Everybody Dance Now....
As any visitor to either Taiwan or China can attest to, early morning dancing is quite the popular exercise form for the middle aged over here.
Be it ball room dancing, the watusi, the twist, the tutti-fruity, the mashed potato, you are sure to see a big group of people dancing their cares away in any public park at about 6 AM or so....
You can travel to the northern coast. Many cities, e.g. Ji Long, Dan Shui, are fishing towns. Watching the fish boats come in, unload, and then buy fresh fish is quite an experience. There are many seafood shops in these cities. Choose carefully. Usually the busiest one is the best one.
Jaoho St. Night Market (Chinese: ÄÇªeµó©]¥«)
Here is a great place for local color, selling handicrafts such as teapots and bamboo knickknacks, clothes, traditional Chinese toys, tapes, CDs, electronic gadgets, and other souvenirs. The roadside stalls also sell a variety of local snacks and fruits.
Flying to Taipei
I ended up planning a trip to Taipei in conjunction with my trip to Okinawa. The Okinawa to Seoul leg of the trip had a brief layover in Taipei. Since I had never been to Taiwan, I decided to extend my layover (for free!) and explore the city.
The country's main international airport is Chiang Kai Shek International Airport, but its name was changed by the opposition party in 2006 to the Taoyuan International Airport. It was completed in 1979 and is the home airport for Taiwan's China Airlines...the airline with no flag so as not to offend the People's Republic of China on the mainland. Terminal 1 is home to some Cathay Pacific and China Airlines gates, and numerous small, regional airlines. Terminal 2 was opened in 2000 and is home to the major global airlines such as KLM, United, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, and the main gates for Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. A third terminal is expected to be constructed in 2008 to help handle the expected 34 million passengers per year.
The airport is located about 50 minutes north of Taipei and is accessible by car or bus via Highway 1 (The Sun Yat Sen Freeway).
Ice creams at danshui
While at danshui (tamshui) old street, you will see the numerous stall selling these super tall ice creams. Priced at NT10 for a small ice cream, there isn't anything really special about this ice cream except for it's height. These ice cream would be a nice treat on a warm summer day.