As I was backing up my photos to my computer, I realized that I had lots of photos from last November’s Taiwan trip, and I didn’t even get to blog about it! This post is waaaay too late but I think it would still be interesting to share with everyone the places I visited. I spent most of my time in Taipei, and it’s a great city to visit with lots of things to do and see. Here are some of my favorite places from my last vacation:
1. Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
For our second day, we headed to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Taipei. Besides the magnificent architecture, there’s also an exhibit inside which details the life of Chiang Kai Shek and even displays some of his belongings and writings. It’s a great place to start with if you want to learn about Taiwanese history and its prominent historical figures.
2. Danshui (Tamsui)
Danshui (Tamsui) is a sea-side district in Taiwan and a very charming place to visit. The moment you get off the train, you will be greeted by a nice open area outside the station and signboards pointing you to great destinations nearby. There are quite a few, some of them historically significant sights, so take your time and just go around the whole place! We made a huge mistake of arriving late so we weren’t able to fully explore the area, so when you’re here make sure that you have lots of time to spare so you can enjoy the sights. You can enjoy strolling around the Old Street and looking at the interesting stores and Japanese-style architecture. Try the seafood and their food market too, Danshui is well-known for it!
You can also find the Lovers Bridge (named because it was launched on Valentine’s Day 2003) here in Danshui. It is a popular date spot and a great place to view the beautiful sunset.
3. Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zoo is a large park for all animal lovers located at the end of the Taipei Metro Brown Line. It’s an amazing destination for all ages and I absolutely loved it because of one word: PANDAS!
I have never seen a panda in person so I was very excited to go to this place. I made sure that I went on my 22nd birthday to make it even more special, lol! The pandas were so cute and big, and I learned a lot about them during my visit.
Besides pandas, I also saw some new animals for the first time. For instance:
4. Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is the tallest building in Taiwan and was the tallest building in the world until 2009, the year of the completion of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa building. Through the years, Taipei 101 has become an icon in Taipei and is a famous landmark in the city. For a fee, you can ride on Taipei’s fastest elevator and look at the view of Taipei City from the top of the building’s observatory.
5. Houtong Cat Village
I absolutely love this place. This village used to be a mining town, until the coal mining industry died out and the residents of the town eventually moved away to seek other opportunities. Years later, the town was filled with cats and volunteers came to the town to feed and care for the cats that lived in the area. The volunteers posted photos of the cats online and the public fell in love with them. Now, the town is home to hundreds of cats and has been revived as a tourist destination for all cat lovers.
I absolutely loved Taipei and everything about it; the people, the sights, the food… I really just loved living there for a week and wherever I went, everyone made me feel welcome. I hope I get to visit Taiwan again and visit other places outside the city so I can experience more of what the country has to offer. Soon! *fingers crossed*