Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Taipei Trip - Final Part

The next day, it was raining. Quite heavy too. We could not do anything, so we just ran from shops to shops for shelter till we reach the Ximending train station. We took the train to another train station where we got off and got on a shuttle bus to Taipei 101. When we reached there, it was still raining. Taipei 101 was a disappointment. There weren't alot of shops in there and the only shops we saw there were designers' shop. Apart from that, it's like empty and there's no activity going on. A very far difference from KLCC.

Luckily, at the annex of the building, they were having a Sony Fair there. So, at least we had something to look at there, us being electronic gadgets freak :).

The rain persisted the whole day. After being let down by Taipei 101, we took the train back to the Ximending station and back to our hotel to rest. In the evening, the rain stopped and once again, we went walking around Ximending again. Did not do much shopping as we had already bought some things here and there. Went back to the hotel after we had our usual beehoon soup supper.

The next day, we went to visit the National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Centre. We took a train there. The place is quite big and we had to walk quite a distance to visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. The National Theatre is also located there.

We had to walk up alot of steps to reach the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

The view from the top of the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is quite nice. Show a wide open space, with some nice landscaping and the Taipei National Theatre in the background.

After that, we took the train to a place called Shilin Night Market. There were lots of shops and lots of people there.

This was where we bought some strawberries to eat. Yummy!!

We found a place to eat, which is similar to our open air market but has alot more stalls and thousands of people.

After that, we took the train back to Ximending station, walked around Ximending again for one last time as we were leaving early the next morning. We also went to Starbucks to have a drink before going back to the shop to have one last round of the beehoon soup. Then we went back to the hotel to rest and pack our bags as we had to get up very early the next morning.

The next morning, we got up at 4am, took a shower and checked out and boarded a chartered car to the airport at 5am. This costs us NTD900 (~RM100) per person. Overall, I did not enjoy the Taipei trip as much as I did the HK trip. I would not want to go back to Taipei again. Generally, the place is old and dirty and there weren't much to see. Just good for a one time look see experience. Only missed the beehoon soup.

People who visited the other parts of Taiwan like Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Hualien, etc commented that there were some nice places with nice sceneries to visit there. So, for those who would want to take a trip to Taiwan, make sure you include those other places in Taiwan besides Taipei.

~ Posted 1st December 2006 in Friendster Blog

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