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The Taipei 101 in the distance
After a wonderful night of sleep we left the hotel for some breakfast (our hotel didn't serve breakfast). Taipei has a lot of 'take-a-way' coffee points and bakery's on the street. We figured that it was a part of the culture in this city: 'hurry and time is money'. So we decided to do the same as they did, we ordered a take away coffee and bought fresh bread at the bakery, searched ourselves a quiet place to sit so we could drink and eat. It turned out to be the nicest way to have breakfast in the city!
In the brochure we got when we bought the MRT card we found the 'Taipei 101'; world lagest building (Dubai is coming!) and we decided to go there with the metro. We stepped out at 'City hall' station and walked to the 'Taipei 101'.
Walking to the Taipei 101
Again, the humidity was killing us! We're not used at these temperatures, it was very difficult to walk and keep your clothes dry (no: impossible!!).

We found the highest building of the world very quick, no wonder with that height! There are two ways to go to the top: enter the restaurant or enter the mall and go to the observatory. The first possibility, the restaurant, appears to be an expensive one (so I was told by Erin), that's why we entered the mall entrance. There was a small line before the elevator, but after five minutes waiting it was our turn. Amazing how fast the elevator goes up! Half way my ears popped as if I was sitting in an airplane! 89 floors in 37 seconds, that is 388 meters!
When we stepped out of the elevator the view on the city was breath taking!! We were so high! They offered us a walkman tour (English information) and we took it.
There she is!
I think we stayed there for more than an hour, gazing from every side of the building at the city below us. Really amazing! Glad we did this.

After the Tapei 101 trip we walked to the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. We were just in time for the flag ceremony! The building is surrounded with a beautiful garden. People are sporting and children are playing with kites.

For the evening we wanted to visit a night market somewhere in Taipei (heard a lot about those markets) and picked one out: the Raohe night market. We figured out that we could make it walking to it and took a shot at it. Halfway we saw a restaurant with one table outside and took a break there. The restaurant advertized with mango drinks posters at the wall so we ordered one.  And of course they didn't understand! We were getting used by it.
Bikes for rent (with the MRT card)
Ron took the man away from his counter and brought him to the poster pointing at the mango drinks. The man had his 'ahaaa' feeling and started making mango drinks, finally.

Another 15 minutes walk and we were at the Raohe Night market. Very lifely, different kinds of food, lots of colours and pets! I saw squid, dogs, cats, hats, shoes, music, fruit and a lot of things I don't understand ;)
On the way back we decided to take a bus 'cause my feet where killing me at that point. We asked the driver if he'd go the City Hall station and he knotted 'yes' and also said '' yes'. So we got in the bus, trusting that he would take us there. Luckily Ron had his GPS with him, after a few minutes riding he noticed that the bus was going the complete opposite direction! We asked the driver to stop and let us out, but he wouldn't! Hahahaha.
Why doesn't this work in the Netherlands?
... (Can you still see us laughing?! What a wonderful city Taipei is)
Ron was not asking anymore at this point, it was more ordering! "Open" and "Out!" he yelled. Now the driver was alarmed, stopped the bus and opened the doors for us. We thanked him friendly and left the bus relieved. But now we were even further away from City Hall station than before. We had no other option than to order a taxi. We first tried the words 'Metro' and 'MRT', but that didn't reach any ear! This chauffeur understood only the words 'City Hall'!

We did manage to reach the station by taxi and our hotel area by metro. After an hour cybercafe and drinking our daily beer we left for the hotelroom. The man in the hotel told us that we had to check out the day after 'cause they were overbooked (and we only payed till this evening). So we started packing again, ready to leave the next morning to a new place.
Airportman says:
Drukke, maar mooie dag voor jullie :) Erg mooie fotos, brengt veel herinneringen terug
Posted on: Sep 04, 2009
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The Taipei 101 in the distance
The Taipei 101 in the distance
Walking to the Taipei 101
Walking to the Taipei 101
There she is!
There she is!
Bikes for rent (with the MRT card)
Bikes for rent (with the MRT card)
Why doesnt this work in the Nethe…
Why doesn't this work in the Neth…
Passing the Statue of Liberty
Passing the 'Statue of Liberty'
Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Near by the Taipei 101
Near by the Taipei 101
The view on Taipei from the highes…
The view on Taipei from the highe…
The big damper inside the Taipei 1…
The big damper inside the Taipei …
Wind damper Taipei 101
Wind damper Taipei 101
We didnt see one!
We didn't see one!
All we need.....
All we need.....
Not even the hottest temperature t…
Not even the hottest temperature …
Walking to National Sun Yat-Sen Mo…
Walking to National Sun Yat-Sen M…
Flowers at the SYS Memorial Hall
Flowers at the SYS Memorial Hall
SYS Memorial Hall
SYS Memorial Hall
The big lady in the distance
The big lady in the distance
SYS Memorial Hall
SYS Memorial Hall
A kite
A kite
At the SYS Memorial Hall, in the d…
At the SYS Memorial Hall, in the …
The flag ceremony just started
The flag ceremony just started
:)
:)
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The women with the kite
The women with the kite
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The flag ceremony
The soldiers returning with the fl…
The soldiers returning with the f…
The soldiers returning with the fl…
The soldiers returning with the f…
The soldiers returning with the fl…
The soldiers returning with the f…
The soldiers returning with the fl…
The soldiers returning with the f…
We still dont have a clue! (Paint…
We still don't have a clue! (Pain…
Walking to Raohe St. Tourist Night…
Walking to Raohe St. Tourist Nigh…
The place where we ordered a Mango…
The place where we ordered a Mang…
Look, a picture of mango drink is …
Look, a picture of mango drink is…
On our way to Raohe St.
On our way to Raohe St.
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Squid at Raohe St. Night Market
Squid at Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Raohe St. Night Market
Doggies for sale at Raohe St. Nigh…
Doggies for sale at Raohe St. Nig…
Kittens for sale at Raohe St. Nigh…
Kittens for sale at Raohe St. Nig…
Searching for a bus to MRT station…
Searching for a bus to MRT statio…
Searching for a bus to MRT station…
Searching for a bus to MRT statio…
The Taipei 101 by night!
The Taipei 101 by night!
Our last night in Forté Orange Ho…
Our last night in Forté Orange H…
The shower (the best that holiday)
The shower (the best that holiday)
The big bathroom
The big bathroom
The sink
The sink
That evening The Blues Brothers …
That evening "The Blues Brothers"…
Cleaning up, the next morning chec…
Cleaning up, the next morning che…
Taipei
photo by: Deats