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: Kaoshiung to Taichung – 4th Day

The Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan, situated in Yuchi, Nantou. The area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon.

Swimming at the lake is prohibited but a 3 km Swimming Competition Carnival is held annually around the Mid Autumn Festival month.

When we arrived the 3 km Swimming Competition Carnival just ended.

The Lalu Island is a small island in Sun Moon Lake. the island used to be much bigger. The island is separated by two different parts; one part is in a sharp of a crescent that represents the moon and the other part is round that represents the sun.

When the island was much bigger, people used to live on it. Today the island have shrunk due to two events; first is the construction of a damn in the 1930s, the water level raised and flooded almost the entire island and in 1999 it shrunk again during the 921 Earthquake or also know as the Jiji Earthquake that destroyed the island.

After the 30 minutes boat ride we went to the Wen Wu Temple which it is around the corner not far from the pier.

Wen Wu Temple is located on a mountain, North side of the Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938 because people was worried the water from the Sun Moon Lake will flood the first two temples; Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang of Shuishotsun.

The Wen Wu Temple of the Year

Before leaving the temple I took some scenic views. 

Our last stop before we call for the day, Fong Jia Night Market. The market is located next to the Feng Chia University, it claims to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

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