Continued our journey from Alishan 阿里山 back to JiaYi 嘉義, we caught the next train from JiaYi to TaiChung. It's very interesting learn the background and type of train/coach to choose. They have many models and its very assembling what JR train has in Japan. Obviously, trains in Taiwan were built by the Japanese. (Visit Taiwan Railway official web (in Chinese) for more info - 悠遊台灣鐵道）
Transportation: Upon arriving back at JiaYi station, the weather turned warm at ~26C. No other choice but to change my top.
Tips : Do have a spare T-shirt handy in your hand luggage, without needing to search further in the main luggage bag.
We caught the earliest train to TaiChung.
|Train from JiaYi - TaiChung|
|TaiChung Train Station|
Accommodation : TaiChung Honeydew Hotel 哈密瓜旅店. Location wise its very convenient. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend it, as we couldn't check in even after 2PM. The check in time was 6PM. It's fine as long as we could still drop our luggage. Overall rating, its below 1 star. Hotel room was dark and moldy smelled. A nearby budget hotel, namely Kiwi Express 奇異果快捷旅店 looks more promising.
The haze was quite bad that afternoon. Partner has a few options to choose, if we wanted to go shopping or cycling. Being a minimalist on travel luggage, I chose to avoid shopping at the earlier stop of our journey, reason being we will be dragged upon when maneuvering around the cities later on.
There we head ourselves to HouLi, a suburb of TaiChung. Took a 30min train from TaiChung station. We should have bought a 2 ways ticket, since we knew we are heading back. Heard there were discounted.
|Train to HouLi|
|Small township - HouLi|
|Bike rental shop just in front of the station|
Contacts in case anyone interested.
The ride brought us to a horse racing field, towards a ex-train road which then converted to bicycle dedicated route. Cross the river, towards the tunnel namely 九號隧道。I didn't have my GoPro in this trip, instead a compact camera. Here find the short (bumpy) video taken...
|HouLi train station|
|Varieties of ice creams|
|Many types of toppings|
|Boneless chicken chop|
|Chicken chop and salad|
Miserable experience was mainly my stomach upset after having the cold salad. Running (walking fast) across the congested crowd hunting for a rest room. I remember walking almost 500M before I could settled at the public rest room located at 1st floor of shop lots. I didn't enjoy the shopping spree at those moment.
ChingJing Farm 清境農場
Transportation: On the next day, we bought our our bus ticket at NanTou Bus station 南投客運, practically a shop lot with some other bus agency around. It was walking distance from the hotel. Not too fortunate, our intended 8AM bus ticket was sold out, we waited another hour for the next bus.
|Great package by NanTou Bus|
|Bus station on the way to ChingJing|
ChingJing 清境農場 is a nice farm place, cooling and slightly commercial. We bought the packaged from the bus agency, and those ticket included the farm ticket. One tip, best to get to ChingJing on a weekend as most shows, i.e. sheep coat harvesting would only be on. We were lucky to get on the place on a Sunday.
|Bus stopped here|
|Fruits though expansive|
|Cameron called 愛情果|
For the interest of time, we settled with 7-Eleven fast food. Pork sausage, Sticky rice and coffee. It can be awesomely tasty on the cool weather.
|The ever environmentalist country|
|The lost sheep|
|ChingJing hawker & restaurants|
|Mail a Postcard|
|Outdoor band with chilly night ~ perfect|
|With just beer from 7-11|
|Another scenic sunrise with 雲海|
|WuLing 武嶺 - Peak of the peak|
|Before getting into our room|
Up next.... back to TaiChung, heading to Taipei.