In my opinion, you may take train to visit Keelung. But I don't know where you would like to go in Keelung? There are some famous senic spots you don't want to miss such as Chuiefeng Old Street, Pingshi Sky Lantern, Yelew Queen's head, etc. But it might take you one or two hours to get there by public transportation.
If you don't mind, please contact with me for more information.
Janette (on behalf of Bill)
Taipei streets are not just about the sights but the smell and taste as well. So whenever you visit this "Land of Snacks" I suggest you follow your nose and immerse yourself in the flavors Taipei has to offer.
葱油饼 - Cōng yóubǐng - Onion Pancake *
臭豆腐 - Chòu dòufu - Stinky tofu *
蚵仔煎 - In Taiwanese: ô-á-chian - Oyster Omelette *
In Hakka: hao jien
In Mandarin: kézǎi jiān
牛肉麵 - Niúròu miàn - Beef Noodles
餃子 - Jiǎozi - Dumplings *
蛋撻 - Dàntà - Egg custard tart
珍珠奶茶 - Zhēnzhū nǎichá - Bubble tea
麻糬 - Máshu - Mochi *
月餅 - Yuèbǐng - Mooncake
鳳梨酥 - Fènglí sū - Pineapple Shortcake
貢丸湯 - Gòng wán tāng - Pork ball soup
NOTE: * with pics
Fondest memory: There are so many variety and innovation when it comes to the food in Taipei. Stomach Capacity will be your only hindrance. Whenever I'm here, I don't usually eat sit-down meals. I combine both. Visit 老街 "Old streets" and eat my way from entrance to exit of that street. :)
you are planning a trip to Taipei, I have some recommendations for you as following:
1 - Hotel: Agora Garden Hotel is one of advisable options. Besides this, you can refer other two 5-star hotels if you are interested in.
* Sheraton Hotel: located in Zhongxiao east road. You can view nightscence of taipei & 101 from your room. I've been there once and felt very comfortable. It takes you around 3 mins to Taipei Main Station by MRT or 10mins by walk, where you can catch any transportation to every spots in Taipei.
* Palais de Chine Hotel: it is very near from Taipei Main Station also
2- Places to visit: for 3-day trip to Taipei, you can visit some places as:
* Taipei 101: incl. shopping mall & you can view taipei from 89th floor
* Meilihua (”ü—í‰Ø): one of the most prosperous places in taipei for shopping
* Tamsui acient road (’W…˜VŠX): sightseeing, shopping. You should buy tiedan (ˆ¢”kèc’`) and yusu (‹–‹`‹›çÆ), famous food there ~ very delicious :)
* Taipei zoo: kids may be interested in.
* Other place: National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall(http://www.yatsen.gov.tw/); National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/index.php)
You can walk around nightmarkets in taipei and try different kinda tasty foods, for example Shilin nightmarket.
3- Transportation: transportations in taipei are very convenient, service is kinda good. Don't worry about this.
Hope these information will help you partly.
Have a nice trip
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.
Fondest memory: 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!!!
Taiwan has a rich variety of unique fruits to try, all your favourites from home are available as well as a few Asian surprises, guava, lychee, dragon fruit, white coconut, starfruit, wax apple, papaya and the mango amongst others. You can also try durian in the summer although this is imported from Thailand (not for the faint hearted)
Fondest memory: Starfruit juice/plums/guavas
Favorite thing: A signature of Taiwan has to be the night markets, often bustling and full of colour noise and smells. They can often be cramped, dirty or chaotic but always interesting and have plenty of hot food and cheap goods on sale. There are usually some slot machines and games for children.
YongKang Street is the place. Start with value for money Japanese food at ˜a“c‰® (No. 3), then end off with dessert few steps away at Ice Monster. And just for the memory, take back a bottle of fresh orange juice from the make-shift stall just next to Ice Monster.
Fondest memory: People are amazing. The food was awesome. Shopping rocks.
My friend said that. Tip well and you'll be serviced well.
This actually applies more to the driver of your airport transfers and your porter at the hotel.
Restaurants nowadays implement a service charge, so there isn't a need to tip the waiter and waitresses, but you'll do get a better service the second time you visit the place if you have tip them.
Petou Hotspring musem was hotspring hall built up in Japanese colony time. The museum reserves not only the hotspring hall, but also introduces the hall's history, shows Taipei hotspring origins and geography.
No ticket, just for free. It kills your time and lets you learn knowledge about hotspring.
Hsin-Lin nightmarket has much amazing food. King fried chicken and King sausage are the ones you should not miss.
Taiwanese sausages are generally sweet. Taiwan king sausage is the same. Wanna try it? You had better share it with your friends...
Hot-Spring is popular in Taiwan. In Taipei one can find hot-spring hotels in Beitou and on Yang-Min-Shan.
Huang-Zhi hotspring is famous for its water what has strong energy and can cure skin sickness. In Huang-Zhi there are pools individually for women and men. Couples also can take bath in private rooms.
The food are also highly recommonded. I love especially Japanese hot-pot what has much vegetable.
Fondest memory: No. 42-1, Lane 402, Hsin-Yi Rd., Peitou, Taipei
TEL: +886 2 2862 3688
FAX: +886 2 2862 2988
There is a social/professional group in Taipei called CAPT. It's a great way for foreigners to meet new people. If you would like to know more about CAPT, please feel free to visit : http://capt.org.tw
If you want to see pictures of Taiwan and all it's people, go to our pictures page:
We have monthy brunches and other events...
Fondest memory: the people !
Favorite thing: Teaching English is my favourite thing to do here in Taipei. I love kids. Especially those ones who are still in kindergarten. They are cute and innocent. So they will believe whatever you tell them. =D
Taipei city is food city. We have many good restaurants: Taiwanese, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnam, Indian, Italian, German, French, Iran, Russian, American, Mexican, Tiebetan, Mongolian, Turkish, Spanish etc.
Many nice food stands on streets are also recommended: Boba, ice, fried oyster, spring rolls, papaya milk, french pan, middle-estern rolls, fried stuffs, spring-onlion pan, Chinese bread, Shanghai bread, B.B.Q. corns, baked sausage,s fried chicken, pig-blood cakes, egg cakes, oil-rice, fried noodles etc.
I introduce you doing like local Taiwanese in Taipei city: eat and walk; walk and eat.
Being democratic -- if a bit authoritarian -- Taiwan is what all of China might be if it were not ruled by the Communist Party and its mostly geriatiric chieftains. Its people are no more industrious or enterprising than those on the mainland. But their social-economic-political system has given the Chinese on Taiwan a far higher standard of living.
Fondest memory: To encourage tourism, the Taiwan airport offers a free three- or four-hour tour of Taipei.