After falling in love with Taiwan in 2012, I decided to head back for my biennial Asia Trip. As I didn’t have the best of times the last time I was there, I decided to give it a second chance and ventured to back to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: Planning
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: LAX to SFO
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: San Francisco
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: Cathay Pacific Lounge at SFO
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: SFO to HKG
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: HKG to TPE
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: Taipei Day 1
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: Taipei Day 2
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: Taipei Day 3
Hong Kong and Taiwan Take 2: Taipei Day 4
After 4 days in Taipei, it was time to move south. First stop would be Taichung, home of Taiwan’s largest night market and home to 春水堂 (Chun Shui Tang)’s flagship.
Prior to heading to Taichung, I purchased a high speed rail ticket for NT$700 (roughly $22 USD). Since I woke up early (6 AM) and there was still time to kill before the train, I headed back to Fuhang Doujiang for a quick breakfast.
Last breakfast in Taipei, NT$47 ($1.50 USD)
The line when I left…
The ride from Taipei to Taichung took less than an hour and it was pretty scenic. After getting off the train, we grabbed a taxi and headed to my friend Kathy’s hostel first. She left her luggage and we began heading to my hotel for me to drop off my luggage before eating.
I was staying at the Holiday Inn Express Taichung Park and since I arrived too early for check in, I left my luggage at the hotel and we headed out to grab some grub before our activity. We found this cute little dumpling food cart/stall and decided to eat there.
Dumpling food cart/stall
Dumpling food cart/stall owner
Awesome dumplings! They were divine
After eating, what did we do? We headed over to 春水堂/Chun Shui Tang (home of the original bubble/pearl milk) for DIY Pearl Milk Tea Lesson. The cost of the lesson was NT$520 (about $16 USD) per person and the the duration was 50 minutes and Mandarin only. If you preferred the lesson in English, you would need to head to the original store on Tuesdays. The cost of the 30 minute lesson is NT$269 (about $9USD) and you would only make the Pearl Milk Tea.
Red Bean Milk Tea
Brown sugar mochi
Getting ready to learn some history about Pearl Milk Tea and making 2 tea drinks!
Black Tea…shaken not stirred 😛
Getting ready to shake/make my Pearl Milk Tea
Due to my Platinum status, I was upgraded to Park View room on the 12th floor.
View of room from the entrance
… with a view
Shower with the door that double as the bathroom door when shower is not in use
Feng Chia Night Market is Taiwan’s largest night market and we spent a couple hours exploring the market.
Black pepper bun
I was exhausted after all the walking and food, so off to lala land I went. Up next, Kaohsiung!