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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby Jaboney » 04 May 2012, 18:31

I lived there for a year.

It's isolating. If you're not in traffic, the bus into Taipei takes about 40 mins. But you may spend 40 mins waiting by the side of the road and the return buses don't run all that late.

Best entertainment is hiking or biking in the hills.
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby spock » 04 May 2012, 18:59

mangoholic wrote:Spock, I live near the Linkou hospital, so I am not very familiar with the Mingchuan area. Sorry. Wish I could help.


Do you often visit Taipei ?? Is it really that hard to get there from Guishan ?
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby TheGingerMan » 04 May 2012, 21:39

Gueishan Town is an abomination, as is that sorry excuse for a University there.
That said, once you head out of the township up Linkou way, there are some great sites for hiking, mountain biking, herping, and exploring old military emplacements.
It is not that close to Taipei at all.
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby mangoholic » 04 May 2012, 21:42

I live close by the hospital, and there are buses that run every 20 minutes or so from the Linkou Hospital to Taipei Main Station and to the Chang Gung Hospital on Dunhua North Road. You can pick up a Chang Gung bus near the Taoyuan Train station, but you'll have to take that to Chang Gung Linkou, and from there take another to Taipei City. So yeah, I supposed the part of Guishan you are in will be a little bit inconvenient for getting to Taipei. Maybe the best way would be to get the train schedule and then when you want to go to Taipei jump in a cab and bomb down to the Taoyuan station and then get your train into the city.
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby Jaboney » 04 May 2012, 22:18

mangoholic wrote:Maybe the best way would be to get the train schedule and then when you want to go to Taipei jump in a cab and bomb down to the Taoyuan station and then get your train into the city.

Nope. Pretty sure the cabs cost more, the buses are definitely third-rate, and there are great gaps in the train schedule. Unless it's rush hour, or you've got a quick, cheap, direct route to the train station, hopping on a bus to Taipei is the best of none-too-great options.

The quieter bits of Guishan look like this:
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Taoyuan's downtown, this:
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby chung » 05 May 2012, 00:20

Contrary to what many have posted here, there are some excellent strolls in or near Guishan. Obviously, not as diverse as the lower slopes of Yangming Shan, but the area around Dadongshan is comparable to the hills behind Xinyi. Even though the transportation situation has greatly improved over the past few years, I'd still suggest buying at least a bicycle to get around. A scooter is a must if you plan to live there for more than a few months. As for trains from Taoyuan to Taipei, the frequency is about 10 - 20 minutes depending on the time of day.

If you're interested in more adventurous walks, Taoyuan Bus Co. and Zhongli Bus Co. operate daily service from Taoyuan station thru to the Lalashan gate.


Martyrs' Shrine
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Taoyuan&h ... o-30310785

Dadongshan Hiking Trail
http://blog.xuite.net/lee325/mountain/52847389

Herping in Hutoushan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6viAPtabRI

Fuyuan Village
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Taoyuan&h ... o-55652108
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby superking » 05 May 2012, 06:45

I lived near the hospital. I went close to killing myself.



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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby TheGingerMan » 05 May 2012, 07:11

superking wrote:I lived near the hospital. I went close to killing myself.



ENJOY.


You wank! Another untold story, we could have hooked up, as I was just down Tom's Hill in those daze. :doh:
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby ChewDawg » 05 May 2012, 12:20

I used to work in the industrial park area. Some great food places (two of my favourite Yunnan restaurants are in the area).
So I got an expresso and a hot burrito!
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Re: Guishan Township, Taoyuan - looking for some information

Postby superking » 05 May 2012, 13:36

TheGingerMan wrote:
superking wrote:I lived near the hospital. I went close to killing myself.



ENJOY.


You wank! Another untold story, we could have hooked up, as I was just down Tom's Hill in those daze. :doh:



NO WAY! I was living down some red clay filled shit hole of a road. (Aren't you all? :D ) One thing I remember about that place was learning how to say, "I don't want chopped tomato," so I could say it in KFC. Bu yau fan jie. Or something similar. And then I said it in KFC, and it was like I DROPPED A BOMB. The cashier said it, like FOUR times, then some other guy heard it, and it went round the room like a wild fire. "CRACKER DONT WANT CHOPPED TOMATO." I am pretty sure the Apple Daily were getting the quote from the guy, "Yuh, and THEN he said he didn't want no chopped tomato." So I was super happy and felt like, "Fuck if you learn the language, you can get shit done." And then I opened my chicken wrap. The ONLY thing inside it was chopped tomato. I didn't know how to say, "Oi cockface, which part of BU YAO did you stumble over?" So I just chucked it in the bin and gave up.

Guieshan is also the only place where I have eaten where cockroaches openly run about on the walls. When I pointed them out people laughed at me, like I was trying to get involved in some sort of civilisation.
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