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Taipei City Adventure

Marvellous temples, interesting night markets, nice & nostalgic historical old streets and grand and massive national leaders memorial parks

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Taipei city is not just any typical city. This capital city of Taiwan has everything travellers are looking for. The temples within the city are simply amazing not only due to its age but also its unique architecture design beautifully built in accordance to the Chinese temple art skills which made them grand no matter what their size are, massive, big, small or medium. There are night markets in each nook and corners of the city. Never worry you would be starved for food. Just take a pick of which night markets you would want to head to from any of the available Taipei city map and you are ready for an adventure of food paradise once you get out from the easy and efficient Taipei Metro, Taipei most convenient transport system. Of course the public bus is also another very convenient way to get around the city. If you are someone who enjoys or admires historic old buildings of the bygone eras, well, Taipei city is yet another metropolis that will not let you down. In fact there are quite a number of them that scattered all over the city but surely those which are within the concentrated area known as old streets, that would make the whole journey of "old street adventure" much more fun because you would be able to see the old streets as a whole rather than a broken puzzle and surely Taipei city have such treasures that never disappoints and match up expectations. Taiwan's leaders of the past which had contributed hugely to what Taiwan is today including Chiang Kai Shek and Dr.Sun Yat Sen were not forgotten by the Taiwan government and grand or massive should be more accurate to describe them, memorial and parks of these leaders of the past greatly signify their contributions in building Taiwan as an independent country, though not in total. Taipei city is surely not limited to what have been described above as there are also the wonderful tower of the world, the 101 Tower, beautiful rivers and botanical gardens, huge tea plantations and national parks, interesting hot spring, great museums and grand government buildings, so many more that you cannot seems to get enough of it within a short span of travel. This trip to Taipei city covered only some very limited but satisfactory and important itinerary including the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, National Theater and National Concert Hall, all within the same location, the Longshan Temple, one of the old and beautiful temple in Taipei city, the Bopiliao Historical Street, Dr.Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Tamsui or Dansui for cycling along the scenic and beautiful Dansui River as well as visiting the Tamsui old street markets, venture into some of the historical sites including old fort and old universities and schools, visit the Confucius & Baoan Temple in Yuanshan, get to Beitou for a stroll along the hot spring town which have few interesting historical sites such as the hot spring museum and library and enjoy a relaxing and healthy hot spring bath, stroll and window shopping at Taipei's most hip and happening Taipei's commercial district , the Ximenting, in which the historic Red House a former market place of Taipei city once was also located here, also a brief stroll on the road that housed the Presidential Office and The Armed Force Museum in Xiaonanmen, take a walk at the Dadaocheng Wharf and the old street at Dihua Street, said to be most lively place during the lunar new year where shoppers converged to get items to prepare for the spring holiday, get up to the 101 Tower to have a bird eye view of Taipei city, visit Xingtian Temple, another great Taipei city temple and shall be included in Taipei city itinerary which include the unique fortune teller street located on the underground pedestrian walkway, took a brief self-tour of the National Palace Museum in Shilin, get out of Taipei city and stroll the small town of Jingmei, visited the Jingmei Jingyi Temple and had noodle lunch and some local desserts, returned again to C.K.S. Memorial Hall (Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall) to take good shots of the 101 Tower (because you cannot get the full view of the tower at 101 Tower itself!), stroll along the Yongkang Street in Dongmen for some delicious delicacies and bubble tea, visited 3 night markets, namely, the Ningxia Night Markets in Datong, nearest Taipei Metro, the Zhongshan station, Shilin Tourist Night Market in Shilin, Dalong Night Market near Confucius and Baoan Temple and the Raohe Night Market in Shongshan, have coffee at some of the local franchise coffee house such as Dante Coffee and Ikari Coffee as well as range of milk at Taipei Milk King, have a brief walk at Taipei Botanical Garden which incorporate the National Museum of History. There were so many things and activities to be covered within the city and if you are to enjoy each of those places seriously, you would never had enough of Taipei city just for several days. Hopefully, I would be able to returned to Taipei city to visit some of the places that I had missed out and to venture to the East Coast, Central and South of Taiwan to get to experience what Taiwan has to offer within each of the cities and sights.

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Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

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A statue of Chiang Kai Shek at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

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The grand entrance gate to C.K.S Memorial Hall

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The National Theater of Taipei city

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The National Concert Hall of Taipei city

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Take a stroll at Yongkang Street in Dongmen for some delicious delicacies

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Enjoy some Yongkang Street food, a special Taiwan pizza

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Enjoy a cup of bubble tea at Yongkang Street

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Another Yongkang Street favourite

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A general view of Yongkang Street

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A queue in Yongkang Street

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The main entrance to Longshan Temple

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The main gate of Longshan Temple

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The Longshan Temple

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The Bopiliao Historical Street

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The five foot walkways of row of shops at Bopiliao Historical Street

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Row of old shops at Bopiliao Historical Street

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The back alleyways of shops at Bopiliao Historical Street

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The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

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The statue of Dr.Sun Yat Sen at Dr.Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

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The Ningxia Night Market at Zhongshan

SOME OF THE FOOD VENDORS AT NINGXIA NIGHT MARKET

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Cycling at Tamsui

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The Dansui River at Tamsui

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Ready for cycling trip along Dansui River at Tamsui

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Fort San Domingo at Tamsui

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The Red House at Tamsui

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Oxford College at Tamsui

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Aletheia University at Tamsui

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Tamkang High School at Tamsui

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The Tamsui Old Street

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The Hong Gate or the main entrance to Confucius Temple

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The Dacheng Hall of Confucius Temple

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The main entrance to Baoan Temple

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The Baoan Temple

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Enjoying duck noodle at Dalong Night Market

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A bottle of Taiwan Beer

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A stroll along Ximen Walking Street

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To Xinbeitou for visit to the hot thermal valley from Beitou Metro station

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Walking along the Beitou stream

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The Beitou stream

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Puji Temple at Beitou

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Beitou Taipei Public Library

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The Hot spring Museum at Beitou

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The Supreme Prosecuters Office @ Xionanmen, Taipei

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The Arm Force Museum situated next to Presidential Office in Xionanmen

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The Red House at Ximenting

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The entrance to Dadaocheng Wharf

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A walking bridge at Dadaocheng Wharf

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The Dansui River view from Dadaocheng Wharf

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Dihua Street at night

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The Taipei 101 Tower

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A bird's eye view from Taipei 101 Tower

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The main entrance of Xingtian Temple

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The main hall of Xingtian Temple

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A fortune teller street at the underground walkway at Xingtian Temple

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A welcome arch at National Palace Museum

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National Palace Museum

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Jingmei Jiying Temple

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Enjoying local snacks at Jingmei

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A bowl of hot noodles for lunch at Jingmei

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Shilin Night Market

Some of the food vendors at Shilin Night Market

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A plate of stinky tofu at Shilin Night Market

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A bowl of coffee shaved ice cream at Shilin Night Market

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The Raohe Night Market

SOME OF THE FOOD VENDORS AT RAOHE NIGHT MARKET
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The Bu Cheng Shih Sz Musuem at Taipei Botanical Garden

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Inside the Taipei Botanical Garden

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National Museum of History @ Taipei Botanical Garden

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National Museum of History rear side from the Botanical Garden

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A cup of peanut flavour milk at Taipei Milk King

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A cup of Ikari Coffee cafe latte

Posted by kidd27 09:08 Archived in Taiwan

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