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Taipei Zoo

After breakfast, we head towards the Taipei Zoo.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Taipei Zoo Station.
  • Total travel time is about 26 mins.

Purchase the entrance tickets for Taipei Zoo & have fun there!

  • Entrance Fee for Taipei Zoo is NT60.

After visiting the animals, especially the Pandas (Tuan Tuan, Yuan Yuan & Yuan Zai), let’s take the Maokong Gondola to enjoy the scenery and have a cup of tea in Maokong.

Note: Instead taking the Maoking Gondola, if want to visit the Maokong, we can take a bus up.

  • Bus No. BR15 or S10
  • Total travel time is about 30 mins.

After the tea session at Maokong, let’s visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

  • Take bus down from Maokong to MRT Taipei Zoo Station.
  • Total travel time is about 45 mins.
  • Take MRT from Taipei Zoo Station to C.K.S Memorial Hall Station
  • Total travel time is about 26 mins.

Before going to C.K.S Memorial Hall or after the visit to C.K.S Memorial Hall, we try some braised food (滷味) at this stall:

  • 老楊滷味
    It is about 6 to 8 mins walk from C.K.S Memorial Hall.
    From C.K.S Memorial Hall, we proceed to Longshan Temple.
  • Take MRT from C.K.S Memorial Hall to Longshan Temple station.
  • Total travel time is about 7 mins.

Let’s go in to Longshan Temple to take a look or pray if you want.
Thereafter, we explore the Mengjia 艋舺 Area before heading to the night markets for makan in the same area:

  • Huaxi Street Night Market – famous for its snake alley
  • 梧州街夜
  • 万华夜市
  • Guangzhou Street Night Market

After filling our stomachs full full, we go down to Ximending area for shopping.

  • Take MRT from Longshan Temple Station to Ximen Station.
  • Total travel time is about 2 mins.

From Ximending, we will proceed back to hotel to rest our tired bodies. Haha!

  • Take MRT from Ximen Station to Taipei Main Station.
  • Total travel time is 3 mins.

Note: Using EASYCard will get NT$20 discount on weekdays for taking the Maokong Gondola. If use EASYCard to enter the Taipei Zoo, will get a NT$20 discount on 1 subsequent trip on Maokong Gondola.

Taipei Zoo 臺北市立動物園
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (No entry after 16:00)
Address: No.30, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Taipei 11656, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Website: http://english.zoo.gov.taipei/
Nearest MRT: Taipei Zoo Station
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d1656808-Reviews-Taipei_Zoo-Taipei.html

Maokong Gondola 貓空纜車 / Maokong 貓空
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00 (Tuesdays to Thursdays); 09:00 to 22:00 (Fridays & the day before national holiday); 08:30 to 22:00 (Saturdays & national holidays); 08:30 to 21:00 (Sundays & last day of national holidays); Closed on Mondays.
Website: http://english.gondola.taipei/
Nearest MRT: Taipei Zoo Station
There are 4 stations for the Maokong Gondola, i.e Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple & MaoKong Station.

Maokong is widely known as the most scenic spot in Taipei to drink quality, locally grown tea. Enjoy the tea & take a relaxing break from the busy city while enjoying the beautiful views of Taipei.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d662649-Reviews-Maokong_Gondola-Taipei.html

Chiang Kai-skek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
Website: http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/
Nearest MRT: C.K.S Memorial Hall Station
The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the C.K.S Memorial Hall was erected in the honour & memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, was opened in 1980 as part of a national park & gathering area. It is located in Zhongzheng District of Taipei.
The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at east end of Memorial Hall Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theatre and National Concert Hall.
There is the honour guard shift-changing performance every hour from 09:00 to 18:00.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d456231-Reviews-Chiang_Kai_Shek_Memorial_Hall-Taipei.html

老楊滷味
Opening Hours: 14:00 to 00:00
Address: No. 38 Bade Road, Section 2, Lane 174, Zhongshan District, Taipei 104, Taiwan (R.O.C)

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Longshan Temple 龍山寺
Opening Hours: 06:00 to 22:00
Address: No. 211 Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei 10853, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Website: http://www.lungshan.org.tw/en/index.php
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
Longshan Temple is located in the district of Manka of Taipei. Founded in 1738 and dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple consists of 3 halls, i.e. Fore Hall, Main Hall & Rear Hall.

It is well-known that the statue of Kuan-in in this temple survived the bombing of the allied aircrafts on 8 June 1945. The whole main hall and part of the right annex were burned during the air raid, but the statue of Kuan-in in the centre of the main hall was left intact. This is the most manifestation of efficacy of the Longshan Temple.

Being a masterpiece of the traditional Chinese architecture and a well-established Buddhist temple in Taipei, the Longshan Temple of Manka has become a centre of people’s religious life and heritage of local culture.

Mengjia / Manka / Monga 艋舺
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
Menjia is the oldest district in Taipei famous for its mix decaying buildings, venerable temples, and prosperous trade area with trendy shopping centres and funky bookstores. Exploring this area will let us find out more about old Taipei and its trade and commerce and know about the Chinese religions and temples.
1 place to visit is the Bopiliao. It is an old trading area, containing historical buildings showing the local culture of as well as holding cultural events.
There are many traditional shops selling Chinese medicine and other interesting food and souvenirs. It is also a hot spot for shooting films.
http://www.waegook-tom.com/asia/taipei-walking-tours-manka/

Huaxi Street Night Market 華西街觀光夜市
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
The 1st tourist night market in Taiwan & is 1 of the more traditional markets. It is open all day long, though some shops may be closed in the day or night time. Most shops in the night market are old shops which have been in operation for many years and have attained a position of prominence in Taiwanese culture and society.
The most famous item is the snake soup, a unique treat found only in Huaxi Street Night Market.

Guangzhou Street Night Market 廣州街夜市
Nearest MRT: Longshan Temple Station
Guangzhou Street Night Market has none of the flash that a modern super night markets such as Shilin has, but it kept the authentic, local Taiwanese style that visitors can truly appreciate. It is packed with incredible food and interesting games.

Ximending 西門町
Nearest MRT: Ximen Station
This is the “Harajuku” of Taipei. This pedestrian shopping haven is 1 of the city’s culture centers, hosting a massive variety of fashion clothing shops, restaurants, clubs and bars. Ximending was founded during the Japanese colonization era as a recreation district, and today has grown into a cultural icon with inspiration drawn from its Japanese roots.
1 of the most popular destination for tourists, the Ximending Pedestrian Area is the centre of the district. The area is very popular with tourists and Taipei’s youth and along with shopping and restaurants, also hosts street performances.

Taipei Jiufen

After breakfast, we start heading to Jiufen for sightseeing, eating & shopping.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Exit by Exit 1 & walk to the bus stop.
  • Total travel time is about 5mins.
  • Take Bus No. 1062. (Route is Taipei to Jin Gua Shi Town).
  • Total travel time is about 1hour.

Alternative route from Taipei Main Station to Jiufen will be:

  • Take TRA train from TRA Taipei Station to TRA Ruifang Station.
  • Total travel time is about 36 to 54 mins depending on which train we will be taking. Similarly, the cost will differ depending on the train we are taking.
  • From Ruifang Station, take Bus No. 788 (Route is to Jin Gua Shi).
  • Total travel time is about 42 mins.

After Jiufen, we proceed to Jinguashi.

  • Take Bus No. 788 from Jiufen bus stop.
  • Total travel time is about 10 mins.

If we go to the Benshan Fifth Tunnel, entrance fee is NT50.00.

After Jinguashi, we will go to Shifen.

  • Take Bus No. 788 to go to TRA Ruifang Station.
  • Total travel time is about 48 mins. From TRA Ruifang Station, take TRA train to TRA Shifen Station.
    (We consider getting the 1 day pass for the Pingxi rail line if we want to explore the other train stations besides Shifen, eg. Pingxi.)
  • Total travel time is about 24 to 35mins depending on the train we will be taking.
  • Entrance Fee to Shifen Waterfall is NT100.

From Shifen to Pingxi

  • Take TRA train from TRA Shifen Station to TRA Pingxi Station.
  • Total travel time is about 12 mins.

It is late afternooon by the time we finish exploring Shifen or Pingxi, we head to Keelung Night Market.

  • Take TRA train from TRA Pingxi Station to TRA Ruifang Station.
  • Total travel time is about 39 to 52 mins depending on the train we will be taking.
  • From TRA Ruifang Station, take TRA train to TRA Keelung Station to Keelung Night Market.
  • Total travel time is about 29 mins.

From Keelung Night Market, we either head back to hotel if the time is late or explore other night markets in Taipei City.

  • From TRA Keelung Station, take TRA train to Taipei Main Station.
  • Total travel time is about 45 mins.
    Back to hotel to recharge for next day’s activities.

Jiufen 九份
The town of Jiufen was founded during the Japanese Occupation. It wasn’t until gold was discovered in the mountains surrounding the town that Jiufen developed into a busy area. Nowadays, Jiufen is a popular destination where visitors can still see many of the remnants of Japanese Architecture. Due to its location on the side of the mountain, the views of the ocean below are spectacular. Visitors can wander along the tiny alleys full of vendors selling food & craft items.

Jinguashi 金瓜石

Jinguashi is a town in Ruifang District, notable for its historic gold & copper mines. Situated between mountains & the coastline, Jinguashi boasts exceptionally beautiful scenery as well as abundance of historical relics from the erstwhile mining days.
http://www.formosaguide.com/p/jinguashi-travel-guide.html
Shifen Old Street / Waterfall 十分老街/十分大瀑布

Shifen Old Street is a bustling hub for those eager to get a glimpse of an old railroad town which still retains the charm of yesteryear. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street has now become 1 of the most popular spot on the Ping-Xi rail line. Local food, souvenir, shops & puffing trains add charm to this little gem. This is also one area which people will release the sky lanterns.
Shifen Waterfall is a 20meter tall waterfall that creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake, widely regarded as the most scenic in Taiwan. The voluminous waterfall pours down with a mighty force, forming what looks like an overflowing white silk curtain. It is about 30 minutes’ walk from Shifen Old Street.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g1432365-d4367836-Reviews-Shifen_Old_Street-Xinbei.html

Pingxi 平溪
Pingxi is a town rich in culture & history, just like Shifen, & provide a nice glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. This is another place whereby you can release Sky Lanterns.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g1432365-d3800539-Reviews-Pingxi_Railway_Line-Xinbei.html

Keelung 基隆 / Miaokou Night Market 廟口夜市
City of Keelung is originally founded by the Taiwanese Aboriginals, and with the arrival of the Spanish in the early 17th century, the city developed into a center of military & commercial trade throughout the Spanish, Dutch, and Qing dynasty periods of rule in Taiwan. Given its proximity to the port, Keelung is the center of Norther Taiwan’s fishing industry hosting hundreds of fishing ships catching all kinds of fresh seafood from the sea.

Visit the Miaokou Night Market to see one of Taiwan’s more traditional food-focused night markets & for some cheap & delicious seafood.

Some photographs taken in Taipei for sightseeing travel.

Taipei – Tamsui

After breakfast, we start heading to Tamsui to visit the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf & Tamsui Old Street.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Tamsui Station.
  • Total travel time is about 37mins.

Once we reach Tamsui, let’s go and eat 阿给 at one of the famous stall ( 淡水老牌阿給 ).

  • About 1.1km (15mins walk) from Tamsui MRT Station.
  • Take bus no. Red 26 & alight at 重建街口 ,3 stops away & walk about 210m (4mins ).
    淡水老牌阿給 opens daily from 05:00 to 15:00.

After eating 阿给 , we walk to Aletheia University 真理大學 to take a look.

  • About 350 m (4 mins walk) from 淡水老牌阿給 .

From Aletheia University, we walk to Fort San Domingo 紅毛城 .

  • About 300m (4mins walk) from Aletheia University.

Next, we sproceed to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf for sightseeing, etc.

  • Take bus no. Red 26 from 紅毛城(真理大學) to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Total travel time is about 36 mins.

From Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, we take a ferry back to Tamsui.

  • Via Ferry
  • Total travel time is about 15 to 15mins.
  • Via bus No. Red 26
  • Total travel time is about 43mins.

Next, we go to Tamsui Old Street for eating.
From Tamsui Old Street, we go around the Beitou Hot Springs area for a walk. There is a historic museum, library, Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley etc. in the area.

  • Take MRT from Tamsui MRT Station to Xinbeitou MRT Station.
  • Total travel time is about 21mins.

From Xinbeitou, we go to the famous Shilin Night Market for shopping & eating.

  • Take MRT from Xinbeitou Station to Jiantan Station.
  • Total travel time is about 18mins.

We go back to our hotel after Shilin Night Market.

  • Take MRT from Jiantan Station to Taipei Main Station.
  • Total travel time is about 9mins.

*Fare is based on using the EASYCard/iPass. Purchase the EASY Card before taking the Taipei Metro. One-day Pass, etc are available for sale as well. For more information, please visit
http://english.metro.taipei/ct.asp?xItem=1056512&CtNode=70245&mp=122036

Aletheia University 真理大學
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (Weekdays)
Address: No. 32, Zhenli Street, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station

Originally founded as Oxford College in 1882, Aletheia University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Taiwan. The Oxford College is renowned for its unusual mixing of Eastern & Western elements. One such example is the pinnacle of the chapel in a Chinese style four-section compound. This building is open to visitors on weekdays from 10:00 to 16:00.

Fort San Domingo 紅毛城
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 17:00 (Mondays to Fridays); 09:30 to 18:00 (Saturdays to Sundays)
Closed on 1st Monday of the month (of the following day if Monday is a public holiday), Chinese New Year’s Eve, and Chinese New Year’s Day (as well as other particular days announced separately)
Address: No. 1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station
Located at the hilltop that affords a picturesque view of where Tamsui River meets the Pacific Ocean, the present site of Fort San Domingo is named after the first fort built by the Spanish in 1628. It was torn down by the Spanish before the Dutch expelled them from Tamsui in 1642. It was later refurbished by the British as a consulate office after 1863.
Next to the fort stands another feature of the site, the former British Consular Residence. Built in the late 19th century, this elegant Victorian house incorporates some Chinese elements and now serves as a museum to showcase what the life of a consul might have been like. Besides these 2 buildings, there is also a lookout to view the beautiful Guanyin Mountain ( 觀音山 )bordered by the Tamsui River.

Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭
Opening Hours: All day
Address: 1F, No. 199, Guanhai Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station
One of the most famous locations in Taiwan, the Tamsui’s Fisherman’s Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunsets, seafood. At night the Lover Bridge of Tamsui illuminates a wide variety of colours.

Tamsui Old Street 淡水老街
Opening Hours: All day
Address: Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station
Tamsui Old Street is a boardwalk, area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants, cafes and street food. Famous for the tiny Ïron Eggs 阿婆铁蛋 , and also for its fried toufu filled with glass noodles ( 阿给 ). Most shops are open between 11:00 to 19:00.

Thermal Valley 地熱谷
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Address: Zhongshan Road, Near the entrance of Wenquan Road, Beitou District, New Taipei City 112, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Xinbeitou Station
Located beside the Beitou Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake”. With its surreal sulfuric atmosphere, it was considered one of the 12 great sights of Taiwan during the Japanese Occupation.

Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 02:00
Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, New Taipei City 111, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Jiantan Station
Shilin Night Market is one of the largest, most popular night markets in Taiwan with regards to food and also one of the most popular points of Taipei’s night life among visitors. The maze of alleyways is filled with a variety of local, traditional and international merchandise that attract both locals and tourists.

Here are some photographs taken while we are in Taipei.

Taichung City Day Tour

TAICHUNG CITY 1 DAY TOUR – TO SET OFF EARLY

After breakfast, we commence our journey to Taichung for a 1 day tour.

From Taipei to Taichung City

  • Take HSR from HSR Taipei Station to HSR Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 50mins to 1hr4mins.
  • From HSR Taichung Station, walk about 5mins to TRA Xinwuri Station to take train to Taichung City.
  • TRA Xinwuri Station to TRA Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11 mins.

From TRA Taichung Station, we go to Miyaharu, which is about 190m (3 mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.

From TRA Taichung Station, take a slow walk to Taichung Second Market ( 第二市場 ) for eating & shopping.

  • About 700m (9mins) walk from Miyaharu

Taichung Park is nearby the Taichung Second Market. Can drop by for a walk / sightseeing.

From Taichung Second Market, it is about 11 minutes’ walk (850m).

After that, will procced to Yizhong Street for eating & shopping.

  • About 850m (11mins walk) from Taichung Park.

From Yizhong Street, walk to Banana New Paradise for eating & shopping.

  • About 950m (12mins walk)

Taichung Confucius Temple & Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine are nearby. Can drop by to visit if keen.

Exploring the Night Markets in Taichung City:

Smile Life Night Market

  • About 230m (3mins walk) from Banana New Paradise

Fengjia Night Market

  • From Smile Life Night Market, take Bus No. 33 from 進化國瑞街口 & alight at 河南崇義街口 . Walk about 65m.
  • Total Travel Time is about 1h11mins.

After Fengjia Night Market, we will head back to Taipei City.

  • Take Bus No. 25/35 from 頂湳仔 & alight at Gancheng Station, walk about 130m (2mins) to TRA Taichung Station.
  • Total travel time is about 1hr.
  • Take train from TRA Taichung Station to TRA Xinwuri Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11mins.
  • Walk to HSR Taichung Station from TRA Xinwuri Station & take HSR back to Taipei.
  • Total travel time is 50mins to 1hr4mins.

From HSR Taipei Station, walk back to hotel to rest for the day.

Summary of places:

Miyaharu 宫原眼科-醉月楼沙龙
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Address: No.20, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Used to be an Ophthalmology Clinic, previously owned by Japanese man named Miyaharu during the Japanese Occupation period of Taiwan. Now it is opened by Dawncake – an established store in Taichung that sells pineapple tarts and other pastries in nice packaging. Worth visiting to see the shop’s interior & to buy some gifts for friends & relatives.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g297910-d3539748-Reviews-Miyahara-Taichung.html

Taichung Second Market 第二市場
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 16:00
Address: No.87, Sec. 2, Sanmin Rd., Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Built in 1917, used to be famous for its delicate & pricy goods. Now, it is a 7000sqm market with more than 50 shops & 300 stands. Special characteristic of this market is that its design is hexagonal. It is now famous for its food. This market reflects the history of Taichung.

Yizhong Street 一中商圈
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Yizhong St., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Yizhong Street is a shopping area and there is a night market too. It is like our Singapore Bugis Street where most youngsters hang out.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d2385711-Reviews-Yichung_Shopping_Street-Taichung.html

Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 00:30
Address: No.111, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
One of the most extraordinary teahouses in Taichung, comes alive with a recreation of a Taiwan street between 1920 & 1940, complete with Qing dynasty & colonial-era stone fronts, & original antiques & collector items.
It is also a restaurant whereby visitors can sit at tables along the street or inside the shops to enjoy affordable Taiwanese meals in very Taiwanese setting.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1590010-Reviews-Xiang_Jiao_Xin_Le_Yuan-Taichung.html

Taichung Confucius Temple 台中孔廟
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine 忠烈祠 
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Next to Taichung Confucius Temple, Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine is dedicated to the fallen heroes of China’s wars. The impressive gateway & the traditional Chinese palace-style architecture makes this impressive neighbour to the Confucius Temple.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Smile Life Night Market 微笑世紀國際觀光夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 00:00 (Fridays to Sundays)
Address: Shuangshi Rd and Yule St intersection, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404, Taiwan (R.O.C)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00
Address: Fengjia Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Night market in Xitun District, Taichung. It is located next to Feng Chia University & claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

Note: Nearby TRA Taichung Station, there is a big shopping mall, Taroko Mall. It consists of 13th levels of shops, restaurants, etc. About 1.0km (13mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.
http://www.tarokomall.com.tw/index.html

Here are some photographs taken in Taipei.

Visit Taipei

Singapore to Taipei

Meet 06:00 at Changi Airport Terminal One, Cathay Pacific Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.

Have a light snacks / shopping before boarding.

Plane take off at 08:00 & arrive at HK Airport at 12:00. Take next plane that take off at 13:10 & arrive at TPE Airport at 15:10.

Upon arrival at TPE, proceed for Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.

Purchase Taiwan Prepaid Mobile SIM card (10-Day Pass)

Proceed to UBUS Service Counter to purchase bus tickets to THSR Taoyuan Station.

  • UBUS No. 705
  • Frequency: 5mins
  • Travel Time: 25mins

Exchange for THSR Pass @ Taoyuan Station. We make seat reservation at the same time for our HSR Train from Taoyuan Station to Taipei Station. Otherwise we can simply just board any train that comes along.

  • Travel Time: 21 to 23mins depending on which train we are taking.

Note: To purchase THSR Pass online prior to departure.

From Taipei Station, walk about 10mins to Taipei M Hotel – Main Station to proceed for check-in.

Explore the Taipei Main Station & purchase the EASYCard /iPass at the Taipei Main Station Metro.

Slowly walk to Ningxia Night Market for shopping, eating, etc.

Ningxia Night Market
  • About 1.2km (17mins) walk from our hotel

After visiting the Ningxia Night Market, slowly walk back to hotel to rest.

Wedding Dress

When the big day comes, it will nice to design your own wedding dress to your liking. Instead of having a standard wedding dress, you have the opportunity to create a dress with all the variations you want. With the technology advancement of internet access of knowledge where more brides to be are into having their own design of wedding dresses. In the past where information of knowledge is limited in terms of design and its technicalities, now newly wedded brides can create their own dream wedding dress. This means they will get to see how their wedding dress being created right before their own eyes and how they want the design to be like.

When comes to design your wedding dress, what are the considerations to look out for. So, depending on what sort of wedding dress you are looking for and uniqueness of the dress, you will need to learn the basic skill of designing it. For starter, this may seem daunting but if you want to have the right type of dress you want then you will need to overcome the mentality of not able to do it and begin your task.

One of the consideration will be the time require you to design your own wedding dress. Especially if you do not have inborn knack for designing clothes, then more time will be needed to complete this task. While you are dating, you may want to consider starting to design the dress for your future as to allow you to have more time to complete it. Unless you already have some basic skill of designing and enough time to design then you can plan on it. You can start with some form of research on what you want and how your wedding dress going to be like. Research like different body types for the wedding, different wedding shapes, what sort of materials needed, the current trend of style, the type of cuts suitable for you, choice of colors and lastly sewing skill. All these research is necessary to get you started with your project on making your own wedding dress for the big day.

Once the research is taken care, then you may proceed to do the proper design. One point to note is that you will require to determine your body type to know what type of dress shape will be suitable for you. For a person who is having a tall frame, then it will be easier as most type of style will be looking good. But if you are petite, then it will be better to have a clean style and cuts as too many intricacies in your design maybe too overwhelming for your shape. Whereas if you are pear shaped then it will be better to do A-line princess cut wedding dress to hide your waist line. With all the proper research, you will know that there are many different remedies when it comes to your physical flaws of your body.

Since you are designing your own wedding dress, then it is better to get familiarize with different dress shapes and cuts for wedding gowns like straight line, empire cut, ball gown, mermaid and many others for you to create variation whenever needed. Fabric will be an important part of selection as you want to wear it and feeling comfortable. If you have no experience with it, then you may want to consider to check up with seamstress or tailor to find out what type of fabric to make your wedding dress. With consulation from them, you will get a better idea of the type of fabric and won’t be buying the wrong type of dress. Other thing you need to consider will be the color of fabric, embellishments use as well as how to sew. Now you do a simple traditional sketch or online bridal sites for those design your wedding dress programs to get you started.

Trip to UK

Depart from Home at 10:00 am to Changi Airport Terminal Three, Singapore Airlines Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.

Go to KrisFlyer Gold Lounge located at:
Passenger Terminal 3, 3rd Floor, Near to gates A1-5
To have light snacks/shopping before boarding.

Plane departs at 12:35PM & arrive at Heathrow Airport at 7:15PM.
Upon arrival at London, proceed to Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.
Can use Free WiFi network @ _Heathrow Wi-Fi and follow the on-screen instructions.
Proceed to airport underground station ticket office at Level 1 to purchase Oyster card and load the 7 day Travel Card Zone 1 and 2. GBP5 is refundable.

To Top up £30.00 for each card = £90.00
Follow the signs to the Heathrow Express station and walk to take the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington – transfer time is 15 minutes.

Return trip price – (£5.5 X 2 = £11.00 per person X 3 = £33.00)

Heathrow Express – Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes. The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes.
Email tickets: Simply print the email and hand it to our on-board staff. Booking a return journey and printout is valid for both trips.

From Paddington Station walk to the London Underground (Tube) Station.

  • Take the Hammersmith & City Line to Hammersmith Station, 8 stops away.
  • Total travel time is 14 mins – 23 mins
  • Alight at stop 8, Hammersmith Station
  • 5th stop: Wood Lane, 6th stop: Shepherd’s Bush Market Underground Station, 7th stop: Goldhawk Road Underground Station.
  • About 0.2m (4mins) walk to our hotel.

Fare Zones: 1, 2
Walk against the traffic from Hammersmith Train Station to Adria Hotel and proceed to check-in.

After Check in, we make a stop at Sainsbury Supermarket at Kings Mall Shopping Center or Tessco Metro at Hammersmith Broadway (close at 12:00am) for some groceries.

  • To walk (4 minutes) – follow the traffic direction (keep right) until cross junction (after The Swan – A219) to go against traffic (Starbuck Coffee – left side) reach the hammersmith station.
  • By bus (5 minutes) – Walk against the traffic direction to Iffley Road bus stop – 2 stops to Hammersmith Station.
  • Bus Numbers: 27, 190, 266, 267, 391, H91, N9, N11

Note: Hammersmith Broadway Toilet must pay 50p.

Refresh and relax and recharge for next day activities.