Taiwan 2014 Day 2 – Cingjing Swiss Garden

10 May 2014

Woke up early to prepare for yet another long journey~! It’s the place that I was most looking forward to during this trip because I’m gonna feed the 羊咩咩!!!:D Planned to set off early so that we would not reach in like late noon and wasted half a day but the workaholic was stuck with work (yes, she actually brought her laptop there to work!!!), so by the time we set off, it was later than planned 😦

No more breakfast at 第一市场 cause I wanna save time, so we checked out and grabbed something at a nearby cafe instead~
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Taiwan has really nice crepe!!! ❤
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Set off to the 火车站 and again, there are so many different bus companies there operating and we had a hard time finding the one that goes to our destination! Actually I know the bus company (Nantou 客运) that we took bus the previous day to Sun Moon Lake has bus that goes to Cing Jing, but it’s really a nightmare to walk all the way there with our luggage!

Thankfully we found one that goes to Puli bus terminal and we could change the Nantou 客运 there to get to Cing Jing~ Saved us the trouble of walking all the way to the bus company which we had a hard time finding the previous day!

Finally reached Puli after a longgggg 1 hour plus bus ride! But we had to wait like 40 minutes for our bus transfer so I decided to walk around and explore the area! (:

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Candid shot when getting coffee for Mommeyyyyyy~

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Bought nice beancurd with 芋圆 back! 😀

While waiting for the bus, we made friend with this 原住民 mother and son who started chatting with us. They were very intrigued by the fact that I am effectively bilingual even though the son tried very hard to speak English to me  -_- Anyway, they even invited us to visit their village for our next trip and the son said he would bring me to the Taiwan clubs…faint~!!!

Managed to escape the awkwardddd conversation and it was another 1.5 hour long bus ride up the hill!
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Can already feel the beauty of the place~!
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And the houses are all so pretty too! Probably that explains why the 民宿 there are all double the price (or more) than usual =/
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Finally arrived at the super cooling Cing Jing after a long, long journey!!! 😀 I’m really thankful that our Taiwanese friend warned us in advance that it can be quite cold at the mountain areas so I brought sweater and stocking along! If not I would really freeze to death~
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The place feels so different from the city area! More simple and laid back (:
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Didn’t take us long to find our 民宿 – 清境民生果园山庄 (Bunbury Fruit Ranch B&B), and it’s so prettyyyyyyyyyy!!!
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Not to mention, the room is also damn huge for 2 persons! Look at the 2 big queen-size beds! Oh gosh~ I can roll around the whole day! xD
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View from our balcony!

Rushed out quickly because it was already 3 plus by the time we reached and I was so looking forward to visit the farm! But the nice 民宿 owner advised us not to because the farm would be closed by 4.30pm and we had also missed the sheep shearing show 😦

I was so disappointed because the plan was to visit the farm and then the next morning, we would set off early to catch our high-speed train to Tainan which I had already bought tickets for… But now everything was screwed up by the timing and we could only visit the farm the next day, then set off for a later train by topping up for the fare~

Walked around to explore the area and also enjoy the cooling weather! Did I mention that it’s freaking 9 degrees there?! It really feels like Genting!!!
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There was nothing much there because the 2 main attractions are the Little Swiss Garden, which we visited later on, and the farm. It’s really quite a simple place so there are just a few eateries and souvenir shops around, then plenty of greens and fresh air (:

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With the pretty backdrop!

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Even the windmill is so pretty!

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Trash bins are so cute too!!!

Wanted to take a picture with this cute bee at a honey shop but because it’s a real honey shop with lots of beesssssssss flying around, I could only take a snapshot and run off! LOL.
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In my carriage! 😛

Visited the Little Swiss Garden and June loves it so much that she gave me one big hug! But actually my main motive of visiting Cing Jing is the farm, cause I didn’t know that the garden is so beautiful! =X
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Fantasy of Flowers! :D\

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So colourful everywhere!

A pity it was yet another rainy day, which was quite a spoiler -_- Imagine having to carry an umbrella around while you take photos!
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And it’s wet and dirty everywhere…Zzzzzz.
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❤ this pretty shot by yours truly~! 😀
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My turn!!! It’s really a beautiful place!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤
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❤ reflections~

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Cute panda family!

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Really love all the pretty flowers!

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Another pretty shot by yours truly…hehe

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Chilling with the Moo Moo~

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发花痴 xD

And there are even duckies swimming around!!!
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So cuteeeeeeeeeeee!
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Another candid shot -_-“

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Waddling their butts off xD

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“Hi, nice to meet you~”

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“我不理你了!Hur!”

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Such pretty daisies!!! ❤

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Legendary Secret Garden

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Pretty sign at a cafe (:

And although I was already feeling freaking colddddd at 9°C, I still got myself an ice-cream cause I just can’t resist the grape champagne flavour!!! Hehe!
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YUMS~!

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Bee windmill! 😀

We spent lots of time cam-whoring here that we ended up being the “official” photographers there, with different groups kept coming up to ask us help them with a shot -_-”
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L.O.V.E

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On love!

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In love!

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And with love!

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With the Enormous E

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Stop sitting on love; just follow your heart 😉

Got this auntie whom we helped to take a picture of to help us take too but the pictures turned out like that…
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We even burst out laughing when we saw the pictures and these were after cropping the auntie’s finger-bomb by the way!
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Shy bee hiding! xD

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Cute meow meow in the garden~

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The Tin Pot Man!

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With the cute mascots!

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Another beautiful bunch of flowers!

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Pretty pavilion!

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The crazy poser~

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Such a romantic place! (:

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❤ the lighting!

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From the top!

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Top view of Little Swiss Garden!

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Lovers’ bridge???

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Reflections again! 😀

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A walk to remember~

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On the bridge!

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Can you feel the fresh air???!

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One of my favourite shots! (:

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With the windmill~

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View from the other side~

Was so elated when I saw this cute machine which I can buy food to feed the duckies!!!
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And guess how much this pack of food cost? 10NT! Which is just 40 cents!!!!!!! I seriously can feed the whole day man~ I mean if I was alone…haha!
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Happily feeding the ducks!!! 😀

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All rushing to snatch the food!

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Can you feel my happiness?!?! TEEHEEEEEEE~
Cho~ happy one! 😀 😀 😀

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Goodbye, duckies 😦

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Really love this purple garden!

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And why the shots I take all so chio?!?! xD

I usually take a snap for others first so that they know what kind of shot I want but somehow it will always turn out different 😦 But it’s still quite a nice shot lah~
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Colourful flowers!

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The bee with the flowers 😛

Heading back after grabbing some food and alcohol from the 7-11! (:
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There are actually eateries right outside our 民宿, but June was craving for the Taiwanese instant noodle, and I was also full from all the nonsense lok-lok food from the convenience stall =
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Their restaurants~

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View on the way back~

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Our pretty 民宿 at night! 😀

So we were back in our room pretty early, probably around 7pm, cause there was nothing much outside and we figured that we should enjoy our awesome room fully while recharge for the next day!
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The bathroom even has a bathtub!

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And an ART piece…hmmmmm

It was so cold in Cingjing that even the room is cold without air-con switched on! But thank goodness I found this heater thing by my bed which made my bed damn warm and comfy!!! Really so comfy that I didn’t wanna step out of it! Haha!
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Enjoying my drinks with Min Ho while re-watching my favourite 痞子英雄 on TV! xD

P.S. For those who are interested in my itinerary, I have uploaded to my Google drive again so you can retrieve it there – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByzYd62RZ-o3WFdGZFFKdWxmcGc/edit?usp=sharing

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3 thoughts on “Taiwan 2014 Day 2 – Cingjing Swiss Garden

  1. Hello! I’ve booked the Bunbury Fruit Ranch B&B as well. Do you remember how much does the bus ride cost from taichung to cingjing? And where to alight at cingjing, how long is the walking distance from the bus stop to bunbury?

    • Hi Kai Lun, if the price is not stated in my itinerary, then I have probably forgotten how much it is now 😦
      As for where to alight, you can show the driver the Chinese name of Bunbury Fruit Ranch B&B (make sure it’s in Chinese as they don’t know the English name of the place) and he will know where to drop you off. The walking distance from bus-stop to Bunbury is less than 3 minutes! Cause you will drop right outside the place! Enjoy your stay and I believe you will love it! 😀

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