The day after I flew back from Hong Kong, I flew off to Taiwan. This was rather impromptu because the ticket was booked one week before flying while I was still in Hong Kong. Thanks to my Fiance who booked everything. I did my part by packing baggage and taking passport. Our flight was at 11:50AM. After 4.5 hours of journey, we arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. So here’s our 6 days trip plan: Taichung (2 nights) -> Cingjing (1 night) -> Taipei (2 nights). From the airport, we took United Bus (UBus) 705 to Taoyuan HSR which cost us NT$30. The journey is about 20 minutes. I was expecting the weather to be colder but apparently it was quite hot for both of us. From one look, the bus uncle knew that we weren’t local because I was wearing shorts and he was wearing short sleeve. We were probably one of those few we wore the least.
From the Taoyuan Station, we took HSR (High Speed Rail) to Taichung station which cost NT$590. They do have schedule for HSR and it can either be found at the station or online. The train right to Taichung was about 30 minutes. The train was comfy enough for a 30 minutes ride. Hence, it’s not necessary to take a cab.
From Taichung Station, we took a cab to Beacon hotel because Taichung itself has no train, only public buses. The cab there goes by meter so there’s no need to worry that the driver will charge additional. Anyway, the ride to Beacon hotel was about 15 minutes. Taxi fare wouldn’t be that expensive.
I love the location of the Hotel because it’s located right beside Fengjia Night Market. If you haven’t been to Taichung, Fengjia Night market is where you can shop and eat cheap. Besides the location, the cleanliness of the hotel is good. The only down side is the size of the room. A little too small with our baggage in place. Other than that, no complain.
We left our room at 7 ish for dinner at Fengjia Night Market. Before heading down, I was expecting the night market to be very crowded because online says it’s a popular night market. It’s not really what I thought. It was rather quiet comparing it to Shilin Night Market. Well, didn’t really matter so long as there’s things to shop and eat. Don’t expect to eat proper dinner because Taiwan good food are all street snacks. I’m satisfied. That’s our day 1 in Taichung!