On the first day of 2016, i got an opportunity to travel to Taichung. Spent the first night to see and eat at Feng Jia Night Market and went to Carton King and XinShe Castle on the next day!
Woke up at 8.30 in the morning, bathed, and drink some dou jiang (soyamilk) and off we go to flag a cab. Yes, we took a cab to Carton King and XinShe Castle. You can just flag any cab, and negotiate with the driver on how much is the fee to go to several places. I did my small research on the night before (since it was a sudden trip as well), some of the tourist who went to XinShe spent around 800 NTD ( SGD 35 ) for a one way trip, which is about 45-60 minutes from Taichung city.
We negotiated for almost 15 minutes, and finally closed the deal at 2000 NTD ( SGD 108 ) to rent the cab for 6 hrs. The driver agreed to take us to 3 places, Carton King, XinShe Castle and Lavender Garden. It was 3 of us, so we split the cab fare. Is it expensive? Well, im not too sure as well. Cause we’ve never chartered any cab before in Taiwan. But looking at the place that we were going, i guess 2000 NTD is considered cheap? Cause it is very far from Taichung city, not many public transport, and it’s hard to find cab over the 3 places. So, here we go!
Carton King (Da Keng)
A Creative Park whereby most of things are made from papers / carton / cardboards. Indeed a different place to go, since most places in Taipei is historical museums. Even though the place are rather small, they made it convenient for us to walk to and enjoy all the interesting and delicate paperworks.
Some of you maybe will find it boring, cause there is nothing much. But it is a nice place to take some photos, chill by the paper restaurants, listen to some good music, and be amazed on how paper / cardboards can turn into many beautiful things.
Their Entrance fee is 200 NTD ( SGD 8 ), but you can use 100 NTD voucher to buy drinks or souvenirs. Other than that they will give you free gift, if you are able to find all the 8 stamps and stamped in on your ticket! I kinda like this idea, cause it makes it more interesting. As i myself is quite competitive, of course i have the urge to find all the stamps and get my prize! haha.
2 Second Alley, Tungshan Road, Beitun district, Taichung 406, Taiwan
XinShe Castle ( Xin She Gu Bao)
This is a MUST GO place in Taichung! You cant miss it! It’s a place where you can get a glimpse of Europe or western countries in Taiwan. Great man-made waterfall, supernice fortress and bridges. It’s like they take you to Old England or Wine Chateau in Paris, or even Russia! haha.. Well, maybe because i adore beautiful places like this. Where you can take tons of pictures, and just sit on the grass by the lake and just enjoy the cold breeze, thinking of how my future will be like. haha. *so mellow*
There’s a lot of graduates who takes pictures over here, and so does couples and other people. I guess all spots here are very picturesque. Even though you cant take pictures, i assure you that it will turn out beautiful. haha.. Indeed a chilling place to go with your friends, a nice place to just read books by the lake, and of course a romantic place when you go here your partner. ❤
The only drawback is everything the sell here is expensive. The food ranges from 300-450 NTD ( SGD 12-20 ), and the drinks ranges from 80-150 NTD ( SGD 3-7 ) which is considered very expensive, even though you can redeem the 100 NTD from your 250 NTD entrance fee. If you are really hungry, there’s one small restaurant that is quite good nearby this castle which is much cheaper, but most of their food are made from mushrooms. Ask your taxi driver to drive you here, it’s just less than 5 minutes drive. I guess that’s only small restaurant nearby. So sorry i forgot to take pictures and cant remember the name of restaurant as well. Was too hungry to documented it. =(
So pretty isnt it?? ❤ ❤
No.167-1 Xiezhong Street, Taichung, Taiwan
Oh, we went to the third place called the Lavender Garden, but too bad the place wasnt that nice when we went there, cause there’s no lavender in winter time. =(.. Just a normal garden, with nothing much in it.. And not long after we reach there, rain started pouring. so we are quite disappointed =( Not blog-worthy. Maybe next time around when all the lavenders are blooming and pretty.
Made another VLOG on this trip in Bahasa Indonesia. hehe.. Enjoy!