Taiwan 2015: Zhongli District, Taoyuan

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Welcome to my neighborhood for the next five months! My stay in Taiwan is mainly for academic purposes, but I will make sure I get to travel around from time to time. After all, it’s not every day that I get to fly to another country. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect in Zhongli – except for the cold weather. I skipped the research part because I was with other people anyway (so dependent–need to change that). Luckily, everything we need is literally just around the corner.  When I say everything, I mean food stalls/restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, salons, clothing stores, and general merchandise stores. 
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Around the campus. It has that UP vibe to it – so green. 
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Our street, which is lined with apartments. 
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Notice the difference between daytime and nighttime – stores usually open at night til early morning and stalls form on sidewalks for the night market.
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There is a milk tea place on every corner and sometimes, beside each other.
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Restaurants.
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A variety of street food. The vendors prepare your food in front of you, like the xiao long bao and Chinese burrito.
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Fried stinky tofu.
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Stinky tofu soup. You must try both, but I prefer this one.
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Desserts.
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Bread and pastries. Look, free taste! Haha! I usually go around and taste everything first; then, I’ll buy a few. 
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Clothing stores for everyone, everywhere. There are so many nice clothes at affordable prices.
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Tip: Every receipt in Taiwan is a lotto entry. Don’t throw them. Notice the eight digit combination – that’s your (hopefully) lucky number. 
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If you’re bored from eating and shopping, you can always watch a movie.. (look at those painted posters)
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.. or try to win a stuffed toy (couple sweater alert!)
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.. or tag along with your friends and play board games
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.. or go to church and pray. Although, the church is one 10-minute bus ride away, along with the malls and train station.
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Ahhh!!! Cutie-pie animals everywhere! I can’t help but gush about dogs. Haha!
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Modes of transportation – taxi, bus, private car/motorcycle. It’s easy to move in and out of Zhongli, just make sure to take note of the schedule of the bus stop. 
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Til next travel post!

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