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Contrasts of the old and new architectural styles. Here the Landmark building towers over the East Gate of the old city.
The Landmark building was the tallest building in Taipei until the recent construction of the 101 building, which is supposedly now the tallest building in the world...
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....
When hunting the spicy girls... (la-la-mei) or some western food, look no further than Hsimending, which is the section of Taipei where the young and trendy tend to congregage.
Located one subway stop away from the main Taipei train station on the Panchiao line....
It is said that all things in your body are magically and spiritually somehow connected to your feet. And for non-believers, here is the road map. You will see these diagrams at most any foot massage place in Taiwan.
If there are any questions as to how this all works, I'm quite confident that the soon-to-be rich and famous Dr. Foot fetish of Perth, Australia would be more than willing to field them....
Like any Asian city, Taipei is congested with bad air, bad traffic, and all the pitfalls of an Asian Urban center...
If you live here, best to find the few green spots around and in the city to get a brief respite from the urban sprawl. Some of the better places that are not far from city center include the Sun Yat Sen Memorial, the CKS memorial, Yangmingshan National Park, and Mucha Zoo...
When in Taipei, do try to find yourself a "heathly" side walk... Usually a long walking path over a number of rounded river rocks...
While walking on this without shoes can be somewhat painful at first, it will feel like the best foot massage you ever had if you can complete the track... (also a great cure for hangovers....)
Fondest memory: This wasn't a fond memory but it was indeed memorable. On my last trip to Taiwan I had booked a hotel limo to pick me up at the airport. On leaving the airport terminal and heading out to the main roads, the car was pulled over by police. A rifle was directed at the driver and he was directed to get out of the car. While they were checking his papers, another police officer beckoned to me (with rifle 'slightly' averted) to get out of the car. No checks were done of my passport etc and as soon as they were satisfied with the driver, we were allowed to get back in the car and proceed. I believe it was just a routine check. I couldn't ask my driver as he didn't speak English. Just a little bit of excitement to start my trip off.
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. :)
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...
There are various Taiwan's traditional snacks along the Tamsui River. You can eat with satisaction from day to night. After eating,don't forget to take a walk there.
The night view is great. Starbuck was located near the river;therefor, you can sit there and order a cup of coffee...
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.
As you buy something in the convenience store at Taiwan, you will get a receipt for you purchase. Don't throw it away.... this might win you big money.
The Taiwan Government launched a lottery system years ago to keep track of the income of the retail business.... don't ask me the tax system, I am not sure as a foreigner.
Anyway, the numbers on the receipt is the lottery number.... they have lottery pick every 2 months. And they'll publish the lucky numbers on newspaper.
Some say, they will not stay in Taiwan for that long period..... still, don't throw it away, you can actually donate the receipt to socail welfare organization. Sometimes you will see there is a box just right in front of the cashier or the shop.... it is for the organization... you won't it will win a big prize or not but you create an additional chance for the social welfare organization.
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.
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.