Taiwan 2014 Day 7 – Jiufen & Shifen

15 May 2014

Started the day with this super nice pudding ice-cream cause I was mad hungryyyyy while waiting for Mommeyyyyyy!
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It’s really super nice please!!! How I wish we have it in Singapore! D:
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Lazing on the comfy couch~

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❤ caramel pudding-flavoured stuff!

Set off for our long journey to Jiufen (九份) via 火车!
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Managed to get the bento at the station this time! 😀 It was quite an expensive one, but YUMS~
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Finally arrived at Jiufen and it was my first time there! Have been hearing people mention this place and I finally had a chance to visit! (:
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九份老街

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Trying their local sausage!

It’s a nice place to shop for souvenirs and their traditional delicacies but it’s also super crowded! =O
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Finally somewhere breathable =/
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Got attracted to this ice-cream popiah thing and luckily we stopped by to get one to try! It’s so unique and nice!!! 😀
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Grating the big block of peanut!

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Looks like a popiah stall!

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But wrapped with ice-cream! 😀

Continued exploring the old streets!
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Sea view from 九份!

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“Little” houses

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Panoramic view from 九份!

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At one of the less crowded alleys~

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Pretty old street!

After conquering that longggg flight of stairs~ Going down is still easy, but imagine we had to walk all the way up again =/
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Would be nice if that’s a house!

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What a nice view!

Combed through the place in a shorter time than I expected before moving on to our next stop – 十分!While sharing my trip experience, I realised quite a number of people didn’t know the existence of 十分; they would be like, “九份 lah, where got 十分?!” Haha!

So to prove to you guys, here is the train map! Basically you gotta take train back to Ruifang again from 九份 and change line to get to 十分~  It may seem like a few stops but the journey between each stop was quite long, so it took a nap while before we finally reached =/
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十分车站!

You probably couldn’t tell from this picture but it was yet another rainy day x.x
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Wanted to go to the bridge so much to take pictures but thanks to the rain, I did not get to! Sigh~ Even if I had gone alone, I wouldn’t have anyone to take pictures for me 😦
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Basically there’s nothing much in 十分 except for this railway track, but this track is famous for putting 天灯 and people usually come here specially for this! I was super excited for it because I had always wanted to put 天灯 and I had not tried before!!!
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Flying higher and higher~

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Heading to the sky!

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All the 天灯 in the sky!

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May all your wishes come true! 😀

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One of the many 天灯 shopsssss~

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Writing wishes!

Since it was drizzling and there were way too many people putting the 天灯, I decided to do it later and explored the place first~ Saw a sign saying there’s a waterfall and we decided to check it out despite of the drizzle, since we were all the way there already.

I was quite skeptical of the waterfall because I remember climbing all the slopes and walking a long way to the Wulai waterfall as well but it turned out to be such a mini one -_- And it was indeed quite a long walk again; we were stopped by cab drivers a few times warning us of exaggerated distance we have to walk; one even said it’s gonna take 1 hour, which is obviously not true -.- But it still took around 20-30 minutes.

20-30 minutes don’t sound like a long walk usually but when it’s under the rain, it kinda took forever x.x
And we couldn’t take many photos either, so these were all I took~
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Another bridge that we saw on the way~

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On the shaky bridge!

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Waterfall?!?!
Thank god it wasn’t this.

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A small lake~

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On the way

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Mini bridge

In the end, after the 20-30 minutes walk battling with the rain and yucky wet paths, we finally reached the waterfall only to find out that there is a gantry there and you need to PAY to get in! Like seriously WTF…you mean you gotta pay to see something from the nature???!

Although the entrance fee is not very expensive (forgot how much), it still feels ridiculous, so we actually dropped the whole idea of seeing the waterfall and walked all the way back. Halfway through, the rain even got so heavy that I was battling with my flying-umbrella while carrying the super heavy loads of 太阳饼 from 九份 earlier on…mad 狼狈 one x.x

Finally walked back to the track area but the rain was too heavy for 天灯 😦 The half-drenched June wasn’t keen to put 天灯 because she had tried it before and all the bad stuff happened to her instead, so she refused to put. But I definitely couldn’t just go off without putting, so I insisted on waiting for the rain to get lighter before people start to put again (:
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Had a hard time deciding which shop to get my 天灯 from because there are just too many shops selling!!! Finally decided on one which has quite a number of people buying from and the staff will also help you to take pictures, which is just what I needed! 😀

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My pink 天灯!

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Staff putting on some fuel-soaked paper in the lantern for lighting up later~

Took a long time to finish writing all 4 sides of my 天灯 because I had to keep typing hanyu pinyin on my phone for all the Chinese words! LOL. And when I was ready to put, the train came by x.x
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Every time a train is approaching, the shop staff would be informed and everyone will have to keep clear of the track, putting a short stop to the releasing of 天灯~
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Oh everyone was like putting the 天灯 in a group or at least as a couple but I was the only one putting alone!

Staff: 你一个人放啊???

Me: 不可以一个人放吗???

Staff: 可以。。。可是你的朋友呢?

Me: 她不要放。

Staff: 她在哪里??

Me: 坐在那里,她在顾东西。

Staff: 你去叫她来一起放啦。。。

Me: Huh…她不要。。。

Staff: *为难* Okay…那你一个人放。

So with the help of another staff helping me hold the lantern (she’s hiding behind it!), I managed to release my very first sky lantern! 😀 Finally fulfilled another of my own wish! Too bad most of the pictures turned out blur and I couldn’t possibly redo the whole process again –CRY!!!
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The only clear shot x.x

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My front view shot is so blur! D:

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Turning the lantern to the “front” view that I want~

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Releasing now! 😀

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So blur 😦

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My very first 天灯 in the sky!!! Hehe!

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Flying high up~

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May my wishes come true as well ((:
一定要让我幸福哦!!!

Finally time to leave the place! But we had to wait like 30-40 minutes for the next train and I took the chance to get one of these unique drumstick rice to try! It’s nice! They took out the bones of the drumstick and stuffed rice inside; such a special “chicken rice“!
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The rain got heavier again while we were waiting for the train and I could see 天灯 starting to descend from the sky… So worried that mine would also drop halfway somewhere before it reaches my Ti Gong 😦 Then my wishes wouldn’t come true anymore…

Another long journey back to Ximending but I wasn’t planning to let the day end just like that, though I know Mommeyyyy was already tired and turned off by the whole rainy day, so she would rather relax in the room and watch My Love From Another Star (she was addicted to it after watching 1 episode the night before -_-“).

So I decided to go out on my own while she rest in the room, which she agreed on the idea…yay~! Wanted to check out Shida night market initially because I only found out about it while researching for this trip and it’s quite highly-raved, but I know I wouldn’t have time to visit all 3 night markets (Raohe, Shilin & Shida) 😦 My only 遗憾 for this trip~

Unfortunately, it was already 8+ and I figured that I wouldn’t have much time to shop around the night market, so I decided to just shop around in Ximending, which I doubt I would have time for too. This place definitely brings back so much memories from the trip 5 years ago and it’s a place I wouldn’t wanna miss either!
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But it has changed quite a bit and I could hardly remember the different streets anymore~ And I didn’t see all the street stalls anymore! Maybe it’s because of the rain so the stalls decided not to open for the night 😦
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Luckily I still managed to find our hotel by chance and the place where we tried the oyster omelette on our the first night!!! Oh gosh~
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Shopped around aimlessly but didn’t really find anything that I like, cause like what Lily told us, the stuff in Taipei are more pricely since it’s city area. Luckily I managed to find a shop selling really cheap clothes and I grabbed 1 dress and 2 skirts there! 😀

I was actually pretty hungry so was looking for food while shopping around. Went into this alley which has got a row of shops and also quite a bit of crowd there (that’s why I dared to go in). I was just window-shopping around cause I could tell from the look of the shops that the stuff are not cheap, so I did not go in. Then suddenly, these 2 guys in poncho (with their poncho hoodie on) hurried past me and the next moment, I heard loud bangs of hard object being hit against glass or something.

Turned around and realised that the 2 guys in poncho were actually throwing something into the shop that I had just walked past, causing the glass windows in the shop to break!!! Thank goodness the salesgirl was outside the shop and not inside, but she was also frantically screaming away and the crowd was equally freaked out!

Everything happened in a short span of time and the 2 guys just ran off right after that. I didn’t really know what happened but that definitely scared the shit outta me. I felt so traumatised to stay around there any longer so I quickly left the place. But even so, I still felt so uneasy waking around, like who knows what’s gonna happen next??!

Lost my appetite completely and didn’t feel like finding food anymore, yet I had a hard time finding my way back -.- I think I still more or less finished the shopping area of Ximending, just a lil‘ disappointed with the amount of loots. Maybe I would have gotten more if I had went to Shida! But what a memorable night in Taipei! =/

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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