Taiwan: Arriving in Taipei and Checking into Hotel Papa Whale

On the 6th day of our trip, we left Taichung and headed off to Taipei for the next leg of our trip. Before we made our way to the HSR, our driver recommended this really yummy fen yuan in Taichung and I have to agree that it’s the best I have ever eaten so far! smile



東東芋圓 is located on a small street leading to Xinshe, we had to park across the street and do a takeaway. I was so stoked that they had taro paste, which was a great addition to the dessert!

We were very much looking forward to what Taipei had in store for us when our first impression of the city was ruined. We flagged a cab the moment we arrived at Taipei HSR station. As our hotel is just a 5-10 mins drive away, the grumpy driver started lashing out at us and nagged throughout the whole trip. He then purposely stopped his cab across the street and told us to take out our luggages from the car boot ourselves else he would charge us NT$20 for it. We were so annoyed and we told him that he can jolly well keep his 20 bucks. This was a far cry from the friendly residents in Taichung and we were pretty shocked about it, even until today. sad







Hotel Papa Whale is probably one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at. Even though it looks fancy at the lobby area, the room was so tiny that we felt claustrophobic. I couldn’t sleep during all the 5 nights we were there. sad There was a group of Koreans staying on the same level as us and they couldn’t stop talking even until 2am or 3am. The rooms were so badly sound proofed that I could even hear them using their plastic bags or packing their luggages. We complained to the concierge at least 2-3 times but it wasn’t of much help as it repeats on a daily basis. A real torture for light sleepers like myself. angry

As you can see, our trip to Taipei started on a bad note but of course, it doesn’t affect the rest of our trip! smile




We took a quick stroll to Ximending and had some light bites and drinks at this awesome pub. Sadly, we couldn’t find it when we wanted to visit it again.

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heart Taiwan: Arriving in Taipei and Checking into Hotel Papa Whale

Taiwan: Our Experience at Cingjing 清境

Cingjing 清境 was our next stop after we left Taichung. We checked into one of the most popular villas, Misty Villa 雲濛仙境. We made our plans to stay here for 1 night just to see what it has in store for us. It might be a little too rush but I wasn’t too fancy about the lodging so there wasn’t too much of a regret.








Given the price that we paid for the villa, I don’t think it’s really worth the money. But the staff offered to bring our luggage for us as we had to climb a few flights of stairs before reaching our room.






We headed off to Green Green Grassland 青青草原 the next morning. We had a little luck and found some cherry blossom trees along the way, took a long and slow walk from one end to the other.



We took a stroll and walked down 487 steps before heading off for lunch!








Lunch was at Inako Scenic View Cafe 伊拿谷景觀咖啡餐坊 where we tried their signature dish Earthen Jar Roasted Chicken. We were given gloves as the chicken was served piping hot. They did not chop it up for us so as to retain the juices in the meat. We also ordered fried shrimp, stir-fried cabbages, carrot & corn soup and fried egg with basil leaves to complete the meal.



The hubby found his castle! Nah, just happened that he has the same surname as the owner lol! bigsmile We left for Taipei after that, which I’ll be sharing in my next few posts.

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
heart Taiwan: 你好 from Taiwan!
heart Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
heart Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
heart Taiwan: Arriving at Taichung and Visiting Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
heart Taiwan: Miyahara 宮原眼科
heart Taiwan: Sightseeing in Taichung
heart Taiwan: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林
heart Taiwan: Our Experience at Cingjing 清境