So begins my epic journey to Taiwan!
I tried to group each post in relation to location rather than chronological order so at times flow may seem a little confusing and fragmented, but it was just done to make more of a blog sense to it. Just use your imagination if else fails. Shrug.
Kaohsiung is located in the south of Taiwan and the 2nd most populated city after New Taipei. My adventure basically started here shortly after I arrived in Taiwan.
Sweet taste of a non-budget airline! So refreshing HAHA.
From the airport, there is no easy or dedicated direct link to the city other than 1) taxi, 2) city bus, 3) high speed rail. All but the taxi option would most likely involve several transfers with multiple forms of transportation. I arrived nearly at 11pm so I found myself rushing to the city bus which takes me to Taipei Main Station (台北車站), a central hub of the MRT (Taiwan’s Metropolitan Rapid Transit system, 台北捷運). Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at Taipei Main Station, the MRT was closed and I was limited to taking a taxi to my destination.
After arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, 台灣桃園國際機場), I thought to myself, there was a striking resemblance to the Hong Kong Airport (HKG), from the signs, colours, down to the font. This made me wonder if Taiwan was just as English heavy and accessible as Hong Kong. The reality of this was far from close. The moment you leave and stray away from any kind of public transportation, there was little chance I found any English at all. I would say that without any level of understanding of the Chinese language, travelling throughout Taiwan would be much more difficult and frustrating. However, more of this will be seen through the upcoming posts.
Taipei Main Station was where we set off on the High Speed Rail (台灣高鐵) to Kaohsiung (高雄).
Met up with Emily and Tori.
7/11 breakfast first thing in the morning.
End to end from Taipei to Zuoying costed only NT$1190.
Taiwan’s HSR is based on the technology of the Japanese Skinkansen with top speeds of up to 300km/h (186mph) allowing the trip from the North of Taiwan to the South in approximated 1.5 hours.
The seats and legroom were beyond spacious and the ride was smooth sailing. My first experience on a bullet train, it was awesome.
View from the window.
Zuoying terminal station (左營車站) in Kaohsiung. Easily connected to the city MRT system here. The Kaohsiung MRT and Taipei MRT are different so your EasyCard won’t work here.
Convenient storage zone in the station if you are just making a day trip, you can come back and grab your belonging to head to the next destination, easy peasy.
The Dome of Light (光之穹頂) located at the Formosa Boulevard MRT station. Take some pics, move on.
Dried pork and peanut rice.
A version of the thousand year old egg.
Black Tea Milk.
Dream Mall (夢時代購物中心), the largest shopping mall in Taiwan. Would have been more impressed if they kept the Hello Kitty themes.
This was supposed to be decked out in Hello Kitty decor. I don’t like the change.
What can I say, I’m captivated.
As per request of Pierre. You asked for it.
Famous fast food chain only in Kaohsiung. Famous for …. Chinese-Western fusion food. Chicken was good, the other… not so much but was really cheap.
Ordered their signature fried chicken burger with a noodle soup combo.
MANGO ICE WITH MANGO. Bomb.
Nearby Zhongshan University, we wait for the sun to set.
Shout-out to Singapore, a place that allowed me to meet so many amazing people.
Wrapping up the end of the day, we head to Tainan (台南) back on the HSR. This time, only 13 mins and NT$95. Ellie joins us 4 as we tour Tainan together.
To be continued…