Clay in Ing-Ge
Ing-Ge is a small town that is a half hour's train trip south of Taipei. It is well known for it's beautiful clay ceramics and pottery. When you go there you will see many shops where you can buy anything from a cheap traditional ceramic flute to wonderfully sculpted art. Most of the time they have some kind of a sale happening, so you can usually buy much cheaper than the sticker price. On our last trip there we found some gorgeous pieces for 40% off. If you aren't interested in buying someone else's work, then you also have the option to get down and dirty and make something of your own. It'll cost 100 NT to make something out of clay on a wheel. It costs an extra 150 to bake and color it, which will take 2 weeks minimum. If you can't pick it up in 2 weeks they will ship up to 6 items to the same address for 150 NT. If you decide to make more items you can get an additional discount.
- Arts and Culture
Window on China
Window on China is the second largest miniaturization park in the world. My visit to this theme park reminded me very much of Madurodam in The Haague, Holland. The park showcases miniaturized landmarks and monuments in Taiwan and China including the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. There are also miniaturised models of other monuments in other continents like the Taj Mahal, Paris Opera House, Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty, The Pyramids of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa and others.
- Theme Park Trips
The majesty of Taroko Gorge
Situated at the rocky east coast of Taiwan near Hualien is Taiwan's major attraction, the Taroko Gorge. A fantastic 19-kilometer-long canyon, the gorge is a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water. Taroko is famous for its spectacular granite mountains and marble canyons. Millions of years of wind erosion and shifting of continental plates created impressive grand canyons.
The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Pai Yang Waterfall, Yin Tai Waterfall, Chang Chun Waterfall, and Lu Shui Waterfall. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth.
The best way to see Taroko Gorge will be to take a full-day trip by domestic flight from Taipei's Sung Shan Airport. A half hour flight on Far Eastern Transport will take you to Hualien where you will board a tour bus to take you to the gorge.
- National/State Park
Cheifun Mountain Village
I signed up for this tour at the hotel, and it was a wonderful drive up the mountainside to a quaint little village. I also found the shopping here to be much more enjoyable. Great deals and very nice locals.
Danshui - Coastal Town
Take the MTR to the last stop called Danshui. It is a charming town that sits on the coast, and you will not only be rewarded with a spectacular view of the sea, but will also find a charming little town for shopping and wandering along cobblestone streets.
After a visit to LongShan Temple, travellers can take a short walk to the Herb Street right beside the temple (Xi Chang Street 244 alley).
Herb is one of the main product of the Chinese Medicine, if you are interested to knowing more about the use of herb, you can make a visit to this alley, talk to the sellers, and they are more than willing to teach you about the herb knowledge.
Exhibitions in the bookstore
It is not necessary to visit exhibition in the art mesuem or gallery.... Eslite provide a good place for various type of exhibition.
At the lower ground of Eslite DunHua branch, there an exhibition hall for all types of art exhibition, it can be photography, toys or painting..... No tuxedo, no official attire, you can just wear casual to enjoy a whole night of beatiful art.
Located at the heart of the city, SPOT Taipei is still not very well for the Taipei Community beside movie lovers.
Formerly the residency of the U.S. Anmbassador, SPOT Taipei has changed into the film house which showing a lot of great movie that never show in the normal cinema, especially those non Hollywood movies.
Even for those who are not really for movies, you can just sit at the coffee house having good coffee with a newly bought book in SPOT Taipei..... relax in the dizzy afternoon.
Address: 18, Sec. 2, Chungshan N. Road, Taipei
Well, just like any other country, in CKS memorial hall, provost guard switch hourly. I think Taiwanese provost guard is well-trained and quite nice to see their performance. ( Although this is a serious situation. )
Next time, you visit Taipei, just take MRT to CKS Memorial Hall station, besides seeing magnificant Chinese architecture, please enjoy our provost guard-switching.
The Yangmingshan area is abundant of geothermal activities. Besides the more famous XiaoYouKeng, you can also visit the Surphur Valley/Longfeng Valley area. The Surphur Valley is the second source for the Peitou hot springs (the first source is Hell Valley). Unlike the Hell Valley, where hot spring water can be retrieved directly, it only emits hot gas here. However the local people builded the water pumps around the gas holes, which turns water into hot spring waters. Then this artificial hot spring water is carried down the mountain by water pipes.
Peitou Hot Spring Museum
This building originally was a public hot spring bath place. Later it was abandoned and converted into the musuem. In the museum you will learn a lot facts about hot springs, such as how they are formed, how many types are there, and where they are located in Taiwan and in the world. You will also learn about the history of Beitou, and its hot spring industry. Although the museum is quite small, I think it is interesting and worth seeing.
When you visit Danshui, you can always see this beautiful Guanyin Mountain on the other side of the river. In fact, you can go there for some good hikes. The most popular trail there is hiking from Lingyun Zen Temple to Yinghan (Tough Man) Peak. The 40 minutes hike is quite easy but you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Taipei Basin, Yangming Mountain, and the Taiwan Strait.
Visit Yangmingshan at Night
Yangmingshan is not just for day time visit! At night it is actually quite a popular destination for those who have their own transportation. Most are visiting the restraurants (there are lots of them!) for a nice dinner there. Or go to one of the hot spring hotels in the mountain. You can also just go there for a view of the Taipei city at night.
228 Peace Park
Renamed in 1996 as a gesture to help heal the scars left by events of February 28, 1947, 228 Peace Park was once known the premier cruising spot for Taipei's gay community.
In 1998, the park was renamed to honor those whose lives were irrevocably affected by the events of 228, and the ensuing years of martial law and suppression by the KMT.
Any visitor who wants to understand the complex and often heated emotions surrounding Taiwanese politics should at least pay a visit to 228 Memorial Hall
Danshui's Strange Museum
Wanna see a six-legged pig? Or two-head fish? Or fancy touching some weird creatures?
This musuem is the place for you.
It is located along Danshui's Old street.
Take MRT and alight at Danshui Station.
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