Air: Fly JetStar ?? http://www.jetstarasia.com
Airport transfers: Take the FreeGo! ?? bus or KuoKuang ?? which is about NT140 (unfortunately, not free!)
(City bus which we booked thru hotel to airport costs NT160)
High speed rail: Book HSR ?? online: http://www.thsrc.com.tw
MRT: Buy the EasyCard ??? for traveling within Taipei city on MRT ??
Walk: On foot
Taipei: Stay in East Dragon ?? which is near Ximen ?? station where ??? is located (so convenient! and the staff are so friendly and helpful and thoughtful! ??????)
Kaohsiung: Stayed in Toong Mao ?? which is passable on Chi-Hsian ?? road. Location is ok. Near Love River ?? and Fortune/Longevity Mountain ?/?? and Western Bay ???. Breakfast wasn't something to rave about. Recommend a different hotel if you aren't on a shoestring budget like us! Eg. Splendor ?? or Linden ??
Things we did:
Wednesday 07 Nov '07
~ ???-Snake Alley/Huasi Tourist Night Market-Can skip..apart from ???/??, nothing particularly interesting
Thursday 08 Nov '07
~ ????-ShiDa university campus tour
~ ???-Bargain-hunting!-Be prepared for lots of walking
~ ???-YongKang Street-??! Ice Monster ??..
~ ????-Foot massage @ ???? Royal Bali massage & therapy services-much needed after walking the whole day!
Friday 09 Nov '07
~ ??-Take HSR to Kaohsiung
~ ???-Dreamz shopping mall/???-Ferris wheel/?????-Basketball arcade game
~ ???-Western bay/British consulate/prison-Near a university that boasts a beach on campus grounds!
~ ????-Love River cruise
~ ????-Liouhe night market
Saturday 10 Nov '07
~ ??-Take HSR to Taipei
~ ????-Fisherman's Wharf-Take bus 26 from terminal MRT station-Caught a ??? concert! and a ???..
~ ????-Danshui Old Street where we bought the single big fat soft juicy sweet persimmon (should have gotten 3 for NT100!) and had ????-Blind man massage-shoulders, neck and back-very cheap!
~ ????-Shihlin night market-we only covered the outdoor one-so crowded!! Better to plan for a weekday nite..
Sunday 11 Nov '07
~ ????-New Life Church
~ ????-Eslite bookstore-spent the whole afternoon there and there was a ??? - CD launch/autograph session of this female singer:???
~ SOGO-much too crowded! because of ???-anniversary sale
Monday 12 Nov '07
~ ???-Martyrs' Shrine
~ ??????'s????'s??????-Jioufen Old Town (inspired Spirited Away-the movie)-Must go!
~ ??-???-Yehliu-Coolest natural wave/wind-formed sculptures
~ ???????-located near Ximen station-we were so inspired by this guy called Norman that nite.. really wow-ed!
Tuesday 13 Nov '07
~ ????-ShinKong department store
~ ????-Taipei train station metro mall
Other things we thought of doing but didn't:
-Sun moon lake-???
-Ama heavenly lanterns (seasonal)
-Tonghua/Raohe night markets
-Qijin-??, in Kaohsiung, for seafood (need a car or a cab)
-Kending, near Kaohsiung, for beach (need 2 days; can rent a cab)
-City gallery ???? in Kaohsiung, at the love river bank
-KTV: PartyWorld-?? or Holiday-?
-Chiang Kai Shek memorial
Crossroad eats ????
1. fried chicken steak-try the ???? or the hotstar chain one
2. fried sweet potatoes *thumbs up!*
3. ?? *thumbs up!*
4. ???-??? *thumbs up!* - recommend the ???
5. ??-???? *thumbs up!*
6. ????-try ????
8. or ah jian
9. ????- more 'Q' than unagi
10. glutinous meat balls-q filling stuff
11. ?????-crispy stinky beancurd *thumbs up!*
12. very sweet jambu (forgot what the chinese word is but red colour)! and doubly sweet japanese persimmons ????! *2 thumbs up!*
13. ???-shishamo *thumbs up!*
14. ????-fishballs & ??-wantan *2 thumbs up!*
15. ??-mi suah in beancurd-this one didn't go down very well with us because of the sticky-sweet sauce (like diluted liong dao hu sweet sauce)
16. ??-fried shrimp rolls
17. ??-steamboat *thumbs up!*
18. crispy grilled potato strips *thumbs up!*
19. ??? at ????? (not the ??? one) *2 thumbs up!*
20. ????-or ah mi suah *2 thumbs up!*