Taipei Travel Blog› entry 12 of 19 › view all entries
Our ship docked in Keelung, about 10 miles north of the capital city of Taipei. Brian and I jumped on the train to Taipei and spent the day navigating from one end of town to another via the train and our feet. Our favorite part of the MRT in Taipei were the plastic tokens that served as tickets and had some sort of chip or magnet inside that kept track of the fare.
First we went to Chaing Kai Shek Memorial, which was located on beautiful grounds, surrounded by ponds and parks and lovely temples. It was an imposing monument to the long-time leader and uniter of Taiwan.
Next we took the train across Taipei to the Martyrs Memorial.
Our next stop was Taipei 101. Each of these Asian cities have been in competition to build the tallest building in the world and for a time, Taipei 101 was it. The building is only 4 years old, so that tells you how fierce the competition has been.
Once back on the boat we discovered that one couple did not arrive on time. As is the practice we left without them. We were all talking about how scary it would be to be left in a country with no passport....they took our passports at the beginning of the cruise and we haven`t seen them since. Luckily Brian and I always carry a photocopy of ours...but still.
We found out this morning that the couple arrived as the boat was leaving the channel and the harbor pilot ferried them to our ship where they were attached to ropes and hoisted on board...I can`t imagine what they will be charged for that operation!