanese people love to eat, and they love to eat at night. So what do you get? Dozens of night markets peddling all sorts of goodies until the wee hours of the morning. These are very much like our Malaysian pasar malam, occupying streets and sidewalks that are otherwise normal thoroughfares during the day. You’d have read about my visit to Fengjia Night Market, … Continue reading Eating Stinky Tofu (and a bunch of other stuff) @ Raohe Night Market, Taipei