2011 Taiwan Hsinchu Taiwan

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On the way back from Puli, I stopped at Hsinchu to see my friend who happened to be in Taiwan on business. Hsinchu is the oldest city in northern Taiwan (my friend was, however, in a Science Park in Hsinchu, which was approx 5 miles from the Old City).

(1) Arriving at Hsinchu

I took a bus to Taichung (台中) then took a train to Hsinchu. By then I became reasonably comfortable to take a train in Taiwan. Train services in Taiwan were reasonably reliable and affordable for common people, like me.
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(2) Hsinchu (Old City)

Like temples in Taipei, the temple has elaborated roof decorations.
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Traditional medicine shop
I don't have the slightest idea what kind of medicines were being offered in the store.
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Public lottery
The lower sign said "50NTD (approx $1.75) may change your life".
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Teppan-yaki
Like restaurants I saw in Taipei, Teppan-yaki was popular in other cities as well. Self-served ice cream was offered as a dessert in this restaurant.
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Preserved buildings at Ching-Tsao Lakeside seemed to be from the Japanese colonial period (but I couldn't find any positive confirmation).
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(3) Train ride back to Taipei

I took a train ride back to Taipei. There were express services available among major cities. The way the railroad services were offered in Taiwan was quite similar to the way they used to be in Japan (maybe back in 70's, in 80's).
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Japanese comics were quite popular in Taiwan.
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Yes, she was reading a Japanese comic but sentences in bubbles were all translated into Chinese.
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