By Tiffany Deng
Here came the first half-day trip, Scavenger Hunt! Gathering at NCCU main gate slightly after lunch time on Saturday, most of us had a drowsy look. Yet as we walked to the bus stop, the atmosphere became exciting all of a sudden. Apparently we were ready to explore the whole Taipei city and complete the missions!
We were separated into red, green and blue teams, which corresponded to the red, green, and blue line of the Taipei Metro. The three groups started the adventure officially at Gong-Guang Metro Station, heading to three different directions. We were to take the challenge of “Asking strangers for directions,” from which we could only show the pictures of the places printed out on a board, and follow the information from strangers whether it is correct or not. With a Metro One-Day Pass in hands, we were able to take the metro to anywhere without the pressure of cost.
[Red Team] - Tamsui Line
Through rolling the dice, the first stop happened to be located at the branch metro station of Red Line, Xin Bei Tou. We TRIED HARD to ask a woman for direction IN CHINESE before getting on the subway. Thanks to her enthusiasm, we got the most detailed direction! It was a nice opportunity to practice speaking by talking to strangers!
After arrival, beyond expectation, we found the wooden library was under maintenance. We then decided to take a look at the Thermal Valley. Steaming and bubbling, the close contact with geothermal energy was definitely a new and special experience to most of us.
Later on, we went to Tamsui, where old streets have good food and scenery by the outlet of Tamsui river. We were surpreised by how many vendors there were, one after another on the streets. We completed our objective easily since it was a “Food Noughts and Crosses.” Sitting next to the harbor, enjoying the sun sinking with all the sunset-orange light upon us, at Tamsui this truly beatiful place we ended the splendid exploration.
[Green Team] - XinDien Line
National Taiwan University was one of our destination. We had to find our colleges according to the ones back to the States, and take photos in front of them. It was really a huge campus comparing to NCCU, we sweated so much and our legs were sore, but we did enjoy the relaxing atmosphere there was on a Saturday afternoon.
Then we went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall(中正紀念堂), for some of us, it wasn’t our first time being here, but having close look to the large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek was still amazing.
Finally, it was Bridge of BiTan(碧潭橋). Walking on the bridge and looking down at the river, we realized that was truly a great place for couples to have their romantic dates. Thus we reached the objective of taking photos with two couples rapidly and went for the delicious foods from the vendors aisle.
[Blue Team] - BanNan Line
Song-San Cutural Park was our first destination, the objective was to find our favorite part from the entire park, and explain the reason to ambassadors IN CHINESE. It was really a place with the imaginative’s creative ideas.
After another ride on metro, we arrived The Sun-Yet-Sen Memorial Hall(國父紀念館). We were there at such a perfect timing, all of us witnessed the honor guards conducting their shifting ceromonial duty.
Our last destination, XiMenDing, a popular shopping district for young people. Girls in our team totally enjoyed looking around and trying on makeup. We ended our day by taking a photo in front of the red house(紅樓) and getting extraordinary fried chicken cutlets!
The day ended with all three teams taking Metro around, walking all day, and having lots of fun. It was indeed an exhausting yet spirit-contenting and belly-satisfying adventure!