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    Flora Expo

    by rkearns Written Jan 9, 2011

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    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.

    mushrooms dress made from cut-out paper c'mon little droplets, let's go for a walk orchids

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    Chinese Temples

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 27, 2010

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    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.

    Confucius Temple Longshan Temple Qinshan Temple roof Guanda Temple Painting at Boan Temple
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    1-Day Taipei

    by sfwinegirl Written Sep 11, 2009

    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.

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  • Tea Shop

    by pikacu Written May 21, 2009

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    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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    Visiting Tan Shui City

    by MINOSUKE Written Jun 19, 2008

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    Tan Shui is a city located to the north of Taipei. The city is at the mouth of a big river, the Tan Shui River.
    The riverbank is a nice spot to enjoy the beautiful sunset. (It was cloudy on the day I visited there, so I couldn't enjoy it.)
    Along the riverbank and along the main street Zhong Zheng Lu, there are a lot of stalls. The streets are more lively at night with many people enjoying taking a walk, shopping and eating.
    Hong Mao Cheng (Red Hair Castle) used to be a fortress built by Spanish people in 1629. It stands on a hill, so you can command a fine view of the river. It's about 15 minutes' walk from the MRT station.
    Yu Wan Tang is very delicious. It is fish dumplings in hot soup. There is a famous restaurant that serves really good Yu Wan Tang. Ke Kou Yu Wan is on the main street.

    Walking Along the Riverbank of the Tan Shui River the Main Street Hong Mao Cheng (Red Hair Castle) Yu Wan Tang at Ke Kou Yu Wan Ai Yu (Citrus Jelly)
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    Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

    by salisbury3933 Written Apr 23, 2008

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    Being from NZ, it was quite interesting to see some real similarities between indigenous Taiwanese, and Polynesian people.

    Worth a look definitely, particularly if you are in the area visiting the National Palace Museum.

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  • Public Hot Spring

    by whoooosh Written Apr 5, 2008

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    There are a few hot spring locations in Taipei; we went to the one at XinBeiTou. From the MRT station, it's about a 10 minute walk up the slope towards the hot springs area. We went to the public hot spring, which had 4 hot pools of varying degrees and 2 cold pools. The entrance fee was a mere 40NT. There were also shower cubicles for one to rinse off (or even take a proper shower!) after soaking in the hot springs. The smell of sulphur wasn't overpowering, and it was, on the whole, a great experience. In the afternoon, the compound was filled mainly with elderly people having a nice chat with the friends. The crowd was gradually replaced by a younger bunch in the evening. Love this place!

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    Taipei Astronomical Museum

    by yukisanto Written Apr 2, 2008

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    You should really come here - it's an interesting musuem which touches on weather observations, space telescopes, constellations and astronomy. The exhibits are interesting and interactive - I quite like them. Also, there's the imax movie theatre and some kind of ride which you have pay separately. We didn't go coz it happened to be a school field trip day adn there were so many kids that we wanted to just get out asap.

    You buy tickets from a self-automated machine. Opens from 9-5pm Tues to Sun; longer hrs for Sat till 10pm. Admission: NT40 for normal exhibits; ride cost NT70, imax show: NT100.

    map from shilin station to museum

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    Xiao Ren Guo

    by arieshorse Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    Xiao Ren Guo or as translated Small Person Country...hehehe
    This is one awesome amusement park. They have miniature building of everything all over the world.
    They even have miniature airports and the planes that stationed there. There's like small freeways and cars that actually move.
    They also have a mini boat ride which is pretty cool and a small indoor amusement rides.
    Its a must see when you go to Taiwan.

    Oh! if you're going there..make sure you save a whole day for this outing. The place is sooo big that you can't finish going through everything in one whole day.

    xiao ren guo etched on the rock miniature buildings!
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    Rock Climbing

    by chrisruns Written Jun 18, 2007

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    I have never rock climbed, but I met some friends who all wanted to go rock climbing on the east coast of Taiwan, so I went ahead and joined them. It is truly an amazing experience because of everything that encompassed the trip to the rock climbing location. The east coast of Taiwan is gorgeous! A couple hours of driving away from Taipei brought us to uncrowded areas of the island which had blue water, beautiful mountains, and great little seafood restaurants with fresh fish still swimming in tanks caught from the day.

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    Kending

    by Lingualorphan Written Apr 30, 2007

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    Kending is the best part of Taiwan for outdoor activities in variety.
    Paintball
    Scuba diving
    Jet skiing
    Surfboarding
    Go-carting
    small boat racing
    snorkling
    Hotels in the area range from VERY expensive 5 star resorts to cheap backpackers hostels.

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    Go hiking in Jinguashin

    by luckymiffy Updated Mar 31, 2007

    I love Jinguashin more than Chiufen. Ten years ago I went hiking in a sunny and hot day. Today I suddenly realize how lucky I was that moment when I stood on the top of the Japanese temple and overlook every sight---- Chiufen and Jinguashin rain very very often. Besides this time. Strangely I still fall in love with the weather. What people said is true: You always can see the real beauty of here while it is rainy. In the rest of the pictures I stood in front of a row of Japanese style houses located in Jinguashin. Japan once occupied Taiwan, so you occationally see the houses built and kept well in every city.

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    Visit the museum of weird stuff

    by MizBlack Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    While strolling at the dan shui (tam shui) old street, we dropped by at 2 museum which has a collection of weird stuff/animals. The first museum we went to basically showcase animals which are weird and are freaks of nature. The second museum, named "Believe it or not" showcases items which are unusual and weird. Over at these museum, you can find strange stuff like a fish that has a human face, an elephant pig, shruken head and etc. If you would like to see something different, drop by these 2 museum while at danshui old street. The tickets to weird animal museum cost NT49 and is located along danshui old street, facing the riverfront. The "believe it or not" museum is located in the inner fringe of danshui old street near the danshui station. Tickets to "believe it or not" museum are priced at NT59.

    Entrance to the Fish with a human face A poster listing the weird museums in taiwan Entrance to the weird animals museum Bloodly hat
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    Core Pacific Living Mall: Beautiful at night

    by UKDaisy Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    It's nice to visit this mall at nightime, as the building is uniquely designed. When the building is lit up, it's looks amazing, like a gigantic ball. There are shops, a cinema, and a food court inside.

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  • 4 am (Cafe)

    by Chierong Written Jan 29, 2007

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    Haha, everyone comes to Taipei will go to the east area of Taipei, which is around Chung-Shiao E. Rd. and Tung-Hua S. Rd. You will find some good stuffs here and maybe you want to have a good place to take a rest or have a good talk with your friends after all days walking. 4 am will be one of your choice. This place provides good coffee and some fruit teas, just sit on the sofa and make your choice.

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