So I’ve blogged a quick run of my 9-day trip in Taiwan, shared my own list of the best Taiwanese food, and echoed the announcement of the anticipated Taiwan visa-free travel for Filipino tourists to happen soon (YAY!).
About time, I share few more details, starting off with Taichung.
Many travel blogs recommended always starting the trip in Taipei. I had to learn the challenging way why so. Taipei eases you in the transportation system, people, and a lot more. So when I went straight to Taichung from Taoyuan Airport, I had very little knowledge how the bus stops and train stations work together. It did not help that I know very little about maps, too.
My two and half days in Taichung were mostly spent on foot. I was not sure which buses to take; and not many people outside Taipei speak English. Or those who speak English may be those spending the Chinese New Year week at the comfort of their homes — streets were mostly quiet and stores are closed on the week of CNY.
Side-trivia: according to locals, their ancestors thought that the world is about to end on the eve of changing their calendar year (forgot the exact year). This prompted them to store food and stay with families inside their houses for a week until the exact ‘doomsday’. Pretty much 1999-2000 millennium doomsday scenario. But on the first day of that new year, they woke up alive and well. So they all started going out to see if their distant relatives, neighbors, and friends are likewise okay. Of course, they were all fine. Hence, the celebration of CNY. Also, hence the major holiday break and family time during CNY.
Now, as I was saying.. I pretty much walked around Taichung except for the day I took a bus going to the Sun Moon Lake. Which is the reason why I came to Taichung. Little did my mapless brain knew that the Sun Moon Lake is still 4 hours away from Taichung. HAHA. Still, road trips are fun… especially when all I can do was laugh at myself for my blunders during my first two days in the country.
Anyway, not to bore you, here are my favorite photos from Taichung. Make sure to check back for my Taipei stories.
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