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December 15, 2016

Taiwan – Taipei & Hualien

What do I think of that Taiwan trip? It was pretty good, I must say. Some hits and misses. The places that I planned came out as what I’ve expected to be, some even surprisingly better – especially that Taroko National Park at Hualien. Boy is that place fucking beautiful. Anyway, there’s still a list of places which I think you guys should fucking stay away like a plaque, and here are the shitholes to avoid:

Places to skip
[Taipei] Bopiliao Historical block 剝皮寮歷史街區: It’s just a group of buildings with red bricks and overhyped name. It’s as if someone has abandoned the building halfway and decided that it should look special. And you can tell that someone desperately tried really hard to make this place to be as hip as possible, but failed utterly. Everything here is drab and uninteresting, and has little cultural value. The day I traveled, they even put on a free movie in a hall, in hope to attract some tourists… but none of the chairs was occupied.

[Taipei] Taipei Zoo 臺北市立動物園: One of the shittiest zoo I’ve ever seen (only place worse was that Melaka’s A-Famose or something zoo). Place was poorly maintained with lots of empty cages (animals must’ve killed themselves out of sheer depression) and run down facilities. The place reeks of animal wastes, and a lot of the attractions are closed down. I was there for only a couple of hours, and half of the time was spent on cussing and getting disappointed.

[Taipei] Maokong 貓空: A boring cable car ride up to a hill of nothingness, and you have to spend a long time commuting here. The only thing to do here, is food and tea. There are no sights for you to marvel at (most of the Taipei city view was partially blocked by a couple of stupid hills), nor stuff for you to engrossed with. It’s just another area for food/tea with jacked up prices. Some people say it’s a place to relax. Fuck that. You can go relax at better places in the city with much cheaper price. If you would like to compare, even Penang Hill (the shithole) is a better place. Stay away.

[Near Taipei] Houtong Cat Village 猴硐貓村: The fucking place is a shithole. It’s an ex-mining town (with an abandoned mine) and lots of cats. So, as expected, all you get to see here is a bunch of rusted ruins from the mine and a fuckload of fat cats. Dumbass tourists would take pictures of cats like they’re special or something (but they aren’t. they’re just common cats) and giggle and shit. I bet if it were to be known as a Dick Village, the attention would just switch our dicks instead. It’s just so fucking dumb of a place.

[Near Taipei] Jinguashi 金瓜石 / Golden Waterfall 黃金瀑布 / Yin Yang sea 陰陽海: Who in their right mind would turn an irreversible environmental damage place to a tourist attraction? The Taiwanese. Here in this region, the place used to be a gold mine or something, and the mining industry had caused one of the rivers to be discolored, toxic and smells rotten. Sure enough, the view is one of a kind, but the thought that men had done this to the environment really makes it a sad case, and is not my kind of shit (I don’t know about you).

[Hualien] Nanbin Park 太平洋公園: Hualien city itself has nothing, so naturally, people tend to flock to the sea side in their desperate bid to find something to do. Unlike Cixingtan 七星潭, Nanbin Park at Hualien is a shithole, and looks abandoned. There’s an incomplete (or was it abandoned?) walkway there that is a sore to the eyes. I was expecting the park to be teeming with recreational activities or at least a bike rental stall like what we have in Penang, but instead, I see emptiness. What a fucking waste of space and time.

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December 11, 2016

Taipei & Hualien, Taiwan – Itinerary and planning (5 days, 7 nights)

Found a really good flight deal for Taipei on the first week of December when I came back from Germany back in June, and I booked it immediately. And I finally did the trip last week. Here’s the itinerary. As usual, read the disclaimer before proceed…

Disclaimer:
– Taiwan is known to have very unpredictable weather (especially at Taroko Gorge). It is known to rain at least expected times, has earthquakes and shit. If you’re doing your own planning, please make it as dynamic and as flexible as possible. The length of 5 days and 7 nights was a risky gamble for me, but luckily for us, it paid off (we did not encounter a single rainy day despite the inclement weather forecast). I wouldn’t recommend to do it this short.
– In December, Taiwan has a relatively short daylight. It starts to get dark at about 5pm (fuck me). So, plan your itinerary well.
– This is an itinerary post, I’ll do a separate post for what I think about the places I’ve visited. (link)
– This was planned based on 3 pax – my wife, my 10-yo daughter, and myself. If you’re planning for a group of more than 4, this probably won’t work for you.
– The main objective is to hunt food at Taipei, and to experience Taroko Gorge (Hualien) in its glory. Ergo, it has a lot of walking (Taipei) and hiking (Taroko). With the exception of one day excursion to the Taipei Zoo, there are no other kid themed visits. This won’t be for you if you have a small child in your group.
– If you have a fear of heights, doing Taroko Gorge is probably a fucking bad idea.
– If you have a fear of crowds, Taipei is probably not for you too. That place is just mad with people.

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