Taiwan 2015: Zhongli District, TaoyuanTuesday, 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.
Around the campus. It has that UP vibe to it – so green.
Our street, which is lined with apartments.
Notice the difference between daytime and nighttime – stores usually open at night til early morning and stalls form on sidewalks for the night market.
There is a milk tea place on every corner and sometimes, beside each other.
A variety of street food. The vendors prepare your food in front of you, like the xiao long bao and Chinese burrito.
Fried stinky tofu.
Stinky tofu soup. You must try both, but I prefer this one.
Bread and pastries. Look, free taste! Haha! I usually go around and taste everything first; then, I’ll buy a few.
Clothing stores for everyone, everywhere. There are so many nice clothes at affordable prices.
Tip: Every receipt in Taiwan is a lotto entry. Don’t throw them. Notice the eight digit combination – that’s your (hopefully) lucky number.
If you’re bored from eating and shopping, you can always watch a movie.. (look at those painted posters)
.. or try to win a stuffed toy (couple sweater alert!)
.. or tag along with your friends and play board games
.. or go to church and pray. Although, the church is one 10-minute bus ride away, along with the malls and train station.
Ahhh!!! Cutie-pie animals everywhere! I can’t help but gush about dogs. Haha!
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.
Til next travel post!