Day 3 - 陽明山國家公園 + Hotspring
(14 June 2012)
up to Yang Ming Shan did Meeky Yang drove us to
|Splendid view from the very top|
Meeky told us that Yang Ming Shan was a volcano that had erupted 1000+ years ago...it is also unique from other mountain / volcano because it is covered entirely with grassy slopes
|read from wikipedia that fumaroles are openings in the planet's crust which emit steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide (poisonous and smelly), hydrogen chloride and hydrogen sulphite (very poisonous too)|
|can see the bubblings???|
|it's a smelly smelly place due to the sulphur |
|Meeky said that this plot will be full of the white flowers (海芋) if we had visited this spot in Yang Ming Shan probably a month ago|
and that we are allowed to pluck them home... =)
|the 2 that i plucked but left them in the cab.... =S|
|the famous floral clock that will chime every half an hour.... cant really take a good picture of the whole clock cos the angle of inclination is too small|
Done with Yang Ming Shan ....
Next stop is HOTSPRING ... =)
NT$500 (S$22) per room for 2 ppl for 2 hours
Mr Ang's first hot spring experience and he enjoyed it lots lots oh.... he went in 3 times ...i was super sleepy by the second round... so i rested and played angry bird on his galaxy note while he enjoyed his hotspring ... =)
|we relaxed at the waiting area after the hotspring while we waited for Meeky to pick us up for our taipei minsu check-in|
tatatatata......was thrilled when i saw our room.... so pretty.... super like like.... this is room 3... a stand alone room...
|room 5 to 11 share a living room which the other rooms have access to as well with the access card|
|free use of washing machine.. =)|
|free postcards and pamphlets on the tourist attractions|
it's a minsu named Taipeiyork.... it's 2 junctions away from ximending station exit 6...walking time should be about 5 minutes only... can email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) for room reservation.... the only downside is have to pay 50% deposit into a HSBC account..... but as the exchange rate he quote was rather low, i asked to pay a lower deposit and we agreed at 30%
we stayed there for 4 days and average rate per night was about NT$1530 (S$66.25) per room
the rooms are on the 5th floor which can only be accessed with access cards, so it's a must to call the minsu boss when u arrived at the ground floor which looks like any ordinary ground floor with only the letter boxes and lift doors... not at all glam up....
after which, we hopped back onto Meeky's cab and headed to shida area where we bid him goodbye...
|he's really a good driver and tour guide...no wonder he is so popular in the forum.....|
as always, before venturing into night market... must have a proper meal.... we had pizza and baked rice and some side dishes at La Pizza
maybe it was the rain, maybe it was because we had a proper meal.... night market was just not as fun as 7 years ago....