Day 11: Taichung

CingJing to Taichung

Our purpose of visiting Taichung was to explore Gaomei Wetlands. We had seen very lovely sunset at the wetland. The drive from CingJing to Gaomei Wetlands was about 2 hours less than two hours, so there was plentiful of time to be at Gaomei Wetlands for sunset.

Route from CingJing to Gaomei Wetlands

Route from CingJing to Gaomei Wetlands

Since it was early we decided to visit “Bugcat Capoo House” to checkout this cafe which according to my daughter sold Bugcat Capoo products. These products seemed to be a fad among youngsters. We were to get some Bugcat products for her and coffee for us. Unfortunately on arrival it was closed on Monday!

Bugcat Capoo House

Bugcat Capoo House

We had been looking forward to some coffee, now that the store was closed we had to find alternative for our coffee. Google search brought me to a nearby nice cosy cafe and there we had our coffee break! We found a cafe “Saola Cafe” just 200m away which had five stars review on google.

Saola Cafe

Saola Cafe

Aft Saola Cafe we had our coffee break, cafe latte and a piece of cheese cake. A “yummy” break!

Even after coffee break, it was still before noontime, a long way before sunset. It was also too early to check into our hotel to rest and relax. We chatted with the cafe owner but that did not yield any interesting places in Taichung for a few hours visit. In the end we decided to recce Gaomei Wetlands before another trip during sunset time.

At Gaomei Wetlands the view was very blurry. We could see a “snaky” boardwalk going far out to the water edge. The sky and the ocean were not distinct.

Boardwalk at Gaomei Wetlands

Boardwalk at Gaomei Wetlands

After our recce we went to our hotel to checkin and very soon we were out to a Outlet Park nearby. It was Mitsui Outlet Park cum amusement park. There were hundered of stores  and many of them were selling branded products.

Taichung Mitsui Outlet

Taichung Mitsui Outlet

Many stores were giving great discount for their “cold wears” as winter was over. 60% – 70% discounts were pretty common. It was definitely time for “stocking up cold wears” for us!

In the evening we were back at Gaomei Wetlands. We parked our car near some shops which was a only a short distance from the boardwalk. The carpark nearer to the start of the boardwalk was “chargable”.

At sunset timing, there were certainly many more visitors. Everyone was walking the boardwalk to the far end. Sadly at the wetlands there was no sunset to be seen. The scenery was still as blurry as before, the mist covered the sun and its red rays.

Gaomei Wetlands Boardwalk

Gaomei Wetlands Boardwalk

Along the entire board walk was yellow marking/warning that informed visitors not to stray off the boardwalk else they would face a penalty of hefty fine between TWD 50,000 to TWD250,000. This penalty warning was certainly effective!

We had our dinner at a chicken restaurant near the wetlands. It was late and we did not want to spend effort searching for another eatery. It was a set meal for two, chicken, fries and beveages. The meal costed TWD690.

Chicken restaurant at GaoMei Wetlands

Chicken restaurant at GaoMei Wetlands

Our Stay in Taichung

Our stay in Taichung was Oursea Hotel. It was not in Taichung town, but near the outskirt/coast which was an easy drive to Gaomei Wetlands. This hotel was very strict on its check in timing not a minute earlier. Free parking was available for hotel customers just across the road.

Our room at OurSea Hotel

Our room at OurSea Hotel

Our twin room was on the 2nd level, unfortunately our room window looked inward into the hotel and not outward. Worse our window did not looked out and down to the first level like the other 2nd level rooms. Our window looked out to the corridor area. We had to keep the window closed and blind drawn to prevent passerby from looking in.

Breakfast at Oursea Hotel was nice, it was buffet style with some choices. The cost of our  twin room for one night stay with breakfast was TWD2600.

Breakfast at Oursea Hotel

Breakfast at Oursea Hotel

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