Yingge Ceramics Street
Yingge Ceramics Street
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Abby M
Gatineau, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Yingge is a great day trip that people who like art and shopping should take! Here's my favorite itinerary (a suggestion, not a must) :-

Take a local (blue) train to Yingge, and exit the station at the staircase on the far left (next to the gift shop). Come out and turn left and head down this road (JiànGuó) for a while. This is the morning market road. Here, you'll see traditional open air stalls selling food and other household items. To some, this is a pretty normal thing, but I know some tourists enjoy seeing locals living their daily lives. Plus, you can buy some cut fruit or cooked food if you're hungry.

While you're walking you'll pass an Orange Tea shop on your left hand side. If you can't read Chinese, they have an English menu (ask for it) and some staff speak English. As you sip your passion-fruit green tea, keep walking until you reach the third LEFT hand side intersection since the station.Turn left here (GuóQìng St,). Nothing really interesting on this street but keep walking until you can see a High Life convenience store (on the left). If you look to the right, you'll see a bridge/road that is heading uphill. Cross the road to get on this road (Jian Shan Pu). Once you start walking uphill, you're on the "Old Street".

Keep walking up and you'll see a big building on your right (apartments but has some shops, too). Keep walking more and you'll see the beautiful new footbridge on your left. Continue walking straight for about ten minutes, but much longer if you're going into the little shops that line the street.

On the left hand side, keep a look out for Shu's Pottery (if you've reached the elementary school, you've gone too far.). It's not the cheapest DIY place, but they have a website, are huge, and I had a good experience there. You can make pots, paint ceramics or mosaic. Warning: it's $250 to make pots, but extra if you want to buy them at the end. Plus, it takes 2/3 weeks to get the pots if you want to have them fired to keep. Like I said, there are other DIY places on Old St., so do hunt around if you want a better deal.

After a couple of hours at Shu's, you're probably hungry. There are a few beef noodle places on both ZhòngQìng St and Jian Shan Pu. About $100/bowl, this is my favorite old street eat, as the broth is rich - very different from Pho. Some places will even let you pick a small ceramic item for free! If you wanna go fancy, there the Fu-Guei-Tuan Art Restaurant on ZhòngQìng, with a bilingual menu outside. Dinner can cost up to $2000, but there are some decent lunch deals at $350-$800. In the afternoon, they also serve High Tea. I recommend the Tiramisu Latte - yummy! On YùYīng St, there's a snack shack. You'll know it because their menu is written in chalk on its wooden exterior. I've never eaten the food here, but I can recommend their pearl milk tea ($35). There's also some street food at the intersection of TáoCí and ZhòngQìng: stinky tofu, tempura, Chinese sausage, etc.

After eating, wonder around the shops on ZhòngQìng. You'll see an old kiln that you can walk through. Most of the shops are basically here and on Jian Shan Pu, with a few on YùYīng and TáoCí. There's a lot of cool shopping - albeit expensive. There's a furniture store that sells cheap but cool antique-looking (not really antique) furniture. They also have smaller pieces like wood carvings and jewelry boxes. In other stores, obviously there are tonnes of ceramic items. But there's other forms of art, too, as well as clothes and other various items.

There is a public bathroom on one of the streets, but I always use the one in the big shopping building on ZhòngQìng (after the Art Restaurant, left hand side, before you reach YùYīng). This building also has many souvenir shops that are worth looking at.

Once you feel you're done with Old St. head back towards that big over-bridge you saw on the East part of Jian Shan Pu. Cross the bridge, walk through the temple compounds and walk down the steep stair case. You've now reached a narrow road, just cross it and in a few seconds you're on a wider road: JiānShān(don't get confused with JiānShān Pu).

You now have a few choices:
1) the Ceramics Museum (turn left on JiānShān Rd, then right when you hit the main road (WénHuà Rd). It will be on your right hand side after the gas station.) I personally found the museum boring, so I would skip it and instead...
2) ...head to the large park opposite the museum, on the other side of the road. For an hour, you can walk amongst giant spoons and bowls any enjoy the fine weather. It's quite a large area with an amphitheater and a hill to look out from.
3) Or, you can head into Sanxia, to go see the Zushi Temple. I suggest a cab ($150 max.) or, on a weekend, catch the Holiday Bus from outside the museum. At Sanxia, you can skip the Old Street shops (more of the same) and just look at the temple.

To get back to Taipei:
1) From Sanxia: Get to MínShēng St (Fuxing intersection), and there, outside the NET clothing store, you can catch the 916 to Yongning MRT station.
2)From Yingge: take the train back, or, if you don't fancy standing on the crowded train, there's 917 bus to Yongning MRT station. The bus runs on the hour (can be late upto 15mins so wait). Catch it on WénHuà Rd (Jian Shan Intersection), outside the Toyota showroom. On weekdays, there are no buses at 8pm. Last bus is 9pm everyday.
Follow the road between the gas station and Toyota (on right side of museum building) for a few minutes, and you'll see a cobblestone pathway begin on the right side. Follow it up some stairs, through a temple, and onto the new footbridge that takes you to the old street.
Written April 26, 2011
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TravelQueenie365
Singapore, Singapore667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Tip 1: Visit Yingge museum first and then visit the ceramic street.

Tip 2: There are tonnes and tonnes of ceramic homewares sold in this street. Take your time and find some good homewares. You can also bargain the price with the stallowners.

Tip 3: There are loads of food sold in this street but there is this one shop that you cannot miss. It is a shop that sells traditional Taiwanese Pork Chop rice and it is always filled with customers no matter what time of the day. I do not have the exact address but it is a very old shop that is transform into a quirky little joint. See picture of menu and there is a name on the menu. Hope you can find it because their pork chop rice is awesome!!

Tip 4: Bring an umbrella because it will be quite hot during the day and there is not many shelters or shades in this area.

Tip 5: By the way, this street is absolutely free to explore with no entrance fee or whatsoever. Best thing about Taiwan is none of their attractions cost anything!

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Written June 30, 2013
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Lalengmawia V
Aizawl, India127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
I visited this place alone by taking a taxi from Taipei and back though friends suggested me to take MRT. I reached Yinghe Pottery Street. Items were over priced. The worse thing is no one speaks english. This was very frustating. When I was about to go back to Taipei, I asked people where I could take an MRT. Everybody shrugged me off. And I was looking for a taxi and asked shopkeepers where I could take a taxi. Since they do not speak english, they shied away from me every moment when I was trying to speak to them. Luckily, I met one shopkeeper who called a taxi for me. And to show my gratitude, I bought souvenirs from his shop.
Written September 30, 2017
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birdinatuxedotravel
Hong Kong, China72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Yingge District in New Taipei City is famous for ceramics. It’s really close to Taipei City and a 30min train ride will get there makes it a great place for get-away during weekend. You can even take a pottery workshop and bring home with your creations.

This time we mainly go for ceramics workshop. The workshop only cost TWD$500, and you can take 2 works home (including mailing fee if you lived in TW). When you made the shape, you can pick the colour since the firing & drying pottery takes time. They will help you colouring later.

The easiest, level 1 pottery would be definitely a cup shape one. You can use it afterward for drinking water! When you’re done, pick your colour (they got sample for you to see the actual result). After 2 weeks you will receive your very own creation.
Written August 8, 2015
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Poseidon74SC
Miri, Malaysia89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Many years ago, a Taiwanese lady told me about this place. If you love ceramic art, pottery and cast iron ware, this is where you should be at. Be warned, this place will break more than your piggy bank *grin* which my friends nearly did after buying tea sets. Some are mass production stuffs which are cheaper or at bargaining price. There are factory outlets here hence you will get ceramic artwork at a good price. Some venues offer ceramic making class. Some shops sell crystal and stones.

If you like to do what the Roman do, use the local train. Get off at Yingge Station. Walk 5 mins or so down the street and you will start to see signage pointing where you should go. Google Map Street View will give you better idea. After you are done with Yingge, you could hop onto the bus and visit Sanxia Old Street which is another nearby suburb.
Written May 26, 2013
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Tour670500
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Yingge Old Street, a place to buy, eat and have fun. The street seemed like the ancient time, travelling back to the 1900s, except now when we are living in the present. I think when you want to have a chillin' and relaxing afternoon, this is the place to go. They sell small bites, bags, ocarinas, ceramics (of course). These ceramics displaying by the window outside the stores definitely added a touch to the beautifully designed ceramic object- you won't miss them even when you just come here for food! I definitely enjoyed this place more than what I expected, so I highly recommend you all to come here, spend maybe 2-3h here?
Written November 22, 2018
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irenegohjk
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Chanced upon this Yingge Ceramics Street while planning our itinerary. First trip to explore this old town but not a bad decision after all. A tip to share with everyone, it will be good to just hop on a taxi from Yingge Train Station to the Old Ceramics Street, fare is less than NTD100 as there's nothing much to see along the road.

There're a great variety of ceramic wares to choose as souvenirs or for own use. Do take your time to browse the various shops or malls and you'll definitely find something you fancy. But, do be cautious as ceramics may add on to the weight of your luggage when flying home :)
Written June 14, 2018
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Ecevit74
556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
An interesting day out and the best place for buying ceramics anywhere in Taipei and The International Awards bronze award winners for the most liveable community in Taiwan!

A large variety of ceramics, anything from a humble little bowl to grand water fountains or elegantly hand painted vases. From reasonably priced high quality to cheaper ceramics imported from China.
You can even make your own pottery, too in one of many ceramic workshops that offer a DIY service that starts from NT$500. They will help you to make your very own piece of pottery and also send it to you 2 weeks later as the firing and cooling process take time.

The old Yingge ceramics street is easy to find and is the area covered by its charming wide cobbled streets and tall Palm like trees which give its romantic tropical feel.
You can easily walk around within a few hours and for me that meant eating at a restaurant for lunch included. While there we bought some really interesting bowls, some ramekins (to make desserts with) and a very small cute milk jug.

This town has a long history in ceramics and there are some really interesting kilns to look at, different to the other kilns in the west.
This really is an interesting place and one of a kind, well worth a visit.
It's so convenient and cheap to get here. Exactly 17 minutes from Banqiao ,Taipei to Yingge train station using my Easycard and costing only NT$18 for one way. A total of NT$36!

There are only a few restaurants here, but there are more around the Old Street area. A few small venders can offer a few snacks along the way to the Old Street. There's even a 7-11 right in the middle of the Old Street.

You can't rush as there are a lot of stores to shop at and art galleries to see. There are also hostels here if you would like to stay longer.
Try and come during the week (Monday to Friday) and avoid vacations because it's really busy.
Written September 24, 2015
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Dominic O
Hong Kong, China1,583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
It was my second time been to Yingge Ceramics Street. I spent more than half a day here to look for the water fountains as my first visit was too rush. The day I was there the street was quiet. It was not holiday period so I could quietly look for what I wanted. There are about a hundred shops selling different varieties of ceramics. Some of them are very good quality with reasonable prices but some shops selling low quality ceramics imported from China. I enjoyed watching the local ceramics made by Taiwanese artists. I will go again next time in Taipei if time allows.
Written August 22, 2015
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JLlovetravel
Phoenix, AZ219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is only a 30-minute train ride from Taipei railroad station. If you like pottery and ceramics, you can easily spend a few hours there. Only some stores take credit cards though, so ask in advance. I would suggest to go around once and make mental notes of what you like or not and try to compare prices (they are about the same). I personally do not like things that a mass-produced (i.e. things that you see in many stores). Rather, I found things that are unique and only available in one or two stores. But that's just me. If I could carry more, i would have bought a lot more stuff. Very happy there.
Written February 25, 2020
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