Thursday, 14 January 2016

Taipei 4-Day Itinerary: Day Two

Read Day 1 here - Ping Xi, Shifen Old Street, Raohe Night Market
Read Day 2 here - Wufenpu, Xinyi area
Read Day 3 here - Wanhua, Yehliu Geopark
Read Day 4 here - Elephant Mountain, Yangminshan

We had dan bing (蛋餅) in the morning which was a breakfast item that I missed from Taiwan. (Who am I kidding, I missed almost all foods that I have tried in Taiwan.) Anyways after breakfast I took the MRT to Wufenpu (五分埔) market by 11am. When I was last here in 2013 it was most convenient to take the MRT to Houshanpi Station (後山埤) and follow the signs to Wufenpu. Since then, Songshan Station (松山) has been built and it is another option to get to the market. I read online that they open at 11am but almost all the shops were closed when I arrived.

Dan bing breakfast
So I went to a nearby 7-Eleven to eat a snack and use their WiFi until 12pm. Did you know that Taiwan has the highest density of 7-Elevens worldwide? Japan is known for their convenience stores and I was once asked what the difference between Japan and Taiwan 7-Elevens were. When I walked in, I realized one of the biggest differences was that Taiwanese ones always smell of tea egg when I walk in which I like.

At noon a few shops started opening but I definitely recommend going later in the day for a better selection. As well, Monday is mainly for wholesale buyers so I heard shopkeepers don’t want to bother selling to individual shoppers. Fortunately I found one store I liked and left happy with my new purchases.

Cheng Yuan

By 1:30pm I met a friend at Dongmen Station and we went to Cheng Yuan (盛園) for lunch. I saw this restaurant on a TVB food show and the xiao long bao looked delicious. They are especially known for their sponge gourd xiao long bao (絲瓜小籠湯包). Personally I have never heard of sponge gourd before but that is what the Chinese translated as when I Googled it. Anyways it was delicious, affordable and I’d go back again!

I wanted to look for Timberland boots and my friend took me to the Leeco Outlet shops by Gongguan Station (公館). Tourists can do some shopping here in the early evening then head over to Gongguan Night Market for that style of shopping in the evening.



Instead of Gongguan Night Market, we went to Shida Night Market (師大夜市) and then to the Xinyi area 信義區 (where Taipei 101 and financial buildings are) for dessert at Ice Monster. It was supposed to be a famous shaved ice chain but honestly it wasn’t very good. Our strawberry shaved ice was way too sweet. The Xinyi area was pretty with light displays and towering Christmas trees since it was the holidays period when I went. Taipei 101 was lit up in purple at one point and that is my favourite colour.


Read Day 1 here - Ping Xi, Shifen Old Street, Raohe Night Market
Read Day 2 here - Wufenpu, Xinyi area
Read Day 3 here - Wanhua, Yehliu Geopark
Read Day 4 here - Elephant Mountain, Yangminshan
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