A day to Taipei’s country side
Taiwan is an island surrounded by ocean. There are many things to do and see in this beautiful island. The east side is within incredible natural scenery. The south is perfect for surfing , beach and food(for me). And the west and north are more for cities and modern life.
Most people visit Taiwan will choose the capital – Taipei as their first stop. However, if you only stay few days or a weekend here, I strongly suggest you to save at least one day to travel out of the city to see the real beauty of this island.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when talking about Taipei? Taipei 101 building? Night life?Clubs and bars? Night market? Well .. those are all correct, but Taipei is more than these. You can see and experience more far away than you can imagine.
The place i will recommend for a day trip is at the Northeast coast of Taiwan. It is really easy to go from the city center by bus or train. And I am pretty sure there are many things you can do and experience there.
How to get there?
The public traffic system in Taipei is really convenience. There are few spots around this area, which you can go through within a day as many as you can.
Well.. the easier way is to start with JiuFen! Take the MRT to ZhongXiao Fusing Station. Once you arrive, go to the corner with a shop named NET. That’s where you will find the bus stop.
Jiufen was an isolated village until the discovery of gold during Japanese occupation. During that time, many people moved there due to this gold rush and made this place develop really fast. During that time, people called here little Hong Kong or little Shanghai. And now, many buildings are still remain the same as that good time. That’s why there are so many tourists visit here every weekend – for the real old Taiwanese style.
- JiuFen old street
- Jinguashi (Gold Museum)
- Golden Waterfall
After Jiufen, there are two routes I suggest- Beach tour or train tour.
Beach tour –
From JiuFen old street, you can take the bus called “Golden Fulong Shuttle Bus”. This bus passes 9 main attractions of northeast of Taiwan. You can buy a one-day pass, which is 5o NTD (1.6 USD), or single-trip ticket paid by Easy Card or coins when getting on/off the bus. The price is 15 NTD for 2 stops. Among those stops, I recommend those spots.
For visitors who just wanna take a walk nearby the coast, I will suggest you to stop at Nanya. When we arrived, ocean and unique rock formations have already caught our eye. Nanya is at the gateway to the northeast Coast. Mountain peaks are right next to the coastal highway, and the large rocks are just lying by. We took a walk along the coast, and couldn’t stop taking photos of this beauty. How can rock being like this formation!? There is even one looks exactly the same as an ice cream cone. Really incredible!
For visitors who wanna experience snorkeling ,LongDong will be a great choice. It’s the only illegale place where you can do it in the northeast. I haven’t had chance to go there, but will do it in the future for sure. 😛
For visitors who wanna enjoy the beach, Fulong is the right place to go! Except bus , you can also take the train to here directly from Taipei main station. Fulong is the most popular beach in northeast Taiwan. The golden sand and cozy water, I promise that you will have a great time and lots of fun by spending an afternoon here. The beach is well managed. There are place to take shower and change clothes, lifeguards and some beach facilities. The entrance fee is 100 NTD.Locals told us there is a free beach just around.It might be another great choice .
Train tour- From JiuFen Old Street, you can take the bus down to Ruifang Train Station. It takes only 15 mins. And from Ruifang Train Station, you can get a 1-day ticket for PingXi Line. Or just use the Easy card to start this journey. There are several stops along Pinxi Line.Most popular ones are:
- Shifen and Pingxi :
Do you know how the Taiwan pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai looked like? A sky lantern! Here are where you can experience Taiwanese sky lantern culture. Shifen and Pingxi are known for sky lantern, which is a small hot air balloon made with paper. This culture has made for centuries. People wrote down their wishes on the lantern, lid the fire and fly it to the sky. Our ancestor believed that by doing this, the god can know our wishes. lol
- Houtong :
This place is called cat village. Different kind of cats are everywhere here!! There are some really cute decorations about cats around this village. For cat person, here will be the perfect place to visit.
Well.. there are many attractions around this area. I just listed out some of my favourite. If there is a chance to visit Taiwan, don’t forget to take a day trip around the Northeast coast!