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    Taipei Metro

    by limkahwan Updated Jun 21, 2012

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    These are the various places I visited with my wife in Taipei. These places are accessible with Taipei Metro Red Line [Tamsui Line].

    1. Danshui Old Street - Take Tamsui Line to MRT Danshui station - please refer my posting on Danshui Old Street

    2. National Palace Museum - Take Tamsui Line to MRT Shihlin Station then take Shuttle Bus Red 30 to venue.
    Shihlin Bus Station to National Palace Museum

    Great View of the National Palace Museum

    National Palace Museum - Maintenance Work Going on

    Often named as one of the four greatest museums in the world, the National Palace Museum not only preserves century old art and culture but also engages in cultural exchange with foreign museums to become a modern and 'fashionable' museum. The museum collection consists of more than 600,000 court treasures from the Song, Yuan Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the most popular artifacts are the Jadeite Cabbage and Meat Shaped Stone.

    3. Taipei Confucius Temple, Boa'an Temple and 44 Kan Street - Take Tamsui Line to Yuanshan Station and walk a short distance to venue.

    The Dacheng Hall, meaning "Great Achievement" is the main building of Confucius Temple. The name comes from Hui emperor [Zhao Ji] of the Song Dynasty who once praised Confucius as "the great sage of outstanding achievements". On the ridge of the Hall, there is a 7 storey pagoda in the middle, used to suppress evils, a cylinder like object sits at both ends, known as Tong Tian Pillars and 72 clay owls adorn the roof ridge, representing accomplishment of Confucius' teaching philosophy - Education for All. All these decorations are unique to Confucius Temple.
    The Dacheng Hall, Confucius Temple
    The Tablet of Confucius
    The Tablet of Confucius is placed in the sanctuary in the middle of the Dacheng Hall. The black tablet on which President Chiang Kai-shek wrote in gold: "Education for All" is hung on the upper beam. While in the middle there is a tablet on which our President Ma Ying-jeou wrote in 2008" "Gracious virtue in Confucius' teachings". On the left and right walls are the shrines of Fu Saint, Yenzi, Shu Saint, Zisi Zi, Zong Saint, Zengzi, the Lesser Sage Mencius and the 12 philosophers.

    In the ceiling above the hall is an octagonal platform and there are 24 brackets concentrated in the center. After 4 layers of eaves brackets, there are only 16 brackets left to the top in a radiation shape, a very magnificent work. In the 4 corners of the platform, there are carvings of 4 bats - 4 bats in Chinese is a homonym for 'giving fortune'.
    East and West side buidlings are symmetrically located on either side of Dacheng Hall. With lower roofs, they are like the side rooms of an ancient house. These 2 side buildings together with the Dacheng Hall and the Yi Gate form the central part of the Confucius temple. The rows of pillars in the corridor are carved in a simple style with no inscription nor scroll, giving a strong sense of rythm.

    The Yong Bell and Jin Drum are placed next to each side of the gate. These are musical instruments used in Confucius ceremony, making sounds of auspiciousness and peacefulness.
    The Yong Bell
    Dalongdong Bao'an Temple, Taipei
    Bao'an Temple is known for its exquisite carvings, ranging from wood scupltures, colorful drawings, clay sculptures, stone carvings, Koji potteries to cut and pastes. The installation arts found in the temple are highly educational as they contain so many historical, literary and mythological references.
    Address - 61 Hami Street, Taipei City
    Sanchuan Hall [above] - The stone walls on both sides of Sanchuan Hall also known as the Entrance Hall are covered with stone-carved dragons and tigers. In front of the hall are life like dragons coiling around stone columns, which were completed between the 9th and 10th years of Jiaqing Era in the Qing Dynasty [1804-1805].
    East and West Rooms guarding both sides of the main hall have doubled eaved roofs. The quadrangle bell and drum tower on the rooftop differ from the usual hexagonal attic rooms.

    Most people pray for good health at the Bao'an Temple respectively to Baosheng Dadi [aka Baosheng Emperor], a god of Chinese medicine and Shennong Dadi [aka Shennong Emperor] a god of herbal medicine. The temple has its history dated back to 1742 [Qianlong Era in the Qing Dynasty] and has gone through 4 restoration. In 2003, the temple has won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

    Linsheng Garden Entrance
    The chinese style garden built by Bao'an Temple was named 'Linsheng Garden' for its immediate proximity to the Taipei Confucius Temple. The ponds, flowers, trees and trails in the garden provide local residents with a quiet, relaxing space for community activities.
    Linsheng Garden
    One of the building at the end of 44 Kan Street, Taipei

    4. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - Take Tamsui Line to CKS Memorial Hall Station. The station exit is beautiful with the same architecture with CKS Memorial Hall. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built to commemorate late President Chiang Kai-shek. Surrounded by a large Chinese-style park and a huge plaza the iconic hall has white marble walls and a roof with blue glazed tiles. On the three floors inside, visitors can see a large bronze statue of a sitting Chiang Kai-shek and check out the exhibition area with historic documents, photographs and films. On two sides of the large plaza in front of the memorial hall are the National Theater and the National Concert Hall, two great venues for the performing arts regularly featuring famous artists from Taiwan and abroad.

    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall


    National Theater and Concert Hall - Independence Day Performance

    5. National Museum of History,Taipei - Nearby to CKS Memorial Hall. Just have to walk a distance, Check the opening hours before going.

    Taipei, Taiwan Trip 2011 [Metro Red Line]
    These are the various places I visited with my wife in Taipei. These places are accessible with Taipei Metro Red Line [Tamsui Line].

    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Longshan Temple Taipei Danshui Taipei Sanxia Taipei Taipei
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  • Taiwan

    by SteveKL Written Apr 22, 2012

    MaverickChg is wrong about Taipei comp to Tokyo. I found the latter equally or even more cosmoplitan and all the signs are not just in English but TRILINGUAL or more (EN + CH + KR + FR etc.) I fact Taipei today seems to be Tokyo a decade ago in terms of being multilingual.

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  • Subway / Metro / MRT

    by MavarickChng Written Nov 5, 2011

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    Metro/Subway

    The Taipei subway is so efficient that it will put a lot of major cities in Asia to shame.

    It is as efficient as Tokyo subway system but Taipei has an edge over Tokyo subway system - Bilingual Chinese/English map and ticket system. Any westerner will have NO PROBLEM finding the station to travel to as well as buying the train ticket without any knowledge of Chinese. A pity the Tokyo subway does not have much English wordings on them...

    Asking the locals - in Taipei, everyone is happy to show you the direction. Whenever you exit a metro, ask the locals for the direction to the night market/sightseeing location. This is the fastest way of getting to your destination. I have so far approached road sweeper, street hawker, office workers..etc Everyone smiles and show me the way!!!

    I once read an article on how to judge the friendliness of a city - asking the locals for directions.

    Taiwan is one country that stands out on the level of friendliness. My wife and I have had a great time in Taiwan and I strongly believe you would too.

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    Taipei Airport

    by xaver Written Oct 17, 2011

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    I came here from Kuala Lumpur with air asia and the round ticket was about 230€. I really enjoyed Taipei airport, it's small but many international airlines fly there. The duty free was not as cheap as we had been told, it was even expensive to be a duty free.
    Kids will love this airport as it has many Hello kitty's areas, telephones and lounges.

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    Taxis

    by xaver Written Oct 17, 2011

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    Though we chosed a hotel because it was said to be near the MRT main station, we never got to find the station whcih was not so close apparently. So we moved mainly by taxis which are not expensive and above all are pretty honest, we never had to ask to switch on the meter. Most taxis have a small tv screen on the back of the seat but it's mainly advertisements, but it can be funny for kids.

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    getting from taipei airport to taichung

    by rkearns Written Sep 19, 2011

    this is just a google search
    http://www.toandfromtheairport.com/taipei.html

    there is no train station at the airport. you'll have to either take a bus to taichung or take a bus to the train station. i don't know which route is quicker.

    if you click on the link, scroll down and look at the gray bar on the left side of the screen that says "by bus to the rest of taiwan" and you will see several companies that get you to taichung.

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    Taipei Metro

    by lotharscheer Updated Apr 14, 2011

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    The Metro system is quite good, with 1, 2, 3 (NT$ 440, also for most buses in Taipei county) and 5 day passes, but some lines have been built primarely as atomic bomb shelters with many long staircases and few elevators. 
    Metro exits have numbers, ask in your hotel witch Metro exit is best to take for going to a place, it will save you from a lot of stair climbing.
    For Longshan Temple use exit 1, for Taipei 101 (Taipei City Hall station) exit 2, Shilin nightmarket (Jiantan station) exit 1, C.K.S. Memorial Hall exit 6.

    Cable Car to Maokong and Taipei Zoo Yangmingshan National Park Market in Danshui
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    High speed train

    by deeper_blue Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Taiwan's high speed rail train serves the west of Taiwan stretching from Taipei in the north to Taichung, Tainan and terminating at Kaoshiung in the south. The whole journey is supposed to take 90 minutes.

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    High Speed Railway

    by yatingchen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    HSR system opened newly in October 2006.
    It connects Taiwan's South and North.
    Max. speed 300KM/HR It's revolution for Taiwan transportation.
    for example Taipei-Taichung by normal quick train 2hr20min, but by it 50min only.
    However, ticket cost changes from NT$450 into NT$700 one way.

    HSR is now popular among businessmen.

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    Chiang Khai Check Airport

    by globetrotter06 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We flew with China Airways from Frankfurt to Taipei, then from Taipei to Sydney. Was happy with the airline. Comfortable, good food and interesting films. The Chiang Kai Chek Airport is a place where you can walk in circle or rather a square. There are two floors, and one monorail linking one square side to the other. We godt lost a several times during those hours we were wandering around here...

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    Bus from Airport

    by easterntrekker Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The shuttle buses are the answer fro transportation from the airpot . There is a ticket counter inside the airport in the arrivals area and the buses stop in convenient locations all over the city.
    The price is less than $5.00.

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    Buses have changed!!

    by THLIN Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When I was a small kid, my grandma took me to visit her friends, go totemple, and buy something all moved by bus. It was the olny choice by that time being. Sometimes I had to wait ages for the coming of bus. However, that thing has become history.
    With the development of MRT system, buses now aren't that important. Most of Taipeians take MRT more often than bus. But buses now ar much more comfortable to take than it used to be.
    Now it has TV and electric imformation, passengers can realise where they are via the board. To encourge us use public transportation, people taking both MRT and bus within two hours can get a 50% off discount. Why not try!?

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    Flying to Taipei

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I ended up planning a trip to Taipei in conjunction with my trip to Okinawa. The Okinawa to Seoul leg of the trip had a brief layover in Taipei. Since I had never been to Taiwan, I decided to extend my layover (for free!) and explore the city.

    The country's main international airport is Chiang Kai Shek International Airport, but its name was changed by the opposition party in 2006 to the Taoyuan International Airport. It was completed in 1979 and is the home airport for Taiwan's China Airlines...the airline with no flag so as not to offend the People's Republic of China on the mainland. Terminal 1 is home to some Cathay Pacific and China Airlines gates, and numerous small, regional airlines. Terminal 2 was opened in 2000 and is home to the major global airlines such as KLM, United, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, and the main gates for Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. A third terminal is expected to be constructed in 2008 to help handle the expected 34 million passengers per year.

    The airport is located about 50 minutes north of Taipei and is accessible by car or bus via Highway 1 (The Sun Yat Sen Freeway).

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    Metro walk

    by bojomacaraig Written Nov 11, 2010

    Getting around Taipei, the best way is take a subway/metro, almost of their tourist attractions and museums as well as shopping area are walking distance or near from subway stations.
    To get in to nearby county, the best way is also to take train.

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    Excellent bus network in Taipei

    by mim95 Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    The Taipei bus system used to be very confusing if you can't read Chinese. It seems to have improved a lot since my last travel to Taipei. They now have an English website for foreigners.

    You need to flag down the bus once you see it coming. If you don't, it'll just pass right by.

    Also, sometimes you pay the fare when you get on, but sometimes you pay when you get off. You can tell by the lighted sign near the bus driver.

    The fare is not fixed, it depends on how long you travel.

    Most drivers are very nice if you ask them to tell you when you reach your destination, but they may not speak English.

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