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One day tour to Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan. 24

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One day tour to Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan. 24

Postby Vivian_Zhang » 21 Jan 2016, 21:45

I have been staying in Taipei for three months. So far I spent most of my weekends in my room, writing reports. I hate it, so I decided to make a change. I told myself I need to go out and explore Taipei. I plan to visit the Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan.24. As I do not have any friends here and people at this forum seems friendly, I guess it may be a good idea to meet new friends by having a one-day tour together.

Basic info about me. I am a girl from mainland China. (Somehow, I feel some young Taiwaneses are not so friendly to me because of this. Once in a party, after I said I was not into politics at all, a Taiwanese girl could not resist the urge to declare that Taiwan is an independent country several time directly to me. It was really awkward and the host was embarrassed too.) I like movies, especially sci-fi movies. I speak native Mandarin and fluent English, so communication won't be a problem.

Basic info about the trip. I plan to take the Bus 795 close to Muzha MRT station. It will take 1 hour to get there. You can use EasyCard or buy a one day pass with 100NTD. I prefer to have a casual trip. We can decide where to hop-off and hop-on on site.
Here are some articles about the tour:(first two in English and the last one in Chinese)
http://kitchen.j321.com/Visiting-the-co ... -of-Pingxi
http://www.formosaguide.com/2015/06/pin ... -line.html
http://www.taiwantrip.com.tw/busline_post_n8.html#

If you are interested, please let me know by Saturday 10pm.
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Re: One day tour to Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan. 24

Postby yinggeaussie » 24 Jan 2016, 22:14

It is a good day trip - I did it last year - hope you didn't freeze to death though.
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Re: One day tour to Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan. 24

Postby Vivian_Zhang » 25 Jan 2016, 10:10

yinggeaussie wrote:It is a good day trip - I did it last year - hope you didn't freeze to death though.

Thanks, but I did not go yesterday because of the cold and my hateful weekly report.
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Re: One day tour to Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan. 24

Postby StevenCrook » 26 Jan 2016, 20:42

Vivian_Zhang wrote:I feel some young Taiwaneses are not so friendly to me because of this. Once in a party, after I said I was not into politics at all, a Taiwanese girl could not resist the urge to declare that Taiwan is an independent country several time directly to me. It was really awkward and the host was embarrassed too.


I'm sorry if you felt awkward, but many people in Taiwan "feel really awkward" that the regime in Beijing, while proclaiming kinship and affinity for Taiwanese, (a) threatens to attack/invade if Taiwan insists of self-determination, and (b) hinders Taiwan's participation in international organizations, even when it puts lives at risk (eg WHO).

There are times when choosing to be "not into politics" effectively means supporting one side. George Orwell argued this point very well in the context of World War II.

Perhaps the girl said it repeatedly simply because, in Taiwan, one can say such things and not worry about official harassment, arrest or imprisonment.

But I'm sure you're intelligent enough to realize all of this.

Enough of politics. I do hope you get a chance to explore Taiwan. The following may be useful:
http://www.guidegecko.com/taiwan/sights ... ,127144,50
http://bradttaiwan.blogspot.tw/

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Re: One day tour to Pingxi old street this Sunday, Jan. 24

Postby ranlee » 10 Mar 2016, 12:30

Sorry your trip got cancelled! I remember that day during New Years, it was sunny, but veeeeery cold.

I won't lie, it is not easy coming to Taiwan to study from China. When you introduce yourself and mention where you're from, the person you're introducing yourself to may not say it at first, but it may be lurking in their thoughts.

Try to overlook it, not every Taiwanese are like the ones you've described. Try to join a group of people that have similar interests and go from there.

For example, a sport or photography, you'll have plenty of things to talk about other than your political stand point on Taiwan v China.

Try harder to not get cramped up in your room all the time because of schoolwork. You're studying abroad and half of being away from home is experiencing the difference in culture!

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