The fuqi hostel is former steel factory retrofitted into a minsu. Most of the original infrastructure are retained and can be seen on the inside.
There is a common area in the minsu at level one. You can chit-chat with other travelers and even karoke if you like!
This is a self-service store in the minsu. Take what you want and get change using the coins available.
Fancy sending a letter that will reach you in future? You can do it right here! All you need to do is to pay for postage, write a little postcard to yourself and they will handle the rest. How cool!
They somehow have a thing of making stuff look more aesthetically pleasing. This is the 22kV electrical distribution box with paintings over it.
Street view in the early morning as we search for our breakfast.
Settled for some steamed mantou that sells at 14TWD each.
Taking public transportation in Taiwan seems to be challenging. We took the wrong line during a mrt transfer at Kaohsiung and the bus service temporarily skipped the bus stop due to road works.
Ended up taking a 15 minute walk to the next available bus top only to know that the next bus arrives in 29 minutes. WHAT?! T_T
Today we headed up North-West to Anping. Along the streets, you will see a handful of games stalls. Generally, there are less vehicles and people going around, making it a nice place to visit and enjoy a relaxing day away from the city.
This is the former Anping Fort or Fort Zeelandia built by the Dutch East India Company in 1600s.
Cannot remember if this viewing tower is a later addition as part of the presevation but it offers a nice view of the city!
There is also a Tian Hou temple along the main street. It is very huge, making it hard to miss.
While walking around in search for lunch, we came across this cute dude. I mean, robot, er no. This is how people purchase filtered water and "pump" it into their containers.
This is a museum that shows the olden days Kiln used to furnace oyster shell into cement material for construction.
Lunched at a local shop but some simple food but...
We found this dessert shop that serves MEGA BIG almond jelly bowl!! It took 30 minutes to get to the bottom..
This is the Old Tait and Co Merchant House former used by the company to carry out trading. It now contains exhibition that tells the history of Anping.
Headed over to Anping tree house to check out how nature took over and grew into an abandoned house.
It all happened naturally without human intervention (i think).
If you cross the bridge across to the other side, you will get a nice view of the entire tree house.
There is no doubts about their level of creativity. This is a setup with the map that apears as an overlay under sunlight.
You get unparalleled scenery as you explore the city so always keep your camera within reach. :)
Crossing this bridge brings us to a salt museum which, is quite, boring and touristy.
Last stop for the day is at Anping dou hua, for some afternoon dessert. Reviews said that the place is very packed and is must try. However, it was moderately filled when we went and my review is, not a must to try.
Went down the same food street to have dinner and decided to try their version of tze char. Not that fantastic since they are fans of seafood but I am fan of vegetables.
Could not resist buying some mochi to snack on but the best way to enjoy it without wasting plastic was to carry it on your hand!
Passed by a bakery that sells freshly baked cake (鸡蛋糕) with a crowd! They sell it in 斤 (which is 500grams) and we were managed to share it with folks staying at the minsu. The minsu owner told us that the queue used to be at least 2 hours. However, due to tourism regulation, business this year is much poorer. Luckily, we managed to buy some from the last batch in 10 minutes! This is a MUST try.
Last stop for the day is at Blueprint cultural & creative park where old shopfronts are artistically refurbished for modern day business.
Very nice place to take some instagram worth photos and admire the artsy atmosphere at night!
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