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0 Taipei 5 Days 4 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary (Updated)

5 Jul 2015 | 08:06:00

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 17 - 21

The last time we went to Taipei - It was almost 10 years ago!
We have been wanting to go back to Taipei again to visit some of the places that we missed out (e.g. Hualien, Jiufen Old Street, Beitou Hot Springs etc).

The opportunity came when Scoot was having a promotion. Without any hesitation, we booked our tickets 6 weeks before departure and here we go! :)

Here's our itinerary and as usual, the links will be clickable as we update our reviews. Do stay tuned.

Last Updated: 05 Jul 2015

Day 1 - Sat (Jan 17)

2230 - Check in Flight (16 Jan Night)
2300 - Supper @ SATS Premier Lounge
0055 - Board Flight Scoot TZ 202 to Taipei
0530 - Arrive at 桃園國際機場 Terminal 1
0615 - Board Kuo Kwang (國光客運) 1819 Bus to Taipei Train Station
0730 - Reach Taipei Train Station (台北火車站)
0745 - Check-in CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (新驛旅店)
0800 - Metro to Dongmen Station (東門捷運站)
0900 - Breakfast @ Ding Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
1000 - Mango Desert @ Smoothie House (永康街思慕昔)
1130 - Visit Little Three (小三美日)
1300 - Metro to Shilin Station (士林捷運站)
1330 - Bus RED 30 to National Palace Museum (国立故宫博物院)
1400 - Visit National Palace Museum
1600 - Tea Break @ San-hsi-tang (三希堂)
1700 - Bus RED 30 to Jiantan Station (劍潭站)
1730 - Metro to Taipei Train Station
2030 - Back to Hotel

Day 2 - Sun (Jan 18)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Check-out CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (新驛旅店)
0740 - Board Puyuma (普悠瑪號) 408 Train to Hualien
0830 - Breakfast on Train
0939 - Cab Pick up at Hualien Train Station (花蓮車站)
0950 - Check in Hotel Bayview Hualien (七星潭渡假飯店)
1000 - Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) 1 Day Tour
           - Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖)
           - Shakadang Trail (砂卡礑步道) + Lunch
           - Eternal Spring Shrine (長春寺)
           - Swallow Grotto (燕子口)
           - Buluowan Recreation Area (布洛灣)
           - Seven Stars Lake (七星潭)
1700 - Drop off for Dinner @ Hualien City
1800 - Visit Jin San Jiao Shopping Area (金三角商圈鬧)
1830 - Visit Zi Qiang Night Market (自强夜市)
2100 - Cab Back to Hotel

Day 3 - Mon (Jan 19)

0715 - Rise and shine
0730 - Breakfast @ Hotel Bayview Hualien
0810 - Transfer to Hualien Railway Station
0845 - Board Puyuma 211 Train to Taipei Main Station
1050 - Reach Taipei Main Station
1100 - Check-in Cosmos Hotel (台北天成大飯店)
1130 - Metro to Beitou Station (北投站)
1200 - Reach Beitou
1230 - Complimentary Shuttle to Grand View Resort Beitou (北投麗禧溫泉酒店)
1300 - Enjoy Hotspring at Grand View Resort Beitou
1500 - Metro to Taipei Main Station
1530 - Metro to Taipei 101 Station (台北101站)
1600 - Shopping at Taipei 101
1800 - Dinner @ Shin Yeh (欣葉101食藝軒)
1930 - Metro to Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝复兴站)
2000 - Shopping
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 4 - Tue (Jan 20)

Check out our article on how to visit Jiufen and Shifen in one day!

0730 - Rise and shine
0800 - Breakfast @ Cosmos Hotel
0900 - Tze-Chiang Limited Express (自強號) 416 to Ruifang
0935 - Reach Ruifang Train Station (瑞芳火車站)
0945 - Cab from Ruifang to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
1000 - Walk around Jiufen
1115 - Cab back to Ruifang
1205 - Train 4722 from Ruifang (瑞芳) to Pingxi (平溪)
1300 - Release Sky Lanterns at 平溪
1400 - Walk around 平溪
1523 - Train 4727 from 平溪 to Shifen (十分)
1535 - Visit Shifen Waterfalls
1753 - Train 4733 from 十分 to 瑞芳
1829 - Reach 瑞芳
1905 - Chu-Kuang Express (莒光號) 527 to Taipei Train Station
1955 - Reach Taipei Station
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Wed (Jan 21)

0800 - Rise and shine
0830 - Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 - Free and Easy
1200 - High Speed Rail Train 649 from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Station
1219 - Reach Taoyuan HSR Station
1230 - Ubus 705 to Taoyuan Intl Airport Terminal 1
1245 - Check in Flight
1330 - Lunch @ Airport
1545 - Board Flight TZ 201 to Singapore
2015 - Reach Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Taipei. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) 




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0 Scenic Shifen Waterfall(十份大瀑布)

2 Jul 2015 | 21:04:00

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 20


This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

At Shifen (十份), one of the things that you cannot miss is Shifen Waterfall (十份大瀑布).  It is fondly nicknamed as the Niagara Falls of Taiwan, and it is not difficult to see why if you draw the comparisons.

This is Shifen Waterfall.


And now, Niagara Falls - do they look similar?


At one end of Shifen Old Street, are a series of signages that will point you towards Shifen Waterfall.

   
A walk from Shifen Train Station to Shifen Waterfall takes 30mins!


Consider other options if you are in a hurry - by vehicle is only 5 - 6 mins, and by bicycle is only 12 mins.  We decided not to take the easy way out - going by foot is what it will be.


Passing by a vegetable farm and a lake on the way to the falls.

 
A large portion of the journey is walking along the main road.  Halfway to the waterfall, I wished we had opted to pay some money to take a cab!

   
Finally reached the Shifen Scenic Area Visitor Centre after what seemed like an extremely long walk, but that marks only the halfway point to the waterfall!

 
It looks like there are a lot of suspension bridges in Taipei. In the small town of Shifen, there is the Si Guang Tan bridge (四廣潭橋) besides the Jing An bridge.  Fortunately unlike the suspension bridge at Swallow Grotto at Hualien, all the bridges here are accessible.

 
Another 15 minutes walk to Shifen Waterfall.


Finally, we reached Shifen Waterfall Park in what seemed like forever.  There are a series of upslopes and downslopes to navigate, so it isn’t exactly an easy 30 minute walk from Shifen Train Station.


There are 3 observation platforms to view different angles of the Shifen Waterfall.


Down to the first viewing platform.


The Shifen Waterfall stands at a height of 20 metres and measures 40 metres across, making it the broadest waterfall in Taiwan  It is however much less massive than the other waterfalls around the world, in Iceland for instance.
 
Another angle of Shifen Waterfall.


At the last viewing platform, and probably the closest we can ever get to the waterfall.  Viewed from this angle, it does look suspiciously like the Niagara Falls.


The time spent at the Shifen Waterfall Park is actually very little compared to the time we had to spend walking to and from the train station. Before long, we had to leave the park to rush back to the train station to take the second last train back to Taipei city. When you are in Shifen, it is best not to leave any thing to chances - the hourly train can get so packed that you hardly can get on.

Last view of the sky lanterns against the outline of Shifen Old Town before we leave this magical town.


This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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