The good thing about no itinerary is that we can change our plans anytime. I wanted to go Hello Kitty Cafe on Thursday as it was Daddy A’s birthday. However, we decided to go to Shifen in the evening to light up a lantern (放天灯) into the sky!
We woke up very late at 9+am. By the time when we were ready to go out, it was 12pm. I initially planned to go Hello Kitty cafe for lunch but changed plans to go Jiufen for a walk and then to Shifen.
We took the metro to Taipei Main Station to take the train to Ruifang station, in order to take a bus to Jiufen.
But after we got out of the train (before we got out of station), we realised that we were not supposed to board that train as we had to purchase tickets for that particular train ride and could not ride with eazy card. Hence, we paid TWD114 per adult, instead of the original ticket price of TWD76. It is 50% more than the usual ticket. We had to pay in order to get out of the station.
We took bus 788 to Jiufen and the bus fare is TWD15. The bus station is next to a police station. You need to cross the street after getting out of the station, turn left and walk up the street where you will see a police station. The bus stop is after the police station.
We bought some food and drink along the way. I also bought qipao for Alyssa at only TWD290 and TWD390.
Due to the rain and winter time, it was turning dark before 5pm. We decide to head for Shifen when it was 430pm. However, it was raining heavily and we decided to catch a cab there. The first cab driver wanted to charge TWD1000 for the ride as he claimed that it was 5km away. We took the second cab which charged us TWD650. Well, I think the ride was worth the price as we had to travel uphill and downhill with many twists and turns. I almost wanted to vomit.
It was raining when we finished our wordings. Writing in Chinese was difficult for us as we forgot a lot of characters. We have to use our phone to check the characters. I guess we are too used to using hanyu pinyin to choose the Chinese characters that we no longer remember how to write.
By the time we reached Taipei Main Station, it was about 10pm. I was shocked that the train ride from Shifen to Taipei station only costs TWD64 per adult.
The food there disappointed us. The manager asked for our feedback and we gave our true opinions. He wanted to change for us but we don’t think it is necessary as we won’t be able to finish the food anyway. Hence, he gave a free brownie with ice cream for us. But no candle was available but we appreciated the service recovery.
But the kid set meal was affordable at TWD199 (main course, fruit salad or fries, drink and dessert) and much nicer than our main courses and appetizer. And it comes with free crayons for the child to colour.
It was 1130pm and we had to head back to the hotel.
End of Taipei Day 3.