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Juhuuuu, endlich wieder zurück in Taiwan!

Diesmal war ich von 22. April bis 8.Mai 2017 ganz entspannt zum Urlaub in Taiwan. Das Fahrradfahren hat mir zwar gefehlt, aber ich hatte auch so sehr viel Spaß.

Station 1 – Taipei

Die ersten – und letzten 3 Nächte haben wir in Taipei verbracht. Von dort ist man schnell am internationalen Flughafen und hat vor und nach dem langen Flug nicht so viel Stress.

Neu: Airport MRT!

Wie praktisch: Dieses Mal musste ich nicht mit dem Bus vom Flughafen nach Taipei fahren, es gibt jetzt eine Zugverbindung direkt vom Flughafen zum Taipei Hauptbahnhof. So ist man in ca. 30 Minuten für 160 NTD vom Flughafen in der Stadt. Man muss nur aufpassen, dass man den “Express” Zug erwischt, das steht aber auf dem Zug. Die andere Verbindung dauert wohl etwas länger. Zahlen kann man am Automaten oder mit der Easy Card. Wer schon eine Easy Card hat, kann sie auch direkt am Flughafen aufladen und dann gleich damit fahren. So haben wir es diesmal gemacht.

Ich fand auch den Ausblick aus dem Zug sehr interessant. Die Schienen sind oft erhöht, sodass man von oben auf kleine Gärten und Häuser zwischen den Hügeln blicken kann. Und dann fährt man durch Taipei, teilweise auch noch erhöht an Hochhäusern vorbei und mit Blick auf die Wellblechdächer der kleineren Gebäude.

Mehr Info dazu auf der offiziellen Website des Flughafens.

Tolle Hostels in Taipei

Vor der Reise hatte ich viel recherchiert wo wir diesmal übernachten wollen. Mein Plan für diesen Urlaub: für ein paar besondere Hotels geben wir etwas mehr aus. Aber für die meisten Nächte suchen wir etwas schönes und preiswertes. Man hätte sicher noch mehr sparen können, aber ich bin sehr zufrieden mit unseren Unterkünften. Besonders der Aufenthaltsraum unseres ersten Hostels ist mir sehr positiv in Erinnerung geblieben:

Star Hostel Taipei Main Station

Die ersten 3 Nächte waren wir im Star Hostel Taipei Main Station. Wir hatten es über Booking gebucht und pro Nacht für unser privates Doppelzimmer ~2.240 NTD gezahlt. Das sind etwa 67 €. Für ein Hostel nicht so günstig, aber der Aufenthaltsraum ist so toll gestaltet und das Frühstück war auch etwas ganz besonderes. Obendrein war das Personal sehr nett und hilfsbereit und das Zimmer sauber und ruhig.

Holzhaus im Aufenthaltsraum des Star Hostel Taipei Main Station

Holzhaus im Aufenthaltsraum des Star Hostel Taipei Main Station

An einem Abend gab es im Hostel einen Filmabend. Wir waren eigentlich schon etwas müde, aber der Film sah interessant aus. Ich wollte erstmal aber unbedingt auf das Holzhaus klettern. Der 1. Stock war zu unserem Glück noch unbesetzt, vielleicht auch weil man oben nicht essen und trinken darf. Jedenfalls haben wir es uns dort auf den Kissen gemütlich gemacht und von dort aus den Film geschaut. 🙂

Ximen Wow Hostel

Unsere letzten Nächte in Taiwan haben wir im lebendigen Viertel Ximending verbracht. Das Ximen Wow Hostel liegt an einer belebten Straße. Nachts werden hier auf Ständen aus Karton T-Shirts, Plastikgeschirr und anderer Krims-Krams verkauft. Außerdem gibt es viele kleine Essensstände. Vom kleinen Balkon des Hostels kann man das bunte Treiben beobachten. Das haben wir natürlich außgiebig genutzt. Und dabei ein Taiwan Bier getrunken. Vom Hostel werden auch Ausflüge organisiert, wir hatten da nur leider schon andere Sachen vor.

In diesem Hostel gibt es keine Einzelzimmer. Dafür aber Doppelbetten im gemischten Schlafsaal. Das ist nix für Leute, die beim Schlafen viel Freiraum brauchen, aber für uns hat es gepasst 😉 . Die Betten haben alle einen Vorhang, Lampe und Steckdose. Außerdem hatten wir unser Schließfach direkt am Kopfende des Bettes. Super bequem ist das nicht, aber dafür auch trotz der guten Lage etwas günstiger: Wir haben pro Nacht für das Doppelbett bei Booking.com ~1073 NTD gezahlt. Das sind etwa 30 Euro – aber der Wechselkurs ist seit unsrer Reise nochmal schlechter geworden.

Balkon im Ximen Wow Hostel Taipei

Balkon im Ximen Wow Hostel Taipei

In 2015 war ich schonmal in diesem Hostel und hatte vom Balkon aus eine lustige Tanzeinlage gefilmt:

 

Ganz in der Nähe ist auch ein Kino. Dort haben wir uns Guardians of the Galaxy 2 angesehen – günstiger als in Deutschland und fast ohne Werbung vor dem Film! – Es ist wirklich unglaublich: Nach 10 Minuten Werbung und Filmvorschau geht tatsächlich der Film los. Das hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Und der Film war auch toll!

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Today I finally had a day without any plans: just time to visit Kaohsiung and to relax a bit!

In the morning I went to Pier 2 Art Center in Kaohsiung. It is a large area of warehouses at the harbour that can be reached easily be MRT. Many houses are painted on the outside and there are many statues. Inside of the warehouses one can visit art exhibitions.

pier 2 view on kaohsiung

Pier 2 art center painted house

Pier 2 painted house Aliens

Pier 2 funny statues

I visited an exhibition of an Austrian artist who illustrated some story books such as The Little Mermaid or Alice in Wonderland.

Exhibition 2 Exhibition

Then I visited an exhibition on Doraemon – a popular Japanese Manga and Anime. Doraemon looks a bit like a cat but he is a robot from the future. I have to admit I never read or saw any episodes of Doraemon. So I was just amazed how popular it is here!

Doraemon in his time machine Doraemon

Doraemon souvenirs

 

Walking in a park at the pier 2 area, I found some pots with beautiful, blooming orchids!

Orchid in park

Orchid in park

I spend my evening at Rueifong Nightmarket in Kaohsiung. It is a really nice nightmarket! Many food stalls and also many shops for clothing and small things.

Cat at nightmarket kaohsiung

Nightmarket Kaohsiung

stuff at Kaohsiung nightmarket

 

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I am currently on a trip sponsored by the Youth Trekker Wanted Campaign. As part of this campaign, young people from around the world get to travel Taiwan with a budget from the organizers. In return, we write daily blog posts during our trips. While I therefore not have to pay for this trip, what I write in this blog is my own, true opinion. For more information on the activity, check http://youthtravel.tw/youthtrekker/. I am also posting my blog entries on an official activity blog here.

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I am in Taipei now, today I would like to share some nightmarket images with you! Beforehand a bit more about Orchid Island:

Yesterday, right in the morning, my host took me to a trail in Orchid Island to search for Orchids. We ventured into the forest, even a bit off the trail. But unfortunately we couldn’t find any!

In the forest Lanyu

My host and tour guide said that Orchids grow very well on this tree:

Tree in Lanyu

There was not much time to search, as I had my flight back to Taitung at 11:10 am.

Me in front of the guesthouse in Lanyu:

Lamuran Guesthouse in Lanyu

I paid 600 NTD for a night at Lamuran Guesthouse. 1000 NTD for a ~ 4-5 hour tour of the island. Another 200 NTD for our Orchid search in the morning.

Last view on the ocean from Orchid Island, that day with better weather:

Ocenview in Lanyu

So I took the plane back to Taitung. From Taitung I took a train to Taipei.

In Taipei I checked in at Flip Flop Hostel at Taipei main station. Here I am staying in a dorm room again. But here only 3 people sleep in one room. The hostel is big and has one floor only for girls. I like it here!

Today was the official Youth Trekker Wanted Party. The event itself took place in the afternoon. But we met in the morning for a practice round of our presentations for the Party. We were five Youth Trekkers: Martha from Poland, Tom from England, Nelson from Portugal, Kohai from Japan and me. We were introduced to a group of youths from Taiwan and the press. Then each of us held a presentation about our time in Taiwan. Afterwards we got to talk to the audience and exchange postcards. In return for postcards from Nürnberg, I got many beautiful postcards from Taiwan! 🙂

Youth Trekker Party

After the event, I went directly to Shilin nightmarket. I wanted to use the opportunity to visit this large nightmarket.

Shilin Nightmarket

Cute clothes Shilin Nightmarket Shop in Shilin Nightmaket

After this nightmarket trip I have a little problem… I bought more than Mr. Rucksack can swallow! So I hope the airline company for my flight back to Germany won’t be too strict 😉

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I am currently on a trip sponsored by the Youth Trekker Wanted Campaign. As part of this campaign, young people from around the world get to travel Taiwan with a budget from the organizers. In return, we write daily blog posts during our trips. While I therefore not have to pay for this trip, what I write in this blog is my own, true opinion. For more information on the activity, check http://youthtravel.tw/youthtrekker/. I am also posting my blog entries on an official activity blog here.

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First day in Taiwan

I am writing this from my room in Forté Orange Taichung Park International Youth Hostel. Here I got a single room for 1200 NTD for my first night in Taichung, Taiwan. It’s both hostel and hotel as far as I understand. The hotel/hostel is located right in the center of Taichung, in easy reach from the train station. The room is clean and I have plenty of space to unpack my backpack.

My flight to Taipei with China Airlines was fine. It is really pleasant on a flight with China Airlines, especially compared to the budget airlines I use for trips in Europe. We had two meals which were actually quiet yummy. Also there were plenty of movies to choose from. I didn’t sleep much on the plane and therefore I am really tired now!

From Taipei airport to Taipei train station I took a bus (it takes less than an hour and cost 125 NTD).

Arriving in Taiwan was a strange feeling; suddenly many memories from my semester here came back to me.  Hearing Chinese again was nice, quickly the few words that I had picked up during my semester came back to memory. At first I was really surprised when I saw more scooters than cars on the street. This sight is normal in Taiwanese cities, but after months in Germany it stood out to me again.

In Taipei I met with organizers from the Taiwan Youth Trekker Wanted Campaign. We talked about my plans for the next two weeks and they gave me some more information.

After our meeting, I took a bus from the train station in Taipei to the train station in Taichung. With Ubus that trip cost me 170 NTD. The busses are quite comfy and I slept a little bit.

Traffic and lights in Taichung Traffic in Taichung

After check in at the hostel and a very much needed shower, I headed out to a nightmarket. Zhong Hua Night Market is in walking distance from my hostel at Taichung Park. This market is alongside Zhonghua road and close to Chungyo Department Store. It is really huge and I love it for clothes shopping. Indeed all my tiredness was forgotten when I saw the shopping opportunities 😉

Nightmatket entrance Nightmarket entrance, Taichung

In the nightmarket, Taichung

Shopping at nightmarket

I got a yummy snack at a nightmarket stand and then moved back to my hostel. Now I am really, really tired and will finally allow myself to sleep.

Hit Cookie Home Taichung Nightmarket

See you tomorrow!

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I am currently on a trip sponsored by the Youth Trekker Wanted Campaign. As part of this campaign, young people from around the world get to travel Taiwan with a budget from the organizers. In return, we write daily blog posts during our trips. While I therefore not have to pay for this trip, what I write in this blog is my own, true opinion. For more information on the activity, check http://youthtravel.tw/youthtrekker/. I am also posting my blog entries on an official activity blog here

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Currently the sun sets in Taichung at around 18:00. This means people have dinner early and the evening feels really long. One of my favourite activities for a long evening is to walk around in the nightmarket. There I can taste different food, and look at the large choice of shops. I can get anything from handbags or shoes to funny cases for mobile phones.

Here I took yummy fried squid (or sth similar) with rice filling as takeaway to eat at home. It was a really big dish:

Taiwanese people seem to like pets: This guy takes his cat along for buying food at the nightmarket. In the background you can see the shop where I had bought the squid from the picture above.

On the same evening I saw a shop using parrots to attract attention:

As students in Taiwan don’t cook (the dormitory rooms have no kitchen!), we have to get food from the nightmarket or restaurants every day. This means  we have to be aware of our budget: Everyday eating in expensive restaurants would be a financial disaster. 😉

Mr 38 – a curry restaurant in Feng Chia area – is not one of the cheap places. But my seafood dish topped with melted cheese was sooooooo yummy!!! I definitely want to eat that dish again. My choice was one of the more expensive ones, some basic curries are cheaper.

The servings  at Mr. 38 are very big – at least that is was us girls thought. Kenjiro couldn’t get enough and finished what we had left over:

This is another restaurant we tried: The menu was in Chinese without pictures, but the waitresses were really helpful and suggested some dishes. What we finally ordered was mainly noodle soups with different flavours and different kind of noodles. We decided to share all the dishes so that we can try everything. It was a really nice meal:

A very typical dish in Taiwan is “hot pot“. I had already tried that last year and was happy to try it again last week. Hot pot is a pot of hot water that will still cook on the table. Before eating one has to wait until the ingredients are fully cooked. The shop offered different sauces to choose from as a dip for the things from the hot pot. Many restaurants in Taiwan offer tea for free in addition to lunch or dinner, so did the hot pot restaurant.

A really nice way to eat is to share many dishes with a large group of people. This way one gets to try many different tastes. We did that on Friday in a big restaurant at the crossing Fuxing road/ Henan road. This is really close to my dormitory:


This evening I will maybe eat at the nightmarket again… yummy!

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One week ago I arrived to Taiwan. Three days ago also my roommate Magalie from France arrived. Before she arrived I had spent most of my time just walking around in the area – checking out what shops we have here and of course exploring the nightmarket. I didn’t know any other people yet. Now that she is here we can explore together. 🙂

Yesterday registration at university started. So Magalie and me went to the International Office. There we received a folder with a lot of information on Feng Chia University and the Chinese Language Center. Included is also a course list for the Chinese courses. Today I will compare this list with my schedule for business courses to see which Chinese courses I can take. The Chinese Language Center also offers extra courses on some Friday mornings to topics such as Chinese games or Chinese painting. We also got information on the Sports Center of the university. For 200 NTD a month we can use the swimming pool. for 500 NTD we can use the gym for the whole 6 months. Aerobic fitness flat rate is a bit more expensive: For being able to join all the courses for 6 months we have to pay 2000 NTD.

At registration we tried to find out where to go for lunch on that day. We wanted something simple that is easy on the stomach, as Magalie felt a bit unstable after her travel. It was a bit difficult to explain us the place which the women from the International Office had in mind. Finally they called our partner students to find somebody to take us there. Our partner students were busy working but they introduced us to a friend of them: Sandy took us to a place where they sell rice soup. It really was a nice dish for an upset stomach: Just a simple soup with rice inside and a bit of fish.

Feeling much better after our lunch we went to meet other exchange students. A group of three French guys was eating at McDonald’s (which serves very similar food than in Germany or France) and Magalie and I met them there. They had been traveling together around Asia before their arrival in Taiwan and here they rent a flat together. It took them five days to find a nice flat here with the help of an agent. Their building is apparently really nice – with a swimming pool! But they have to take a bus to get to university as it is a bit further away.

After they finished eating we decided to pass some time until the nightmarket starts. With the help of some nice people in a Tea shop we found a place offering massages. There was a board with a list of offers also translated into English. I chose a 20 minute neck and shoulder massage for 200 Taiwan Dollars. Some of the employees in this place are blind, the women who did my massage was one of them. They have a device in their pockets that helps them to time the 20 minutes. The others thought that the massage was too strong, but I always felt that massages in Germany are too soft, so I was totally happy with it 🙂

Afterwards we met Martin – a student from Ohm University in Germany – and another French student at Feng Chia university. With our big group we walked along the streets of the Feng Chia nightmarket.

Martin ordering food at the nightmarket:

Martin tried these grilled sticks with different sort of meat. He was told that for buying five sticks he can get one for free. Unfortunately it didn’t taste good… Both Martin and I tried and we didn’t like it. I guess the problem for us was that the vendor used a lot of spicery to cover the meat in. In defence for the nightmarket I have to say that this is the first thing I tried there and didn’t like.

I ate a sandwich (the ones used for hotdogs) with noodles inside! That is maybe not the most healthy food choice but it was really yummy! After eating we went to a hotel bar close to the nightmarket. For my taste it was a bit too posh and also I didn’t like spending more for my beer than for my dinner 😉 There we sat talking a bit for the rest of our evening. At our arrival back in the dormitory, Magalie and I met some of our neighbours in the hallway.

 

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Yesterday morning we visited some other places around Sun Moon Lake. Vivian and I took a boat across the lake to Shuishe while her parents took the car. There we took some pictures and had lunch. After lunch we took another boat, passing by Lalu Island, and went to Syanguang. There we had a look at a temple.

Our next stop was a butterfly garden at Sun Moon Lake. I got to see many beautiful butterflys!They were moving so fast that it was very difficult to take pictures, but I did my best:

After this short stop we took the car to Taichung. There we checked in a very nice hotel: the Evergreen Laurel Hotel. We had time for a little break and then visited a beautiful Park in Taichung.

I don’t have much time now to write much, so I will just focus on pictures. After visiting the park we went to the 逢甲 Night Market in Taichung. Instead of visiting a restaurant for dinner we bought snacks at stands at the market. In a funny coincidence we met another Say Taiwan participant at the crowded night market: Henry from Brazil! So the rest of the evening we spend together.

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