29 Jun Travel Blog: Taipei
Rainier M. discovers one of the most progressive countries in Asia, Taiwan.
I’m so thrilled to share this travel post about our trip to Taiwan. This place is pretty awesome and truly one of the best kept secrets of Asia. The people are warm and friendly and the whole experience felt so refreshing.
When we were still at the planning stage of this trip, I was hesitant if Taiwan was really worth visiting as I never heard of any interesting spots compared to other countries. I told myself that I’ll minimize my expectations and just enjoy the ride. But then again it’s when you keep your expectations low that’s when surprises start popping up. True enough, that became the situation here.
We stayed in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan for five days and trust me, there was just not enough time to wander around and to fully explore the sights of this amazing country. Taipei offers its visitors world class restaurants, stunning landscapes, exotic night markets, and rich culture – all in one safe, cosmopolitan cityscape.
When we arrived, the weather was just perfect. It was around 17 to 18 degrees and it was cool and dry. Taipei public transport system is very accessible. You can reach any place by MRT and buses, or even riding a bicycle. Transportation vehicles are clean, quick and not so crowded. Everything is cost friendly.
From the airport, we rode a shuttle going to the nearest train sation that will bring us to the city. Taipei has fast, clean and convenient public transportations. I was amazed on how people in this city maintained to be so organized and disciplined in public areas. It felt so safe and everything is just in order.
Where to go? What to do?
1. Shop and dine inside Taipei 101 and enjoy the city view of Taipei from the observatory deck at the 89th floor.
Taipei 101 was officially classified as the world’s tallest building in 2004 and remained such until the opening of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. It has the best bird’s eye view of the city. It has the record of having the world’s fastest elevator that will bring you to the top in 37 seconds. The view from top is really worth the wait.
2. Eat the best street food and explore their famous Night Markets
Taipei offers a lot of street food and cool refreshments everywhere. From their famous milk tea up to the yummiest Chinese delicacies you’ll surely go home full and satisfied. They have a lot of night markets as well offering a wide range of gifts and goodies at very reasonable prices. From bomb pancakes to Xio Long Bao to Spicy BBQ Chicken tenders, they are everywhere in Taipei.
3. Dine in at the world’s first ever toilet-themed restaurant, The Modern Toilet!
From all the funny toilet-themed arrangements and decorations up to their customized utensils, these crazy ideas are a hit in Taipei! The food was great and the portions were all good for sharing. The best part here is the presentation of their food. Spot on!
4. See a real panda in Taipei Zoo and take a breathtaking view while riding the Maokong Gondolas
The zoo was big enough to spend half of your day checking out all their treasured inhabitants.
Everyone just went wild when they saw this adorable panda! A free train ride for all guests bringing them to other parts of the zoo can be availed.
5. Feel tiny at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
A quick stop over in a Chinese temple before heading back to our starting point is a must while in Taipei. Walk in a massive beautifully manicured space where the monument of former ROC president Chiang Kai-Shek is being held.
6. Fall in love at Danshui Lover’s Bridge
One of the most famous locations in Taiwan, the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunsets and seafood. The wharf is home to Danshui Lovers Bridge.
Location: Taiwan is an island in Eastern Asia. It is only 120 km off the coast of China’s Fujian province. It is south of Japan and north of the Philippines.
Population: Taiwan’s population is about 23 million people. It is the fifteenth most densely populated country in the world.
Language: Mandarin Chinese is the official language on the island and is spoken by most people. Taiwanese, a Chinese dialect from Fujian Province in China, is spoken by 70% of the population.
Climate: There are two distinct seasons: hot and humid, and chilly and damp.
- Taiwan has the lowest birth rate in the world.
- Taiwan is the last country using traditional Chinese.
- Taiwan is famous for night markets. There are over 20 night markets in Taipei alone, and many more throughout the country.
- Taipei 101, or the Taipei financial center, is ranked as the world’s second tallest building after Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
- The streets of Taiwan have more than 291,000 vendors, approximately.