Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Taiwan 8 days trip–Day6,7,8! (台中Taichung-新社Xinshe- 新社菇神 Xinshe Gushen - 古堡花園 Summit resort - 纸箱故事官 Paper Story)



Day 6
Continuing on from my previous post about Taiwan, Taichung - Xinshe.

So after exploring Lavender Cottage, we were massively hungry. Okay actually I wasn’t because I lost all my appetite to the motion sickness, but Mr Gan was. Anyway to clarify! I'm the type who gets motion sickness from long bumpy car rides easily. So normal people won’t be affected like Mr Gan. HAHAHA. But if you are prone to it as well, then I guess you can take some pills beforehand!

Here’s another perk of hiring a cab, he will know where to bring you for lunch and you don’t have to put up with the crappy yet expensive food inside Xinshe. And the cabbie brought us to 新社菇神 xinshe gushen.

新社菇神 Xinshe Gushen



It’s a place which serves hotpot with mushroom as the main ingredient. Friends will know that I don’t really fancy hotpot/steamboat very much. BUT THIS IS REALLY VERY NICE! The soup base is the best! There are many mushroom hotpot restaurants around the outskirts of xinshe, but since I only been to this, I can guarantee that you will like it! 

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Very quiet and peaceful lunch

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It also has fantastic view since it’s at the edge of the hill

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2 person set lunch with beef shabu-shabu at only NT700+ (S$30+)
DAMN WORTH IT!!

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The soup with many variation of mushrooms. 

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The vegetables. Oh ya the cabbage is very sweet!! I asked Mr Gan, Mr Gan’s mum and mum why is it so but they also don’t know. Maybe it’s Taiwan. HAHAHA

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MUSHROOMSS! I’m a mushroom lover!


And the beef! I ate 1 and Mr Gan ate the rest.

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Mr Gan!

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Mr Gan was damn happy because he was trying to find a nice hotpot to eat at Fengjia Night Market the night before and didn’t manage to. So craving satisfied! Anyway I was very apprehensive prior to going there because I’m afraid they put ginger inside Confused smile But the taxi uncle assured me there isn’t ginger inside! So fellow ginger hater can rest assured and go there!

Happy and satisfied, we went on to our next destination,  古堡花園 the summit resort!

台中新社古堡花園 Summit resort


I got to say that this is really a very nice place! Although this place is sort of like manmade and unlike the European castles that have rich history to it,  it’s still a pretty interesting place to visit and take photos. And I forgot the admission fee to this place. 



The garden of the castle







HAHAHHA. I painstakingly picked up the maple leaves and throw them up many times.
All quite unnatural though. Ah well.


Beautiful fall colours! Most of the trees there are barren already though. 

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Pretty!

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Panorama view


Castle


Princess playing hide and seek around the castle… HAHAHAHHAHAHA


Oh yeah~ Welcome to Taiwan!


The restaurant

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There’s a house at Mr Gan’s area that looks like this too!

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The castle of English Chess! haha with beard.

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ehhhhh….. sexay laydae~

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Stairways to heaven :OOOOO HAHAHA

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OH SO FLUFFY! Good weather!! 

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Good good iphone front camera!

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Shopping 

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After that we went to our last destination, 纸箱故事官paper story.

纸箱故事官 Paper Story



This is the most boring place. Don’t bother going there I think. HHAAHA. Really boring! It’s just many things made of paper. But since we are there, we got to take some photos. Really regret not skipping this place all together and go see sunset. HAHAHA. 

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The entrance


Paper ball

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Paper Rabbit

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Paper erm reindeer? 

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Paper what is this?

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Cardboard oink

SO BORING. See Mr Gan just skipped this all together. LOL


DSLR

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Iphone


Taipei 101

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Windmill

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Leaning Tower of Pisa


Nicer at night!

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I just know this is a lighthouse but don’t know which famous lighthouse

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Tower which nezha was trapped in by his dad? HAHAHA #dramaaddict

And that pretty much sums up our xinshe adventure. After bringing us to buy taiyangbing, the taxi uncle sent us back to our minsu, and we rested awhile before heading off to FengJia Night Market again!

Day 7

Breakfast! 

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Since we were not in a rush, we sat down and slowly enjoy our breakfast!

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Alfresco Style!


Not my usual dressing style, but not bad right! HAHA

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Wraps! Very nice! Taichung’s breakfast is quite different from taipei! Mostly burgers and wraps! But equally nice!

After which we checked out from our minsu and checked in to Cityinn hotel – Taichung branch. We took a cab there and the taxi brother is some basket person. Taxi Brother cause he’s around 30 and basket cause he’s really basket. Throughout the entire journey his topic is on how woman should learn how to keep one eye closes if her husband is fooling outside. And that is the success of his marriage. Wah Piang eh. TOTALLY DISGUSTED AND OFFENDED. So disrespectful to women. So that was a awful 15 mins taxi ride.

And Cityinn Taichung branch is yet another small room. @.@ Never going back there. But their staffs are very nice as usual.

So according to the Taxi uncle’s (Not the basket) recommendations, we went to National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.


We spent like a few minutes in front of each art display trying very hard to understand what is it. Fruitless attempts. I guess we belong to the other spectrum of arts like drama, musical, production, music etc. We can’t appreciate fine arts.

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Super sunny day! Sunny like Singapore, but only at 18 degrees! Nice!

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Hee! I went to the toilet and took this photo for future reference. I like my toilet to have grey tiles!

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Nice sky!


Nicer blue sky!

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It was a Saturday, so there were a lot of people! Saturday is a public holiday in Taiwan!


We explored the vicinity of the place and found this place for lunch!



Our awesome pork rib lunch! YUMS!


After which we went to walk around, back to hotel and went to yizhong street at night! Not as big as Fengjia, but there are many food and clothes! And Mr Gan bought this authentic Onitsuka Tiger shoes for $$60! VERY Worth it!

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And the next day is just back to Singapore :( I think inside Taichung city itself there isn't really much to do, either that or I didn't research enough. But if you have the time, you should go CingJing Farm to stay for a night. I saw the photos online and it's really very nice! We didn't know beforehand and it was the taxi uncle who told us. And if can get a taxi uncle to book the accommodation for you because it will be much much cheaper! You will also need a taxi to bring you there! So if you going in 4s and is not tight on cash, maybe you can do this!

Will definitely go Taiwan again!!! 


You are currently reading Day 6-8. Continuing reading!
Day 1 on Cityinn Hotel Branch 2 and Shilin Night Market: here
Day 2 on ShiFen and Raohe Night Market: here

Day 3 on FuHangDouJiang, XinBeitou and Tamshui: here  
Day 4-5 on YongHeDouJiang, MaoKong, Ximending, SiHaiDouJiang, Taichung, Tomato Rooms and Fengjia Night Market: here
Day 6 on Xinshe- Lavender Cottage: here
Day 6-8 on Xinshe- Summit Resort and Carton King and rest of my Taichung Trip: here

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thx for sharing...

Anonymous said...

HI Jane,

Thanks for the sharing. How long did you spend in each of these places?(lavender cottage, xinshe castle and carton king)

Jane Tan said...

Hi,

I spent around 2 hours for each cause we were taking photos!

Regards
Jane

Anonymous said...

Thks for the photos! V beautifully taken!
How do u get a cab to drive u around xinshe? Can I just flag a taxi on the street and tell them the few places I want to go? How much did u pay for your trip to lavender garden, castle n paper hse? Thank you!
Regards,
Pearlyn