Saturday, February 28, 2015

Taiwan 2014: Day 4 - Nanya Rock Formation, Golden Waterfalls, Jiu Fen, Shi Fen

It's almost two months since my last update on our Taiwan trip. I'm setting my KPI to finish all our 8 days journey by end of next month. Finger cross :P

After our stop at Yehliu Geopark, our driver brought us to Keelung MiaoKou Night Market for an early lunch. Our driver said that he will try to fetch his customers to this place if the timing permits because such a good night market would be gone if there's no customers. He's such a good-hearted person.

This MiaoKou Night Maket is also opens during lunch time - but not all the stores are open. It's located along a street outside the temple. Do be careful when you're walking at this place as motorbikes can zoom along the food street since it's located along a road for vehicles to pass by. As for the food, it's more focus towards seafood since this area is located near the sea. We agree with our driver that the food here is different from those in Taipei city.

We quickly hunt for a few shops and bought their food to try - we only made a quick 30 minutes stop here since we are rushing to go to other places too.

This is the oyster omelette. Quite different from those in the city as the oyster here is fresh and big.

There's a lot of people queuing up for it too. 

Then, we tried this Glutinous Crab Meat Rice and Fin Soup after noticing that a few shops are selling this. Probably this is their local specialty here. When you walk towards the shop, you'll smell a strong crabby smell. Haha.

You'll see a mountain full of crab goodness rice on the tray along the this food street.

If you are looking for a washroom, do walk into the nearest 7-11 or Mcd for it. 

Next, we continue our journey to Jiu Fen and along the way, we made a few pit stops! First is to see the Nanya Peculiar  Stone! The weather was not good that day as it was drizzling whole day. It was a unique stone with different shades of colour due to the oxidation on the stone itself.

Our driver taught pig to stand on the smaller stab stone on this giant rock for a snapshot!! It was very dangerous and a wrong step might cause your life. Here's pig in action under the drizzling rain.

The infamous + giant + colourful stone looks like this.. The picture is blur a bit because it was captured using my phone under the rain.

And the sea tide is strong too! If you're wearing a cap, your cap might be gone due to the strong wind. 

Enjoy the beauty of mother nature below. This place is a must-visit when you're in Taiwan!

We did stop by to see the Yin Yang sea too but can't really see it as the tide was too strong :(  Till next time..

Then, we made a few minutes stop at the Golden Waterfalls (it's very near Jiu Fen).

The view was magnificent that it looks just like on those scenery paintings. 

And we arrived at Jiu Fen! There's a long history about this village on top of the mountain and the 'Spirit Away' movie was inspired from this place too. Too bad that it was raining badly when we were here :(

Our driver dropped us at the top entrance and we just need to walk downstairs (instead of upstairs) to see the whole shopping street.
Jiu Fen Old Street Entrance.

When you're here, do try the ice-cream wrapped with popiah skin! There's some parsley and ground peanuts in it too. It's delicious and parsley compliments well with the ice-cream too. What a surprise.

There's lots of shops sells mochi, souviners, biscuits, etc... And we did bought a lot of stuff from here too. And must buy the nougat wrapped with 2 cookies. Forgot the shop name but there's only one store selling this - thus it's easy to spot them. 

More food hunting under the rain with us badly soaked.

This one is a so-called dumpling with skin made of starch and there's meat inside...

Taro ball lovers, enjoy your quota to the max here at Jiu Fen. 

Since it was raining heavily, we quickly walk and eat and end our journey at Jiu Fen. It would be good if we come here on a day with good weather. Till next time..

Then, we went to Shi Fen, another beautiful village and famous for sky lantern. We came here just to release a sky lantern :P Sky lanterns are very commercial here and all shops here only sell sky lantern. It comes in different colours symbolizes different meaning. For us, we just picked the white one - for 'all'. 

Pig in action.

The staff here are quite diligent in their work. Once you're done with writing your wishes, you'll ask you to stand on the track, position you with your sky lantern and asked for your phone or camera to help you capture the lovely moments. And they took quite a number of shots too.

Bye lantern! Enjoy these pictures took by the staff with our phone :P Some are a bit blur though.

Then, we went to see the bridge at Shi Fen. Didn't explore further as it was raining. 

Bye Shi Fen.

That's how we spend our rainy day at Jiu Fen and Shi Fen. Definitely gonna be back next time on a non-rainy day! Our driver drove us back to Taipei and drop us at Hotel Puri Ximending .

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