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One Day Getaway: Shiding Thousand Island Lake in New Taipei City

Do you ever feel like you just need to be completely shut down for a day and find a sanctuary away from all the chaos going on in life? Or you're itching for an out-of-town getaway but are a bit short on time? As much as I love living in the city, it's nice to escape from the hustle and bustle once in a while. And I think I found just the perfect getaway spot to do that.

I went on media tour day trip hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to Shiding (石碇), a small town just 30-40 minutes drive to the East of Taipei, making it the perfect destination for a great day trip out of the city. If you're like me, a first timer, this article will give you some ideas while planning your one-day itinerary. In fact, even if you've been before, this could still possibly show you Shiding in a new light.


We kicked off the trip with a 10-course round table lunch at one of the most popular restaurants in Xizhi district before we make our way up to the mountain area in Shiding. Ichiban Za (一番座) is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving the community since 1994 and is constantly improving their menu. Currently they offer a "omakase family style" menu, basically adjusting the menu accordingly to whatever fresh ingredients they have on the day. Overall I thought the style is more of Japanese Taiwanese fusion given that the owner incorporates many Taiwanese ingredients and stir fry cooking techniques into the dishes.