It was the 5th day on our trip (day 4 click here) and we had a slight change of plan in our schedule that we should visit this place, Window of China and all agree to visit this place which located at Taoyuan. Again we had been waking up early every day around 7.30 am to head for new destination and exploration. We took MRT to Zhongli Railway Station, then you can continue by Hsinchu Bus (bound for Leofoo Village & Window on China Theme Park) to the park but we have opted pre-arrange cab to pick us up at the train station to Window on China with total journey around 1 n half hour from Taipei Main Station. Another option you can go is by taking a high speed rail bullet train from Taipei to Taoyuan station.
The taxi guy is very very friendly, telling us all about Taiwan and what are other places of interest to go. After a few days here, I find that most of them are very friendly yet very informative. A good way for Taxi to promote their local destinations also.
Not long after that, we reached Window on China Theme Park and there are alot of cars going in as the school holiday just started. Most of the family would want to bring their children here, as not only you get to see minature building most of northen Taiwan but also there are a theme park in it. In the Theme Park also have the tallest fume ride with 12th story high, Taiwan’s first 360 degree spinning “Rocking Boat, and many more. (click here for details)
For Entry it cost NT499 each which you can check it out more at this website Taiwan Themepark
They are so cute that dress in Doraemon in the theme park world and if you do follow the comic. . .
You can buy the mini helicopter hair band to fly around the park . .:D
When we reach, a cultural dance is going on in Taiwanese Art Folk Center.
Then we walked in to the world of Xiau Ren Guo which is the other meaning of Window on China.
you can see how minature the building is. Most of them are all the historical building build around the world.
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Before we head to the theme park, this caught us by surprise that we did not know there is another famous cartoon character, Doraemon World is in this park too. Let me bring you through the famous teleport door to a glimpse of the world..
Say hi to Doraemon and Nobita.
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The famous hang out place in the cartoon character.
The time travel machine.
Then after that we head into the Theme Park that has many ride
Window on China Theme Park has the tallest water flume ride in Asia. It is 12 stories high, and it is very exciting and scary. In addition, there are many different rides in the amusement park such as “Thunder Rain”, “Nile beach”, Taiwan’s first 360 degree spinning “Rocking Boat, cute “Strawberry Ferry Wheel”, “Flying Planes”, “Jumping Stars”, etc. European Castle Amusement Park is a kids’ favorite. No matter rain or shine, kids can enjoy themselves there.
It has more than 20 rides such as kids’ favorite “Merry-Go-Around”, Taiwan’s only indoor roller coaster, crazy UFOs, Bumper Cars, and so on. There are many varied and interesting rides in the park. (source from Welcome to Taiwan)
Nile Adventure . . .
Wet world . . .
Then we head back to the main Park again.
That you will definately stop by at this Doraemon mini showcase area.
Just wish I can fly with them..ehehe
#Doraemon 13 with all the main character in the movie, from left (Shizuka, Nobita, Doraemon, Suneo and Takeshi)
They are patoring in that world too. . .
On the way heading out we were recommended on this brand of Taiwan Muarchi which is seriously good. Recommended if you do come here.
Overall I find that, the only main attraction that attract me very much is the Doraemon World, I would recommend to go other places of interest if you do have the time as there is nothing much to see, or maybe I went to the Shenzen Window of China before which is much bigger and nicer that makes me think like that.
For more info of Window on China on Taiwan and public transport to come here, check this out
If you are looking for more ThemePark Attraction around Taiwan, this website certainly helps us to plan the trip, Themepark
After the tour, Ian’s girlfriend plan to visit back her town when she used to study at Taiwan, then we head to Taoyuan town for makan makan (food hunt), as we were inform by the auntie that there is a lot of nice food to offer there.
Our very first stop of the place is this desert shop which is highly recommended by the auntie, Meet Fresh as when I first saw this shop it instantly link me to our local famous Taiwanese desert, Snowflakes is because both of them have very similar concept.
The concept started off with a old-fashioned sweets-filled upbringing on a farm in Taichung County’s Fengyuan, a pair of siblings decided to open up a candy shop to share their sweet talent with city dwellers. Johnson Fu and Ms. Fu, a brother-and-sister team, create nostalgic treats with fresh taro and other natural ingredients. All of their sweets are handmade without chemical additives and are cooked right in the store on a daily basis. Their creations include flavors like taro jelly, bean jelly, grass jelly, and several different teas (NT$30-50). The siblings recommend their grass jelly drink, which has a very smooth texture. –By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee (source from Taiwanfun)
This desert shop is so famous that now it had around 130 outlets just in Taiwan itself and become a legend of the Two Elders
This place is a hit among many Taiwanese and they had a few branches around Taiwan Country and now had extended as far as Sydney which Grabyourfork blog about it..
The price is definately reasonable with the portion of it and range is more than Snowflakes.
For taste wise, the taste is abit mild compare to Snowflakes as they had edit according to our local taste bud. This is their famous signature desert with taro, red bean, grass jelly and finely shave ice at the bottom.
Then the auntie went to tapau for us a famous fried chicken for us that is famous in the neighbourhood but I still find that on the first day what we eat is better. (click here)
Taste not bad, crispy, as I love mine spicy and have to eat it while its hot.
After our lunch, aunty brought us to her brother’s shop that operating Taiwan Bubble Tea which is few doors away.
With a small booth like that can operate one good bubble tea stall.
Their top 5 recommended drinks for the stall.
Both that working in here are her cute niece.
Of course we definately will go for their Original classic Milk Tea with Pearl and Winter Melon with Pearl. I would just say this is so far one of the best bubble tea that we have come accross so far. Very nice aromatic tea brewery and the best is the pearl, chewy- not too solid yet soft which as our liking. . .We just non stop sucking and chewing it.
Under this hot weather, with this drink definately is satisfying.
We head to next stall accross the street that sells this fried item.
This is the shop number and if you can find this shop, you will be able to find the fried chicken also.
This is where the Taiwan fried chicken stall is located, which I do not really know how to find in the map, I am very sorry for the location but I got scolded because of taking her stall as she do not want to be in any media.
Police cars that look pretty Chinese.
After all those, we were all very very very seriously full but the auntie still want us to eat by bringing us to this shop that serve good soup and fried dumpling.
Sour and Hot soup .. .
With a choice of many taste you can mix and match with it.
I love this fried dumpling with the skin is thin and fried on one side. The filling inside is solid with meat and a bit cripsy thing which is not water chestnut. . Dip with a bit vinegar and chili oil, taste awesome.
We took an hour bus back to the city, went back to hotel, load in more cash into our wallet as we are heading to warzone destination which I would say a shopping paradise for women.
*remark – Girls, if you do come here, please load yourself with cash! If not you will regret walking out from here and most of the girls came here, did kena a serious damage in purse.
Wufenpu is our next destination, know as a garment wholesale shopping paradise that all the seller here do sell in lose pack and if you would want to buy in bulk definately you will get cheaper price compare to all of us. For girls that love to shop, this place is definately a Big RECOMMENDED place to all of you. For guys, I am sad to say that its quite limited but we still can find something out of here as I feel that 70% for girls 30% for guys. For us as a guy, I did ended up with a few pieces of nice pants and t-shirts which is quite a bargain compare to Malaysia.
If you get Wufenpu by MRT (Kunyang Line) from Taipei Main Station – Get off at the Houshanpi Station (Exit 4) and walk about five minutes west along Yongji Street to the corner of Zhongpo N. Rd..
Here’s a premium shopping trip for you: know that in Taipei “value for money” in clothing and accessories means the Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area . Located in the eastern part of Taipei City, here your tourist dollar travels far.
The literal translation of “Wufenpu” is “five parcels of open land,” indicating that in pioneering days the first Chinese settlers bought up a large plot here in modern Taipei’s Songshan District in a group of five. To today’s Taipei residents, however, the place name is synonymous with a renowned wholesalers’ district stuffed to the brim with quality inexpensive clothing and related adornments — and stuffed with happy bargain-hunters most every day. It is now rightfully gaining recognition on the tourist map as well. (source from Taiwan Touch your Heart)
The place is quite huge and most of the girls here can spend just half day shopping in this place. So take your time and have fun burning your pocket.
Me I am a happy shopper here at last that I manage to find my nice not so camera bag in this area which I totally like the quality and good bargain.
By shopping half way, we did stop by to Farmosa Chang which is famous for Nu Rou Fan (mince pork rice) around the area for a satisfying dinner (click here) and continue shopping back after that.
By walking too much in the wholesale area, makes us reach back our homestay around 12 am which we took the last MRT ride and feeling very hungry when reach back our place. Then head to our favourite 7-11 store which we hang out here every night to buy food and beer back. The orange juice taste so pure is like 90% blend fresh yet thick in flavour. Umph ah! then the instant noodle have mince pork cubes as the add in flavour turns to be one of our favourite supper now.
This is my set which is super spicy and challenging and delicious.
Looks plain, after a few bites just prepare to get sweaty.
My favourite drink before I go to bed, Big bottle of Taiwan Beer is so cheap that cost around NT32 for 1 bottle which is RM3.20 for 1. Love the lager taste of it and for a local beer, definately I am recommending it~
Its time to sleep early and will go to my Day 6 itenery soon which is Sun Moon Lake which mesmerise us of the scenic view!