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Fang Yuan Chao Zhou Handmade Wonton Noodles 方元潮州手工餛飩麵

We were unable to book a whale watching tour in time, so we had a free day in Hualien. Walked down Heping Road from Angel Wings Inn, where we stayed, to Nanbin Park. Came across Fang Yuan Chao Zhou Handmade Wonton Noodles 方元潮州手工餛飩麵 shop along the way and decided to stop for brunch. Had intended […]

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Dongdamen Night Market in Hualien 東大門夜市

Dongdamen Night Market (aka East Gate Night Market 東大門夜市), which opened in July 2015, is Hualien County’s largest night market. Hualien is Taiwan’s largest gateway to the Pacific Ocean, hence the name East Gate Night Market. The current location of the night market (between Beibin Park and Nanbin Park) was once the grounds of the […]

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Tzen-Mochi 曾記麻糬 – Best Mochi Shop in Taiwan!

If you want to buy food gifts in Hualien, the first thing that many people think of is probably mochi, because mochi is a snack suitable for all ages, and the most famous mochi in Hualien has to be Tzen-Mochi. Tzen-Mochi only has outlets in Hualien and Yilan County’s Suao Town. If you live in […]

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Cai Ji Dou Hua 蔡記豆花 in Hualien – Delicious Desserts Await!

If you ask the locals which dessert shop in Hualien is worth visiting, I’m sure the majority, if not all, will recommend Cai Ji Dou Hua 蔡記豆花 on Minguo Road. Though they mention 豆花 aka soy beancurd or tofu pudding in their brand name, they do not just specialise in that. Surprisingly, the most popular […]

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Angel Wings Inn Homestay in Hualien 花蓮天使之翼民宿

We took a taxi from Hualien Station to Angel Wings Inn, which was only a 6-7 minute drive away. The trip cost NT$130. We booked this inn through booking.com after reading glowing reviews about it. Angel Wings Inn is located in the heart of Hualien, and the best part is that it is within walking […]

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Taking The Train From Taipei To Hualien And Savouring The Railway Bentos

We went to Hualien after spending a week in Taipei. We decided to take the train from Taipei to Hualien because it would be the quickest and most convenient mode of transportation. However, as the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) does not operate on Taiwan’s east coast, we can only rely on Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), […]

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A Taste of Taiwan: Exploring the Shilin Night Market

After spending the day exploring Dadaocheng and Dihua Street, we boarded the MRT and travelled to Shilin Night Market in Taipei’s Shilin District. Shilin Night Market is one of Taiwan’s biggest and most well-known night markets. Anyone visiting Taipei should not miss this ‘attraction’. 🙂 Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 Shilin Night Market is known for […]

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Exploring Dihua Street & Dadaocheng: A Look at Taipei’s Oldest Street

Brand new day, brand new adventure! After having breakfast at Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang, we took a 20-minute walk towards Dihua Street and Dadaocheng, a historic neighbourhood in Taipei’s Datong District. Along the way, we passed by a number of interesting sites. Taipei Post Office (臺北郵局) One of Taiwan’s oldest post offices, Taipei […]

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Soypresso 二吉軒豆乳

After dinner at Din Tai Fung, we decided to walk off some of the calories by exploring the surrounding area. That’s when we discovered Soypresso on Lishui Street. Soypresso is a cafe that specialises in drinks and desserts made with soy milk. Aside from regular soy milk, they also offer black sesame soy milk, tie […]

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The Original Din Tai Fung on Xinyi Road 鼎泰豐 信義店

Din Tai Fung is a world-renowned restaurant chain that originated in Taiwan. It was founded in Taipei in 1958 and has since expanded to locations all over the world, including Australia, Japan, the United States, China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and others. They are famous for their xiao long bao (小笼包), a type of steamed […]

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Tian Jin Onion Pancake 天津蔥抓餅

We noticed a long line opposite the road, right outside the Tian Jin Onion Pancake shop, while we were enjoying our mango shaved ice dessert at Smoothie House. This modest-looking stall shares the same space with Thanh Ky Vietnamese Restaurant (誠記越南麵食館). Tian Jin Onion Pancake specialises in Taiwanese scallion pancake (also known as green onion […]

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Smoothie House 永康街思慕昔

We spent the day walking from Longshan to Dongmen, exploring the city. Enjoyed visiting the Lungshan Temple, the Bopiliao Historical Block, the 228 Peace Memorial Park, and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. We decided to end the tour in Dongmen so that we could have dinner at the original Din Tai Fung restaurant on Xinyi […]

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall | Liberty Square

We quickly moved to the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Liberty Square before the sun set after watching a lovely fountain display at 228 Peace Memorial Park. Liberty Square, also known as Freedom Square, is a public square/plaza in Taipei’s Zhongzheng District. The square is a symbol of Taiwan’s history, culture, and democracy, and […]

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228 Peace Memorial Park 二二八和平公園

We stopped by 228 Peace Memorial Park on our way to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Liberty Square. It is a historical and cultural park dedicated to the victims of the February 28 Incident, a period of political repression and violence that occurred in Taiwan in 1947 after the Republic of China (ROC) government reclaimed […]

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Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線 in Ximending

If you could only eat one thing in Ximending, make sure it’s Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle (阿宗麵線)! Funny thing is, mian xian (麵線 or mee sua) is never one of my preferred style of noodles previously. But I’m so addicted to Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle after trying it that I had to come back a couple of […]

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Bopiliao Historical Block and The Red House

剝皮寮歷史街區 Bopiliao Historical Block is a historic neighborhood located in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan. It is known for its well-preserved buildings and streets, which date back to the late Qing Dynasty and early Japanese colonial period. The area is home to a number of important cultural and historical sites, including the Bopiliao Old […]

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