A stop on the way to Alishan
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I arrived into Chiayi a little after dusk and was happy to find a plethora of budget hotels to choose from near the train station. I wandered into 4 or 5 and ended up back at the first, where 450TWD ($15) got me a double bed, with en-suite hot water facilities and cable TV in my room, which was a rare treat. As a result, i couldn't drag myself out of the room at first, as i was glued to the screen!
Finally i managed to leave, as my rumbling stomach got the better of me and i only had to cross the road to get a serving of Chiayi's local speciality - Turkey Rice. It does what it says on the label! Rice is topped with Turkey trimmings and then a tasty gravy is poured over the top, which when combined serves up a tasty little treat.
I spent the rest of the evening in front of the TV, watching movies, sport, National Geographic and news. It became so addictive that even when i switched it off and turned out the light, i was just itching to turn it back on again and couldn't sleep due to the temptation! It sounds crazy, but its totally true. I finally managed to leave the control alone and get to sleep around 3am, which maybe wasn't the cleverest of moves!
The next day i struggled to get up around 10.
It took around 30 minutes to walk to Changhuang Temple from the train station, but it gave me my first taste of a Taiwanese city, other than the capital Taipei, so i enjoyed looking at the architecture, even though i did find it a bit drab. The temple itself was quite impressive, with 3 stories and plenty of ornate items inside. I spent 20 minutes nosing around, before i decided that i best be heading back I stopped off for some lunch on the way and thankfully the food was on display, so i could point at what i wanted! At the same time, i don't really like eating this food either, as it is pre cooked and normally cold. Still, it was better than heding back to the golden arches! I arrived back at the station, just nicely in time to catch the 13.30 train.