Jian-Gwa weekend flower market
If you are interested in gardening you definitely don't wanna miss this place. You can find all kinds of flowers, plants and garden supplies. For people who like Orchids you can even get one pot for only $50NT.
We went there recently coz we are into the herbs lately. Found some nice Rosemary, Peppermint, Sweet Basil, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, and Lemon Balm seeds. =)
Going back to the past-Taiwan Story Land
The underground theme park is open since November 2005. There we imitate the enviroment of Taiwan in the 60's: old houses, traditional food, old music and servers all dressed in old style. There are grocery store, school class room, Chinese herb house, cinema, cafe, fashion shop, drug store, post office, photography shop and restaurants etc. We are able to enter every house for observing and checking everything in detail like adventure. Food served in Taiwanese, Japanese and Cantonese restaurants is delicious as well. The washing room is designed specially in old style and equipped with the most advanced devices.
I love the old atmosphere there. Everytime I go there, I feel like going to the past... It's really a wonderful place for old people to recall their childhood, for youth to learn about the old times and for foreigners to know better history of Taiwan.
P.S. The ticket (NTD 120) gives every visitor inside free consumption (NTD 120). How a bonus!
Xiao Ren Guo
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.Related to:
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Visiting Tan Shui City
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.Related to:
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Visit the museum of weird stuff
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.Related to:
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Singing In A Luxury Palace-V-MIX
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.
Nanmen (Southern Gate) Market is one of the more interesting areas in Taipei. It's not exactly aimed at tourists, and has many types of Chinese meats, snacks, and household appliances. At the entrance of the market, there's a kiosk selling stinky tofu ru. Inside, you can buy slippers, shrimp, meat, and all types of other stuff. It's an interesting place to stroll through.Related to:
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Mucha Tea Park
ABove the city. Above the smog!
Clean cool air and an amazing view.
This is where they grow the tea.
This is where you go to drink it!!
If you can you should bring a Taiwanese friend and lett hem show you how it is done! If you don't have a taiwanese friend then the tea-shop owners may prepare the tea for you.
There are hundeds of little tea shops to choose from. Inside or outside. uring the day or at night.
Lin Antai Old Homestead
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.Related to:
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Praying for Love-Xia Hai Temple
Xia Hai Temple (Taoism) was built in 1895 for the city god in the old district of Taipei city. Although it is small, it has a lot of believers.
Besides the city god, we also worship various (800) gods in the temple. The most famous one is called "Under Moon Ancient" responsible for love. He binds couples together by red lines. It is said that after praying for love in Xia Hai Temple many people get boyfriends/girlfriends and even marry within 1 year. (It's the same as Jishujinja in Kyoto, Japan.) It's especially efficacious on Moon Festival when is the god's birthday (15th day of 8th month, lunar calendar).
I visited this famous old temple on 18th Sep. 2005 (Moon Festival). There I prayed for meeting my Mr. Right soon and received a red line to put in the wallet. I also saw a lot of single young girls whorshipping there. I am not a religional person but why not to give it a trial? Maybe you are also interested to try?:-p
Core Pacific Living Mall: Beautiful at night
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.Related to:
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The Grounds of Sun Yat Sen Memorial
You can also view the changing of the guards at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial. The grounds are very popular to Taipei residents on the weekends and many enjoy flying kites, roller-blading, playing badminton, and jogging.
Just south of Taipei Main station is Old Taipei. Every Sunday there is a market there. It's amazing! To the left and the right all along the narrow main road there are small shops selling all sorts of things! Mainly spices and fruit!
I thought I saw leaves in a big bag but as I had a closer look I realised that these "leaves" had eyes... They were little dried baby fish...
But you have to try the dried mangos!! They are very delicious and not expensive at all!!!Related to:
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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.Related to:
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Catch the trend at Hsimenting
To know what's hot and trendy in Taipei, check out the stores in Hsimenting. A lot of young people shop here, the latest fashion - clothes, shoes, accessories etc. It is also a place to catch local celebrities, hosting their variety shows or doing some promotions. And yes, people watching.
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