Trip to Beitou Park & Elephant Mountain [Day 1 in Taipei] | Travel Blog 4-A

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After 2 years, we were able to come back to our second home country... Taiwan.

Of course, we booked it as a promo ticket since these are the only airfare that which we could afford during 2017 which only costs 2100 PHP if I'm not mistaken. Our flight was almost midnight so we gathered at the airport in the evening.

Few minutes past midnight and we arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport!

Right after we arrived, we just loaded our EasyCard (card which you can use for paying transportation and stuff in convenience store) and rode the bus going to Taipei to check-in to our accomodation and rest for a while before we start our day. Note that Airport Line is not yet built that time and it's also midnight which is why we took the bus.

Our official DAY 1 starts here!

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Before we head out, we bought some breakfast down our hotel in a convenience store and ate it at the dinning area of our hotel.
(Food, accommodation, and transportation will be published on a separate post!)

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Time to explore the city! Our first stop is Elephant Mountain!

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From Taipei Main Station, we took the MRT RED line going to Xiangshan Station. At the station, you can take Exit 2 if you're going to walk for around 3-5 mins going to the jump-off of the mountain or take Exit 3 to rent a YouBike going there. Either way, it's just a short distance.

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Arriving at the jump-off, you will see a mark that has an Elephant and a Mountain painted on it.
To be able to reach the last viewpoint, it will take you 500 steps and another 100 steps to reach the top.

In between the trail, there are viewpoints which you can take pictures already as the view is already perfect on these viewpoints.

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Here's a photo of me, ready to take few more steps to reach the top!

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After a few minutes, we reached the top and the view is just overwhelming.

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After spending time at the top, we descended and took a break back at the jump off as we took again our bikes so others could practice those who doesn't know how to ride one.

Few minutes passed by and we left to our next destination... Beitou Park! From Xiangshan Station, we took the MRT Red line to Beitou then switch to a different mini Red line to Xinbeitou. The train ride was about an hour. Once you get off Xinbeitou station, you will see this area...

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There are signs that point you to Thermal Valley which was supposed to be our destination but it was under renovation when we went there although, the good thing was we were able to see Beitou Park!

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My friends and I just stayed in the park and appreciate the beauty of the park with its sulfuric scent which isn't a good smell in my opinion.

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We also went to the Public Library of Taipei in Beitou Branch and just took a quick peak as it is just a 2 story library. I wasn't able to take a picture of the place but it's a good place to chill and just do some work or school stuff as it has a peaceful environment.

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After this, we went straight to our accommodation and took a quick nap before we went out again in the evening.

When dinner time came, we headed out again and took ourselves back in Ximending. We took some souvenirs already after taking our dinner and explored the area while taking some pictures.

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Fun fact, my profile picture in most of my social media accounts was taken here in Ximending:

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Thank you for reading the first part of my fourth travel blog.
I'll be posting more regarding my 2017 Taiwan trip on my next post.

Previous Travel Blog Posts:

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  • Lost Into The Woods [Sagada] | Travel Blog 1-B
  • Must Visit Places in Sagada | Travel Blog 1-C
  • Banaue Side Trips to Sagada | Travel Blog 1-D
  • Singapore Travel Day 1! | Travel Blog 2-A
  • Cloud Forest and Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay [Singapore] | Travel Blog 2-B
  • Singapore Travel Day 2! | Travel Blog 2-C
  • Songkran Festival 2017 [Day 1 in Bangkok] | Travel Blog 3-A
  • Thai Foods and Chao Phraya River Tour [Bangkok, Thailand] | Travel Blog 3-B
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Dinner Cruise [Bangkok, Thailand] | Travel Blog 3-C

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    Interesting walk along a river smelling of sulfur, the water is a lovely shade of blue @johnarvee12

    City life is not high on my wish list, visiting the great outdoors is what interests me so enjoyed your climb up the stairs to look down onto the city from a distance.

    I share the same sentiments with you! I’m more into the nature spots even outside the city but for a short trip like this, it’s hard to go out of the city as it will take time and won’t be able to use my time wisely to explore whats close to the area.

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    What a great article @johnarvee12, that was a fun tour, thank you! I know you used a selfie stick and I bet you didn’t look funny at all. 😉

    You have a gorgeous family, we hope to make a trip to Thailand before we return to the states in 2021. Dude, we’ve been gone since January and I haven’t seen a 7-11 for nearly a year.... can you please copy and paste me a large House Blend with two pumps of Caramel and one pump Vanilla?? 👍🏿

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    That looks like a great place to spend a night out with friends :D And the landscapes with nature are cool too!

    Yes! A day would not be enough to explore the whole city. Thanks for dropping by!

    Ang saya naman. Thanks for taking us on a great tour. Day one pa lang to ha 😁😁

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    May ilan pang posts haha! Thank you!


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