Exploring Taiwan’s Meteor Garden F4 University(Chung Cheng University)
- In Taiwan, you can ONLY buy your SIM card at the airport but I arrived at 2am and stores are closed and I didn’t wait and no SIM card resulted to…
- I travelled around Taiwan with NO MOBILE INTERNET – very fun actually 😀 So if you don’t feel comfortable with this(which I think most people would) I suggest you make sure your flights arrive before 12 midnight. Or you need to wait until morning.
- Always get the Easy card, it’s very convenient! MTR, bus, and even convenient stores, it can be used to pay
- Chung Cheng University is located in Chiayi, it’s really on the countryside
- I was staying in Taichung, so from there, took a bus to Chiayi station > Chiayi MTR to Minxiong MTR > then took a bus from Minxiong station to Chung Cheng University
- From Taipei there’s a guide from the school website here
- Locals hardly speak English so you have to up your acting skills
- School starts Sept to Feb, then Feb to June. I went there last June and no class means you need to wait for buses at Minxiong station for at least 3hrs interval
- TWD to PHP is almost 2x, so I just multiply it by 2 every time – ez calculations 😀
So you might be wondering why I was staying in Taichung. It’s probably the most underrated city in Taiwan – please search about it! When I first arrived I was so shocked to know that it offers FREE bus rides if you’re just going 8km within the City. So technically, if you’re going around the city, it’ll be all for FREE!
So from Taichung, it took me almost 2hrs via Bus to reach Chiayi station, which cost me 190TWD. Then from Chiayi Station I took an MTR to Minxiong station which took me just 15mins at 15TWD. This was probably the trickiest transfer of transportations I made because NOBODY speaks English! And I didn’t have internet! If you don’t know yet, Chiayi is a rural part of Taiwan so you’re acting skills will be tested – good thing i’m good at it 😀 Lastly, bus from Minxiong to Chung Cheng university took me more than 30mins and 20TWD but I waited for almost 3 hours – good thing i’m the king of patience!
Arriving at Chung Cheng University, it was sooooooo quite, well, no classes so what do you expect. There were some students and they were all looking at me like, oh, what’s this crazy guy with school uniform doing on no-class day LOL. There was a map at the entrance but guess whaaat – it’s in Chinese! And walking along, there were no people to ask for directions to, so yeah, it was a manual search for the great Penyah. I literally walked around the huge university to find the most memorable places of Meteor Garden.
I walked for 10 minutes before i found my first stop, the center of the University. I tried to look for stairs and there was! The famous spot where Sanchai shouted her lungs out(not really sure that’s the exact place but it looks like it). This is the spot where it hit me. I’m really inside F4 University! From the movie that my friends have craved over for years even until now! Now, I can easily make them jealous by showing my pictures – bwahaha
The spot that I really wanted to find was Sanchai’s locker!! The very famous locker that got marked! This one was so hard to find, so I asked a janitor walking by me and showed the picture of Sanchai with the locker and them boom, he pointed me to the way! It was on the library(picture outside the library found above, Row 3, #2). When you reach the library you need to go down the stairs. The place was dark but it didn’t scare me at all. I just felt a big sigh of relief and awesome feeling of accomplishment – I surely made my friends proud.
In case you wondered how I survived roaming around Taiwan without roaming internet. Here are some tips I could give you:
1) It’s just a matter of preparation – at the hostel where there’s internet I research all of the places that I would be going to, save notes on the roads, modes of transpo, it really felt like I was travelling the old school way!
2) I love being spontaneous. I’m not easily bothered when things don’t go my way, just be cool, breathe – everything will fall into place 😉
3) Be pretty patient, travelling requires a lot of those.
4) Lastly, I’ve lived my whole life not owning a phone for 24yrs so, yeah, I’m not really phone dependent 😀 (hard to believe? you can read about it here