As I mentioned, we moved to our new hotel Beauty Hotels- Hotel B6 俞美精品飯店.
No.106, Sec. 2, Wuchang St. Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 10843
As this hotel is in the middle of Xi Men Ding, it is about 10-15min away from the station, compared to the first hotel we stayed in which was 5mins away only. We waited till around 2pm and tried our luck to see if we could check in. And they did, and best part was, they actually upgraded us to superior room!
Everything! The shower is the best!!! With our favourite rain shower. Bed is huge! Tv is HD awesome! And its right in the middle of Xi Men Ding, even at 945pm, we could go out to buy the fried chicken, we also got the shishamo and squid! Next to it they also have pao pao cha. Hubby chose Mei Gui Tie Guan Yin for me to try, and the lady added some other flavors which was really delicious. One of the best pao pao cha I drank! I love the mixture. Instead of munching tapioca balls she gave some other chewy stuff to add the tastiness!
Things we not like
The space too small, no space for our luggage to lay out.
Going towards Beitou HotSpring
Taking the Metro station from Xi Men Ding to Taipei Main Station and change to Xin Bei Tou Station,. It is just walking distance to the place.
As you walk along the road to Beitou Hot Spring Museum and Hell Valley, it is accompanied by greenery and a park, streams of water and nature.
Even though, I have been to Taiwan many times, I didn’t get to explore Beitou Hot Spring, so added this in my itinerary. Do note that the Beitou Hot Spring Museum and Hell Valley closes at 5pm and on Mondays. We actually didn’t know about it but manage to visit both places in time.
The place was crowded with students, Taiwanese and tourists, eagerly entering the entrance before the closing time. If you look around, you would feel that it resembles alot like the Japanese baths, that’s because they were built during the Japanese colonial era, and yet with a hint of European style as well. The place is heavily redeveloped and transform into the musuem that we see today. The rich culture and history of the hot springs in Beitou is explained and shared in the musuem. Take time and get soaked in the knowledge of the Beitou Hot Springs.
Walking further down the road, we came to the Hell Valley, 地熱谷.
It was given the name after several incidents happened, but I also think its because the heat symbolises Hell too.. You can even feel the heat just from standing on the platform. Having the temperature of 80-100 degree celsius, it’s not place you want to play and run around. Tourists used to be able boil eggs from the water, till efforts of government attempt to prevent more accidents thus building the fence around the walkway. There are places around where you can enjoy the hotspring at affordable prices. But the fact that we are already sweating like pigs, there is no doubt that this is the last we wish to do now. If you come in during the winter or spring period, it should be quite enjoyable!
After this, we head down to Shilin market, sorry I didnt have pictures, as me and hubby was just busy eating all the delicious food and with hands filled with goodies and drinks, it was just to difficult to take pictures. kekeke!
Pingxi Railway Station
The next day, we woke up early to visit Ping Xi Railway Station. Although it is a railway station, its bustling with tourists many stuff to see and eat!
At Taipei Main Station, you have to approach the Taipei Railway ticket counter (TRA) to purchase a train ticket to Rueifang Station.
The whole journey will take less than 40 mins and honestly you would have a tough time to find a seat. I manage to get a seat, but poor baby stood the whole time.
At the boarding platform, there will be a display board that shows the arrival of trains at different timing. Good thing I was with dear, as I was very confused with all the timing anHGd train.
The train ride allows you to stop at different train stations, I chose Shifen as there is a waterfall and shops to view and also release lantern. Most people would also choose Pingxi and Jintong. You can get a map at the station ticket office before you board the train, and slowly make your decision on where to visit.
I would have love to visit the other stops, but it was so hot!!!! And I actually spent the whole day at Shifen but managed to do lots of things.
Do make sure to watch the time and not miss the last train back to Rueifang and Taipei Main Station.
I keep downing the cold melon drink, as it was scorching hot.
After having some Taiwanese snack, we headed towards the waterfall, that is a must see at Shifen. I almost died walking up the steep slop as it was really hot and I was like feeling faint. Regret not putting sunscreen, but I did bring a “God-given” umbrella. Thank God I brought. I was really dying from the heat. My hubby was like encouraging to finish the “hike” and sacrificing the cold melon drink to me.
The thing that made us run towards, its the shop with COLD, ICE DRINKS!!!!
After downing and another drink, we sat down to appreciate the puny waterfall, which my hubby said, its seriously nothing compared to Niagara Falls. Of cos la, its not like its Victoria Falls to compete with it.
After a long day, we went back to hotel for a nice cold bath!