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Taichung City

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  • Day8

    After a fabulous breakfast of scrambled eggs, steamed buns, porridge, rice, vegetables and toast, we met our driver Steven to begin our tour of Taiwan.

    Being Saturday morning, the roads are full of locals heading away for day trips out of Taipei, so progress was very slow at times, despite being on a 4 lane freeway with additional raised lanes on both sides.

    We arrived at Longfeng Broken Bridge in time for morning tea, and Oliver jumped right in the deep end with a Taiwanese specialty - black stinky tofu (the name is extremely accurate). She and Steven had most of it, but everyone had a taste.

    We continued through the mountains on to Shengxing Railway Station, a town which was bypassed by the railway many years ago, and uses that, and its Hakka heritage, as a tourist attraction (think Hahndorf with noodles instead of wurst ☺). We also made some traditional pound tea by grinding herbs, peanuts and seeds in a mortar and pestle before adding hot water to make tea.

    We then drove to Taichung via the Rainbow Village, a former veterans village which was painted from head to toe in bright murals by one of the residents in a bid to save it from demolition. He is in his 90s now, and although no lives there anymore (it is purely for tourists), he was in the village today and happy to pose for photos for a small fee.

    Next stop was the Fengjia night market, famous for its imaginative food and drinks. It was here that bubble tea was invented, so we sampled sweet potato balls, fried quail egg balls, a hot dog in a hot dog (a pork sausage inside a rice sausage "roll"), deep fried suckling pig omelet, and a watermelon milk drink. We walked for over 2 hours and covered about half the market, so you'll get an idea of it's size!

    A short drive across town had us at our hotel around 8pm.
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  • Day4

    Taichung - Phew no rain!

    September 28 in Taiwan

    When asking about getting to Taichung everyone said don't take the bus and take the train instead. Obviously we decided to ignore this advice and go for it anyway and I'm glad we did! The bus was very empty, comfy and took pretty much the same time as the cheaper train and their was a bus every 15 mins! 2 hours 45 mins on the dot and we arrived in Taichung, blue skies! Unfortunately our host for couch surfing isn't available till 10pm so we needed to stash our bags in lockers. I'm so glad we have such small bags as we were able to fit them into the medium lockers, well with a pretty hard shove!

    To be honest we didn't know very much about Taichung until we got here and it actually has quite a few things going for it. It has a lovely park in the middle which is full of various birds, Miyahara which was a bit like walking into a Harry Potter shop selling various posh delicatessens, a small but scenic river walkway, the original bubble tea shop, a street full of animation street art and rainbow village. To sum up Taichung I'd say it's an Instagramers heaven with all the fun photo ops dotted around.

    The people have been very lovely so far and understanding of us not speaking Mandarin, but it's not held us back in daring to go into restaurants and point at food or just say 2 and hope for the best. When looking for lunch we wandered through an area that had all its shop signs in Vietnamese, it made me feel so happy. I have such incredible memories from Vietnam 😍 For lunch we went to a very busy looking restaurant and had pork knuckle noodle soup. It was really nice.

    In the evening we took a very round about journey (seriously it took us nearly 2 hours in the complete opposite direction to where we need to meet our couchsurfing host later) in hunt of the famous Feng Chia Night Market for its highly rated street food market. Was it worth it, YES! Although some of the stalls were the same it was also ideal for all those instagtamers out there. We had a crispy duck filled bao (Amazing!), the one and only fried chicken (a must eat in Taiwan), what looked like a hotdog but instead of the bread bun it was steamed rice (oddly sweet but had to be tried) and a custard tart (yum).

    Drained and tired we headed back to the bus terminal to pick up our bags and then went to meet our couchsurfing host just in the nick of time. Phew... what a crazy day (again)!

    As I mentioned this is the first time we have ever couch surfed and to be honest I was a bit nervous, but wow, I'm sure they won't all be this incredible. If they are wow. We are staying in Kevin's art studio which is in a private apartment about half an hour bus ride from the town centre. It is absolutely incredible. We have the whole flat to ourselves for free. We have our own private double room with ensuite, a kitchen, a washing machine and the best part is all his absolutely stunning art work around in every room. He's said we can stay as long as we need! I don't think this is the usual couchsurfing experience but I'm over the moon with it. We've decided to stay till Monday, so that we can cook vegetables!
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  • Day94

    Taichung. Rainbow village

    December 1, 2014 in Taiwan

    Checking out Taichung.... Just when I thought we've seen everything in the night market, Taichung's Feng Gia night market brings it to a different level. It is twice as big as some of the markets we went to in Taipei, and offers some really different street food like baked potatoe with nacho cheese, peking duck in a wrap, and the famous massaged grilled chicken. The Rainbow Village on the out skirt of the city is also very cute. Supposedly an old man painted his village with these whimsical, children like artwork in order to save it from being teard down by the government.Read more

  • Day27

    This is a great BBQ restaurant, if you can ignore their prices on the menu. They cooked everything for us, so all we did was enjoy as much protein as we could tonight (beef tongues, prime rib eye steak, pork cheek, kimchi, mixed veggies...)

    At the very end, we even ordered chicken cartilage soft bones for take-out. These were for our two little dogs waiting for us patiently at home.

    難得吃烤肉都是讓人伺候,不需自己動手烤,只需要好好享受蛋白質燒烤的好滋味。只是價格真的有些些高,4片薄牛舌就480。6oz肋眼牛排500。

    離開前,我們還特地為兩隻毛小孩,外帶了一份無調味的燒烤雞軟骨,她媽說要照顧好它們的關節...,因為自己的已經無救。
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  • Day7

    Taichung day 2

    October 3, 2016 in Taiwan

    Dagen började inte precis bra då Andy fick någon typ av matförgiftning under natten och fick åka till akuten cirka 5 på morgonen... han mådde dock mycket bättre på dagen och vi begav oss ut för att äta! Street food fick det bli, allt från friterad kyckling till boba tea. Efter att ha sett centrum och tittat på några parker så tog vi bussen hem för att sedan åka till en view point. Taichung är lite som Falun, det ligger i en grop, så det var en riktigt fin utsikt över staden. Efter det åkte vi till det stället som uppfann bubble tea och åt tofu och drack det kända bubble tea. Tror Tang har druckit så mycket boba tea så det räcker för flera veckor nu haha. Otroligt mätta av allt te så gick vi ut och hittade på några gamla övergivna haj modeller som av någon anledning bara låg mitt ute i naturen. På vägen dit blev Andy livrädd för en "orm" som kom mot oss, men det var en hund... kanske ska kolla upp synen. Nu är vi tillbaka och ska sova och hoppas att denna natt inte håller på några akuten besök.Read more

  • Day8

    Taichung day 3

    October 4, 2016 in Taiwan

    Ännu än dag då temperaturen låg på 32 grader, men känns som man är lite mer van med värmen vid det här laget. Men vi börja som vanligt dagen med mat, denna gång blev det beef nudles och blev som vanligt inte besviken! Jag har fortfarande problem att äta med pinnarna men det går iaf bättre och bättre haha... När jag tillslut fått i mig allt så åkte vi och kolla på en park som hette Maple garden, och solen stekte på rätt bra då kan jag lova, men hör och häpna så har jag kommit undan utan att ha bränt mig än. Efter att ha spenderat runt en timme där så tog vi bussen till två köpcentrum för att kika runt lite, men som vanligt så köpte ingen av oss något, förutom mat då såklart... vi tog senare oss in till en nattmarknad och jag tror jag aldrig ätit så mycket och så mycket olika saker i hela mitt liv, otroligt hur mycket gott man missar när man bor i Sverige. Det var nästan så vi rullade hem när vi var klara och bestämde oss för att kolla på film. Medan Tang tog en nap så åkte jag och Andy iväg på moppen och köpte ännu mera mat, vet inte riktigt hur den idén kom in i bilden med tanke på hur mätta vi var men jaja. Först blev det papaya mjölk och en toast och efter cirka 5 minuter stod vi vid ett annat matställe och beställde stekta nudlar. När vi väl begav oss hemåt köpte vi med papaya mjölk och kyckling till Tang och sen fick det bli film resten av kvällen.Read more

  • Day10

    Gaomei wetlands

    October 6, 2016 in Taiwan

    Började dagen med en stor portion stekt ris medan Tang tog nudlar. Efter vi tillslut fått i oss allt så började resan mot Gaomei wetlands, en cirka 40 minuters resa med bil. Väl där så var det så mycket mer folk än vad jag trodde, många klasser som var där på utflykt. När man gått ut några hundra meter på en brygga så kunde man gå ner i vattnet, det blev dock aldrig djupare än till fotlederna. Efter att ha stannat där och sett solnedgången så åkte vi och åt på ett ställe som låg påvägen hem. När vi kommit tillbaka hem så gick vi ut till en matställe och åt samt tog några öl, jag som inte ens gillar öl men den var så vattnig så det var okej haha.Read more

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