taiwanese breakfast: salty soy milk, youtiao, shaobing from fu hang dou jiang. this wasn’t even half of the taiwanese breakfast spread @restaurantgroupie and i shared my last day in taipei... i don’t really like traditional western breakfast and usually just have coffee in the morning, but breakfast in asia is the bomb.
TOP TIPS for travelling through Taiwan -
🔸Get an Easycard at the airport when you land. It is THE most useful thing to have on you. It’s accepted on all modes of transport around the country (just remember to tap on and tap off), can be used at departmental stores and is very easy to recharge and use. You’ll save a lot of hassle and time.
🔸 Currency rates are the airport are far worse than in the city. Convert only as much as you’ll need to travel to the city and change the rest there. I stuck with ATM withdrawals.
🔸 Use the trains. Taiwan’s rail network is AMAZING, and very easy to use. There’s absolutely NO chance of getting lost, because the stations have helpful signage every few metres, making navigation an absolute breeze.
🔸 Book intercity trains in advance if you want a seat. Trains actually get full REALLY quick, so it’s a good idea to book your transport if you’re on a fixed schedule and know what your itinerary looks like. If not, you can always get a ticket at the station using the Easycard, but that way, you don’t get a seat.
🔸 @googlemaps is super useful to find directions and modes of transport to get there. Very, very accurate.
🔸Google Translate is a blessing. Point the in-app camera at any text and it’ll give you the translation; trust me, you’ll need this.
🔸 If you want to ditch your backpack for a suitcase, you can. Hostels are quiiiiite luxurious, with lifts, spacious dorms and large lockers.
🔸 Withdraw money from a Taiwanese bank (I stuck mostly to Bank of Taiwan), as there’s no extra charge on withdrawals.
🔸 Leave enough room in your luggage to bring stuff back. I had to buy a small suitcase because I went a little overboard 🙈 Great quality AND cheap, can you blame me?
That’s about all I can think of right now. Have you got any tips that have helped you in a foreign country? Let me know in the comments 😃
🐲🐯 The most iconic landmark in Kaohsiung. Remember to enter from the dragon’s mouth and exit from the tiger’s for good luck! ✨
These photos are taken by me, on a broken tripod by placing a wallet between the tripod stick and my phone, with super bright sun behind the pagodas and people passing by all the time 😅 Also added difficulty because the bridge in front is zig-zag. Making 👏🏼 it 👏🏼 work 👏🏼 #doitforthegram All jokes aside, I really wanted to commemorate this beautiful place and I’m so happy that I succeeded against all odds. Solo traveling =/= bad photos
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.⠀
A scene that instantly captured my eye. Never one to ask for permission when shooting street, but mustered enough courage this time. Even though the lady was hesitant at first, she gladly accepted after striking up a small conversation with her. Guess this is what I really love about travelling...
Thank you 謝謝 @haoceler321 for the share
Rail transport in Taiwan consists of 1691.8 km (as of 2015) of railway networks.Though no longer as dominant as it once was, rail transport is an extremely important form of transportation in Taiwan due to high population density, especially along the densely populated western corridor. In 2016, over 1.09 billion passengers traveled by rail in Taiwan, averaging 2.99 million passengers per day
Yin Yang Sea
Thank you 謝謝 @grape_jin for the share
Yin Yang Sea is located beside the northern coastal road in the Gold Ecological Park region, a curiously colored patch of water. The complementary blue and yellow coloring of this bay brings to mind the ancient Chinese principle of yin and yang.
Due to the rusted water from the mountains flowing into the sea, and with the minerals sediments, the coastal sea water can be seen with an orangy and blue-ish portion during the day