After leaving home for so long, the thing that I really really miss is our food. Well, there is NO specific dish that I am dying for it, but I do miss how we celebrate.
The place we GREEDY Taiwanese love a lot is Buffet Restaurant, one place and you can have it all. Now working in China, there are a lot of buffet restaurants, but I still find those back in my homeland are more attractive. When it comes to fondest memories of my city, I would say endless eating tour at Shilin night market, vegetarian buffet restaurant dining with my family, NTNU and NTU night market food. If you do have a chance to ask a local to show you around, please try at least once at any buffet. You will know why we love it SO BAD!!!
How Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas (part4)
In the midst of the Sino-French war in 1885, Hongkongers held strikes
and demonstrations to protest against the French invasion of China.
On observation of these protests, Sun Yat Sen gathered that the Chinese people
had a certain level of awakening. There was still hope for China.
Days before the peace settlement between China and France,
Feng Zicai defeated a battalion of the French army at Zhennanguan. Strangely,
even after defeating the French, China still had to cede land to France.
Even the French were baffled. It was after this Sino-French war that
Sun Yat Sen vowed to overthrow the Qing dynasty and establish a republic.
To revolt, Sun Yat Sen needed a suitable occupation to act as a cover.
He chose medicine to reach the common people. In the autumn of 1886,
the nineteen-year-old Sun Yat Sen enrolled in Nanhua Medical School
a subsidiary of Guangzhou Boji Hospital run by the Presbyterian Church of America.
During those times, Dr Sun was a good friend of Zheng Shiliang and Wang Lie.
Members of the anti-Qing organisation Hong Men Hui (clandestine gathering),
Zheng and Wang provided great assistance to Dr Sun's revolution.
That was how Dr Sun got help from members of such secret organisations.
I recommend Hsin Tung Yang Neoclassic Pork Floss.
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MRT aroud Taipei
The Taipei bus system is undergoing a period of rapid change in the run-up to the millenium.
As new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines come into service, many new bus routes are being added, and a few old ones are either being shut down, shortened, or altered.
The ability to transfer to and from the MRT lines by bus is becoming an important factor in the success of the MRT. Travelers can't take advantage of the speedy new MRT lines unless they can conveniently get to and from stations.
Join Discover Taipei as it makes the Taipei Transfer and examines how the city bus system got this way and where it's going in the future..
Each MRT station has a feeder bus serving it. Most bus routes serve a single MRT station, but some serve 2-3 stations. The red line has 21 feeder bus routes serving its 21 stations, for example, while the brown line has 8 serving its 12 stations.
Feeder buses run from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. They are scheduled to arrive every 10-15 minutes during rush hours, and every 20 minutes off-peak.
Like regular city bus routes, the feeder route bus routes are split between private and TCG bus companies. In some cases, these new feeder bus routes have been allocated as a form of compensation to bus companies that are losing ridership due to the MRT, which is estimated to have decreased bus ridership by 20-30 percent since the MRT started going on-line in 1996.
There is a brochure available for each MRT line, showing its system of feeder buses. The brochures include maps of each bus route, a map of the MRT line, the route numbers of the feeder buses and regular city buses serving each station, frequency of buses, etc. Unfortunately, the brochures are only available in Chinese so far.
A bit underwhelming
This is the very famous dumpling empire that is now found in Taiwan (where it originated from), Hong Kong, Shanghai, US, etc. Long lines everywhere you go.
I went to the "original" Din Tai Fung. Well, nice restaurant, very good service, orderly wait and you get to rub shoulders with dumpling pilgrims from at least 10 countries. What's not to like?
Don't get me wrong. The food is very good, particularly the dumplings. But I didn't think it was that much better than similar places in Hong Kong, New York, LA or Taipei.
Still thumbs up though! They have quite a few locations in Taipei as well that aren't as busy. Dumplings! Dumplings! Dumplings!