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Taiwan Summer Diary 台湾夏日游 – Day 6 : Taipei City > Yingge

on September 26, 2013

Day 6 : 28 Aug 2013, Wed, Taipei City > Ying Ge

Now that we had “accomplished” our main objective of this trip, it was time to take it easy and R & R (rest and relax). We slept in till 8am and checked out CityInn Hotel at 9am.

Liang Pin Beef Noodles良品红烧牛肉面

We were wandering around the streets, hunting for a breakfast joint when we came cross this eatery, Liang Pin Beef Noodles 良品红烧牛肉面.

Taiwan has no lack of beef noodle stalls and there’s at least one every block.

Every year, Taiwan will hold an International Beef Noodle Festival in Taipei and Liang Pin Beef Noodles was a runner-up for the Best Roasted Beef category in 2007.

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First Customers at Liang Pin Beef Noodles 良品红烧牛肉面

The stall has just opened for the day when we walked in.

My friends ordered their signature red braised beef noodles 紅燒牛肉麵 whilst I had a chicken thigh noodle soup.

We shared a plate of dumplings at NT $45.

The dumplings were filled with tender pork and with each bite, meat juices spluttered in the mouth.

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Handmade Dumplings

I took the chicken thigh noodle in clear broth and surprisingly, it was rather flavourful.

Fearing that the noodle had the yeast taste, I took the thin noodles instead.

I’m not sure about the beef noodles since I did not try them, but I would suppose they are good since I did not hear any negative comments from my friends on it.

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My Chicken Thigh Noodle in Clear Broth

Name of Eatery

:

Liang Pin Beef Noodles  良品牛肉麵

Cost of Meal

:

NT $385

Location

:

No. 10, Kai Feng Street, Zhong Zheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

台北市中正区开封街一段10

Operating Hours

:

9.30am – 10.00pm

Yingge

We went over to the train station after breakfast and caught a train to YING GE station.

Barely 30 minutes train ride southwest of Taipei City, Yingge 鶯歌區 is a small town that is popular for the production of porcelain with an abundance of art studios and shops.

Today, Yingge is the largest centre for ceramic production in Taiwan, with over 800 ceramic-related businesses in the area.

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You know you are definitely in Yingge if you see this !

Upon exiting the train station, we did a 10 minutes’ walk and got to the Sanying Ceramics Riverside Park or more commonly known as Yingge Ceramics Riverside Park.
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Walking towards Yingge Riverside Park, you’ll pass this flank of beautiful trees.

Yingge Ceramics Riverside Park

The Yingge Ceramics Riverside Park, which is situated along the Dahan River costs more than NT$100 million in construction.

The 32-hectare park includes a Sanying arts space, a forest path, a bicycle path and many green public works.

In the park there are “Giant” / Larger-than-life-size porcelain ceramics installations, which measure several meters in height.

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Larger-than-life-size porcelain ceramics installations ! I’m 1.5m, I reckon this installation is about 2m or so…

Being a ceramics hub, these giant potteries at the riverside park were significant representatives of Yingge. The giant saucers, cups, spoons definitely make a camwhorer’s day.

There are plans to further enhance this park with an arts workshop, a fine arts museum, a waterfront stage, and a sea of flowers. When all these are completed, I am sure the park would be a landmark representative of the entire Yingge District.

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It’s a camwhorer’s paradise !

Yingge Collage

Yingge Ceramics Riverside Park

Name of Attraction

:

Yingge Ceramics Riverside Park

Admission Charges

:

Free of Charge

Location

:

Huanhe Road, Yingge District

How To Get Here

:

By Train : Blue train from Taipei Main Station. Alight at YING GE Station. Exit at Wunhua Road and turn left. Walk till the end of the road and turn right to see the park.

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By Drive : Take Freeway No. 3 and take Yingge exit. Cross over Dahan river bridge and turn right at the second traffic signal. You should see a 7-11 store on your right just before the traffic signal.

Crossing over the Dahan river bridge, we arrived at a row of shop houses.

Jin San Xia 金三峽

The gust of sweet-smelling, freshly baked breads at Jin San Xia 金三峽 greeted us before we even walked anywhere near to the shop.

Outside the shop was a huge adorable looking golden bull mascot.

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Golden Bull mascot

There is a huge variety of ‘bull horn’ shaped pastries Q牛角麵包 in their showcase, ranging from butter, chocolate, coffee, strawberry, pineapple, redbean, peanut etc.

I took a Banana Caramel.

It was hard and crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside.

Perhaps because it was Banana + Caramel, it was a tad too sweet for my tooth.

As we bought the ‘bull horn’ shaped pastries, we started chatting with the service staff.

She was very friendly and helpful and advised us on the places to visit in Yingge.

With her advice, we headed for the Sanxia Old Street 三峡老街.

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Sweet-Smelling, Mouth Watering pastries

Name of Eatery

:

Jin San Xia 金三峽

Cost of Meal

:

Price starts from NT $20

Location

:

新北市鶯歌區文化路407-1

Website

:

http://www.jsx.tw/

We waited at the busstop to go over to Sanxia Old Street 三峡老街. But after waiting for quite a while with no bus in sight, we decided to catch a cab at NT $100 instead.

Sanxia town is opposite to Yingge town and these two cities are separated by the Sanying Bridge. Our cab driver dropped us at the entrance of Zushi Temple 清水祖師and recommended that we have a look around the temple.

Zushi Temple 清水祖師

First constructed during the Qing dynasty in 1767 by Hokkien immigrants, the Zushi Temple had undergone quite a turbulent past.

It has been reconstructed three times!

In 1833, an earthquake brought it down.

After it was completed, a war between China and Japan broke out and the temple was destroyed once again.

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Zushi Temple 清水祖師廟

The third construction was being completed in 1947 and still stands till today.

Upon entering the temple, one will realise that, unlike any other temples, all the walls and columns in Zushi Temple are made of stone, very elaborate and intricately sculpted with a different design.

The sparkling gold on them will have your eyes and head in dazzle !

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Sparkling gold and ornate pillars

Name of Attraction

:

Zushi Temple 清水祖師

Admission Charges

:

Free of Charge

Location

:

No.1, Changfu St., Sanxia District, New Taipei City

How To Get Here

:

By Public Transport :  Take train to THSR Banqiao Station (or TRA Banqiao Station). Take Bus from outside of Ceramics Museum; Taipei City Bus (No. 702, No. 705, No. 812, No. 910) to Sanxia Old Street stop

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By Driving : Nat’l Hwy 3, Exit to Sanying Interchange, Fuxing Rd, Dazhi Rd, Zhongshan Rd, Minquan St, Changfu St and finally to Sanxia Qingshui Zushi (Divine Ancestor) Temple.

Sanxia Minquan Old Street

Five minutes away from the temple was the Sanxia Minquan Old Street.

This is a street which will stop you ‘dead’ in your tracks.

Some 100 years ago, Sanxia Minquan Old Street was a thriving stretch with funeral business merchants selling caskets made of wood sourced from the thick, tropical forests nearby.

It is rumoured to be haunted and locals will tell stories of ghost sightings and encounters from the underworld.

Today, there are no more of these funeral shops, but the neat and tidy, red brick arcades and Baroque-inspired elevated archways that once housed those coffin shops remain.

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Sanxia Minquan Old Street

A rather short ‘touristy’ street, it sells everything from bicycle accessories to jewellery, souvenirs, tea and small eats etc.

We passed by quite a number of “Bull-horn” pastry shops of different brands, a once-popular bubble tea fad and some tea shops.

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Baroque-inspired elevated archways

Name of Attraction

:

Sanxia Old Street 三峡老街

Admission Charges

:

Free of Charge

Location

:

Minquan Street, Sanxia Old Street, Sanxia District, Xinbei, Taiwan

How To Get Here

:

By Bus :

Kuo Kuang Bus from Taipei Guiyang Street to Sanxia.

Taipei Zhong Hua Road Bus to Sanxia Station.

Tucheng Subway Line, depart at YONGNIN station, transfer to Taipei Bus (Blue 43 Line) or Taipei Bus / Capital Bus (916 Line) to SANXIA station.

:

By Driving :

Take Second Northern Freeway, exit to Sanying Interchange. Continue straight along Zhong San Road and watch out signs for exits to Sanxia.

We were running very much behind schedule and decided to quickly head to Yingge Old Street / Ceramics Old Street 鶯歌陶瓷老街.We took a cab and alighted near the Ceramics Museum, collected an artpiece and walked about 15 minutes until we did a left turn on Jianshanbu Road 尖山埔路 (the official name for Yingge Old Street) and went up the hill.

Yingge Old Street / Ceramics Old Street  鶯歌陶瓷老街

Yingge Old Street is lined with more than 800 shops selling ceramic items. The ceramic items come in different shapes, sizes, colors, styles, uses and prices.

There is almost anything and everything under the sun. The variety is more than anything you can possibly imagine.

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Cheap trinklets and earthen flutes costing NT $50 or less.

Among the more popular items are rice bowls, mugs, vases, flowerpots, decorative pieces and tea utensils.

There is a huge disparity in prices with cheap trinklets and earthen flutes costing NT $50 and artistic pottery pieces and 7-foot vases costing millions of NT dollars.

Many of these shops offer tours of their workshops, conduct demonstrations, pottery classes and even allow customers to re-enact Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in the movie ‘Ghost’.

We were on a mission – to look for “Pottery Angel”.

In Carren’s previous trip, her son did a pottery craft there and we were here to pick it up.

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Artistic pottery pieces and 7-foot vases costing millions of NT dollars.

Pottery Angel 陶趣天堂玩陶教室

We finally found “Pottery Angel” 陶趣天堂玩陶教室 after some searching. At the entrance of the shop, there is a line of mini tables and chairs for the little ones’ to get their hands-on experience in ceramic art.

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Pottery Angel

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Pottery Making for the little tots

On the other side of the shop were shelves of containers containing tiles for mosaic making. Along our way, we saw numerous shops having pottery making sessions, but none had mosaic making. This was the first.

Pottery Angel Collage

Mosaic Making! I LOVE ….. !!

Having some Picasso chromosomes, I had always loved art, though I had never been good at it.

The mosaic pieces on display were ravishing and once again rejuvenated the artistic flair in me.

I had such an impulse to purchase all the mosaic pieces, but considering that I did not have enough funds with me, I aborted the idea with much regrets.

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Regretted not buying some of these DIY Mosaic home to construct 😦

Name of Attraction

:

Pottery Angel 陶趣天堂玩陶教室

Admission Charges

:

Free of Charge

Location 1

:

Yingko, Zhong Qing St, Taiwan 239 新北市鶯歌區重慶街 95 2

Location 2

:

新北市鶯歌區重慶街 71

Operating Hours

:

11.00am – 6.30pm (Close on Tuesdays)

Contact Number

:

02-2679-2014

Our sore tired legs alerted us that is was time to get back to Taipei City.

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We were soo soo soooo tired. Legs gonna break liaoz.

We caught a 30 minutes train back to Taipei City and took a cab to drop us off at our respective hotels.

For the final 2 nights of our trip, Carren and I moved to Just Sleep @ NTU, whilst the two guys moved to CityInn Hotel Branch 3.

 Just Sleep @ NTU

Just Sleep @ NTU is located next to the National Taiwan University in the bustling Gongguan district and is under the arm of FIH (Formosa International Hotels Corporation) which owns Regent Hotel.

With that, we knew instantly that we will be well-ensured of for safety and service.

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Just Sleep @ NTU

The hotel is a two minutes walk from GONGGUAN MRT Station and directly across Gongguan Night Market.

There are several attractions in its vicinity such as the Taipei Water Park, Yongkang Street and Treasure Hill Artist Village.

There’s no lack of eateries, shopping or attractions to check out.

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No lack of eateries, shopping or attractions in our vicinity.

Greeted by the more-complicated than Albert Einstein’s E=mc² equations on the wall, an avalanche of arithmetic revelation swept over me. I suddenly felt that I became one notch more intelligent by sleeping in this room !
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Makes me feel so intellectual sleeping in this room !

Studies have shown that good sleep contributes to higher intelligence. And I am pretty sure the two huge pressure-relieving, body contouring Wellspring beds and the 6 different types of pillows the hotel offers are there for that reason.
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Can’t wait to plonge myself onto the bed and not get up….

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A list of different pillows to choose from !

The bathroom was drawn with a shower curtain and the tiles and vanity top were in classic black, matched with a sparkling white face basin. Unlike most hotels with their toiletries displayed proudly on the vanity top, they had the toiletries tucked neatly into a drawer below. With a full length mirror in the shower, it adds a very clean and modern touch to it.

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Black Classic Modern Toilet

Not only was the room a thumbs up, the service was exemplary too !

Midway through my laundry, I needed to rush off. Not only did the service staff helped me to finish spinning my laundry, she even had it neatly pressed and sent to my room.

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Apparels spinned dried, neatly pressed and sent to my room ! Awesome service.

When I enquired where to purchase cubes of Ginger Tea 黑糖姜母茶, the front desk staffs made phone calls to several shops to help me check if they had the item I wanted.

We would love to stay in the hotel all night and it took us a lot of perseverance to peel ourselves off the bed and get out of the room.

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Just Sleep @ NTU

Name of Accommodation

:

Just Sleep @ NTU 捷絲旅臺大尊賢館

Cost

:

NT $3600 per twin room, per night.

Location

:

No. 83, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 10673, Taiwan

Contact Number

:

886 2 7735 5088

Website

:

http://www.justsleep.com.tw/NTU/en/index

How To Get Here

:

From Taoyuan International Airport : Take Kuo Kuang Ke Yun国光客  bus costing NT $125 (per pax) to get to the Taipei Main Station.

Transfer to the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT). Exit at GONGGUAN Station. Use Exit 2, turn left after exiting the station and walkfor approximately 2 minutes to reach the hotel.

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From Taoyuan International Airport : Take the High Speed Rail (HSR) to the Taipei Main Station. Transfer to the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT). Exit at GONGGUAN Station. Use Exit 2, turn left after exiting the station and walkfor approximately 2 minutes to reach the hotel.

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By Bus : 1, 109, 207, 208, 236, 251, 252, 253, 254, 278, 280, 284, 290, 311, 505, 606, 660; Alight at GONGGUAN MRT Stop.

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By Drive : From National Freeway No. 1: Go on Yuanshan conjunction and connect to Jienguo viaduct (10th Avenue)  – Go straight when getting off the Interchange – Turn left onto Xinhai Road Section 2 and then next turn right onto Keelung Road – Turn right onto Roosevelt Road Section 4 to reach the hotel.

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By Drive : From National Freeway No. 3: Go on Mucha Interchange and connect to Highway 3-Jia – Get off at Xinhai Road Section 3 Turn left onto Keelung Road – Turn right onto Roosevelt Road Section 4 to reach the hotel.

 Ximending 西門

One has not been to Singapore if they had not been to Orchard Road.

In the same context, one would not have been to Taiwan if they had not been to Ximending 西門 (Singapore’s Orchard Road equivalent).

Ximending has been known as the “Shibuya” of Taipei, which is the source of Taiwan’s fashion, subculture and Japanese culture.

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The night comes alive at Ximending

During the day, there’s lots of shopping, fashion, games, souvenirs, restaurants.

When night falls, the many clubs and pubs surrounding the area comes alive.

We had dinner at one of the eateries here and immersed ourselves with the shopping, street performances and small bites.

We even witnessed a police raid on the illegal hawkers, but alas everything happened within split seconds that it was gone before we could blink an eyelid.

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Street performances, small bites, fashion, shopping, games, police raids – makes up the culture at Ximending.

Name of Attraction

:

Ximending 西門

Admission Charges

:

Free of Charge

How To Get Here

:

Take Banqiao Line / Xiaoanmen Line to XIMEN station.

Use Exit 6 to get to Ximending.

SUMMARY OF OUR DAY EXPENSES :

ITEM

COST

Breakfast = Liang Pin Beef Noodles

NT $385

Cab from Ceramics Museum to Sanxia Old Street

NT $100

Cab from Sanxia Old Street to Ceramics Museum

NT $110

Cab from CityInn Hotel Branch 1 to two hotels

NT $235

Dinner at Ximending

NT $330

Accommodation = Just Sleep @ NTU

NT $3600 per twin room, per night.

NT $7200

 

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2 responses to “Taiwan Summer Diary 台湾夏日游 – Day 6 : Taipei City > Yingge

  1. Deanna says:

    Hi! Thanks for the informative and amazing post! I was just wondering if it was easy to walk to the ceramics riverside park from Yinnge station?

    • xia says:

      Hi Deanna;

      Upon exiting the Yingge train station, we did a 10 minutes’ walk and got to the Sanying Ceramics Riverside Park or more commonly known as Yingge Ceramics Riverside Park. I remembered that it wasn’t too difficult, but there was little shelter along the way. Hence, do bring a brolly or a cap if you would should wish. Have fun and keep hydrated.

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