Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 3 (2)

Hi!! You have reached Cigu Salt Mountain, or Qigu Yanshan which is the last stop for the tourist bus before it heads back to town.

This area’s long history of generating salt and its current contribution of over 60% of the nations salt production. It is pretty clear why the area is so renown for this mineral substance. This place (the the museum) can give you little background into the salt industry, but it’s worth seeing just for how bizarre it is.

Chigu Salt Mountain….. mmm I think a small hill would be more appropriate. =P. The mountain itself is a two hectare mound of salt left over from the Taiwan Salt Corporation’s Cigu Salt Fields.

  Look like the ‘mountain’ is high from here but…..  Th hill is climbable, and the surrounding view of the ever-flat area surrounding it is enjoyed by busloads of aged tourists on a daily basis.(but do not put too much high expectation when you are up there. =P) . Steps have been carved into the hard salt to make for easy climbing.

 

Exhibitions of characters made from salt

Taiwan Salt Museum . The shape and the look of the salt piles are strategically designed so that the two piles look like two white pyramids rising out of the salt field.

The museum exhibits does tell you the history of the production from the beginning till salt field ceased production in May 2002. It is very interesting museum if you are not familiar about salt production in pan field.

More exhibits…..

Cute cartoon characters that molded out from salt

….very interesting items; ‘cabbage’ made from salt

Ever wondered how they made them?

These are some of the exhibits which you can in the museum.

A model of the salt production factory back then.

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 3 (1)

This is 3rd day in Tainan, Taiwan of my 10 days free n easy trip. Where to today? Oh.. before that, let’s grab some food for breakfast.

Just outside out Dorm 1828 hostel, there was a stall that sells typical breakfast meals that Taiwanese would have.

  

There were a lot of choice to choose from but the menu was in Chinese. Guess I got someone to help me to translate. =) This was our meals for breakfast.

Fried Chinese pancake with egg….

Chinese burger with ham and egg. Well… a good start for the morning before heading of to our first destination for the day.

Catching a bus in Tainan was quite easy. They has 2 buses that served the route of the most of the tourist area around Tainan; # 88 and #99. We took #99 as the stop we wanted was on its route.

Some snap shots along the way.

One of the stop along the way was the salt pan in Tainan located in Taijiang National Park.

That’s a wide area of sal pans. Read somewhere that this salt pans cover 1,976 hectares!!

Another view shot with some read up for my reader. =)

  

Some history where the visitors can stop and read. I believe you can even try out panning the salt but that’s wasn’t on our plan. It was just short stop (5 mins) by the bus for toilet break for the driver. So we passengers got a chance to walk around and stretch our legs.

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Something to think about (Poll #1) for my readers….

Hi readers & followers,

This is my very 1st poll that I am doing since the inception of this website (guess I finally got the idea of how to do it here. Kinda slow eh.). I would like to get my fellow readers and followers to participate in this and also share your thoughts (if any) on this.

This is one questions that all travelers would encounter sometime or another especially when you travel to a country where you have friends or relatives (or they know that you are going there). I guess each of us would have their own reasons but it would be nice to see the results at the end after 1 week.

So, give do give your vote. =)

Thanks……

Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (5)

Nice to have you back visiting my blog.  You are currently joining me on an e-travel trip to Taiwan back in late 2014. If you have missed out on my earlier write-up, do click here; Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey so that you can catch up with me. Ok?

Back to my e-travel. As mentioned, Tainan has lots and lots of temples to visit and see. Too many to see in a day or so. If you love temples, then this is the county that you must visit in Taiwan.

Below is another temple that we visited. It is located inside some small alley.  

They are really colourful…..

Walking further down, you can see old colonial buildings which are well kept or converted to museum or offices. Below is the National Musuem of Taiwan Literature (formerly the Office of Tainan Prefecture)

Inside the Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds, there is a large park for people to walk or take a stroll.

This is one of the inside of the building.

Was lucky to see an exhibition during that time where an organisation was putting a paper dears for Christmas on the Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds.

Aren’t they cute?

Not sure how many but for sure there were lots of them everywhere.

The entrance to Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds. Lots of people as it was evening and also a weekend too.

Directly across the entrance of Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds is an alley leading to a row of weekend street stalls where you can stroll and enjoy a light walk and also get your stomach filled. =)

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (4)

Hi all!! I would like to take the opportunity to wish all those who are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr;  an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan and Happy Holidays to the rest who are on holidays. Yup, it is a 2 days holidays for me here. =)

Ok.. back to my e-travel in Taiwan. Still in Shennong Street in Tainan.

This was a long street with nice old building to look and take pictures.

  

Lovely old building structure.

Shennong Street…..

Time to stop by for some food. Mmm can’t remember what this. Anyone can help here?

Walking further away from Shennong Street, we bump into some shop lots selling food. This is the spring roll.

This is the steam rice cake (Wagui) served in a bowl. Very nice. Had it at a stall near Chikan Tower.

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This is the stall. You can have it right in front the stall. Eat while you look at the person preparing it.

Small steam dumplings. Yummy. Hot and juicy.

The wall of the State Temple of the Martial God along Yongfu Road.

Another temple in fron of Yongfu Road. In fact, in Tainan, there are lots of temples everywhere.

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (3)

Welcome back!! This is my e-travel series which I am writing on my family trip to Taiwan. This is 3rd part of my 2nd day and location; Tainan. After a 4hr+ train ride with at least 15 stops along the way (slow train), it was nice to start walking and exploring. In fact, it is my 2nd time here but 1st for my family. So I was their guide. =P

First stop was lunch!! Yup, along the way to our hostel; Dorm 1828, we stopped by a shop to have ramen. Simply and nice meals. You can read up my earlier trip to Tainan here; Taiwan: 2 Days Trip on History series.

  

Looks yummy right?

In fact, I didn’t know or noticed this shop on my frist trip. Guess I was on a rush rush trip to take note.

Anyway, after checking in, we continue our journey to explore Tainan. First stop was Shennong Street which was in the heart of Tainan city.

Old red partially demolished building which was transform to an art piece.

A close up shot of the art piece. Any idea what is the theme?

Along Shennong Street, there was also beautiful mural painting.

Lots of beautiful old building of houses and shop lots.

… some of which the houses converted to shops.

lovely place to have a walk and to enjoy the sight.

It feel like it bring you bakc to the early 1900’s

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (2)

Hi!! Well more snapshots of the hostel; Mr Lobster’s Secret Den Hostel as it does look interesting and clean.

  

Panoramic view of the place.

Giant clock but out of order, sitting behind the kitchen.

Time to start our trip. Just outside the hostel near the road junction. These statues caught my eyes. Man waiting for a ‘bus’ and a child ‘cycling’ around here.

We walked ab out 20min behind we arrived at the Taipei Railway Station. This is the inside of the station. Yup… it Xmas time…

Ticket counter to get your interstate tickets. either over the counter or via the machine. If you cannot read Chinese, better go to the counter and get your tickets.

Waiting on the platform to catch our train to….. Tainan; on the southern west of Taiwan.

Bought my brunch at 7-11. Look delicious right? It is!

How much did it cost me from Taipei to Tainan? NTD701 and the ride took us 4hrs+.

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