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Taiwan Tour Day 2: Kaoshiung (Gao Xiong 高雄)

Taiwan Tour Day 2: Kaoshiung (Gao Xiong 高雄)

We were the bad tourists this morning and was late for our 9:15 AM check-out. The itinerary for the day:

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heading south!

Jiji Wu Chang Temple

After an hour drive, we arrived. This is now a memorial from the Sep 21, 1999 earthquake and the new one built after 3 years. Despite the destruction, the roof is still in one piece. You can walk around the entire temple and peek inside.

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broken, but not in complete shambles

We went to the new temple after.

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check out the detail in the roof

This area also had a market! Maybe about 600km long of vendors x 4 rows. We bought some loose tea leaves here. This was actually the cheapest place we bought tea from. Wish we exchanged more cash! The toilets in the back were very clean and there were so many stalls. Such a luxury as we are going through the country side.

The bus drove through the Jia Nian Plains area. Taiwan is sometimes called Formosa, which was the 16th century name (“beautiful island” in Portuguese).

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Taiwan Tour Day 1: Sun Moon Lake 月日湖

Taiwan Tour Day 1: Sun Moon Lake 月日湖

Day 1 of the tour! Look at this awesome preview that Alan Chou put together. Lots of activities and things to see!

And look, a box of water to make sure we stay refreshed with the 80 F weather.

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gotta know what’s up

There were 2 bus stops before we got to our destination. After a 1 hour drive, we stopped by a convenient store that had a food court on the second level. We tried looking for bubble tea and were not successful. There were a ton of toilets! After a 1:20 drive, we had a second stop. We sampled some flaky cakes and pork jerky along with the mini cup of tea. The store had a souvenir stamping station that I stupidly put in my actual passport. (That’s actually illegal since you’re defacing government property… but I didn’t run into any trouble at customs when coming home, phew.)

Ita Thao

Off the bus and to the little town, we go!

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onwards to the street food (and i guess the view)

It was lunch time, so we helped ourselves to this great recommendation from Alan. It was 65 TWD each.

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drool chicken wing stuffed with rice

We picked up our bubble tea and sat on these benches so we can eat like savages. Nom nom. Wish I had that chicken wing right now… it was so delicious.

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only place with shade to eat the chicken wing

I do not remember this walk at all (I thought I took great notes during this trip…). This staircase reminds me of garlic bulbs, LOL! 570 steps / 20 minute walk to the next tourist sight.

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walking to the next sight

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