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Kaohsiung Kids Friendly Itinerary Day 6: Fun Bus > Ciaotou Sugar Refinery ( Tai Sugar Museum)橋頭糖廠 > Mall > Ruifeng Night Market

Day 6: Fun Bus > Ciaotou Sugar Refinery ( Tai Sugar Museum)橋頭糖廠 > Mall > Ruifeng Night Market

- Ciaotou Sugar Refinery ( Tai Sugar Museum)橋頭糖廠, a pretty tranquil place surrounded by nature, easy access via train
- We only went to the mall cos it was near the train station and night market
- Ruifeng night market - it was ok, still preferred Youth Night Market 

Fun Bus to Ciaotou Sugar Refinery via KMRT 

The walk to KMRT station
The castle-themed room at Fun Bus was so awesome and Sticky Bean had a ball sliding and doing her pretend play whenever we are in the room.
The downside, however, will be the accessibility of the accommodation. It was quite a walk to the nearest KMRT and I thought we might be able to walk past places selling breakfast on the way to the KMRT but disappointedly, we didn't walk past any food places.

Ciaotou Sugar Refinery was very accessible with a KMRT station that brings you directly to the attraction.
Lucky for us, there is a popular bun stall which is opened when we reach Ciaotou Sugar Refinery. So there, we had a simple bite to eat before exploring Ciaotou Sugar Refinery

Similar to Cijin island, we rented an electric 4-seater bicycle to explore Ciaotou Sugar Refinery

There were a few old train carriages on display there. Do remember to slap on plenty of insect repellant.
If your child is a fan of trains, this will be a delightful place to bring them to.

Honestly speaking, Ciaotou Sugar Refinery looks more like a creepy abandoned factory you often see in any haunted scene.

Found a small shrine along the way where you can scribble wishes on wooden planks like this and hang it up.

There was a fish pond near one of the dessert place where you can purchase fish feed via the vending machine.

Sticky Bean's must-do activity...animals feeding

And then we chanced upon a pineapple plantation! So cool.

So instaworthy right? If you want to step into the plantation, then do ensure you're wearing long pants at least. I was wearing a dress that ends below the knees and made the mistake of stepping into the plantation. Not only did I get cut by the sharp blades from the pineapple leaves, but I also suffered plenty of sandfly bites that ruined my trip and the following week after.

The temperature in Kaohsiung is getting too warm and we ended our exploration at Ciaotou Sugar Refinery sooner than we planned to.
It's a breeze heading back to Fun House where we will make a stop at Rui Feng Night Market before heading back for the night. - just take the KMRT

There's a Mitsukoshi Department Stall near the MTR and they're having a Hello Kitty Carnival.
So we stopped by for a break and tried some of the food at their Japanese food street.

Lots of photo taking opportunity.

There, the Japanese food fair

Ruifeng Night Market is a 10 minutes walk from this departmental stall and we found ourself at Ruifeng Night Market.

My mum's favourite, trying all the Guava at the various night market.

Love this kind of stalls where you pay just TWD100 for your child to play fishing with no time limit. They get to redeem a toy as a gift thereafter.
We parked Sticky Bean here and took turns to shop around the night market.

We were a tad too early, not all stalls were opened.

In summary, I do feel that Ruifeng Night market was overrated. Personally, we prefer the youth night market where there's a lot more variety and less crowded than Ruifeng.

Tip #12: If you're heading to Ciaotou, be sure to slap on tons of insect repellent, I came back with legs covered with sand flies bites. the itch is so unbearable 

Quick Review Kaohsiung Child-Friendly Itinerary Day 6: I will rate this day a 3.5/5, one will enjoy Ciaotou more if they like to see vintage trains. The walk to the train station from Fun Bus was further than expected and left us pretty exhausted with all the walking for the day. If you have a packed schedule, can just skip Ciaotou.
If we were to do this again, I will replace Ciaotou Sugar Refinery with other activities.

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