Our Last Day in Hualien was a memorable one.The weather was perfect, the sun was shining brightly over the sky and everyone looked happy. We've booked a half day river trekking tour on that very same day. Booked the activity with the hostel. Check out: Riverking Hualien.
Afterwards we took the afternoon train from Hualien to Taipei Main Station
Normal Rates: Tze-Chiang Limited Express NT 440 / $20
Discounted Rate for 3 persons: NT 1254 / SGD 56
Hualien to Shulin travel time: 3 hours and 21 minutes (depends on the train timing)
We arrived late in the evening and painfully searched for our hotel's location. It really took most of our time that night and all along it was just right there infront of us. We passed by that specific street a few times and didn't recognized that was it. It's a small corner street with a tiny street sign so I guess we have a slight reason to be lost. Despite the misery of getting lost we've found something great on that very same establishment, there was small menu board showing a special cheap rate in a nearby hostel. We took the special offer, the amount was way cheaper than our booked hotel, less headcount means less cash on hand, so all adds up that it was an offer we can say no to.
Check in Here-There Hostel
Address: No. 28, Emei St, 4F.-1, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Phone:+886 2 2361 2061
4 days 3 nights
NT 3,800 - 2 bunk beds ( mixed room )
How to get there:
Alight at Ximen MRT Station, take Exit 6, Cross the little pedestrian lane and once you see Watson keeping walking straight, passed by the 7'11 shop, a wide transparent door to a Hotel and the small street after that leads to the hostel.
Ximen is a great place to stay when you're in Taipei for a lot reasons:
1. Food Market
There's a variety of foods to choose from the night market bonanza down to the best milk tea in town. I always make sure I try something new in every places I go to. This time around I tried goose meat, something new and surprisingly delicious.
The night market starts late in the evening but when we got there the stalls we're already set-up for business. No wonder they all started running out of nowhere I guess a patrol car passed by . We had to rush with them, as our ordered food wasn't ready yet. I laughed like a crazy person running after the food thief. That really spiced up our night! The vendor stop inside an establishment, she was confused to see us there tailing her all the way to her pitstop. We laughed all night with a full stomach.
Taiwan is famous for their milk tea, don't go home empty handed. Try the classic milk tea with pearls and feel the refreshing goodness.
2. Modern Toilet Restaurant
Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Lane 50, Xining S Rd
Opening Hours: 11:00 Am - 9:00 Pm
How to get there: ( use the map in number 9 to find the restaurant )
From Ximen Mrt Exit 6, find the tattoo street. From there just keep walking straight. The restaurant is right infront of the 7'11 outlet.
People come to this place not just for the night market but for this specific and unique restaurant. The Modern Toilet Restaurant opened its doors to the public last 2004 and it has become a booming success up to this date. It's a one of a kind toilet-themed dinning experience. Be prepared to sit in a toilet bowl, with delicious food serve in a toilet bowls as well and even the chocolate dessert is shaped like an authentic poop.
They have reasonable prices for combo meal that ranges from NT 250 - NT 350. We ordered the classic meal which comes with a main dish, bowl of rice, green tea juice and a chocolate dessert.
3.Tattoo and Piercing Outlets
If you're looking on adding more art to your body or pierce your ears if your parents haven't done so, then this street is for you. The street itself is named according to the shops designated in that area.
How to get there: Tattoo street
Ln. 50, Hanzhong St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
The place is surrounded by boutique outlets, a mall and all kinds of tailored clothes for men and women. There are so much to choose, from branded clothing line to independent names, sports to formal attires, even bags and accessories are available too.
5. Souvenir Stores
I wanted something new for my souvenirs. Good thing we passed by this street vendor selling creative keychains using wires. It was a perfect gift for my brothers.
6. Massage parlor
I found one around the area. A good foot massage to loosen the tight muscles from all the walking and running during the city tour.
7. Hair and Nail Salon
If you want your hair and nails done there are plenty of salons around the area.
8. Street Performers
All kinds of entertainment are all around the place. An incredible talented artist is just around the corner showing off his skills in mixing spray paints while on another street a harp player blissfully plays her song. Street dancers performs in the middle as the crowd pumps up with every beat of the music.
9. Great location
Once the sun goes down head to Ximen MRT station, once you get out from Exit 6 don't cross the road and just follow the crowd. You won't miss this part of the party as people flock to this area to shop, dine and have some good fun time. The Ximen Mrt station is the blue and green circular sign on the right side of the map.
10. Cheap Accommodations
There are plenty of cheap accommodations around Ximen. Most of the hostels are a walking distance from Ximen MRT too. We stayed in Here-There Hostel which is just 5 minutes away from the station. Aside from that Ximen is just one stop away from Taipei Main Station, where all the trains and bus rides are located.