Sunday, May 20, 2018

Taiwan Travel: Accommodation in Taipei : York Design Hotel

Many readers asked about our accommodation in Taipei - York Design Hotel. It is located near Taipei Main Station, along Nanyang Street which is also known as "tuition street", because there are many language learning centres and tuition centres. 

The hotel itself occupies level 4 and 5 of an old building, if not for the flashing LED signboard, we may have missed the entrance! Don't be too upset when you see the old building, you will be surprised when the lift door opens at level 4! The modern-looking counter brings you to another world! The corridor looks so nice!



We booked Nordic Warm Quad Room (北歐溫馨4人房), which does not have window, but we didn't really mind about it.

This photo was taken during our first visit in 2015

This photo was taken during our second visit in 2017

This photo was taken during our second visit in 217

As the name implies, the design of the room gives a feeling that we are in Northern Europe! Very cozy! The sockets in the room are international sockets, so travel adapter is not required.

However, the bathroom was a bit too small. So if you are bringing your baby along, the bathing process can be quite challenging, unless you bring along a baby bath tub. Anyway, it was still quite enjoyable to shower as the shower head was very good.



Don't worry about drinking water, as there is water dispenser along the corridor.

During our second visit to Taiwan in December 2017, our room was at level 5. There was a cosy area at the lift lobby.



There are many eateries and a few convenient stores in the area, so you won't get hungry! We had different types of breakfast when we were there!

Rice balls - the filling is very generous! There are pork floss, youtiao and vegetables!



Egg omelette (蛋餅), 燒餅, youtiao and warm soya bean milk.



Oh, yes, McDonald's! They have toast breakfast set!


There are also many places for shopping, including Uniqlo, Daiso as well as 光南大批發 which sells a lot of stationery, toiletries, CDs and other stuffs!

For our booking in 2017, we paid about SGD100 per room per night for our quad room during a promotion, isn't it a steal?


York Design Hotel (約克設計旅店)
Website: http://www.yorkhotel.com.tw
Address: 10047 台北市中正區南陽街13號4樓 (4F., No.13, Nanyang St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 10047, Taiwan)
How to get there:
From Taipei Main Station, take Exit M6, walk through Basement 1 of Caesar Park Hotel Taipei, then walk straight along Nanyang Street


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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Taiwan Travel: Taichung 台中: Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地

Perhaps our luck to enjoy good weather was used up when we were at Cingjing Green Green Grassland. We wished to enjoy the sunset at Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地, however, it was very cloudy.

When you search for Gaomei Wetlands on internet, I believe that you would have seen many beautiful pictures of the spectacular sunset, so in order not to bore you too much, we shall share with you photos of Gaomei Wetlands without visible sunset! (Trying to console myself, sob!)




It was super windy when we were there. However, we still went ahead to walk along a short distance on the boardwalk.




Nevertheless, Gaomei Wetlands provide an educational opportunity for us to learn about the beauty of nature.


Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地
Website: http://www.gaomei.com.tw/
Boardway Opening Hours: It is open 2 hours after high tide, and is closed 2 hours before high tide. Check here for daily opening time.


Tips for Visiting Gaomei Wetlands

How to Get to Gaomei Wetlands by Public Transport
Take TRA Railway train to Qingshui Station 清水, then take Geya Bus 巨業客運 111, 178 or 179.
Or take TRA Railway train to Taichung TRA Railway Station, then take Geya Bus 309.
On weekends, you can take Geya Bus 688 from Qingshui Station or iBus 655 from Xinwuri TRA Railway Station 新烏日.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Taiwan Travel: Taichung 台中: Chung-She Flower Garden 中社觀光花市

It was a pity that because of work schedule, we could not visit the famous Xinshe Flower Festival in Taichung, which is held annually in late November, However, I thought this could be a blessing in disguise when we visited Chung-She Flower Garden 中社觀光花市, as it was not as crowded as Xinshe Flower Festival!



We wanted to view the sunset at Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地 at about 5+ p.m. However, it was already 4+ p.m. when we reached Chung-She Flower Garden, so we had to be fast!

There are many lovely photo-taking spots!








As a flower lover, I wished I could have more time to enjoy this lovely place and to take more photos of the beautiful flowers!


Chung-She Flower Garden 中社觀光花市
Address: No.333, Section 5, Sanfeng Road, Houli District, Taichung City, Taiwan 421 台湾台中市后里區三豐路五段333號
Opening hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission fee: NT120 for adult, NT60 for child
Website: http://www.flowerjs.com.tw

How to get to Chung-She Flower Garden by Public Transport
Take TRA Railway to Houli Station 后里站, then take a taxi


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