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11 days in Taiwan: Ending off with Taipei creative parks on Day 10

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Finally doing the last post for my 2015 Taiwan trip…sorry to those who’ve been waiting…😔

Last full day in Taiwan for my first (semi) solo trip and while I was determined to make the best out of it, the struggle is real. So…I covered two museums/cultural parks, some food in Ximending and Shida night market, all at a leisurely pace.

Visiting Huashan 1914 Creative Park

First stop! A well-preserved but abandoned factory structure resurrected as a creative and cultural hub, the Huashan 1914 was a truly unique kind of museum. With its concrete walls and pillars aged by time and crawled by algae, I felt removed from the city as I stepped in even though this creative park is right in the heart of Taipei.

le petit prince hua shan 1914 park taipei taiwan

There were a couple of interesting exhibitions going on like the Beatles and Little Prince. I took a little more than an hour in the Little Prince exhibition which I thought was pretty rejuvenating and refreshing. Even without entering any exhibitions, I’d still recommend a trip down to take in the ambience.

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區)

Directions: Take the MRT to Zhongxiao Xinsheng (忠孝新生), Exit 1. Walk straight until you reach Jinshan road intersection. Cross the intersection.

Side note: While I was leaving the park, I spotted Yong He Dou Jiang (永和豆漿), which is another recommended name for soya milk in Taipei other than Fuhang. Deciding that it was the last day already and I should try a more local flavour, I decided to order their salty beancurd.

Let’s just say it’s an acquired taste.😂

yong he dou jiang beancurd taipei taiwan

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

The next stop was Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, which coincidentally, is also refurbished from a factory space. With a more traditional museum exterior and architecture, Songshan Park is no less interesting. Other than well-known subjects such as Dragonball when I was there, I appreciated the fact that there were many local designer exhibits as well.

songshan cultural park taipei taiwan

Don’t forget to take a mandatory photo with the huge colourful Taipei letters while you are there!

Huashan 1914 Creative Park (松山文創園區)

Directions: Take the MRT to Taipei City Hall Station (市政府) and take Exit 1. Cross Keelung Rd and walk straight till you reach Zhongxiao East Rd, Section 4, Lane 553. Then, turn right.

Eating at Ximending

After the two parks, I decided to take a break and head back to Ximending for some food. Fried chicken, Ah Zong Mee Sua and the sweet crepes opposite my hotel proved to be irresistible. After which, it was back to the hotel for some packing up.

Ah Zong Mee Sua Ximending Taipei Taiwan

Final rounds at the night markets

I was honestly going to sleep in my last full day away but got pulled out of slacking mode by my cousin and her partner in the evening. Our destination? Shida night market.

shida night market taipei taiwan

Other than the wide variety of food, the wider, more organized streets together with the clothes and products that are geared to a younger crowd, make Shida night market a worthy visit for trendy finds and good food. We did our usual rounds of eating and shopping before calling it a day heading to yet another night market, Gongguan.

To make up for the last wasted trip, we took a cab down to Gongguan night market right after our Shida trip (we visited on a Wednesday only to find out it was closed).

I must say that the night market wasn’t terribly interesting to me as most of the goods on sale were running shoes or sneakers. But the Liu Sha yam ball made everything worth it.

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Molten custard in perfectly shaped yam balls; this is an absolute MUST-TRY!!! Also available at Raohe night market and Keelung temple market.


And with this…I finally concluded my full 11 days in Taiwan trip! I opted not to write about day 11 as I left for the airport before noon. If your flight timing is similar to mine, suggest you to keep your activities within your hotel area: you could grab some Taiwanese bites (like the one below), and do some last minute shopping which I sure did (Xinending has lots of Cosmetics shops). The more adventurous could do a morning hike.


carrot cake taipei taiwan

If you have any questions regarding Taiwan (well, Taipei and Taichung at least), feel free to leave a comment below or drop me an email at hello@eunicetan.co.

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Read the full trip online:

Day 1 in Taipei
Day 2 in Cingjing
Day 3 in Sun Moon Lake
Day 3 in Lavender Cottage
Day 3’s Fengjia food guide
Getting to 921 Earthquake Museum on day 4
Day 5 in Park Lane by CMP
 Day 6 from Taichung to Hualien
Taroko National Park on day 7
Day 8 from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall to Houshanpi
Jiufen + Shifen on Day 9
Pingxi sky lantern festival on day 9
Ending off with Taipei creative parks on Day 10
Tried and Tested: Accommodations in Taiwan

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