Saturday, February 09, 2013

Taiwan 8 days trip–Day6! <part 1> (台中Taichung-新社Xinshe-薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage)


台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage


You can read my previous post here!

And finally I’m blogging about 新社Xinshe of my Taiwan Trip in Taichung! 

Some background about Xinshe. Xinshe is actually very inaccessible in Taichung. Mountainous area, with only a single lane for both directional driving(Very impressed with Taiwanese’s driving skill) on some route, and completely no public transport. Fortunately, we actually found a bus company that provide transportation service in Xinshe at only 250NT per pax. Unfortunately, when we called up the company the day we reached Taichung, we found out that they have switched hands, and are no longer in operations. They did provide us the number for the other company though.

However, we woke up rather late again on that Friday. BAD MOVE. For people who intend to travel to Xinshe, I suggest starting your journey at 9am. So you got to wake up way earlier have your breakfast and leave at 9am. So you will have more time to cover more places!!

So anyway I faster call the number when I woke up and they told us that we got to reach Xinshe at 1pm if not we won’t be able to make it for the bus. So as quickly as we can, we only managed to leave our minsu at 10.30am. HAHAH damn late already. We quickly grabbed our breakfast from the breakfast place where we had discount coupons provided by the hotel, and hopped onto the first cab we saw in sight to get to Taichung Railway Station to take the bus to go up Xinshe area. 


THEN here comes the change in circumstance. So as usual, super chatty Taiwanese taxi driver meet super chatty me. HAHAHAHA. And we were talking talking talking and Mr Gan asked, ”Uncle how much does it cost to hire you to bring us around Xinshe (in chinese of course)” 

And the uncle quoted us 2000NT, where he will bring us to 3 places and back to our minsu at night. The uncle told us that the market rate is 3000NT and knowing that we are still poor students *sobs*, and there’s only 2 of us on travel, he decided to charge us cheaper. Okay 2000NT is about S$83 for those who are lazy to go google for the exchange rate. At that point in time we don’t know what’s the market rate, but we did a quick calculation on how much it will approximately cost us without the cab service and we found that 2000NT is very reasonable given the convenience we get and so we agreed. SUPER HAPPY US. HAAHAH. oh ya we did a quick check with another cabbie the next day and the market rate is really 3000NT for a whole day. HAHAHA so it’s lucky us. 

After a series of ups and downs (literally), and enduring the violent motion sickness, we finally arrived at our first stop!

薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

Anyway a brief history of this place. It’s founded by 2 girls who wanted a secret hideout. Tadah this place is formed. HAHAHAH. ok I only can remember this. You can google and find out more about the history if you are interested ya! 

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

Me with my post motion sickness face at the entrance

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

The ticket counter! 

Anyway the entrance fee is 200NT but the 200NT can be used to purchase stuff inside! However if you go on the weekends, you still pay 200NT, but only 100NT can be used to purchase stuff inside. Something like a coupon?

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

Houses that sell stuff.

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

They have a lot of these letterboxes all over the place. I think you are supposed to write some note/postcard and put them in if I’m not wrong. We did none. HAHAHAHA

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

Another one of me. There will be many me in this post. HAHAHA.

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

And this is one of the toilet. Surprised smile So nice!

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And a much happier and less motion sickness me!

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DSLR artistic shot to balance with my many faces HAHAHA

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My very happy face. HAHAHA. I’m really very happy that day. Awesome weather and nice scenery!

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

Attempted some model shot. HAHAHAHA. Not very cut out in this aspect. Ah well~

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

This is the exterior of one of the houses that we explored. I think there’s a European concept to it! 

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage


DIY soap station - DSLR

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

DIY soap station – Iphone

台中Taichung 新社Xinshe 薰衣草森林 Lavender Cottage

Cornflakes. Kidding. AHAHHA. Soap.

Apparently we didn’t attempt this. Why ah! I think I will enjoy this! But then again, I have no idea where will I put this if I really DIY a soap. So good thing as well~

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The many letterboxes I mentioned

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Ok didn’t write notes to post as usual. HAHAHA. I think I’m too man to do such stuff. 

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Rare appearance of Mr Gan

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Don’t know what he’s doing

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Me
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Display room. Okay I have no idea what is this for, and we were quite bored by the room.

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Kitchen.

台中新社薰衣草森林 Taichung Xinshe Lavender Cottage

More letterboxes

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US

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And us!

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Notebooks for you to scribble on

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This reminds me of some chinese textbook picture. HAHAHA

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Reminiscing about the past


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Ah the greeneries! 


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There. Iphone performs quite well right!

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AHHAHA. Damn unglam

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HAHAHA. Snail-fetish

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And that’s the lavender

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And up there is really nice!

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Spot Mr Gan!

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Me! anyway if  you can see, it’s rather steep there! 

台中新社薰衣草森林 Taichung Xinshe Lavender Cottage

台中新社薰衣草森林 Taichung Xinshe Lavender Cottage



The only wishes we wrote. HAHAHA

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Ding Ding!

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Not working but worth taking a photo with carousel. HAHAH


台中新社薰衣草森林 Taichung Xinshe Lavender Cottage

Ding dong Ding dong! 

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Finally the lavenders! damn small ._.
台中新社薰衣草森林 Taichung Xinshe Lavender Cottage


Ok I realised too many photos! I will continue with the 2 other places, 台中新社古堡花園 summit resort and 纸箱故事官paper story  in another post! Come back again ya!

You are currently reading Day 6. Continuing reading!
Day 1 on Cityinn Hotel Branch 2 and Shilin Night Market: here
Day 2 on ShiFen and Raohe Night Market: here

Day 3 on FuHangDouJiang, XinBeitou and Tamshui: here  
Day 4-5 on YongHeDouJiang, MaoKong, Ximending, SiHaiDouJiang, Taichung, Tomato Rooms and Fengjia Night Market: here
Day 6 on Xinshe- Lavender Cottage: here
Day 6-8 on Xinshe- Summit Resort and Carton King and rest of my Taichung Trip: here

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:00 PM

    Hi, was searching for transport to the Lavender Garden and chance upon your blog. Nice photos. May I know if taxi is readily available at the Lavender garden ? I was thinking of not hiring a driver for the whole day, cos not sure how long I'll be spending at this garden before proceeding to the next destination.
    Thanks.
    Sue

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  2. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for reading!

    Unfortunately there's no taxi available in xinshe. It's better to hire a cab! :)

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  3. Hi! May I know when did you go there? I'm planning to visit this cottage in August or September but don't know if its the right season to see lavender.

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  4. Hi Jayne8998, I went there in January last year and April this year. If I'm not wrong the blooming season should be in March. Do double check!

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  5. Hi, do you happen to have the number of the driver?

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    1. Hello thanks for reading! I didn't keep the number of this driver because on a hindsight I think he's okayyy. Perhaps you wanna try searching on trip advisor's forum? :)

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  6. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Hi Thr! do u stil keep the name and phone no. of the taxi uncle?

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for reading! Unfortunately i didn't keep the number of this driver because on a hindsight I think he's okayyy. Perhaps you wanna try searching on trip advisor's forum? :)

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  7. Hi!!! may I know how you find the cab uncle?

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    1. Hi please see reply below! :D

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  8. hi may i know how you find the cab uncle?

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    1. HI! Thanks for reading this space of mine!! I found mine purely on luck when I went there previously! But subsequently when I go again, I went to search on trip advisor for recommendations. On the hindsight after trying out a few drivers, I think this cab uncle is okayyy. There should be even better ones out there, thats why I didn't intro him here. So I guess you can try from trip advisor's forum? Hope this helps!

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