Taiwan Holiday: Taipei City – Last Day!

Last day in Taipei, we stayed in a hotel in XimenDing. It is a neighbourhood and shopping district in Wanhua District of Taipei. It the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan.

Visit the Taipei Zoo

Weather was really hot, did not get to see all the animals as they were taking shelter in a cooler place.

After the visit to the Taipei Zoo we took a MRT to Mengjia Longshan Temple. The temple was built in Taipei in 1783 by a Fujian settler. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers who came from China mainland. The temple has been destroyed in a numerous earthquakes and fire.

During the World War II, May 1945 the temple was hit by the American bombers during the Raid on Taipei, who claimed that the Japanese were hiding military weapons and equipment inside the temple. The main building and the left corridor were damaged and many precious artifacts and artworks were lost and destroyed.

The Taipei residents have nevertheless consistently rebuilt and renovated it. Now Longshan Temple is seen as a symbolic Taiwanese architecture with a Southern Chinese.

The temple worships a mixture of Buddhist, Taoist and deities such as Matsu.

XimenDing Night Market

XimenDing Night Market has been called the “Harajuku” and “Shibuya” of Taipei. It is a source of Taiwan’s fashion, subculture and Japanese culture.

Taiwan Oyster Mee Sua famous stall at XimenDing Night Market. A very delicious noodle soup.

~ That’s all Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~

Taiwan Holiday: Taoyuan to Hualien – 1st Day

Taiwan Round Island Holiday

First day from Taoyuan we traveled to Taipei City by the fastest bullet train in Taiwan. Enjoying the thrill of the speed and also the efficiency of the MRT in Taipei City.

At the Taipei Station we board the MRT to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall to see the famous monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memorial of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of the Republic of China.

The National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall monument is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei.

The Memorial Hall is white with four sides. The octagonal roof rises 76 meters above the ground and is covered with blue gazed titles. The blue and white colour of the building and the red colour of the flowerbeds echo the colours in the flag of the Republic of China. The octagonal shape picks up the symbolism of the number 8, a number traditionally associated in Asia with abundance and good fortune.

The Memorial Hall stands at the east end of a park and the National Theater and Concert Hall frame it on the North and South.

The area was and well kept, but it was really hot, blazing off.

From the Memorial Hall monument we head to the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan. Did not take much in the museum.

The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan is the first museum to collect miniatures in Asia. The museum was founded on March 28th, 1997 by Mr. Lin Wen Jen and his wife, Lin Chin Mei.

The Lins traveled the world to build up their impressive collection of fine miniatures.

Among the items on display are dollhouse-sized replications of some of Europe’s most classic structures, as well as dolls in full period regalia.

The gift shop, though it is small (naturally) is also fairly impressive.

No. 96, Section 1, Jianguo North Road
Zhongshan District
Taipei City
Open: Tuesdays – Sundays (10am – 6pm)
Close: Monday

The 101 Taipei Tower that everyone talks about it.

I was not fascinated at all, it was exactly the same as entering into KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

After the city tour, we head to JiuFen Old Street.

JiuFen is a mountain area in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City near Keelung, Taiwan.

JiuFen used to be the centre of gold mining in Taiwan. With a unique location and landscape, the famous scenic spot. It is surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, offering an amazing views of Mist Sea that creates a romantic ambience.

When gold mining industry ended, JiuFen was once solitude till the rise of tourism. It is now one of the must-see attractions in Taipei visit.

JiuFen Old Street is packed with wide variety of products, especially foods and souvenirs.

The name JiuFen means ‘nine portions’ in Mandarin, there were only nine families lived in this village during the Ching Dynasty.

Due to lack of resources, whenever one of the nine families went grocery shopping in the market or purchase goods from freighters, they would purchase nine portions; this is how JiuFen earned its name.

The amazing view

We continued our journey. On our way down, we stopped at Nanfang Ao.

Nanfang Ao is situation at the southern side of Su’oa Habour, a major base for coastal fishing. Abundance of the fish catch here has made Nanfang Ao one of the three largest fishing towns on the island. There are actually three fishing harbours and markets at Nanfang Ao, each with its own unique character. The first market is the site of fresh fish auctions, the second market is a retail market for seafood and the third fishing harbour which runs along Yugang Road, which is packed with seafood restaurants and stores selling the special products of the area.

Our last stop for the day, Chishingtan. It is known as Taiwan’s most beautiful gravel beach.~ That’s all Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~