Our Trip To Neiwan

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Photos by MJ Klein, including FOOD PHOTOS!

 

Our Trip To Neiwan

We’ve been to Neiwan before, but this was Phoenix’s first trip there – in fact it was her first time on a train (sorry I’m so far behind in my blogging!)

Our Trip to Neiwan

This is the new Liujia station that resides next to the Hsinchu High-Speed Rail station and connects the THRS to the TRA.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Going up to the platform….

Our Trip To Neiwan

The THSR Hsinchu station, viewed from the Liujia station platform.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Liujia is a terminal station, and every train goes towards Hsinchu.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Phoenix takes it all in….

Our Trip To Neiwan

This is a rather confusing graphic that shows where you are in relation to the rest of the TRA line.  Zhuzhong station connects the Luijia line (which is more like a spur) to the main line.

Our Trip To Neiwan

The first sighting of the train….

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Phoenix loves Thomas the Tank Engine, and the whole Thomas universe.  So, when this electric car came along, we told Phoenix  it was Toby, because Toby is square shaped.  She started to call the train “Toby” and I think that made it more fun for her.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Waiting for the train to leave….

Our Trip To Neiwan

“What’s down at that end?”

Our Trip To Neiwan

Even before the train started moving, Phoenix was having fun.  But when it started pulling out of the station,  she got really excited.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

The Luijia train has a nice graphic display over the doors that show where the train is, as well as what car you are in.

Our Trip To Neiwan

We got off at Zhuzhong and waited for the train to Neiwan.  Shown are 2 trains: 1824 and 1826.  We took the 1824 at 15:10.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Phoenix on the platform, waiting for the train.

Our Trip To Neiwan

In the meantime, a few other trains passed through the station, and in this case, Phoenix called it “Toby.”

Our Trip To Neiwan

This is our train to Neiwan.

Our Trip To Neiwan

It’s very colorfully decorated.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Even on the inside.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Phoenix enjoyed looking out the window at the passing scenery.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

This was all new to her.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Eventually she settled down for the ride.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Out of the window, we get our first glimpse of Neiwan.

Our Trip To Neiwan

This is Neiwan just outside the train station.

Our Trip To Neiwan

It’s always crowded on the weekends.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

We begin walking down the main street.  During the week, this place is like a ghost town.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Taiwan is known for delicious strawberries.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Phoenix really enjoyed checking out all the vendors.

Our Trip To Neiwan

We stopped at this “douhua” 豆花, (tofu pudding) place.

Our Trip To Neiwan

This is what Hui-chen got for her and Phoenix (I don’t eat douhua).

Our Trip To Neiwan

Phoenix loves douhua and often asks for it.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Back to the street, we see Hui-chen carrying Phoenix so she can see better.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Up ahead there is an alternate street to the left.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Lots of great stuff on offer.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Including some games.

Our Trip To Neiwan

I don’t know what this is called, but it is a type of dried fruit.  You can see the boss lady is cutting one up for packaging.

Our Trip To Neiwan

It says “ice cream” in Chinese, so I suppose those things are cones?

Our Trip To Neiwan

Now this place really caught Phoenix’s interest.  She loves rabbit dolls.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Here she is, checking them out.

Our Trip To Neiwan

This one was just too big!

Our Trip To Neiwan

But she really liked it.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Here you see that Phoenix has settled on a more reasonable sized bunny.

Our Trip To Neiwan

This shot says it all!  She still has this bunny and she loves it.  Phoenix has 3 rabbit dolls and this one is the largest.  There is “bunny,” “little bunny,” and “tiny bunny.”

Our Trip To Neiwan

Holding on to her bunny we go down the street to the left of the main drag.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

We bought some of these snacks.  Really great!

Our Trip To Neiwan

More games.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

See the green dumpling things in the steamer tray?  We made some of those on one of our camping trips.  They are a Hakka cultural cuisine.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Ahead is a movie theater.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

We came to the end of the road, and to this covered section.  We found a place to eat and proceeded to do just that!

Our Trip To Neiwan

Bamboo.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Chicken with green onion.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Pork with green onion.

Our Trip To Neiwan

As we left the restaurant, the gentleman on the left suggested that the boss lady strike a pose since the “foreigner” was taking a photo.  Too late!

Our Trip To Neiwan

Neiwan also has lots of toys on offer.

Our Trip To Neiwan

By this time it was getting dark and the crowd was thinning out.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our Trip To Neiwan

Did I tell you that Phoenix loves ice cream?

Our Trip To Neiwan

Taking the ice cream in hand, we head for the train station for the ride back home.

Our Trip To Neiwan

“How is the ice cream, Phoenix?”

Our Trip To Neiwan

“Excellent!”

Our Trip To Neiwan

We sat in a seat right up in front of the train, and got to look out a window facing forward.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Since Phoenix loves trains, this was especially interesting and exciting for her.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Taking the escalator to the platform to get our connection to Liujia.

Our Trip To Neiwan

Our final train of the evening.  We went back to the THSR station where we were parked, and drove home.  Phoenix fell asleep in the car.  Another fine day of sightseeing in Taiwan!

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8 comments

  1. Kids, bunnies and trains make a great combination! Amber was also a big fan of Thomas when she was younger, and still has the train set.

    Neiwan looks like the typical Taiwanese tourist trap. But as long as Phoenix enjoyed herself, that’s really all that matters.
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    1. Jim, you are so right on all accounts. Neiwan is just what it looks like but we still like to go there. Phoenix doesn’t seem to like girlie dolls. wonder if that’s a phase or not. take care Jim.

  2. As I looked at your pictures I kept worrying about Hui-chen and that big backpack. Hope it was not as heavy as it looked. Thank you for sharing your pictures. Phoenix looked like she had a good time.
    Boston has had at least 7 feet of snow. So enjoy your beautiful weather there. We have not seen snow this year, which is perfectly okay with me.
    Looking forward to more pictures.

    1. hi Carolyn. no, the backpack isn’t that heavy (and yes i do sometimes carry it – when she lets me!). Phoenix had a great time checking things out and of course, the train ride. i heard about Boston’s snow from my biz partner. glad it’s not here! take care Carolyn.

  3. Some nice photos. Phoenix is growing up fast. I remember going to Neiwan with Joanne. A nice reminder of life in Taiwan. It is more than 4 years since we left the island. Joanne returns every summer to visit her family. I’m hoping to return in the summer of 2016.

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