Tainan is the original capital and spiritual heart of Taiwan. It was the site of the first Dutch settlement and the provincial capital of Taiwan till 1886. It has more than enough sights to warrant 3-4 days of exploring.
Stay at a spa hotel and enjoy the spa facility especially in Sakura Hotel and Club in DanShui must be a great enjoyment but we arrive rather late that day so we just can do a quick foot spa. The spa pool and the lighting is well designed, it can changed from one colour to another.
The Maokong Gondola is next to the Zoo and is open till 9pm . We had lots of time so we decided to have a ride when the light was fading.Gondola ride is about 4.3 km long and with stations where you can get down and sight see,mainly temples .The ride passes above thick forests and the zoo.Day time it is quite green and come night the whole city adorns itself with lights lovely to watch.You can see 101 with the Dior advertisement .
being a weekday and weather reports poor there were no crowds most of the gondolas were empty.and considering the fact that this is quite cheap NTD 100 I don't know how they maintain it.
Beautiful experience always check before you go,closes for maintenance and during bad weather.
This is a lively temple.easy to reach right opposite the MRT.You see the classical roof ,Once inside the gate you see long queues infront of each God.People of all ages praying ,chanting ,offering foodstuffs,offering paper money ,throwing dice to know their future,sitting on the steps doing nothing or taking photos.Because of the burning incenses the whole area is covered with smoke.The Gods are benevolent looking and well adorned .The ceilings and the interiors exquisite as usual.
Let me tell you that the location of the museum is splendid.The bus from MRT lands you right in front of the museum..You climb a lot of stairs to reach a wonderful building.If you are going on weekdays there is not much crowd.The museum authorities helpful.You can start the day with coffee in the coffee shop inside.The waiters in their traditional garments but supplying english tea! quaint.
The museum and its displays from the various Chinese emporers, beautiful! We saw lots of exquisite porcelain wear, vast display ofsnuff boxes ,artistry at its best.Spent a quality 4hrs inside it .Left it only because it was 9 pm .Then loitered around the palace museum .The palace in the night is stunning.The nearby mountains beautiful.The weather was wonderful.
A must see to enjoy the architecture.There was a massive demonstration against nuclear weapons on that day.great ambience.Protestors walked in a very orderly fashion,lasted more than 4 hrs,gave me goose bumps to see such a peaceful demonstration .
The museum is for Chinese history enthusiasts.There is a room with a life like statue of Chiang kai shek which takes you by surprise.While you are there enjoy the soldiers paying homage to Chaing Kai shek beautiful and precise.
The open air area in front is occupied by people doing dance practises ,playing band music singing so you will miss the time fly.You can sit on the stairs and watch.never a dull moment.
We visited yang ming shan during Chinese New year.There was a flower festival going on.The queue from Jiantan bus stand itself was long and winding.Yang ming shan has various attractions : the flower festival in one area ,hot springs,temples and mountains and valleys.To get to each you have to catch a bus or taxi.Being a holiday season and the weather forcast being good the place was crowded. We visited the flower festival area first .It was so so, waited for more than an hour to catch a bus to the meadows.The bus was jampacked.That place was less crowded .spent an evening walking up the mountains and exploring side trails enjoyable experience.Decided to skip the hot springs,caught the last bus an AC minibus .They packed every body in to that small bus and I panicked. Thankfully it settled fast.I would love to visit that area but never during a chinese New year or weekend.
I am not a great fan of animals in captivity.I thought the animals looked depressed in their unnatural habitat.But I saw a giant panda first time in my life calmly eating bamboo leaves and was thrilled. The elephants showed their backs to us so did many other animals.I would like to think of Taipei Zoo as a Botanical garden with plenty of trees and natural beauty.It is well maintained and user friendly.Closes by 5pm .Walking and seeing everything can be tiring .You can avail the shuttle train services to travel from one end to other.
Going to Taipei and not seeing 101? no way.There are free shuttles from thebus stop in front of busvstation to and from 101.A beautiful building built to display engineering might in a country prone for earth quakes.It has a brilliant look during night seen from makong gondola .what i did not like was the neon lamp displaying the name Dior and lighting up one floor.Can be seen from far away even Makong.crass commercialisation.
Inside houses shops selling branded items.beautiful interior.
an eighteen storied building with all amenities. from here you can catch buses to other counties.The civic building is connected to Taipei Metro station taipei civic blvd.city mall q square dept store and,zhongshan metro mall.It has all modern amenities and is very user friendly.Plenty of lockers,ATM counters ,recharge centres,ticket counters restaurants and convenience stores..
Ali Shan (Ali Mountain) is located in the Greater Ali Shan conservation area in Taiwan, ROC. Do not confuse Taiwan with Thailand, Taiwan consists out of a number of islands just south to south east of China. Although China claims taiwan to be part of its territory, Taiwan is an independent country and not really known as a tourist destination. I can really recommend a visit to several places in Taiwan, however, including Ali Shan National Park.
International flights fly mostly to Taipei an Kaousiung airports.
Once in Taiwan, take the train or high speed rail (THSR) to Chiayi. Please not that the THSR station is not in the city, its outside surrounded by rice paddies. Buses run into the city and are free of charge. Get off at the back of the train station. From here, you can board the Ali Shan Forest Railway train. It is good to check online in order to check train times as these are subject to change. there are several fair hotels around the station, some of which are inexpensive.
You can take the train or a bus right into the National Park. Do NOT take the bus if you suffer from motion sickness! There is a small village called Fenshihu along the way where the train stops. If you like hiking, it is certainly worth a stop and there is a nice traditional hotel in town as well as homestays (guesthouses) in the area if you want to really explore. Be sure to visit the old train museum and have a cup of traditional tea in the old street, which is a treat in itself.
You can continue towards the end of the line by boarding the train again in Fenshihu. There is a nice variety of places to stay in Ali Shan township and mostly traditional restaurants to explore.
If you get up early (and weather allows!), take the train to one of the viewpoints to see the famous Ali Shan sunrise.
You can take the train back to Chiayi an continue your travels. Kenting in the south and Taroko National Park (east coast) are also a must if you like the outdoors.
Kaohsiung Travel Guide
Kaohsiung Travel Guide is a quick and convenient travel information query tool, providing users around the world with travel information on more than 200 attractions in Kaohsiung, with contents featuring Kaohsiung attractions, global positioning system, English attractions pronunciation, Mandarin Chinese character stroke learning, and common travel dialogues
Kaohsiung Travel Guide
Kaohsiung Travel Guide is a convenient travel information query tool, providing users around the world with travel information on more than 200 attractions in kaohsiung, with contents featuring Kaohsiung attractions, global positioning system, English attractions pronunciation, Mandarin Chinese character stroke learning, and common travel dialogues.
The Post Office in Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located at the ground floor to ease local citizen and foreign tourists do do their postal related matters. Sending a postcard to your lover and best friends in hometown may become a good idea. You may also buy some Taiwanese stamps, first day cover and others for souvenirs. Look around you, the big door is built follow the ancient Chinese rules of good fortune and wealthyness, there are nine horizontal and vertical knobs on both doors. You can find raeding material of Taiwan Tourism for your convenience, near the cafeteria.
The Memorial Park and Memorial Hall is built to remember the father of Taiwan - Chiang Kai-Shek. It has two main gate, and the hall is sitting at the centre of the park. We have to climb up to the hall. Most of the building materail are marble. The Taiwanese Natinal Philosophy is engraved on the wall made of marble.
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