We arranged with a driver to pick us at 9am in the morning. We have many places to cover and I was wondering if there was enough time to cover all of them. We booked his car for the whole day for 3200NT. Shared among 3 of us, it’s quite affordable to me. The driver wanted to bring us to 九份，十分瀑布，五分埔 & 饶河夜市。
Before arriving at 九份, we stopped by a place where the sea breeze is so strong and scenery is breath-taking. The 2nd stop is at a copper fountain where we took many scenery pictures too. There was slight drizzle when we were at these 2 places, plus the strong wind was bone-cutting. When we finally arrived at九份, the drizzle became heavier and it started to rain heavily halfway through while we were shopping. Thankfully we borrowed umbrella from the driver and still managed to buy quite a lot of foodstuff. Even with the umbrella, I found myself drenched after shopping at 九份， you can imagine how heavy the rain and how strong the wind was at that time!
By the time we finished our shopping at 九份，it was already 2+pm, and we reached 十分瀑布around 3pm. We took a few nice photographs and also had our late lunch there~sweet potato rice! We left the place around 530pm and realised that the exit had been locked already. We then found out that they lock up the exit by 5pm! Kindly take note if you would like to go to 十分瀑布, you should leave the place before 5pm. We had no choice by to walk the railway track and follow the railway track to another further exit.
We then headed for 平溪to light the sky lanterns. By the time we reach the place, it was already very dark and the rain wasn’t too heavy already. It was a really nice experience to use the olden days writing brush (毛笔) to write our wishes on the lanterns and release it to the sky. We wished for health, love, career & happiness. After releasing the lanterns, the shop owner gave us a box of sparkles to play with. It’s been a long time since we played with sparkles.
We proceeded back to hotel after playing with the sparkles, because we were too cold, drenched and tired from the whole day’s activities. In the end, we did not go to 五分埔& 饶河夜市. After reaching our hotel, changing into a pair of fresh clothing and freshening up, we went to 西门町for our late dinner at a special Japanese restaurant. We continued our walking around in 西门町，bought bubble tea and fried oyster to bring back to hotel for our supper.
I can’t believe we are almost eating continuously! We went back to hotel to relax and have our supper, only to sleep at around 230am..