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which part of taiwan are u going too?

Would u be interested in saunas too?

Thanks in advance.... :thumb:

No plans as to where will I be yet... probably Taipei...

Saunas??? Hmmmmmmmmmm... May visit 1 just to "soak" into the scene... :D

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i did a search and there are some write ups on it Try This

Thanks.... :thumb: Trying to read... but at a VERY slow pace... :(

I super "eat potatoes"... Have been failing my Mandarin since Primary 3. :oops:

However, with the help of my trusted "HanYu ZiDian"... I'll succeed!

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I was in Taipei earlier this year and was recommended to this Taiwan straight massage place: http://www.footmassage.com.tw/

I went to the Nanjing Branch during midnight on Sunday and was pretty packed with people as well. I tried the 60-min body traditional massage and was pretty good. Had a good night rest that night.

They have male masseurs there and pretty matured ones. So if you are into matured or chubby massuers, you are in luck! But do be careful as this is a straight massage place. Not too sure if there are gay massuers.

Place is open 24 hours. While waiting for my massage, saw some Japanese men going there for massage too... My type.. haha...

Have a good time at Taipei!

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Planning a trip to Taiwan in early July.

This will be my first trip there.

Anyone with good recommendations on where to go for good massages (by good looking masseurs :twisted: :P )?

I just browse and found this DJ Aroma Massage. See whether this info is useful for you?

http://www.geocities.com/johnsonspa2003/

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Planning a trip to Taiwan in early July.

This will be my first trip there.

Anyone with good recommendations on where to go for good massages (by good looking masseurs :twisted: :P )?

Hi there I visit Taipei every 12 weeks and have been using The Relax & Royal Spa

very nice surroundings equally handsome massuers ( especially Sam ) and no rip off pricing - average NTD 3200 for 2 hours of bliss - you should try :)

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I will be going to Taiwan for a short holiday soon, around 5 days.

Flying into Taipei.

Any recommendations/advices/tips/hints on taipei/northern taiwan?

Cheers.

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The usual touristy stuff, I guess...

Btw, Taiwan is not very touristy... Due to political and historical reasons, the island was more geared towards building a stable economy and defending against PRC...

As such, you do have to travel a bit to see the touristy places...

Where are you staying in Taipei?

A few MUST GO places include:

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DOM, I tot you had agreed we should not attack a place just becos we dislike it in an earlier post? Remember when someone was attacking Malaysia, you stood up? Thank you...

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I am thinking of going Beitou for hotspring also. Good or not? Any other hotspring area.

Thinking of staying a nite in Taroko gorge also. But need to take bullet train from Taipei to Hualien.

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DOM, I tot you had agreed we should not attack a place just becos we dislike it in an earlier post? Remember when someone was attacking Malaysia, you stood up? Thank you...

It is just an advice, not attack, as I quoted it is only my opinion.

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I am thinking of going Beitou for hotspring also. Good or not? Any other hotspring area.

Thinking of staying a nite in Taroko gorge also. But need to take bullet train from Taipei to Hualien.

So far, the furthest I had ventured from Taipei is Danshui... Cos boy dun wanna go too far... And he hates getting naked in public... So, not much advice on these 2 locations from me...

I would LOVE to try Beitou... You can try checking the itineraries from the tour agencies to get an idea of where to go to... Taiwan tourism is only recently taking off... There MIGHT not be a lot of useful information available as yet on the web... :P

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I am thinking of going Beitou for hotspring also. Good or not? Any other hotspring area.

Thinking of staying a nite in Taroko gorge also. But need to take bullet train from Taipei to Hualien.

Arte...would back to u on this matter.

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The above mail was written by a friend. he send to a BWer who is going to travel in taiwan too ;)

hehhehee... that's me loh

Arte, let me know if you wanna meet and discuss...

here's my tentative itinerary:

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Enjoy your trip! :)

Seems like a lot of people I know are going Taiwan... :P

You, LC, OB, my colleagues... :P

I am planning a trip for me and boy this year end... Taiwan too... ;)

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FutureStar Hotel Entrance

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Me and Barbara stayed at Future Star Hotel (www.futurestarhotel.com.tw) because it is reasonably priced and it's close proximity to XiMen MRT (only 1 minute walk away). However we chose the mid range room at about $65 per night. Do take note that FutureStar Hotel is not a stand alone hotel as it only occupies 7th floor to 10th floor of a building.

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The size, cleanliness and comfort of the room was close to our Hotel81 standard. We even spotted a straight taiwanese young couple coming to the hotel for a quickie! :D

Here are some other budget hotels I spotted near XiMenDing which you may also consider if you decides to visit Taipei.

Rainbow Hotel (Tel: 886-2-23119193 Fax: 886-2-23885011)

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Wonstar Hotel (www.wonstar.com.tw)

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Chuan Tang Hot Spring at Beitou

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We decided to visit Chuan Tang Hot Spring at Beitou on a Friday afternoon as it was recommended by a PLU friend. Entrance fee was about $10 SGD (yes cheaper than diamond :D ). However we we quite dissapointed by the measly crowd and size of the place. There were only about 7 of us inside the area and according to our cab driver on our way back, the crowd only comes in after dark and during the weekends. What a bummer! <_<

There were only a hot spring pool (about 3 times the size of diamond jacuzzi pool), one small cold pool, a waterfall and jacuzzi pool plus a steamroom inside.

Most of the people in the hot spring are skinny greying uncles so there wasn't much eye candies. We spent most of the time soaking ourselves in the waterfall jacuzzi as the hot spring were too hot for us to bear (about 45 degree celcius) and our skins were cooked red after about dipping in for 10 mins!

The only tantalising thing I saw was a naked balding chubby uncle standing facing the jacuzzi jet water and thrusting himself forward and backward as if penetrating an imaginary person. :P:D

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<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Shilin Night Market</span>

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The die die must try food at Shilin Night Market is the XXL Chicken Cutlet at only $2.50 SGD! It was simply hot and delicious and there is always a queue. Me and Barbara ate one each almost every night we were there! :P

The rest of the food there are so so and we just tried for the sake of trying.

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DanShui Old Street

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Danshui Old Street was also a popular place bustling with activities just like Shilin Night Market with lots of food. Highly recommended.

However we did not take a bus or ferry to DanShui Yu Ren Ma Tou as there was a huge crowd waiting for the ferry. Furthermore, there was no sun when we were there to watch the sunset as it was cloudy everyday.

Cute Chubby Fisherman spotted selling some seafood squids! :D:P

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Ye Lin Hot Spring

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Another hot spring we decided to try was called Ye Lin at Beitou as recommended by a local taxi driver. It was slightly bigger than Chuan Tang but as you can see, it was rather deserted (that's why I can take some snap shots :P ).

There were only about 5 of us there together and we left after half an hour as it was rather dissapointing with no steamroom and jacuzzi plus there was a smell in the hot spring. :ph34r:

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WuLai

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Another popular tourist destination is WuLai. We wanted to try the hot spring there but from the brochures we had, we realised that most of the hot spring are actually commercial hotel style hot spring with hot bath tubs so we decided to give it a miss.

There was nothing much to see here and as the popular waterfall and cage train was quite a distance away and up a hill, we decided to give up and depart.

Another cute chubby moustache taxi uncle spotted! :D:P

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Cute puppies spotted at Shilin Night Market

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No they are not sleeping, it's a popular Ear wax removal at Shilin Night Market which is supposed to improve your blood circulation, insomia etc.

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Proper Queuing at MRT

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One nice thing about Taiwanese is that they queue properly at MRT before boarding and allows those on board to alight as opposed to us kiasu Singaporean which I am rather ashamed of sadly. They even queued up nicely on the right side of escalators so that others can rushed pass them. I guess we have a long way to go in term of polite behaviour. :(:ph34r:

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LupLup...i have never been to the hotsprings in Taiwan before. but, from your pics, i think those in Jap are better. the price of the airtics is another matter though. :P THE FOOD looks goodie!

And, :D , we did our honeymoon ard the same period!

Thanks for sharing the pics!

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Popular Food at XiMenDing

Ah Zhong Mian Xian

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Popular with the locals and crowded, we didn't really like it.

Ya Rou Bian (Goose Meat)

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It was not too bad, I like it but it was kinda expensive. About $12.50 for this set.

Lu Rou Fan (Rice with meat shred)

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Mango Ice with Milk (Our favourite!)

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LC: just across Chuan Tang hot spring is Sha Mao Gu hot spring, which is the new happening hot spring place.

Did you try out Office?

;)

ah cub,

alamak, why didn't u tell me earlier? We were at a loss as to which hot spring to go till we had to ask the local taxi driver.

No lah, I was with barbara, so cannot go Office. :ph34r:

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Proper Queuing at MRT

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One nice thing about Taiwanese is that they queue properly at MRT before boarding and allows those on board to alight as opposed to us kiasu Singaporean which I am rather ashamed of sadly. They even queued up nicely on the right side of escalators so that others can rushed pass them. I guess we have a long way to go in term of polite behaviour. :(:ph34r:

Did you notice the way they automatically keep to one side when using the escalators? :)

I LOVE Taipei the moment when I see that! :P

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No leh, tennis uncle... When I was at Taipei's MTR stations, there was no security officers... Everyone just do it automatically and us tourists just follow happily... Not like the people here... *rolleyes*

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They r not always there and not at every station, but there was once at peak hr, they were there and they would whistle on their peep-peeps very sharply and pointed at people to join the Qs. I think thru this kinda disciplining since the MRT started maybe, people are used to doing it liao, so the uniforms dun have to be out so often. In SG, i dun think they ever bothered to guide/educate since the very early days with their yellow lines experiments. Escalator discipline especially did'nt get much effort from the authorities.

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Is that hot spring is a natural one or man made pool?

and also everything written only in chinese?????, wat wud happen for an non chinese like me, i thght i can go to taipei this year end, i have to drop that plan now, looks very difficult to manage

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Cant answer the hotspring question.

Next, can i assume that u find it difficult coz everything in taiwan is in chinese?

If so.. i guess it is about the spirit of adventure and how much u wan to explore.

I am not trying to show that i am more gungho but When i first came to japan for travel 12yrs back, i dont even know how to speak japanese.. and i made my way to mt Fuji, disney land from the map and whatever english i could gather from the japanese people i asked direction for.

And when we look ard there are also other places whereby language seems to be a kind of 'barrier'. One good example, i think, is Korea.

Well, i guess i like to travel and wouldnt mind going to places i have never been before, at least once. I tried south india before and i dont think i can find the incentive to go there again.

Anyway, What i want to say is that, Try? At least once... taiwan is not so 'inaccessible' as compared to many other countries. Besides, there are also plenty of guides in english either at the bookstore or via the internet that u could do ur research on before ur trip. ;)

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Well, in a way, Taiwan, particularly Taipei, is trying to be more international... So, expect to find english road names and signages etc around the City... But then again, the Taiwanese government has a unique way of translating and they do not really follow the normal way of constructing the words in English...

I think I might be confusing you...

Let's just say that the translation's mostly word for word, and might sound funny... And they dun like to use 'zh', 'x' etc for names like you see in Singapore... So, you will see 'hs' in replacement of 'x' etc...

Else, travelling in Taiwanese cities should not be problem for those who do not read Chinese... The people there are also beginning to speak English... Just have fun... :)

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Let's just say that the translation's mostly word for word, and might sound funny... And they dun like to use 'zh', 'x' etc for names like you see in Singapore... So, you will see 'hs' in replacement of 'x' etc...

Croc.. u have example of word like that? can give a few examples? ;) i am sotonged :D

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Let's just say that the translation's mostly word for word, and might sound funny... And they dun like to use 'zh', 'x' etc for names like you see in Singapore... So, you will see 'hs' in replacement of 'x' etc...

Croc.. u have example of word like that? can give a few examples? ;) i am sotonged :D

as in Hsieh instead of Xie

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Its pretty alright moving around Taipei...the young people are ready to lend a helping hand to direct the way for you in English.

The same cannot be said in Japan though: I was lost for almost 2 hours during my first visit to Tokyo many years back, and was shooed away by japanese when I asked them for directions. After which I learnt to enjoy myself being lost in the city, and explored around like a blind man before I finally figured out where I was.

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