Last May, my wife and son and I had the opportunity to experience the beauty of New Taipei City, also known as Xinbei. While Taipei is modern akin to Tokyo, New Taipei City is scenic akin to Kyoto.
We toured New Taipei City via MyTaiwanTour with Gordon as our tour guide.
First, we saw the Golden Waterfall near the Gold Ecological Park. As explained by our tour guide, the water used to be of beautiful gold color as a result of combination of regular rainfall in the area and the abundance of gold deposited in the river bed. Then, we went to view the Gorilla Mountain and Yin Yang Sea, s strange patch of water said to resemble the symbol of the Chinese principle of Yin and Yang.
Afterwards, we went the old seaside village of Juifen. The village was the inspiration for the setting in Hayao Miyazaki’s animated movie “Spirited Away”. The views of the mountains and the sea and the iconic red lanterns really were really charming. We also had taro balls and various other street food along the Juifen Old Street, although somewhat unique, the food was not really that spectacular.
We then had lunch at the Skyline Tea House were I ate authentic Taiwanese beef noodles.美味!
We then went to Shifen Waterfall, the widest water fall in Taiwan. The water fall by itself was impressive, but the walk to and from thereto was also a worth while experience because of the surrounding trees and lush greenery and the cute pathways.
Next, we went old and magical village of Pinxi. There, we watched the old rail line and the beautiful scenery. We also released sky lanterns into the heavens, which was really a wonderful experience especially for my son.
Afterwards, we went to the equally magical Jing Tong Train Station. Hanging bamboo rolls can be seen all around the pathways, and the surrounding mountains were very scenic as well.
All in all, the tour was truly remarkable and we had a wonderful time.
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