First Self Sponsored 7 Days Taiwan Tour (Part 1)

Benjo just came back from Taiwan, despite some troublesome problems occurred before the flight, the trip was still enjoyable.
Day 1 (Taoyuan City – Taipei) 
Took a morning flight to Taipei Airport (which is situated at Taoyuan – 桃园 )and met up with our tour guide. She was a very friendly and motherly lady. She took us to this shopping mall to shop while waiting for the rest of the tourists to join us. The shopping has nothing much to shop as the stuffs were quite expensive but the arcade is very big.
Taiwan sun set earlier than Singapore, so by 5.30pm the sky is already very dark. After shopping for a while, we were bought to Shilin Food Square (士林小吃广场)  to have our dinner. Due to time constraint we only have 1.5 hr to queue and have our food.
Lao Shilin Shui jian bao (老士林 水煎包)
CT and I each queue for different items due to the SUPER long queue of the stalls.

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We were not quite sure which stall sells the best fried chicken chop so we go for the typical human instinct – the stall with the longest queue. But well, it was actually a good choice, cause as we were running out of time we settle at a no queue stall for our sausage, it suck.

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As CT also wanted to try the Famous Taiwan Mee Sua (but not in Taipei la, the famous 1 is in 西门町), we bought 1 bowl at the night market to share.
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The Food Square have alot stalls of chou tofu, so we also bought 1 bowl to share. Having a bowl of spicy, hot chou tofu soup during winter there is only one word to describe – Shiok!

As the tour guide said that there is this unique drink called White Bitter Gourd Juice (白苦瓜汁) which is good for health and complexion, I bought 1 cup to drink. The taste is like rare vegetable, lucky CT bought 1 Honey Aloe Vera juice to share if not..
The day ended at this pathetic hotel named Shi Lian Da Fan Dian (世联大饭店), but the hotel is not big at all and eventually we were quite disappointed by the room.
Day 2 (Taipei- Taoyuan City – Hsinchu County- Nantou City -Dongpu)
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Our Train Tickets
We took the Taiwan Bullet Train from Taipei to Taoyuan. Our bus was waiting at Taoyuan to bring us to Leofoo Village Theme Park ( 六福村主题乐园).
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As Taiwan was having election in voting for their town mayors so actually you could see a lot of posters of the representatives on the streets.
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Leofoo Village Theme Park ( 六福村主题乐园)
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After traveling for sometime, we finally reached Leofoo Village Theme Park. It was a bad timing to go, it was a Friday and most schools in Taiwan were bringing students out to play!! The minimum waiting time was 40 mins!!
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After touring around the area and bought some souvenirs, CT and I only got to try on 1 ride. But it was interesting that we managed to know 3 new friends from Tainan through the ride.
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Wenwu Temple (文武庙)
Due to time constraint we bought our bento (packed lunch and ate on the bus while traveling to the next stop -Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (日月潭).
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Cimbing up the stairs in the temple was a very tiring job for me…

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Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (日月潭)
It was very cloudy on that day and the sky was getting dark, so the scenery was not as expected.
Our night stay is at Dongpu Di Lun Wen Quan Da Fan Dian ( 东浦 缔伦温泉大饭店 ) This hotel have 3 kind of hot springs for us. 1 public hot and cold spring area for everyone, 1 outdoor and 1 in our own room. CT and I choose to soak in our own room. =p Our dinner was at the hotel. We had some wild animal soup for the night. Could not remember what was the name but the expression of the aunties were classic when they heard of the animal name.
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After dinner, the chef of the hotel bought in some dough and got us to make rice balls (tangyuan-汤圆) It was fun making the rice balls, but not very fun when there was one aunty who could not stop making them and we have to keep eating them. =.=
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Trying to remember it for our night explored.
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Our Hotel
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Took a picture of the street outside the hotel. It was very windy and cold in the morning. But very nice scenery view and fresh air. Love the cool air, love the clear blue sky ^_^

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