9 Days 8 Nights Taiwan Tour – Jiaoxi, Hualien, Taipei and Taichung – Day 5 (November 2015)

Day 5 – Taipei

This was the fifth day into our Taiwan tour and we planned to explore Yehliu Geopark, Xin Beitou Hot Spring and Danshui Old Town area. So we had breakfast very early around 7.15 am.

Nice decoration at lift lobby
Nice decoration at lift lobby
Hotel front desk early morning
Hotel front desk early morning

The restaurant resembled more like a canteen but was colourful and trendy and in fact the ambience was pretty nice. The buffet spread was surprisingly quite decent. There was a salad bar and of course fruits section as well. The drinks counter was well equipped and we could get special coffee from the coffee dispenser.

Canteen-like restaurant during breakfast
Canteen-like restaurant during breakfast


Restaurant in the morning
Restaurant in the morning
Nice wall decoration in restaurant
Nice wall decoration in restaurant
Salad bar
Salad bar
Fresh fruits counter
Fresh fruits counter
Drinks, coffee and tea counter
Drinks, coffee and tea counter

Main course consisted of Chinese and western food and was rather good as well. There were two pots of soup available too. We also loved the mini croissants and we had quite a few.

Chinese and western main course for breakfast
Chinese and western main course for breakfast
Soup and main course
Soup and main course
Bread and cakes
Bread and cakes

The breakfast was really enjoyable and a great way to start our day. Hotel Green World is not even a four-star hotel. So far our experience had been exceptionally good.

After breakfast, we went back to our room to freshen up. We then packed up and left the hotel for our first attraction for the day. It was near to 9 am and it was a little cloudy in Taipei. We walked to Taipei West Bus Station and went to queue for the Kuo-Kuang Bus Line 1815. The bus came shortly and we were on our way north out of Taipei City.

Clean and new kettle with cups set in the room
Clean and new kettle with cups set in the room

After passing through villages up and down some narrow and hilly roads, we arrived at the road junction near to Yehliu Harbour. A number of passengers including ourselves planning to visit Yehliu Geopark alighted. In fact, the bus driver did announce this was the place to alight for those who wished to visit Yehliu Geopark and directed us to walk along a road to reach the Geopark. The bus journey took about an hour and fifteen minutes and it was about 10.20 am when we arrived.

Map of Yehliu Geopark
Map of Yehliu Geopark
Signage at Yehliu Harbour
Signage at Yehliu Harbour

So we walked along the road with Yehliu Harbour on our left. There were many fishing boats moored at the harbour. The fishing boats looked a little messy being lined so close to each other. However, the waters at the harbour looked quite clean.

Fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
Fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
Messy sight of fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
Messy sight of fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
Fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
Fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
More fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
More fishing boats at Yehliu Harbour
Further along the road looking back to town
Further along the road looking back to town
Further along the road looking back to town
Further along the road looking back to town

On the right of the road were buildings with shops and restaurants that made up the amenities of this small fishing town. The restaurants here are mainly seafood restaurants which are not surprising.

As we walked along enjoying the harbour view, we saw a number of big tour buses driving towards the Geopark. We thought we would have to contend with the crowds at the Geopark later. So we quickened our pace.




Yehliu town
Yehliu town
Entrance to Yehliu Harbour
Entrance to Yehliu Harbour

We soon reached the entrance to the Geopark. It was packed with noisy tourists. Immediately, I joined a queue to purchase tickets into the park. Thankfully, I managed to get our tickets in under ten minutes. Queuing outside the Geopark with the huge crowd wasn’t very enjoyable, let alone meaningful.

Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark
Crowds of visitors outside Yehliu Geopark
Crowds of visitors outside Yehliu Geopark
Visitors at the entrance of the Geopark
Visitors at the entrance of the Geopark

The entry fee to the Geopark was NTD 80 per person. We wasted no time to enter the park. With so many people trying to get into the park and with many already inside, we decided to walk and head all the way into the very end of the Geopark to begin our exploration from there. There was no point jostling for space with this crowd and it would be close to impossible to take nice pictures with them around.

Endless streams of visitors coming into the Geopark
Endless streams of visitors coming into the Geopark
Beautiful rocks on the way to the end section of Geopark
Beautiful rocks on the way to the end section of Geopark
Beautiful rock walls in Yehliu Geopark
Beautiful rock walls in Yehliu Geopark

Most of the attractions are near the entrance and the middle part of the Geopark. So we let these tourists have fun at the park first while we enjoyed some peace and quietness at the other end of the Geopark.

Introduction to the Geopark
Introduction to the Geopark


Statue in the Geopark
Statue in the Geopark
Yehliu Geopark rock walls and walking path
Yehliu Geopark rock walls and walking path

We passed many interesting sandstones formations with crowds of noisy and rowdy tourists hanging out taking pictures as we made our way to the end. This end was an uphill trail with vegetation and trees that made this place looked more like a park.

Rocks near entrance of Geopark
Rocks near entrance of Geopark
Visitors in Yehliu Geopark
Visitors in Yehliu Geopark

It was quite deserted here. Once we reached this section of the Geopark, we took our time to ascend the hill and we enjoyed the walk. The air was fresh and with the sea breeze blowing our way, it was an enjoyable experience indeed. There were some birds chirping on trees and we relished the peace at this side of the park looking out at sea.

Nice view from high ground at the end of Geopark
Nice view from high ground at the end of Geopark
Nice walk in the park the end end of Geopark
Nice walk in the park the end end of Geopark
Beautiful park at the end of Geopark
Beautiful park at the end of Geopark

The skies were a little overcast and we worried it might open up any moment. The distant shore looked small while Yehliu town was still visible. The coastline formation on both sides leading back to mainland was pretty. Near vertical cliffs meeting the sea at the rocky base were quite spectacular. It was quite similar to parts of Northern Ireland we visited some years back. Had this been a sunny day with clear blue skies, such beautiful scenic site would no doubt be magnified many times.

Beautiful view from high ground at the end of Geopark
Beautiful view from high ground at the end of Geopark
Fantastic view out to sea at the sea of Geopark
Fantastic view out to sea at the sea of Geopark
Close up view of shore from end of Geopark
Close up view of shore from end of Geopark
Beautiful scenery from high ground of Geopark
Beautiful scenery from high ground of Geopark
Looking back to shore from high ground
Looking back to shore from high ground

Looking back to town and Yehliu Geopark rock formations from higher ground was a good idea. It was a pretty sight. We wondered why many tourists won’t come to this part of the Geopark. Perhaps it was good they didn’t come so there might still be some peaceful and quiet spots for those who wished to enjoy the park in a slightly different way for a little different experience.

Looking back to Yehliu town and visitors at Geopark
Looking back to Yehliu town and visitors at Geopark
Streams of visitors coming into the Geopark as view from high ground
Streams of visitors coming into the Geopark as view from high ground
Looking down to Yehliu Geopark from high ground
Looking down to Yehliu Geopark from high ground

We find spending time at this part of the park quite therapeutic. We could enjoy the beautiful sight of the rock formations below as well as the interesting coastline a distance away from shore. The enchanting view of the deep blue sea with the passing boats and a distant island from shore was great to behold as well.

Sea washed rock walls of the Geopark
Sea washed rock walls of the Geopark
Scenic spot in Yehliu Geopark
Scenic spot in Yehliu Geopark


Gorgeous view of rock walls out to the sea
Gorgeous view of rock walls out to the sea
Refreshing sight from end of the Geopark
Refreshing sight from end of the Geopark
Great view of shorelines from high ground
Great view of shorelines from high ground

After enjoying this serene park for 45 minutes, we decided to descend and head for the middle section of the Geopark to look at the rock formations. There were still quite a number of visitors at the middle section. A small café was below this end of the of the park where we walked pass on the way to the middle section.

Great day to visit Yehliu Geopark
Great day to visit Yehliu Geopark
Crowds of visitors in the Geopark
Crowds of visitors in the Geopark
Cafe below the last section of the Geopark
Cafe below the last section of the Geopark
Another nice view of the Geopark from higher ground
Another nice view of the Geopark from higher ground
Visitors at the middle section of the Geopark
Visitors at the middle section of the Geopark

The middle part of the Geopark has some connecting bridges with a water pool below. There are proper walking paths along the way. For the lower section of the sandy rock formations, there is a raised wooden platform for visitors to use to reach the various interesting rocks at this part of the Geopark. There is a red warning tape near the edge of the sea to prevent visitors from venturing beyond this line and fall off into the sea.

Walking platform to the middle section of the Geopark
Walking platform to the middle section of the Geopark
Middle section of the Geopark near the sea
Middle section of the Geopark near the sea
Great day out at the Geopark
Great day out at the Geopark
Plenty of visitors hanging around at the Geopark
Plenty of visitors hanging around at the Geopark
Water pool at the middle section of the Geopark
Water pool at the middle section of the Geopark
Bridge connecting different parts of the park
Bridge connecting different parts of the park
Bridge connecting different parts of the park above the pool
Bridge connecting different parts of the park above the pool
Visitors on the bridge connecting different parts of the park
Visitors on the bridge connecting different parts of the park
Another scenic part of the Geopark
Another scenic part of the Geopark
Popular section of the Geopark
Popular section of the Geopark
Pretty bridge connection in the Geopark
Pretty bridge connection in the Geopark
Another pretty spot in the Geopark
Another pretty spot in the Geopark
Nice pool and surrounding area of Geopark
Nice pool and surrounding area of Geopark


Pretty sight at this part of the Geopark
Pretty sight at this part of the Geopark
Another view of the bridge from the popular section in Yehliu Geopark
Another view of the bridge from the popular section in Yehliu Geopark
Pretty pool near the middle section of the Geopark
Pretty pool near the middle section of the Geopark
Beautiful view of Geopark from higher ground
Beautiful view of Geopark from higher ground

Rangers were also present warning visitors to observe park rules and safety precaution. Some inconsiderate visitors might be tempted to climb some rocks to take pictures as trophies thus damaging them in the process. This middle section was probably the best attraction for visitors to see these unique rocks and have their pictures taken. Hence this was a busy section of the Geopark.

Park ranger on duty in the park
Park ranger on duty in the park
Visitors having great time at the Geopark
Visitors having great time at the Geopark
Favourite spot for visitors to the Geopark
Favourite spot for visitors to the Geopark
Great picture moment at the park
Great picture moment at the park
Fascinating rocks at the Geopark
Fascinating rocks at the Geopark
A special hole in the rock in the park
A special hole in the rock in the park

There is also a stone on the ground that looks like the back of a turtle. Visitors crowded round to take picture and some were warned by the ranger against standing on it. Taking pictures of this place with the background of the further end with trees on the hill out to the sea was quite nice, especially in the absence of so many visitors to the park.

Special rock with turtle back shape
Special rock with turtle back shape
Nice view of special rock near the sea
Nice view of special rock near the sea
Great spot looking to the end of the Geopark
Great spot looking to the end of the Geopark
Visitors on higher elevation at some rocks
Visitors on higher elevation at some rocks
Unique rock features at the park
Unique rock features at the park
Another place to linger for visitors in the Geopark
Another place to linger for visitors in the Geopark
Beautiful view in the Geopark
Beautiful view in the Geopark
Another great view of the Geopark
Another great view of the Geopark
Unique rock surface at the Geopark
Unique rock surface at the Geopark

Having spent some time at this section of the park, we went around the edges to enjoy the sea view around the park. It was a beautiful sight with rocks along the shoreline of this park with the gentle sea waves washing up against them relentlessly.



You Should Be Here Pose by a visitor
You Should Be Here Pose by a visitor
Pretty spot for reflection
Pretty spot for reflection
Nice view near the edge of the Geopark
Nice view near the edge of the Geopark
Nice view around the shore of the Geopark
Nice view around the shore of the Geopark
Nice spot of sea meeting the rocky base of the park
Nice spot of sea meeting the rocky base of the park
Another great spot for photography
Another great spot for photography
Nice view of the sea to the end of the Geopark
Nice view of the sea to the end of the Geopark
Another pretty spot in the Geopark
Another pretty spot in the Geopark


Beautifully unique rocky surface of the Geopark
Beautifully unique rocky surface of the Geopark
Pretty rocky view of the sea
Pretty rocky view of the sea
Rocky base view from above
Rocky base view from above
Another beautiful rocky sea view of Geopark
Another beautiful rocky sea view of Geopark
Another beautiful rocky sea view of Geopark
Another beautiful rocky sea view of Geopark
Another attractive site near the rocky shore
Another attractive site near the rocky shore
Another rocky view of the Geopark
Another rocky view of the Geopark
Some visitors near the shore of the Geopark
Some visitors near the shore of the Geopark
Another view of the shoreline of the Geopark
Another view of the shoreline of the Geopark

The cliffs along part of the Geopark with the rocks in the sea would certainly be a photographer’s paradise. Had this been a great day with clear blue skies, the scenic part of this Geopark would surely be postcard perfect when the whole area is illuminated with the myriad colours of the land and sea. The sea was so clear even in the absence of bright sunlight where we could see the shallow bottom around the edges of the park.

Clear sea water and blackened rocks along the shore
Clear sea water and blackened rocks along the shore
More blackened rocks on the shore of the Geopark
More blackened rocks on the shore of the Geopark
Sea washed coast of the Geopark
Sea washed coast of the Geopark
Another view of cliffs of the Geopark
Another view of cliffs of the Geopark
Another nice coastal view of the Geopark
Another nice coastal view of the Geopark
Looking across the sea to the end of the Geopark
Looking across the sea to the end of the Geopark
Beautiful coastline of small cliffs of the Geopark
Beautiful coastline of small cliffs of the Geopark
Pretty sight of the sea from the Geopark
Pretty sight of the sea from the Geopark
Great view of the middle section from another part of the Geopark
Great view of the middle section from another part of the Geopark
Beautiful spot along the shore at the Geopark
Beautiful spot along the shore at the Geopark
Beautiful seaside view of the Geopark
Beautiful seaside view of the Geopark

Those holes in some of the cliffs were interesting to behold being washed continuously by the restless sea. The features of the blackened rocks on the sea and near land and the contours of the small cliffs are no less fascinating than the sand baked rocks on land. Watching sea waters washing over these rocks and the edges of the Geopark was another enjoyable experience.

Rocky shore in the Geopark
Rocky shore in the Geopark
Unique holes along rocky shore in the Geopark
Unique holes along rocky shore in the Geopark
View of the middle and end sections of the Geopark
View of the middle and end sections of the Geopark

Had we stayed at the 5-star Boutix Resort Hotel across the entrance of the Geopark, we would no doubt have come here early morning to relax and reflect before the busloads of visitors arrive to disturb the peace of this amazing naturally beautiful place. Perhaps Boutix Resort Hotel might be our next choice accommodation should we wish to spend more time to enjoy this Geopark in the future.

Beautiful seaside view of the Geopark
Beautiful seaside view of the Geopark
Relentless washing of the rocky coast in the Geopark
Relentless washing of the rocky coast in the Geopark
Pretty view of sea washing the rocky base of the Geopark
Pretty view of sea washing the rocky base of the Geopark

Before leaving the Geopark, we went to a last section not far from the entrance to look at more rock features. These rocks have mushrooms like features. They command beauty of their own and attracted sizeable crowds roaming around these rocks to admire and take pictures. These rocks are located on a slight elevation and extending a short distance to the sea shore. This is another unique place of beauty.

Section near the entrance of the Geopark
Section near the entrance of the Geopark
Ground near mushroom-like rocks in the Geopark
Ground near mushroom-like rocks in the Geopark
Beautiful section of the park near the sea
Beautiful section of the park near the sea


Beautiful mushroom-like rocks
Beautiful mushroom-like rocks
Another visitors paradise in the Geopark
Another visitors paradise in the Geopark
Visitors in the mushroom field of the rock formation
Visitors in the mushroom field of the rock formation
Another interesting section in the Geopark
Another interesting section in the Geopark
Mushroom rocks in the Geopark
Mushroom rocks in the Geopark
Another view of the mushroom rocks in the Geopark
Another view of the mushroom rocks in the Geopark
Unique rocks formation at this section of the Geopark
Unique rocks formation at this section of the Geopark
More mushroom rocks in the Geopark
More mushroom rocks in the Geopark
Mushroom field of special rocks in the Geopark
Mushroom field of special rocks in the Geopark

Fossil remains are also seen on the ground. The authority has been doing a good job to preserve and protect this place for visitors to be able to continue to come and enjoy this scenic park of natural beauty. Hence, the work of the park rangers should be applauded. They have to remind and warn visitors not to disturb and damage the natural rock formations at the park in their excitement to take trophy pictures to bring home.

Fossil remains on the ground of the Geopark
Fossil remains on the ground of the Geopark
Another fossil remains on the ground of the Geopark
Another fossil remains on the ground of the Geopark
Uniquely beautiful features of the rocks in the Geopark
Uniquely beautiful features of the rocks in the Geopark
Beauty beyond description of rock features in the Geopark
Beauty beyond description of rock features in the Geopark

With that, we exited the park. A covered dry market was waiting for visitors exiting the Geopark. We went in and walked through at the same time looked at the various stalls and their produce. This market sells mostly dried food stuff especially seafood. At the further section, food stalls are available for those who are hungry after visiting the Geopark and wish to eat something.

Entrance to dry market
Entrance to dry market
A stall inside the market
A stall inside the market
More stalls inside the market
More stalls inside the market
Croked food stall in the market
Croked food stall in the market
Vendor in the market
Vendor in the market

We walked though this market and came out only to find more stalls set up on the left at the car park outside the aquarium. Many tour buses were parked there waiting for visitors to return from the day tour. By this time, it was already overcast so we didn’t go over to those tents to have a look and walked out to the main road.

Yehliu Aquarium
Yehliu Aquarium
Stalls outside Yehliu Aquarium
Stalls outside Yehliu Aquarium
More stalls outside Yehliu Aquarium
More stalls outside Yehliu Aquarium

Along the way, we looked at restaurants in town but they mostly offer fresh seafood and we were not keen on seafood. It then started raining so we quickened our pace along the road. We walked further and came to a small restaurant also offering seafood but with other food as well. As such, we went in and ordered rice sets without seafood. This traditional Taiwanese rice set was great. The food was delicious and we had a very nice and hearty lunch.

Yehliu town
Yehliu town
Fresh seafood at the restaurant
Fresh seafood at the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Taiwanese rice set
Taiwanese rice set
Pork chop rice set
Pork chop rice set

It was around 1 pm and it was still drizzling when we left this restaurant. We reached the bus stop across the road from where we alighted this morning. Quite a few people were taking shelter at the corridor of the shop houses while waiting for buses.

Restaurant for a quick lunch
Restaurant for a quick lunch

About ten minutes later a Kuo-Kuang bus came and we boarded the bus and headed back to Taipei City. It was still raining lightly and more passengers boarded the bus along the way and a few had to stand during this hilly road ride down to Taipei which was not that comfortable. The journey to Taipei City took a little longer due to the rain and the traffic conditions.

Once we reached the terminal, we went to the MRT station at the main train station and took a train and went towards Beitou Hot Springs. We alighted at Beitou station and took a shuttle train to Xin Beitou station which was just one station away. It was around 3.20 pm when we exited the station and we walked ahead slightly uphill to explore the area.

Exit at Xin Beitou MRT station
Exit at Xin Beitou MRT station

Having crossed the road ahead, we walked up to Beitou Hot Springs Resort to have a look. This hotel looks luxurious. This property serves the higher end market. Should we stay at Beitou during our next visit, Beitou Hot Spring Resort would be high on our priority list for accommodation. After checking on their packages we left and continued our uphill stroll.

Beitou Hot Spring Resort
Beitou Hot Spring Resort

We crossed the small road over to Beitou Park. This park has a small flowing stream of spring water with bridges connecting various sections of the park. The park has a tranquil setup, a great place for a nice stroll.

Attractions in Beitou hot spring area
Attractions in Beitou hot spring area
Beitou hot spring park
Beitou hot spring park
Nice stream at Beitou hot spring park
Nice stream at Beitou hot spring park
Nice stream at Beitou hot spring park
Nice stream at Beitou hot spring park


Nice hot spring stream at Beitou hot spring park
Nice hot spring stream at Beitou hot spring park
Close up view of hot spring stream at Beitou hot spring park
Close up view of hot spring stream at Beitou hot spring park
Beitou hot spring park
Beitou hot spring park

Within the park is the library, another main attraction in this Beitou area. It was already late afternoon and we didn’t have much time to explore so we skip the library. With its unique architecture, this library blends perfectly in the hot spring park, a very pleasant building to view from outside.

Beitou Library in the park
Beitou Library in the park
Nice architecture of Beitou library
Nice architecture of Beitou library

We went up to the public hot spring park but it was already closed. So we walked further up into the park and crossed a nice wooden bridge over to the other side of the park. We then crossed the road and went into Atami Hotel just right in front to check their hot spring packages.

Beitou hot spring park
Beitou hot spring park
Pretty flowing stream at Beitou hot spring park
Pretty flowing stream at Beitou hot spring park
Refreshing sight at Beitou hot spring park
Refreshing sight at Beitou hot spring park
Charming bridge at Beitou hot spring park
Charming bridge at Beitou hot spring park
Atami Hotel entrance
Atami Hotel entrance

The hotel lobby was spacious and the hotel looked presentable but the hotel was not busy at all. We checked the hot spring packages and took a look at their hot spring facilities. The hot spring baths are located at the basement. Front desk staff called the keeper in charge to show us the facilities. The hot spring room was clean and the cost was NTD 600 for 90 minutes use of the facility. So we took up the offer.

Lobby of Atami Hotel
Lobby of Atami Hotel
Basement lobby of Atami Hotel
Basement lobby of Atami Hotel
Comfortable basement lobby of Atami Hotel
Comfortable basement lobby of Atami Hotel

Inside the hot spring bath room was a recliner chair. Towels were provided. Shampoo and body wash were provided from a dispenser mounted on the wall. The stone bath was good enough for two persons to sit in. The hot spring water from the ground contained sulphur and other minerals. We filled up the bath but didn’t find the sulphur smell overpowering.

Reclining chair in hot spring bath room
Reclining chair in hot spring bath room
Clean stone bath in the room
Clean stone bath in the room

After a few dips of about 15 minutes each and resting in between, we showered, changed and returned the key to the keeper. We felt sleepy after each dip and 90 minutes was more than sufficient to enjoy a good hot spring bath. Hair dryers were available and we dried our hair and rested for a short while at the basement lobby. The hot spring bath was great and when we were ready, we left Atami Hotel.

Nice hot spring water in stone bath
Nice hot spring water in stone bath
Hair dryers outside hot spring bath rooms.
Hair dryers outside hot spring bath rooms.

It was getting dark around 5.30 pm as we strolled along the road downhill back towards Xin Beitou MRT station. The small stream of hot spring water flowing down along the road was pleasant and pleasing to the eye.

Atami Hotel
Atami Hotel
Nice stream along Beitou hot spring park
Nice stream along Beitou hot spring park
Pretty flowing stream along Beitou hot spring park
Pretty flowing stream along Beitou hot spring park
Nice hot spring stream along Beitou hot spring park
Nice hot spring stream along Beitou hot spring park
Refreshing stream along Beitou hot spring park
Refreshing stream along Beitou hot spring park
Nice little fall along Beitou hot spring park
Nice little fall along Beitou hot spring park
Nice hot spring park in Beitou
Nice hot spring park in Beitou

There are more hot spring hotels along the road. We reached the traffic junction and shops and restaurants were nicely lit up with the unmistakable MacDonald Restaurant in this part of town. We crossed the road with more apartments on the right and headed back towards Xin Beitou MRT station.

Hot spring hotel in Beitou area
Hot spring hotel in Beitou area
Hot spring hotels near the park
Hot spring hotels near the park
Xin Beitou town
Xin Beitou town

From here, we took the shuttle train ride to Beitou MRT station and then changed train to head north towards Danshui area. By the time we exited Danshui MRT station, it was already 6.20 pm and the whole area was already dark.

Apartment next to Xin Beitou MRT station
Apartment next to Xin Beitou MRT station
Entrance of Xin Beitou MRT station in the evning
Entrance of Xin Beitou MRT station in the evning

Danshui looked pretty at night too with buildings nicely lit up and we walked further down towards the old walking street. We were going there to look for a small restaurant we had a meal there a few years back where we had a nice dinner.

Danshui Shopping district
Danshui Shopping district

We reached the old street and had a quick walkthrough. This street wasn’t very long. There was this restaurant we thought might be the same restaurant we had dinner few years back so we went in and ordered our noodle soup. It wasn’t up to our expectation though as we remembered our previous dinner was much better.

Nice shopping at Danshui old street
Nice shopping at Danshui old street
Shops and stores along old street
Shops and stores along old street
Private museum in Danshui old street
Private museum in Danshui old street
A restaurant in Danshui old street
A restaurant in Danshui old street

After this quick meal, we roamed this old street again and bought some leather belt and wallets. The prices were considerably lower than what we could find elsewhere. We bought more snacks of the red bean pancakes and ate as we walked and the pancakes were very good.

Great sale in one of the stores in Danshui old street
Great sale in one of the stores in Danshui old street
Food stall in old street of Danshui
Food stall in old street of Danshui

Gradually we reached Danshui MRT station again and we took a train directly back to Xi Men Ding MRT station. We still had to go back to Net Store to collect my two pairs of jeans sent for alteration after our purchase the previous night.

Restaurant near old street
Restaurant near old street
Danshui MRT station
Danshui MRT station

It was close to 8 pm when we were back in Net Store. We went up to the cashier to present our receipt and the altered pairs of jeans were given to us. We then roamed Xi Men Ding shopping area again and did more shopping.

Net Store at Xi Men Ding
Net Store at Xi Men Ding

Xi Men Ding was still as busy as ever with crowds of shoppers thronging the walking streets. After we were done with our shopping, we went over to the food street for supper. The famous restaurant was closed on Monday so the restaurant next door was doing roaring business. We went upstairs in the restaurant and took our seats. We had carrot cakes again and ordered a papaya milk shake as well. The food was fine but not fantastic. The one next door was better.

Colourful shopping area at Xi Men Ding
Colourful shopping area at Xi Men Ding


Busy walking street at night
Busy walking street at night
Restaurant still open on Monday night at food street
Restaurant still open on Monday night at food street
Fried carrot cakes for supper
Fried carrot cakes for supper

Once done, we went back to the main road and crossed the road to head back to Hotel Green World. We were sure glad to be back in our warm and welcoming room. It had been a long day and we were quite exhausted.

Of course shower was necessary to make ourselves comfortable for the evening. We spent some time packing as we would be checking out early in the morning to move over the New Stay Inn just across the bus terminal to facilitate our bus journey to Taichung on Wednesday morning.

Finally, we got to rest in bed to chat with our children and showed them pictures on stuff we bought for them. After watching TV for some time, we eventually called it a night.

Staying at Xi Men Ding area was the right decision. This place is rather convenient and Hotel Green World is near Xi Men Ding MRT station which is convenient for us to get to places. The main train station and the bus terminal are within walking distance under ten minutes walk away.


So we retired for the night and prepared to move on with our planned itinerary for the next day. More great time would follow.

Continue to Day 6

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