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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[Amaya Travels] Taiwan Trip Part 15: Lo Dong (罗东)

Initially, we thought that Yilan was a quiet place with nothing much to see. But after some patient explaining from our hostel owner in Lo Dong, we realised that there was actually a lot we could do there! Lo Dong is a very good place to have your base.

Large entrance, but our hostel is one of the apartments upstairs xD

Little birdies building a nest outside~
Check out all the stuff we could do!

Simple, clean and enough (:

After settling in, it was time to look for more food (lol). Lamb soup is very popular here, and you should eat at the stall below. Apparently, when a huge gourmet show came around to interview them, they were closed. So the show went to interview the 2nd in line, and now their business is booming. Well, all the better for us with insider info + no queue LOL.

Really delicious, but also heaty~

Spotted a cute building!

Our hostel owner, Maggie asked us what we would like to do in Lo Dong. We told her we would like to have tea, and she recommended this really old tea house:

According to the sign, the tea house closes every Wednesday and Sunday.

Second floor very scenic, kinda like a museum

Freebie with our tea!
We tried two different kinds of tea, one which we had to brew by ourselves, and the other had the tea leaves already in the cup. I had to rely on my tea brewing knowledge from 7 - 8 years ago XD Was almost all correct, except I didn't put the tea leaves in the pot XD

The surrounding buildings all had this old feel to it, which made for an enjoyable walk~

Lo Dong Cultural Factory (罗东文化工厂)

After long chats with the other tea house patrons, we headed to the cultural factory of Lo Dong (for lack of better translation...)! The museum inside closes at 6pm, but the outside area is free to public 24/7! Apparently their music awards ceremony was once held here...

This space was built to promote and protect the art of handicrafts and other performing arts in Lo Dong.

Oh hello there :D

Lo Dong Night Market (罗东夜市)

Reviews online praised the Lo Dong Night Market, and it was indeed a lively one with lots of food and shopping available!

Please choose the chicken drumstick! It is awesome xD

A bit like popiah~
Again, not many photos because we were busy eating XDD The next post will move into Yilan proper :D

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