First day in Taipei.
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It was time to explore the sights, sounds, colours and food of Taipei.
The day started off VERY VERY HOT - 38 degrees we headed off around 10.30am to see the CKS memorial. We took the MRT to CKS memorial station. I was amazed how fast and convenient the MRT was compared to the Subway system in Japan.
The CKS memorial is a sprawling complex located in the middle of Taipei and was built in honor of Chiang Kai-Shek.
This majestic monument is surrounded by ponds and gardens.
Adjoining the monument is the National Theatre and National concert hall both are built in Chinese style architecture.
Upon exciting the MRT station we were faced with the heat. We managed to walk around for 10 or 15 minutes before heading over to the shade of the nearby garden area which was much cooler.
While walking around the garden area we came across a large fish statue which was some kind of vending machine it was only 10 NT which was very cheap so we put in our 10 NT and heard a large "CLUNK" not know what to expect I reached inside the fish statue and pulled out a cardboard tube. At first I thought it was some kind of fortune telling machine but as it turned out it was fish food to feed the large carp fish in the nearby pond. Very funny.
After strolling around the garden we decided to head back to the hotel and wait out the heat and get some lunch.
We had a massage at the Royal Bali massage and health centre located at :
82 Kun Ming Street in the Ximending District.
Look our for coupon in some of the tourist brochure you get at the airport we had one for 10% off so it cost us a little less than NT$1000. The massage centre is done up Balinese style and has a very relaxing ambience to the place.
Later that afternoon once the heat of the day had cooled down we headed to Longshan temple and Snake alley night markets.
Longshan temple was very bright and colourful I have to say it was one of the most colourful temples I’ve seen in a longtime and was kept in good condition.
Built in 1738, this is said to be one of the best temples to see in Taipei.
After Longshan temple we headed over to Hwahsi Tourist night market also know as "snake alley". Not know what to expect we entered the markets and strolled through. It was quiet annoying having to dodge the many motorcycles going thru the night market. I almost died of fright when I noticed a sedated snake lying on the ground of a restaurant. There were many restaurants with animal in cages. One restaurant had a sign up no photos they were selling tortoise. This was so sad to see. I would only recommend visiting here if you have a strong stomach.
Snake alley is definitely a night market full of bizarre and different foods and sights to see and it is one of the oldest night markets in Taipei.
After the night market we decided to head back to the hotel area and get some dinner.
On the way back to the hotel we strolled through the nearby ximending shopping district.
After a long hot day we decided it would be better to start out later in the day to avoid the morning heat.