Since I lived in Kaohsiung City during my 5-month stay in Taiwan, I had not seen much of Taipei. That’s why I was really excited when my brother told me that we would go to Taipei to give me a tour around the city. I was really looking forward to explore Taiwan’s capital city. And just like what I saw in some advertisement, I would agree that Taiwan truly touches your heart because every new place you visit has so much things to offer. I would describe Taipei as a big metropolitan city. There are more people compared to Kaohsiung City. Furthermore, there are much more skyscrapers especially at the downtown area. We only stayed in Taipei for two days so let me just give you the highlights of my trip.
1) Taipei 101. I guess for anyone who wants to visit Taipei City, Taipei 101 is a must see destination. It was once the tallest building in the world before the opening of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. This was the first spot we visited when we arrived in Taipei. Taipei 101 is the symbol of the growth of the Taiwanese economy. I went up to the tower even though there was a long line of tourists. I paid 400 NT (P 563) for the entrance fee and I was able to bring my 5-year-old niece for free when I went there last March. Anyway, the beautiful view up the tower and the experience to get on to their super fast elevator were already worth the price.
2) National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. This hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the former president of Taiwan. I really liked this place because of the remarkable structures of the buildings. I found this place more cultural. It shows the old Chinese architecture amidst the modernized city of Taipei.
3) The Presidential Office Building. This serves as the office of the President of Taiwan. It is located in Zhongzheng District in Taipei. This became the official presidential office after Taiwan (Republic of China) separated from Mainland China.
4) Taipei Zoo. If you want to see a giant panda then you should definitely visit this zoo. Taipei zoo is currently the largest zoo in Asia. It is located at Muzha, the southeastern part of Taipei City.Unfortunately, it rained and it was freezing cold when we went there so we decided not to go inside the zoo anymore. However, I searched for a picture of the giant panda on the net to show you what you could see inside the zoo.
5) National Palace Museum. If you are interested in Chinese history, then the National Palace Museum is a must see destination for you. It is a huge art museum in Taiwan that contains a large collection of ancient artifacts dated back from the Neolithic age to the Qing Dynasty. According to wikipedia, this museum was the 11th most visited art museum in the world in 2009. Due to time constraints because we only spent 2 days in Taipei, we didn’t go inside the museum anymore. We only had a picture taking outside the museum 😀 .
6) Danshui. Finally, our last stop was at Danshui Township. This is a sea-side town in Taipei County. This place is popular for watching the sunset in Taipei. I loved this place not only because of the beautiful view of the sea but also I found the town itself really amusing. We found some cute shops beside the sea. Moreover, there are so many things to buy in Danshui including native delicacies, souvenirs, clothes, shoes etc. I recommend this place if you want a glimpse of the sea in Taipei and buy different kinds of stuffs at the same time.