Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WOW Taipei!!!


Long Weekend!!! Everyone loves long weekends. Finally had time to bond with the family. This time we decided to travel to Tapei, Taiwan. There were lots of places to see and lots of things to do. I can't wait to go back again!





Our first stop was the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Here resides Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China. This hall is built to commemorate the years he has served the country. 



There are 89 steps to the memorial which represents the age Chiang Kai-shek died. You may find the steps overwhelming but no need to worry as you can take the elevator located inside the hall. The view from above is outstanding and if you do decide to walk the steps, it would surely be worth it. 



The words projected from up above are actually inverted and can be read once projected on the water below. Who would've ever thought?

We were also lucky enough to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships exhibit located in the hall. What enticed us to visit this one-of-a-kind art exhibit was the name itself. We couldn't wait to go inside. 





What we had in store for us were random and quirky pieces collected from all around the world. It may seem rather... normal... but what makes these items interesting is the story that lies behind it. 





There's a story in each piece which depicts the brokenness and failed relationships. You may find yourself feel depression as you read the stories but at the same time you would also keep on wanting to read more.





There were some things that I didn't quite understand but I believe that the beauty in these pieces lies in the mystery that it portrays. 





There were also a couple of pieces that came from the Philippines but this one in particular was both inspiring and sad. With her story, she has also shared to the world the Filipino culture's devotion to the Novena and how it can heal, inspire, and give hope. 





This interactive art is written in Chinese. I don't really know what it says but it requires you to step on either yes or no. Can anyone translate this question for me?





One of the other places that you HAVE to visit when in Taipei is Modern Toilet. As the name implies, this one in particular is Toilet-themed. I cringed at first but their food isn't actually that bad. It was sad though that we weren't able to try the more interesting food items like the chicken curry which is served in a smaller version of a toilet. Be sure to try that though!



Eww? Hahaha well  guess it serves as a double purpose 


If you think that was insane, then you should try drinking from a urinal! Be sure to purchase this take-home urinal cup as a souvenir. The meals are actually set meals - it comes with a drink and a dessert. If you want the urinal cup all you need to do is add 50 NT to your drink. They usually prefer reservations but if you do not have one you need not to worry as you can cue for the tables. They'll ask for a contact number and if you're on roaming be sure to give out that number as they will call you once your table is ready.



One of the other iconic places to visit would be Taipei 101 - considered to be the tallest building until 2010. With 101 floors, visiting this building is surely one for the books. I would recommend visiting it in the morning although the night lights aren't bad as well.



It also houses the fastest elevator. It takes you on to the 88th floor for less than a minute! The sphere-shaped thing is called a damper. The Taipei 101 building is built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. In the off-chance that this happens, the damper comes to work. Its job is to make sure the building remains balanced at all times. When the weight is concentrated on the right side, it turns to the left to equalize the weight. 




The Taipei Zoo is quite far from the city but then it is also very convenient to go by train. This is also considered to be the largest zoo in Asia! Be sure to pack up on water and and sunblock and be sure to wear trainers or walking shoes when you go there as there will be a lot of walking!




I enjoyed how the zoo was designed to be as natural and as it can get. The animals were situated in a clean environment with vast space to move around.





I also enjoyed the insectarium which housed different insects from all around the world. I enjoyed gazing around the butterfly garden, taking pictures and just appreciating the butterflies flutter in the air. 





I also enjoyed watching the Giant Pandas go about with their day however I wish I had more time. The zoo keepers were quite strict as it tends to cause traffic at the area. Be sure to go up to the souvenir shop where you can find fossils for sale! But don't expect it to be cheap!





The Taipei Zoo houses almost every animal you can think of! Be sure to allocate and entire day or maybe even just half a day to tour around the zoo. 



Once you've had enough of the walking, take the train near the Secret Garden (look for it on the Taipei Zoo map) and take a drive to the Gondola/ Cable Car. From there on it can take you back to the Taipei Zoo train station so you don't need to walk all the way back down. 


I truly had an amazing time at Taipei and I can't wait to go back and explore more of this city!


Travel Tips: 


Take one of those maps/ tour brochures at the airport to guide you around the city. Be sure it has the MRT route as well.

Book a hotel which is walking distance from the train so that you can easily get by.

Bring walking shoes and expect LOTS of walking!



Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

No.21, Zhongshan S.Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,Taipei City 10048, Taiwan

886-2-2343-1100

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/

Take the Red Line and go down at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall stop. Take Exit 5.



Modern Toilet

2F, No.50-7 Xining South Road, Taipei, Taiwan. 

02-23118822

11:30 am – 10:00 pm

http://www.moderntoilet.com.tw/en/

Take the Blue Line to Ximen and take the first exit. I don't know how we found it but just go to Xining road and you'll find the sign somewhere there. Asking around could help as well.



Taipei 101

 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 市府路45號

+886 2 8101 7777

11:00 am – 9:30 pm

http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx

Take the Red Line to Taipei 101/World Trade Center



Taipei Zoo

116, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wenshan District, 新光路二段30號

 +886 2 2938 2300#630

 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

http://english.zoo.taipei.gov.tw/

Take the Red or Blue Line and transfer to the Brown Line to Taipei Zoo. 
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