Day 2 Taipei
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July 27th, 2009 – by: klaartje1968
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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