Keelung is surprising clean for a harbour town and has a lot of sightseeings, especially not to forget the Great buddha and the view over the town
Keelung City (Chinese: »ùÂ¡ÊÐ; pinyin: J¨©l¨®ng Sh¨¬) (also Jilong or Chilung) is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders New Taipei with which it forms the Taipei¨CKeelung metropolitan area, along with Taipei itself. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung). Keelung is currently administered as a provincial city within Taiwan Province, Republic of China.
Chiufen is surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, offering amazing views of Mist Sea that creates a romantic ambience..The name, Chiufen means nine portions in Mandarin. According to the references from Taipei County Government, there were only nine families lived in this village during Ching Dynasty. Due to lack of resources, whenever one of the nine families went grocery shopping in the market or purchasing goods from freighters, they would purchase nine portions; this is how Chiufen earned its name
Today, Chiufen features historical sites of Japanese styled architectures and Chiufen Old Street that offers abundant local snacks and exotic traditional stores. Famous Chuifen snacks include sweet taro balls made by tapioca starch and taro, rice cake with Chinese herbs, red vinasse Taiwanese meatball; Red vinasse is the vinasse of Shaohsing Wine, and many others. Moreover, enjoying fabulous mountain and sea views with great teas from teahouses are popular among tourists and locals.
Hsing Tian Kong only opens the front gate while welcoming the god during spring and fall time, other time people have to go in and out from both side. The special things of Hsing Tian Kong is there is no offering, no donation box, no burning god paper, and even incense are offer by the temple, plus the efficacious exception of god, people here everyday are like weaves, a lot and always popular
In the middle of temple there is a Tian Kong Furnace. The ear of the furnace are in dragon shape and four side have the dragon head, pointing to the sky
Mengjia Dragon Mountain Temple is a Buddhist temple. The temple belongs to the protected historical heritages on level two. Wandering around the city we pass to this little temple, is not too crowded comparing to the others
Taipei 101 tower was the world's tallest building from 2004 until 2010 when it was beat out by Dubai's impressive Burj Khalifa. But Taipei 101 is still considered the tallest green building in the world for its innovative and energy-saving design.
Inside 101 tower is home to scores of tenants including communications companies, banks, motor companies, consulting groups, and financial companies and the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The tower is also home to a library, fitness center, a shopping mall, and all the expected retail and restaurant chains
There are 61 elevators inside of the tower. The fastest elevator inside Taipei 101 moves at an astonishing speed of 37.7 miles per hour (55.2 feet per second)!
The parking space for the Taipei 101 tower is 893,000 square feet and can accommodate more than 1,800 vehicles -- don't forget where you parked!
The problem with Taipei 101 is that it is so BIG that it is hard to take in at one time. This problem can be solved by walking up to a viewpoint on Elephant Hill south of the building. Come in the evening as the sun sets and you can enjoy the changing light on the building, which is so massively out of scale with the rest of the built up area of Taipei.
You will have the company of a covey of photographers, all of whom wish to stake out the best vantage points.
Took photos about 20 minutes either side of sunset at 6pm.
Before my wife and I plan to visit Taiwan we have decided that Foods is also in our plan. Since we are Chinese and our ancestors like Taiwanese came from Fujian, China. This make us very eager to travel to Taiwan to see and taste what they have to offer. Most of the foods sold in Taiwan we can find it in Penang, Malaysia. After many 2 weeks in Taiwan we manage to test many types from Taipei to Tainan, Hualien, Tai Chung, Kao Shiung, and many small towns. these experience teaches us the many difference between our foods and Taiwan's. The major difference I can sum up that our foods have a twist of Nonya and Malay which consist Chilli & Coconut's milk. We used more spices where Taiwan's lack. The single best food that I love is the Pig Trotter Dish, which is very good compare to our Penang type.
JiouFen(Chinese: 九份) is an old gold mining town. "A City of Sadness"(Chinese: 悲情城市), the Venice Film Festival 1989 Golden-Lion Winner, was shot in this town. The gold-mining history and culture can be experienced in the Gold Ecological Park.
Although Karaoke was invented in Japan, it becomes a very popular leisure activity in Taiwan. I seldom go to KTV but for the moment V-Mix is my favorite, Its decoration is of luxury style with crystal lamps everywhere but the price is reasonable. In addition, the dishes offered there are delicate and everyone is given bonus of NTD 120 for food consumption. There are Japanese, English and Chinese songs, so definitely you will find out the songs that you want to sing.
The Lin Antai Old Homestead is a nice quiet location in the heart of Taipei. Not as impressive as I expected, but a nice break from the rush of traffic and people. It is a comfortable walk from much of Taipei. The only drawback are the airplanes on final approach to the Taipei regional airport (not the CKS International Airport!) flying directly overhead. It is the oldest building in downtown Taipei.
Construction of the original home took place from 1783 to 1785, while many of the smaller side buildings were built in the 1820s. When the city was growing rapidly in the late 1970s, major road construction threatened to destroy this site. The buildings were carefully disassembled and stored until rebuilt at the current location in 1985.
Tamkang High School has a mix of Chinese and western architecture throughtout its campus. Founded by a Canadian missionary over a hundred years ago. The landmark building is the octangonal pagoda.
There are detailed info and photos about the history of the school and the founder inside the School History Building.
Must first sign in with the gatehouse before touring the campus.
This exposition runs from the end of the year through April. It's an indoor/outdoor expo that shows different, and not so different varieties of plants: flowers, fruit, vegetables, succulents, herbs, means of production for livestock, green living, horticulture at it's finest, etc.
There are outdoor pavilions representing different countries and their native plants. There are entertainment halls with live performances, a food court, a playground for kids and an entire cultural "village" dedicated to the art of paper making, Chinese culture and other art.
Plan to spend the entire day here. Bring an umbrella!
The cost is around $10USD and that is for general admission. The "anytime" pass is more expensive, but you can return any day that the expo is still in service.
Taiwan has some of the best Chinese temples in the world. There are so many in Taipei. The ones we enjoyed most are as follows:
Guanda Temple - Take Danshui line to Guanda Station. The temple is 20 mins walk from the station. It is well-sign-posted. The temple is huge with 2 large statue lined tunnels as well as the main temple hall. Across the river from the temple there was an interesting market.
Longshan Temple - Longshan Temple MRT Station. This is the oldest temple in Taipei, located in the oldest area near herb alley, snake alley and Guangzhou Street night market. The temple contains a Guanyin image that has survived earthquakes, bombings and riots. There is also a shrine at the back to the matchmaker. People pray to him in order to meet their ideal partner.
Qingshan Temple - a beautiful temple on 3 floors. By climbing upstairs you can see the temples's elaborate roof carvings of dragons and gods. Within walking distance of Longshan temple, close to the end of Snake Alley. A very pleasant Taiwanese lady showed us round and showered us with food when we visited on Chinese New Year Eve.
Confucius Temple - Take the MRT to Yuanshan Station on the Danshui line. It's 5 minutes walk. One of the simpler, less ornate Chinese temples, beautifully peaceful and with pleasant gardens.
Boan Temple - opposite Confucius temple - hugely ornate, covered in beautiful paintings and carvings. Very well worth a visit.
A modern metropolis set in the north of the island nation of Taiwan, Taipei serves as the nation’s major center for politics, commerce, mass media, education, and pop culture. Since the 1970s, the city’s eastern area has emerged as a bustling center of finance and commerce, and now features skyscrapers, wide boulevards and the Taipei World Trade Center. While the city embraces modernity, cultural traditions and arts continue to thrive and color daily life in Taipei, where concerts, festivals and other events are celebrated in full splendor throughout the year.
This is a highly recommended tea shop for those would like to buy local tea. They have a lots of variety of tea. You can sit down, take your time testing the tea and biscuits. Very friendly staffs and the price is reasonable as well.
Some of the staffs speak English as well.
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