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August 3rd, 2009 – by: jlchatham
Taipei is a fantastic city. The metro is probably the nicest one I've ever seen with loads of signs in English and accurate time tables galore. And very, very clean. We arrived at our hostel in the afternoon and set off to find Taipei 101, the world's highest completed building. We arrived just after sunset and snapped a dozen pics before we'd even entered the building. 91 stories up and caught the last rays of the sun while the city below begin to explode in street lights.
The next day we woke up early to try and watch some Tai Chi practicioners at the CSK Memorial two subway stops away. We found a few, but not the myriad of people we were expecting. We spent an hour or so walking around the beautiful grounds of the memorial. A really nice way to spend the morning.
Later, we took the metro to the very end of the line at Dahshui where we disembarked and spent a few hours walking along the sea and up through the alleys and old streets doing some shopping. Upon returning, we checked out the Longshuan temple back near Central Taipei and had a delicious Chinese meal from a small restaurant.
The next morning we took a 3 hour train ride to Hualien, a city on the Eastern part of the country and the gateway to the country's most famed natural treasure, Taroko Gorge.
We headed to Taroko the next morning and had a great time riding through the gorge taking in the myriad of beautiful views, pagodas, and temples. It was a fascinating place and certainly worth the visit from Taipei.
Back to Taipei that evening and we sought out a last meal that we couldn't get in Korea; that was a double bacon cheeseburger from Burger King for me and a very nice carbonara pasta from an Italian restaurant for Ji.
In all, we had a really great time and had far more adventures than can be related in a single blog. Needless to say, I'm really pleasantly surprised by Taiwan and can't recommend it enough as a tourist destination. I could easily spend a few more weeks there taking in all the things I didn't have time for this go around, and hope i get that chance in the future.
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