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    Day 1 - 香蕉新樂園 Xiang Jiao Xin Le Yuan - Taichung, Taiwan



    It is my second time visiting Taichung.  The first time was quite a few years back.  At that time, I was with a bunch of friends.  That meant we were always drinking heavily and thinking back, I had no idea what we saw and did. I think it was a good trip though...friends, booze, laughter....that is all I can remember from my previous Taichung trip.

    So, this time, I am trying to really take a look at what Taichung is like.   After landing at Taichung airport, it was still pretty early, and it wasn't time to check in yet.  So, we dropped off our bags at the airbnb host and took a taxi to 香蕉新樂園 Xiang Jiao Xin Le Yuan for lunch.  I thought this place would be serving Taiwanese food.  Turns out they do dim sum, very much similar to the things I would get in Hong Kong.  Do Taiwanese have the same type of dim sum as Cantonese?

    I love the decoration of this place.  That's the main reason I came here.  I didn't come for the food.  It was just for pictures....more accurately, it was for selfies~

    It's like I went to a history museum.  I felt like I traveled back in time to see Taiwan from a few decades ago.



    There's a salon corner.


    Old school books on display.


    A snack shop?





    On the second floor there is a display for lots of vintage toys~









    So, after a whole bunch of pictures take, the food came.  Dim sum~  They are pretty good.  





    At the check out counter, there is a candy shop/souvenir shop.  Vintage candies~


    They have these postcard that the receive can turn into little plush dolls~  Very cute.

    Address: No. 111號, Section 2, Shuangshi Rd, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404
    Phone:+886 4 2234 5402
    Hours:
    Sunday 11AM–10:45PM
    Monday 11AM–10:45PM
    Tuesday 11AM–10:45PM
    Wednesday 11AM–10:45PM
    Thursday 11AM–10:45PM
    Friday 11AM–10:45PM
    Saturday 11AM–10:45PM

    You can find 香蕉新樂園 Xiang Jiao Xin Le Yuan at point A in the list "Places Part 1" on the map below:


    Chi

    Day 1: 香蕉新樂園 Xiang Jiao Xin Le Yuan > 一中商圈 Yizhong Market > 阿里巴巴 逢甲 Fengjia Alibaba > 逢甲夜市 FengJia Night Market
    Day 2: 彩虹眷村 Caihongjuan Village > 薰衣草森 Lavender Cottage天馬牧場Alpaca Farm臺中梧棲觀光魚港 Wuqi Fisherman's Wharf 高美濕地 Kaomei Wetland  > 一中商圈 Yizhong Market
    Day 3: 宮原眼科 Miyahara > OPPO台中NOVA體驗店 > 勤美術館CMP Block Museum of Arts > Movies at 華威影城 (Wovies) - SOGO > Late dinner at 稻鮨
    Day 4: TW1 Hotel > ATT4FUN度小月擔仔麵 Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant at 忠孝東路 >
    夢幻學園 Maiden School Cafe at 台北車站 Taipei Station > 西門町 Ximending
    Day 5: 淡水 Tamshui > 士林夜市 Shilin Night Market
    Day 6: 剝皮寮老街 Bopiliao Ancient Street中華民國總統府 President Office > Presidential and Vice-Presidential Artifacts Museum 總統副總統文物館

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