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What comes to your mind when you hear of Taiwan? From food and shopping at night markets to the scenic nature at different parts of the island, the beautiful 4-season climate all year round and not forgetting the friendliness from the folks who make your day!
Taiwan is pretty accessible just like Singapore, with a pretty well ministered transport system, from buses to trains and even high-speed trains.
|Taoyuan International Airport|
Travelling was made easy with the ease of transportation available from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei, either by coaches managed by private bus companies, taxis or The High Speed Rail (“THSR”) at Taoyuan THSR Station. The usual travel time would take approximately 30 to 90 minutes depending on your mode of transport. (Coach [Kuo-Kwang] to Taipei – Full price ticket @ TWD125. If via THSR, take the shuttle bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Taoyuan THSR station @ TWD30 with an approximate travel time of 25 minutes. The THSR tickets from Taoyuan THSR to Taipei Main Station – Tickets from TWD160 with an approximate travel time of 25 minutes or lesser).
|THSR Taoyuan Station|
The alighting point at Taipei for both coach and THSR would be at the Taipei Main Station. This station is the heart of Taipei city where the transport available in this station can bring you to many corners of Taiwan. It is also an interchange of the MRT lines, just like Raffles Place and City Hall in Singapore.
|Taipei Main Station (Bannan Line)|
From Taipei Main Station, I took the Bannan Line [Blue line] to Ximen station where my hotel is located. I’ve chosen Via Hotel, located in the heart of famous shopping district, Xi Men Ding. It is one the most comfortable hotel I’ve stayed so far in Taipei. The highlight of this hotel is that it has a Japanese-style bathtub where you can have a spa session just in your hotel room even after a long day. As the hotel is located within the shopping area in one of the lanes, I tend to miss my lane on days when the shops are still open upon my return. What’s more convenient is that there is a 7-11 at the corner of this shopping lane. The 7-11 in Taiwan is an awesome store you have to visit almost every day. Try it and you will understand what I meant.
|Via Hotel’s main entrance|
|Japanese Style Bath tub in Via Hotel|
|Deluxe Double Room in Via Hotel|
After check-in and settling down, I began my journey and set off to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. The travel time from Xi Men Ding to Tamsui station (Tamsui-Xinyi Line [Red line]) is approximately 40 minutes. I took a bus 紅26 (Red 26) from Tamsui Bus Station (turn right and head on when you exit the gantry of the Tamsui train station) with a bus fare of TWD15 using the EasyCard (just like our EzLink cards) and alight at the second last stop at the Lover’s Bridge.
|Red 26 Bus Route|
The Lovers Bridge is a very prominent landmark at the Fisherman’s Wharf where tourists will visit at least once whenever they visit Taipei.
|Scripture about Tamshui Fishermen’s Wharf|
|Taking photo of the Lover’s Bridge|
|The Lover’s Bridge|
|View from the Lover’s Bridge|
Not only that the Lover’s Bridge attracted me but also the views from the other side of the bridge that took my breath away. This is a good place to seek peace and clear your thoughts. As it is along the coast line, it is usually windy at this area, except for the months from July till September when it is summer in Taiwan. There’s a saying on the grass is always greener on the other side. To me, I tend feel that the skies are nicer overseas. Well, maybe it is merely because I am on holidays also. J
|View from the other side of the Love’s Bridge|
Times where you feel like rejuvenating, seeking peace and relax, do consider this place. I believe you could leave this place with a lighter heart. It is tested and proven somehow.
Thank you for your time and more exploration to the other locations of the country coming up. Do stay tuned!
Till then, be happy, strong and healthy to travel and discover more corners of world that would surprise you in a different way.