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Travelogue to Taiwan Part 1
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Booked a promotion ticket for $250 all in per pax including excess baggage via Jetstar. Hehe :D
Though it wasn't the first time for me to fly to Taiwan, I was actually quite excited because I would be travelling with my sister.

Day 1 (Taichung)
Places visited: 一福堂老店 | Miyahara Ophthalmology Department 宫原眼科 | Gaomei Wetlands 高美湿地
Food: Chun Shui Tang 春水堂 | The Forth Credit Cooperation 台中第四信用合作社 | Elixir Health Pot 无老锅

Flight was midnight and we reached Taoyuan airport early in the morning. Great thing about Taiwan is the unlimited free data at affordable price and they do everything for you (change sim card, activation).

My sis opted for bus to Taichung instead of High Speed Rail which I planned. The bus seat was really comfortable and spacious.

Upon reaching Taichung Main Station, we placed our luggages at the baggage services before exploring places near the station.

First stop in Taichung -  Chun Shui Tang 春水堂
We have to visit this store because it's where the first bubble milk tea originated. Haha Head to the pioneer outlet at Siwei street.

The store wasn't crowded and there wasn't much choice of food because we went during breakfast time.

We ordered some light snacks to share Siew Mai, 甜不辣 (Fish Paste), carrot cake. Personally love the carrot cake but others were mediocre. Of course not to miss the pearl milk tea which consist of too many pearls!

Chun Shui Tang 春水堂
No 30 Siwei Street, West District, Taichung City 403
0800 - 2200 
Reason to return: try the lunch/ dinner menu!

What you cannot miss in taichung if you love pastries is sun biscuits 太阳饼! We went to the famous 阿明师老店太阳堂 which many blogs recommended. I find the 太阳饼 too sweet for my liking so we didn't purchase any.

Walked along the streets and we found other pastries stores.

We bought all our sun biscuit from 一福堂老店. It's so far the best we can find along the street. Haha the 太阳饼 aren't too sweet and moist inside. Thumbs up! The lemon tart looks tempting but we didn't get any because there wasn't sample to try.

No 67 Zhongshan Road, Zhong District, Taichung City 400
0900 - 2200

We bought over 40 pieces of sun biscuits but was decline when we requested for 3 small boxes (just hard cupboard type) to repack it at first. I don't know but I feel that the service staff or maybe the boss is too stingy? Just 3 hard cupboard box and it seem like the boxes cost a lot? Hmmm. Anyway we managed to get 3 boxes after some "teng-ing" -.-

Nice interior design in Miyahara Ophthalmology Department which sells pastries. This store as the name suggests was an ophthalmology clinic in the past. The store started out selling cheese cakes to many different pastries now! They also sell ice cream and tea now.

Miyahara Ophthalmology Department 宫原眼科
No 20 Zhongshan Road, Zhong District, Taichung City 400
1000 - 2200

We walked 10 minutes to the sister branch of Miyahara which is call The Forth Credit Cooperation 台中第四信用合作社

There were so many ice cream flavours to choose but no tasting allow. Hence we just went with the recommended flavours shown on the menu. The dessert is photo worthy but the ice creams taste like crap! The ice creams weren't creamy. The only yummy toppings were the cheesecake and butterfly! 好看不好吃 Definitely not going back for dessert next time. Maybe can consider buying the box of butterfly biscuits.

The Forth Credit Cooperation 台中第四信用合作社
No 72 Zhongshan Road, Zhong District, Taichung City 400
1000 - 2200
Reasons to return: Nope. you can totally skip this.

We went back to Taichung Main Station to take our luggage before taking public bus to our hotel. We stayed near Feng Chia Night Market (remember to purchase a you you card if you are planning to use their public transports) 

The moment we reached Le Parker Hotel, we bathe and dozed off. Hahaha totally cancel our plan to Gaomei Wetland. Maybe next time? :(

Woke up in the evening and decided to shop around at Feng Chia before heading to our dinner place. The road to our dinner place was extremely tiring! From Goggle map, it showed 10 minutes walk to destination but ended up walking 1 hour and 45 mins to our dinner place. Hahahaha! Got nagged by my sister and guess what happened?

Our table full of food and this was only one side of our table. My sister said YES to everything the waitress recommended.  I made her walked too much.

Everything was delicious on the table. This steamboat place call 无老锅 is a must try! We ordered the beauty pot soup as we were afraid that the mala 麻辣 would be too spicy for us to handle. They serve free flow of duck blood and bean curd skin. You can omit the duck blood if you aren't a fan of it. Personally feel that it's better than Hai Di Lao!

You will like it if you love the collagen beauty pot in Plaza Singapura. The soup base at 无老锅 isn't as thick as the collagen beauty pot which wouldn't make you feel jelat drinking it. 

Elixir Health Pot 无老锅
No 74, Section 2, Gongyi Road, Nantun District, Taichung City 408
1130 - 0400

Anyway remember to make a reservation if you don't want to feel disappointed. There wasn't much people when I went during dinner time at 8pm. So good luck!

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