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.
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.
Take the train from Taipei Main to Ruei-Fang station. And either catch the bus up to the mountain or take a taxi ( $150). We took the taxi coz it was just faster and more comfortable.
The night view is what this place is famous for but we didn't hang around so long. We went up to the mountain at around 11:00am and left the place at around 3:00 pm. Lucky us, cos that way we didn't hit the traffic.
A couple of weekend ago we went hiking here in Tao-yuan valley. It wasn't a easy hike for people like me who Doesn't do hiking as much. ( Felt like I climbed thousands of steps to reach half way of the mountain.) I almost gave up when we finished the steps. I'm glad I didn't though, coz when we finally reach the top. The view were so worth it. Air was fresh and view was awesome.
It's located in Shuang-Si, the north-east of Taiwan.
On the third level of the park is Kuan Hai Pavilion. This where you get the best views of the city. The best known landmark of the park is a white 25 metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy in which you can climb a stairway up inside. It is the biggest Goddess statue in Southeast Asia.
Location : Chungcheng Park, Ta Sha Wan Shan, East of Keelung City
Taroko Gorge is actually located in Hualien County. But if you got a day or two to spare, you shouldn't miss this great national park. You'll really be amazed by how the forces of nature can create such a beautiful scenery: marble gorge, the sheer cliffs and the turquoise blue river.
It's only about 3 hours of train ride from Taipei.
Visit my travel page for more info on the park (see link below).
The formation area is divided into three sections with the first being made up of the “Queen’s Head”, “Fairy’s Shoe” and Candle”. The Queens Head is the most famous and very distinctive because it looks like an Egyptian Queen.
Location: Yehliu - North Taiwan
Up on a hill on the side of Ta Sha Wan Shan, you will find Chungcheng Park where you can get panoramic views of the harbour and Keelung City. Originally this three level park was called Kang Park. On the first level you will find a historic cannon fort and on the second is Chu Pu Tan Temple, Chung Lieh Temple and Buddhist library.
Location : Ta Sha Wan Shan, East of Keelung City
Enjoy the great view of Taipei from high up the mountain in Maokong while sipping a cup of Chinese tea.
There are many traditional teahouses here, and some actually own the tea farms in the area.
Maokong becomes alive at night and during the weekends, as ppl in the city like to get out to enjoy the fresh air in the countryside. There are walking trails in the area.
The Maokong Cable Car was opened in 2007. It is much easier to get to Maokung as it's directly connected with the MRT network. There is additional info on how to get there on the website below.
When I went there in early 2003, I had to get off at Taipei Zoo Station, then took minibus #10. And you could tell the driver to let you off anywhere you like on the mountain.
Wulai is a small aboriginal village in Taipei County. It features a free public hot spring, beautiful waterfall and aboriginal culture and food.
There are 3 pools in the public hot spring with different temperatures. They are all by the riverside. The hot spring is actually about 86c from the source, so the water temperature is adjusted. You can also enjoy the hot spring in the many hotels in the area.
There is a mini-train running between the main village and the waterfall. Walking there is about 15-20 minutes, and you can enjoy the scenery better than taking the train.
To get to Wulai, take the bus from Hsintien MRT Station. Details below.
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.
You can find tofu made in all kinds of way on this street in Shenkeng in Taipei County.
Unlike other places, the tofu here is handmade and free of plaster powder, which is why Shenkeng is well-known for its tofu. You can try it from the street vendors, or dine-in.
Don't forget to try the stinky tofu, they are the best!
The unusual rock formations from erosion created this beautiful scenic park, located near Keelung.
The most famous rock is the Queen's Head. Currently, there's a debate on whether to preserve it from falling with chemical as erosion continues to make her neck smaller. Some estimate that the Head will fall in about 20 years without any preservation - so go see it while it's still there.
You can take a long distance bus from Taipei to Yehliu, or from Keelung. Details on website below.
Jiufen used to be gold mining town in early 20th century. Things have changed and it's a nice get-away for city dwellers over the weekend.
The village is built on the side of the mountain. The main street is made of stone steps going all the way up from the bottom of the village.
There are quite a few tea houses, with a nice view of the ocean. Specialty food is the hand-made tapioca dessert, served hot or cold.
Details on how to get there is shown on the website.
One of the largest and oldest temple in Keelung, it has been around for over 200 years. It honours the Goddess Matsu.
It's best to go during a Chinese festival, especially during the Ghost Festival (7th month of the Chinese calander), when there are lots of activities going on in the area.
It's located on 1 ZhongEr Rd.