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ダックステイは台北古き良きな萬華区に佇まいます。 ダックステイから始まるの旅は、決して唯の観光ではなく、台北シティの探索と解読、現代と歴史の纏わりこそ、ダックステイから発見できるの新しい視界となる。

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2017-01-03

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A journey through Taiwan’s past by Angela Gale

Walking through the streets of Wanhua is to go on a journey through Taiwan’s past.   Being Taipei’s oldest district, Wanhua is full of reminders of the years gone by. With sites such as Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Old Street, it is easy to see that the area is not short on cultural riches. But a walk through Wanhua is not simply a piece of Taipei’s past; it is also an insight into daily Taiwanese life.   As the first place of economic development in Taipei, a walk through the market not only awakens the senses – think colourful arrays of vegetables, the glistening skin of freshly caught fish, small mountains of mantou (Taiwanese steamed buns) – but transports us to a time before urban sprawl. This seems to be much of a social event, to the locals; the lively chatter and casual snacking coming in equal to the purchasing of daily groceries.     From here it is just a short walk to Bopiliao Old Street which shows the remains of Japanese Occupation. Nowadays, the area is full of colourful artworks, shop displays and a museum which provides an insight into daily life in Wanhua in years gone by. For a moment you can take the same steps as the Japanese aristocrats through narrow cobbled streets, between grand colonial shopfronts, all the way to Longshan Temple – an important trade route of the past.   Once you arrive at Longshan Temple, it is hard not to be overwhelmed by its grandeur. Built in 1738, a living legacy to the Qing Rule, Longshan Temple has been rebuilt and repaired over the years due to natural disasters and effects of war. This only adds to the narrative of Taipei’s past, with the architectural wonders of various eras being on display. And the role of Taipei’s oldest temple continues to live on, a walk through this area, day or night, will show crowds gathered there to pray to the deities, both young and old, the smell of incense filling the air.   Wanhua is a great place to gain an insight into Taipei’s past; but more importantly, to see how the past interacts with the present in order to shape the city’s future.   -Angela Gale            

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2016-12-29

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Eating in Taipei by Jamie

If you're coming to stay at Duckstay Hostel in Taipei, you probably want to find cheap eats in the area too. The good news is, that doesn't mean you have to compromise on taste or variety. No matter if you're looking for traditional Taiwanese, something quick, a sit-down restaurant, vegetarian, or even a big greasy burger, you can find it within walking distance or a short MRT ride away. Breakfast in Taipei is probably the most different meal from what I'm used to back in America. You see all sorts of foods that Americans wouldn't dream of eating until lunch or dinner time. If you're adventurous, you can approach one of the many street vendors serving up intestines, though I can't say I've quite built up the courage to try. Maybe next trip to Taipei. I simply head across the street from the hostel to the ever-so-friendly woman who greets me with "hello handsome boy!" and serves me up a delicious egg-pancake with some sort of sausage all rolled up. Throw in a hot milk tea and it'll cost you only $45 NT. There's also a nice western-style restaurant about four blocks north on the west side of Kunming Rd. where you can get a scrambled egg, pancakes, mushrooms, and a milk tea for $75 NT. It's a sit-down style restaurant with an English menu that they happily brought right to our table when we sat down. For lunch and dinner, if you're looking to eat on the cheap, street food is the way to go. You can always grab a bag of dumplings or potstickers for $40-$80 NT, or if you really want to try something different, follow your nose to a choudoufu (stinky tofu) stand. Again, I haven't had the desire as the smell is just too off-putting, but people seem to like the way it tastes! Night markets open after sundown and always have a ton of great food you can try. If you're looking for a sit-down meal in a more western-style, expect to pay $100-200 NT or more. Your best bet for a cheap meal is a fast food style place. You can find a ton of them inside Taipei Main Station, or take the MRT to Ximen or Taipower Building where you'll find a younger crowd and lots of restaurant options. For dinner tonight, I walked about 15 minutes to Ximen and got a woodfired pizza at a place called So Free for $180NT. A bit different from pizza in America, but delicious nonetheless. If you're a vegetarian, there are plenty of restaurants that serve nothing but meat-free options. Just look out for this character on the sign: 素. There are at least three or four of these restaurants within walking distance of Duckstay where you can get a good meal for under $100NT. I went for a rice noodles bowl with vegetables and some wontons on the side, and though not incredibly flavorful, left me very full. You can always ask the worker at the front desk or one of the Duckstay volunteers, like myself, for a recommendation on good food in the area. We would be happy to point you in the right direction and make sure you get the food you're after within your budget! Happy eating, Taipei!

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2016-12-16

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Have fun in Jioufen & Teapot Mountain ! by Jamie

In my home state of Minnesota, USA, there are not many opportunities to hike, almost no mountains, and certainly no ocean. Here in Taipei, there is an abundance of all three, so my travel partner, Laura, and I took a trip to Jioufen and Teapot Mountain for a day of hiking, sightseeing, and fun. Staying at Duckstay Hostel makes it very easy to get around Taipei. To get to the start of our hike, we walked the short walk over to Longshan Temple MRT Station and took the Banaan line to Taipei Main Station (only $16NT with an easy card) and then took the TRA about 35 minutes to Ruifang Station ($72NT).  Once we arrived at Ruifang, we had to walk a few blocks and find the bus stop heading to Jioufen, which was very easy to do and we had many people pointing us in the right direction. It seems that we are not the first foreigners to head into Ruifang looking for the bus to Jioufen. The bus ride, a cheap $15NT, was beautiful and scenic. Winding on narrow roads up through the mountains with incredible ocean views out the window almost made me forget how carsick I was becoming from the quick and sharp turns. I was starting to regret my 7-11 sausage purchased from the train station... We arrived in Jioufen at the Gold Mine Museum just a few minutes later where we would start our hike! We went on a Monday, so the museum was actually closed, but we were still able to walk through to the back of the museum where the trail starts. There were a few other people walking around the outdoor museum taking photos, but for the most part, it was empty with the exception of a few cats strolling around their home. The start of the hike is very easy, with stairs and paved roads leading the way up. There were a few huts along the way where we were able to stop for some shade and to take photos of the beautiful blue ocean and clear sky. It was hot, and we were already sweating, so if you decide to make the hike, be sure to bring lots of water and sun protection. The hike up to the highest lookout point took about 45 minutes, and was well worth the trip. The view from near the top of the mountain is one fit for a postcard, and we spent a while taking it in. If you are not a big hiker, it is your last chance to turn back before the top of Teapot Mountain, where the real, difficult, and in my opinion, most fun part begins. Teapot Mountain is named so because at the very top are a set of big boulders in the shape of a teapot, and you can actually climb inside. In fact, to get to the other side and on to the rest of the hike, you have to make your way through. There are some ropes inside to help you on your way, because it truly is too hard to climb through without them.  I would advise you go on a dry day, because it could get slippery and scary to try it in the rain. The views from the top of the teapot are even better than from the lookout point, with the ocean on two sides and more mountains on the others.  After taking in the views, we continued on our way along the mountain ridge through the tall grass to the next peak.  Again, we found ropes helping our way up the steep, rocky face of the mountain, where we emerged into a cloud of mist. A little disappointing to miss out on the view from the top, but we already had our stunning views, and to stand atop a mountain in a cloud was very special as well.  From the top of the second peak, we made our way along more of the ridge towards Jioufen Old Street, taking us about 2 hours of solid hiking to get down.  By the time we made it all the way to Jioufen, we were ready to eat. There are tons of places to get street food along the street, as well as tea houses and

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2016-12-02

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VIsit Gong Guan,Taipei! by Sew

If you are born in the 80s, used to be obsessed with Taiwanese drama. Then it is safe to say that you have fantasised that you are one of the juniors, sitting at the bench, looking at your high senior running on the track. Or perhaps, you are born in the 90s, once cried for the movie “Café·Waiting·Love”. Then you might have fantasised being teased or followed by Ah Tuo in the alleys.   If you are none of the above, then you might be the same as me, a true loyal fan of Kang Xi Lai Le. Throughout the 12 years of watching Kang Xi, I have heard countless times of “Witch House” but never knew how it looks like. This is the place which cultivated 2 famous folk singers, Deserts Chang and Wu Tsing-Fong. If you fit in to any one of the abovementioned scenarios, then Gong Guan is your place to go.   Gong Guan is able to fulfil your desire for mainstream activities too. It is close to National Taiwan University, hence you will get a youthful and vibrant feeling from this town. On top of that, you will be able to find something cheap, something nice and something yummy here. Yummy food: Feng Cheng BBQ store, just right opposite of Witch House. Their BBQ pork roasted chicken rice is not bad. In Section 3, Tingzhou Rd., you will be able to find a nice night market, full of food stalls. I would recommend 黑糖青蛙鲜奶and割包.   Nice to see: National Taiwan University, Gong Guan Flea Market and Riverside (name of a place). Personally, I like WenZhou park area, you get to see people from different walks of life. Cheap: It goes without saying, food in night market is always cheap. But what make this place awesome is the cheap sportswear, it is along the section 3, Xinsheng South Rd. You will be able to find Nike, Adidas, New Balance etc.   So, don’t forget about Gong Guan in your next visit to Taipei!   By Sew

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