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My first trip to Taiwan was back in October of 2006. I went there with two other friends. We stayed at the Westin Hotel in Taipei which is situated in the "financial, commercial and entertainment district of Taipei City’s Nanking East Road." It was a short walk to the metro, also known as the MRT. Why didn't the Lion chase the Deer into the MRT station? Because there is no eating on the MRT! Ha ha ha. That was a joke I was told by a friend in Taiwan.

Major impressions of Taipei: huge, busy, always active, and lots of food! Food was everywhere. Whether you visited one of the many night markets or just popped into a store along the street, I was never disappointed by my food selection. By the way, night markets are huge there.
Very stinky!
They are, as you'd guess, at night, however they are full of not only food vendors,  but small merchant shops, and games! So after you've had your fill of delcious hot soup, fish, or whatever you are in the mood for, you can walk over and play basketball, throw a baseball at a grid, shoot balloons with a pellet gun...the list goes on. I must have played that basketball game at least 50 times. You compete against your friends to get the highest score, but if you don't get above a certain number, you cannot continue on. I remember seeing some kids get up to 300+ which is very high. They must practice a lot! I still have a blow-up bottle of Taiwan Beer that I won at a balloon shooting booth, I hit all the balloons and won a prize!

Tapei 101, a clear break in the Taipei skyline, you cannot mistake it for anything else.
It looks beautiful lit up at night, and I have seen pictures of the fireworks show on New Years eve and that looks spectacular. I went to the top and got a view of Taipei from the highest viewing point possible. At the bottom of 101 is a huge shopping area, movie theaters, and entertainment. There is also a nightclub called Room 18 that I went to a few times on my visit.

Without going into excessive detail at this time, I'll just outline what I did while there.  I first arrived in Taipei and spent several days there. I then went on a weekend trip to Hualien, on the East coast, to visit a friend's family and stay with them. That was absolutely amazing and showed the other side of Taiwan outside of the densly packed cities. I was able to visit Taroko National Park. Then headed back to Taipei for a few more days and visited various museums around there. Eventually made a trip to Taichung, and then went to Sun-Moon lake, a truly unforgettable and absolutely amazing experience.

Well I am trying to write all these blogs almost 16 months later, but I will try to make them as accuarate as possible. I do regret not having made notes or blogged during the actual travel itself. But I do have photos! It would be best in the future to do it on the plane ride home or even for the next few days after having arrived home.
blurbmoi says:
same here, food everywhere!
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
ted332 says:
nice blog!
Posted on: Jan 23, 2008
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Sulfur Mountains
Sulfur Mountains
Very stinky!
Very stinky!
Sunset.
Sunset.
In a town situated in the mountain…
In a town situated in the mountai…
Food! I forget the name.
Food! I forget the name.
Also more food, I believe these ha…
Also more food, I believe these h…
Stinky Tofu, it stinks! But tastes…
Stinky Tofu, it stinks! But taste…
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