Chinese kama-sutra while you powder your nose
Don't get too excited... it''s just a lounge/restaurant (China Bar) that depicts the chinese version of the ways of the kama-sutra in their bathrooms (yes, I went into both just to make sure). The rest of the establishment is quite quirky too. I think they're trying to outdo Sofa, seeing that they are practically next to eachother and there's almost always no seats at Sofa on weekends. I haven't tried the food yet, but I will.
1F No.24 Lane 205 Chong-Siao East Road
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
Chiufen was once a gold mining center and was referred to as Little Shanghai for its prosperity and colorful night life. In 1890, someone struck gold near Chiufen. The poor village with only nine families soon attracted prospectors of 4,000 families. However, with the decline of gold mining activities, Chiufen fades. Situated in mountains and face the ocean, Chiufen is a village with magnificent view of natural beauty which attracts several movie directors to shoot here. The movie “The Sad City” won the first prize in Venice Film Festival and thus awakened people's memory of Chiufen. Now, there are many unique teahouses and snack shops in Chiufen. These teahouses are best stops during visit to this mountain village.
The Historic Commercial District of Chiufen consists of a series of stores and restaurants running along Jishan and Shuchi Streets, which are built into the side of the coastal hills. The area is known for its collection of historic businesses, eateries, and teahouses, allowing visitors to relive the past while sampling local specialties and purchasing handicrafts and other knick-knacks. The area also provides spectacular views of the harbor and the Pacific Ocean below.
To get to Chiufen, take a guided tour from Taipei. If you are an independent traveller and can speak and read Chinese, take the train north to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang take the Keelung Transit bus from the bus stops in front of the train station to Chiufen. The bus trip is roughly 15 minutes. Alternatively, take the Chiufen bus from the Adventist Hospital bus stop on Bade Road, east of the intersection with Fuxing Road.
- Historical Travel
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- School Holidays
The Port was opened as a commercial port in 1863. In 1872 a navel defence headquarters was set up here and later the railroad was linked to the port. It wasn’t until 1886 that the first wharf was completed despite the port being in operation for around 100 years prior to that. When the Japanese occupied the area during 1895-1945 a 5 stage development plan was initiated. During World War II in 1939 the port was heavily bombed and almost all of the port facilities were destroyed.
Location : Keelung, North Taiwan
Aboriginal Show is performed at the Cultural Centre. It is a show of very colourful singing and dancing. There wasn't a lot in the audience the day I was there, probably because of the weather, but some were invited up to participate.
Location : Wulai Cultural Centre, Taipei County
The Japanese occupied the area during 1895-1945 and built a gun emplacement in Yehliu to protect Keelung Harbour. The area was not open to the public because of concerns for coastal defense. When the ROC government moved to Taiwan, they enforced a curfew along the coast.
Location : Yehliu - North Taiwan
Bali in Taipei
Cycling in Taipei...
There are few places Taipeians go on the weekends: Danshui, Yangmingshan, Bali, and Jiofen. Thanks to MRT Danshui line, a small township across river find its on way to prosperity after being silent for centries, and it is Bali. (Ba1 Li3) This place is famous for its local snack like fish ball, plum juice, fried calamary and so on. Take a ferry from Danshui Quay and pay NT40, you can enjoy your trip here. This is one of few places where you can cycle near Taipei. Roads are flat, scenery is good, alongside the road, there are also a lot of activities to do, such as paint ball. Or ypu can make a short trip to Shi-san-hang Anthropology Museum.
Take MRT to Danshiu Station, the terminal station, take a ferry, within an hour, you are there from downtown Taipei.
Wulai is an aboriginal village about 40 minutes by bus from Xindian station, at the end of the subway line.
It's nice to stroll around, have a look at the waterfall, sample various types of food and if you have time, take a dip in a hot spring.
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
There is a small Ocean World park next to the formations. This was the first marine in the country for exhibition of ocean evolution. They have a tunnel under the see for viewing the some 200 rare fish species and marine life species. There are shows of whales, dolphins and seals, such as diving, ballet on water and other talent shows.
Opening hours : 7:30 am – 5.30pm
Location : No 167-3, Kantung Road, Yehliu Village, Wanli, Taipei County
Delicate and Colourful Textiles
The Tai Ya tribe is known for their delicate hand-made textile products. The colours are usually very vibrant with a red color which symbolises, which is important for keeping away the evil. The Tai Ya ( Ayakal) are also known for their custom of tattoing their faces.
Location : Wulai, Taipei County
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.
Keelung (which means rich and prosperous land) is north of Taipei which overlooks the East China Sea (Dunghai). Mountains surround the city on three sides. It has interesting history of the Spanish landing in 1626 in search of a natural harbour to expand trade in the Far East. The area is quite hilly rather than flat and because of its location, was important for protecting the Taipei area from any attacks. Keelung used to be called Jilong which meant hencoop.
Location : North Taiwan
Getting There : From Taipei, take the train or the Chung Hsing bus from Taipei Train Station's East Station. The trip takes about half an hour.
You will find Yeh Liu in the north of Taiwan. Formed by the spreading of Datun Mountain, it is a cape of about 1,700 metres long and is said to look like a giant turtle from the air.
Getting There: MRT: Services run between Taipei and Danshuei at 3 to 10 minute intervals. Tickets can be bought at all MRT stations.
By bus : At Taipei, Banciao, Danshuei or Keelung, take the Taichi Express Bus bound for Jinshan and alight at Yehliu stop.
Yeh Liu is one of Taiwan’s most famous tourist attractions noted for its gallery of unusual rock formations formed from the natural erosion. The wind and sea through the ages have carved odd shapes and holes into the rocks.
Location : Yehliu - North Taiwan
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