Next morning after the previously mentioned breakfast, we set off from Jiantan station by bus to Yangminshan national park. A beautiful natural reserve with mountains towering over Taipei. In Yangminshan National park the "7 star mountain" (七星山) is 1120m and has a great view over Taipei and the ocean. Because of the volcanic sulfur fumes it can smell pretty bad if you are downwind, but mostly it is not an issue.
The wind that day was really strong and it was a little cloudy but without rain, so we did not feel the 34 degrees as bad as we might else have coming up a mountain ;)
The mountains had many small stone covered trails, covering and connecting the mountains in the park and these sun heated "tummy beds" were a huge attraction to the many small lizards in the area ♥
We also saw a squirrel for some reason right next to us(though I highly doubt it was due to people normally feeding it)
For lunch we had some awesome noodles at a cafeteria/Restuarant/gift shop in the park. Really good stuff and fairly cheap.
More photo's and video from the my trip to Yangminshan National park can be found here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/22807496_X864kn#!i=1829941856&k=JNm9mFB
Great day, but although we used sunscreen we still got hit as expected :)
That evening we came back on a completely overcrowded bus (which might have been the toughest part of the trip) got to the hotel, took a quick shower and were off to get what was my first full body massage. ( according to some of the people I talked to on the trip, massage in Taiwan is the roughest in east Asia) though I enjoyed the massage for the most part, my girlfriend was less than enthusiastic about the 70min "torture".
On "the other hand" the food massage the next day she enjoyed, while I considered writing my will and testament. Once it was over it felt great though. (more on this in related posts)
After the massage we went to get some shouronpo ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
We were really hungry so we ended up ordering too much at the time, which meant that some of it went cold before we could eat it all which was sad. A little bit of a shame really, but was great while it lasted. Shouronpou comes in all shapes and sizes, but we got som with shrimp, pork and ...? What was it again?? Pro tip! But when freshly served they all contain magma that once released into your unsuspecting mouth will keep you awake while you cry and melt （；＿；）
After that we both headed back to our hotel in one of the nice and fairly cheap taxis in taipei.
By the way our hotel was protecting and old tradition/superstition that "4" is unlucky - kinda like 13 - so there was no 4th floor in the building. These days this is hard to find in a modern hotel according to our Taiwanese friends.
As with the other days, it was time to relish the nice big jacuzzi our room had before "expiring" in bed.
Note! I had to get up 4 hours later for my lobby-pickup to go to Taroko gorge the next day. (check out the related posts)
Check out the smugmug gallery from the Taipei trip below: