Taiwan: Day 2

A great contrast from the days to come, our second day in Taiwan was jam-packed with activities and attractions!

#1: Shengxing Railway Station, Miaoli

Shengxing used to be part of the Mountain Line, but when a newer section was built, services were stopped, leaving it as a tourist attraction. It was a romantic little place with some shops nearby. Hubby and I thought it would be a great place to film a music video!

#2: Longteng Broken Bridge, Miaoli

I was so glad our tour guide decided to add this to our itinerary. Its broken beauty serves as a reminder of the two most devastating earthquakes in Taiwan, first in 1935 and then in 1999.

#3: Lavender Cottage, Taichung

This place was the resulting efforts of two girls who wished to start their own lavender farm. It was a beautiful place with pretty gardens, souvenir shops and little cafés. There were many cute things to do, like little walk, sitting on the carousel and making a wish atop the hill. It was one of our lesser favourite attractions as it wasn't something we felt was unique to Taiwan (I'm thinking of Lavandula in Daylesford) but it's definitely a picturesque spot.  

#4: Rainbow Family Village, Taichung

Oh, the bold colours and art of this village! Rainbow Grandpa, who is more than 90 years old, is the man responsible for the vibrancy of this village and still stays there to this day. It's a very small place (we probably spent less than half an hour there), but trust that your spirits will be lifted from all that passion and colour!

#5: Gaomei Wetlands, Taichung

We arrived at the wetlands at 5pm, and the plan was to watch the sunset. Unfotunately it didn't happen because we found the heat intolerable! There was no doubt that it was an amazing place though. There were birds and crabs, windmills in the background, and I can only imagine the beautiful, uninterrupted view of the sun setting.

#6: Fengjia Night Market, Taichung

But not matter what, it's never too hot for food. Our tour guide acknowledged our lack of tolerance for the heat and dropped us off at Fengjia Night Market. Thus began the feasting! We filled ourselves up with plenty of snacks, and while they are called 'xiǎochī', meaning 'little eats', trust me, you will be very, very full, especially if you have no self-control like me!


  1. The photos are just... AMAZING! When I think of Taiwan I can't imagine it without all their tea plantations, hope you'll have time to visit one during your stay. Taiwanese tea is so delicious. :)

    1. Thanks Diane! Unfortunately we didn't get to visit a tea plantation, but we did visit a large tea shop where we got to sample different types of tea. (Who knew that altitude made a difference to the taste?) Thanks for your lovely comment!