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Travel to Taiwan : Experience staying at Tea Plantation near Sizhuo, Alishan

I took bus down from Alishan Mountain to another small town call Sizhuo. Its about 45 minutes journey down and I stop right in front the Hi Life Convenient store. Then wait for 'Mingsu' aka B&B owner to fetch me up to his place. Sorry! no public transport to get to this place since it located inside a huge tea plantation. I reached a bit early which is at 1:00pm but my appointment with him is around 3:00pm. It was freaking cold. I waited inside the Hi Life until around 2:30pm.  The journey towards this B&B is like taking a roller coaster and a ride inside car driven by Takumi Fujiwara. You know that  famous anime Initial D ? Or do you remember Jay Chou playing that character in Chinese movie? He deliver tofu with his Toyota Sprinter AE86. The route here is up hill...down hill and up hill and all those sharp 180 degree corner. Worst than Genting or even Cameron Highlands. The view is all white in front due to mist. Basically, you can't even see a things

Travel to Taiwan : Chasing after the Sunrise and Hiking Trail at Alishan Mountain

The main reason I flew to Kaohsiung is to visit this enchanted Alishan Forest Recreation area. I read about its diverse ecologies, colorful indigenous cultures, forest railways and amazing scenery of sea clouds and magnificent sunrise view. This forest located in Chiayi County up more than 2,000 meters above sea level. This place is famous during Cherry Blossom Festival. How to get to Alishan from Qinjing ? I board the bus down from Qinjing to Puli and then from there change another bus to HSR Taichung Station and then to HSR Chiayi Station. I took the bus up from HSR Chiayi Station up to Alishan. There are few taxi driver waiting asking you to get in to their taxi. But I find it much cheaper to get there with bus eventhough I have to wait for 2 hours. I miss the the first bus by seconds. Tips : Before you go advice to check on the bus schedule online. They keep changing the timing. If you go in group it is worth to rent one taxi up. I think the cost is around N

Travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan : 7 Things to do at Cijin Island

Cijin Island Kaohsiung is just a small Island and you can easily cover this Island in a day. It just within less 10 minutes Ferry ride from Kaohsiung Harbour. If you are driving this place is also can be reached by car.  Cijin Island attractions : * Tianhou Temple * Cihou Lighthouse * Cijin Seashore Park * Windpower Park * Museum How to go to Cijin Island ? * Take the Orange Line Metro and get off at Sizihwan (R01) * Take Exit 1 and turn left and walk straight to the end. * Then turn right and walk straight and you won't miss the Ferry Terminal sign. If I am not mistaken it call Gushan Ferry Pier. * Just join the queue at the entrance with other people. I went there in the late morning so not many people yet.  * I just tap ipass and get the entrance fee cheaper . Yeayyyy!!!! You still can pay cash though. But its a hassle since you need to put exact amount into the box. If you don't have exact change , there are someone who will change mone

Travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan : Ready to use Itinerary in Kaohsiung

Most people visit to Kaohsiung as a side trip from Taipei. I went to Taipei and Hualien on early April 2016. I regretted so much since my leg was hurting so much and unable to cover many part of Taipei. I then booked my way to Kaohsiung which is the Southern part of Taiwan. I was there for 11 Days / 10 Nights. Yup! too long for some of you thought. I have my own disability to cover this in shorter days. Use up the many number of days to travel and explore at my own phase. Ready to use itinerary if you fly to Kaohsiung : * 2 Nights - Kaohsiung * 2 Nights - Cingjing * 1 Night - Alishan (overnight at Hotel near Train Station) * 2 Nights - Sizhuo (Tea plantation Homestay) * 3 Nights - Kaohsiung  Where to go in Kaohsiung for 4 Days 3 Nights ? You don't need 5 nights like me in Kaohsiung. You are much healthier to explore Kaohsiung in shorter days. It is possible to do this in 4 Days 3 Nights. Day 1 (Full Day) * Pier 2 Art District - Modern Art Wharf * T

Tips for Non Chinese Speaking to Explore Kaohsiung

Recently, I have an opportunity to travel to Kaohsiung. As usual being a loner who love to travel alone without taking care or worry about others...I went there without any travel companion. At first was a bit worried since this is main Chinese speaking place. To be exact most of them speaking in Hokkien Dialect. Nothing new to my ears since my home town is Taiping. Most Chinese in Taiping speaking in Hokkien too. WTH! Feeling like going back hometown. If you don't know Hokkien you can speak in Mandarin and Cantonese. For me who knows only one or two words of Chinese, I just opt to use google apps translation tools and also body language. I love Kaohsiung since this place is less chaotic. Not many cars and people here are more calm and relax. I feel so much of ease everywhere I walk. Here are some tips for those Non Chinese speaking who are traveling to Kaohsiung.   1. Get iPass   You can get iPass at Kaohsiung airport. The counter opposite Starbuck and visit

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