Our next destination is Yushan National Park. The park takes its name from one of the highest mountains in East Asia. Yushan, which means Jade Mountain, attracts climbers from all over the world. The highest point of Jade Mountain, is 3,952 metres. The park covers over 100,000 hectares, or 3% of the landmass of Taiwan. It’s the largest and most undeveloped of all the parks in Taiwan. It is also the grandest.
There is this Taiwanese girl who seems to be very excited when she know that we are from Singapore and wanna take a photo with us. LOL.
Yushan National Park Say cheese!!!
After that, we went to Lu lin cypress tree. This tree is really really huge. Dunno how many people got to hold hand in hand to go around the tree trunk?
It's a pity that we couldn't see the sunrise today as it was raining. But we were also quite lucky that we caught it yesterday cos for the last few days, there is no sunrise. We reached the minsu at around 8am and we headed back to the police station to take photos again.There is music to warn the peopleCallas Lily Filming?
Dunno this is for what?
Highest convenience store in Taiwan Bacon pasta
This is the only post office in Alishan and is the highest post office in Taiwan. It's really resemble more of a temple than a post office if you didnt look at the signboard. We intend to buy those wooden post cards here and send back home but only paper postcard is available. Somemore the postcard is really plain post card, no graphic at all. Hence we bought the postcard and went to the tourism centre where there are chops so we used our creativity and decorate the postcard. =p
Dun look like a post office right?
Postal & banking service
We checkout and board the 小巴 at the Tourism Centre at 12pm. On the way to Chiayi high spped station, we would stop by Fenchihu for an hour. The winding road down to Fenchihu is really making me uncomfortable and I closed my eyes to rest to prevent my motion sickness from getting worse.Tea plantation
After 45 min, we reached Fenchihu and the driver told us that we had 1hr here so my sis and I quickly get down and walked to the 老街.
Back in the days where Alishan can only be reached by train, Fenchihu was the biggest and most important stop-off station. It was here that the train changed engines, and where people rested, bought lunch and relaxed. Following the opening of the Alishan road in 1980, the town went into something of a decline. As Fenchihu lies a few kilometers off the main road it was usually by-passed, and was almost forgotten — almost.
Why was Fenchihu called 奋起湖 when there was no lake here? Fenchihu sits in a natural basin where mist collects easily and can get trapped. Locals feel that this basin resembles a “benghi (畚箕),” a traditional Taiwanese basket used for carrying dirt, leaves and trash. When you look down on the town from one of the hiking trails that lead up the mountain, this benghi shape is easy to see. This is why people describe Fenchihu as a “lake without water”.Unique name cafeNogutsFenchihu street 奋起湖老街
Wood clog shop
Aiyu Jelly 爱玉 Aiyu plantSo sunny here
Making the crepes of ice cream wrap with grounded peanut which we ate in Jiufen
Wooden postcards hanged by visitors Post box
There are quite a few places at Fenchihu selling bento but this is the most famous one.
The famous lunchbox
Sakura train bento set which comes in the train box shown cost NT270 ~ S$14 while the normal bento set only cost NT100 ~ S$5. Initially, my sis wanted to try the sakura train bento set but as the dishes inside is exactly the same, just that the packaging comes in the train instead of the normal wooden box, we bought the original bento instead.
We left at 2pm and we were the last two passegers boarding the van. I drank a packet of milk as I was quite hungry. I slept on the way downhill as my motion sickness is etting worse. The van stopped by a souvenir shop at Chiayi and the first thing i do is to run to the toilet and puke. Feel better after puking.
We reached the high speed train station at 3.45pm which is earlier than expected. All the passengers in the van had purchase their train tickets for boarding at 5pm, hence they had to change their tickets. We did not purchase it beforehand as we did not know what time we would reached Chiayi train station. We bought the non-reserved tickets which is cheaper and board the train at around 4pm.
We reached Taipei around 5.30pm and went back to our hotel to check in. Our room is not ready yet hence we left our belongings in the lobby and went to Ximenting. We had some snacks here and there while shopping around.
Onion pancake 葱油饼
We left at around 9.30pm and went back to our hotel. Super exhausted and we decided to sleep until enough since tomorrow is the last day.
My shopping spree