Taipei, Taiwan 台湾台北
The whole family visited Taiwan in December 2010 to attend the convocation and graduation dinner of my eldest son. SK, my youngest son and I departed from LCCT around 10-00 A.M. in the morning. We touched down at Taoyuan International Airport in the afternoon at about 2-40 P.M. Our eldest son was at the airport to meet us. My son was studying in Taichung and the graduation ceremony was to be held a few days later. So we took the opportunity to visit some of the tourist attractions in Taipei before leaving for Taichung. Partly, we were waiting for our daughter who was to fly in from Singapore to join us in Taipei.
Before leaving Kuala Lumpur, we had made prior arrangement to book a room in a hostel in Taipei. The hostel was not located in a posh area. In fact, the surrounding area looked old and run-down. However, the family room we had booked was comfortable with all the basic necessities. After checking into the hostel to unpack our luggage, our first agenda was to buy an MRT pass each in order for us to move around Taipei with ease.
So our sight-seeing began........
|The main building of the National Palace Museum that houses Taiwan's national treasures|
|Another building within the grounds of the National Palace Museum|
|View from the top of the main building of the National Palace Museum|
|The National Palace Museum grounds from another angle|
|Never seen before signage outside a toilet, of a male and female figure wearing Qing dynasty imperial costumes directing users to the respective sections meant for the ladies and the gentlemen.|
|View taken from the ground level of the main entrance to the Taipei 101|
|View taken from the main entrance all the way up to the Taipei 101 as far as my camera could capture|
|Another picture of the Taipei 101|
|Yet another picture of the Taipei 101|
|The Taipei 101 from a distance|
|A self-explanatory plaque of the colourful cow shown above.|
|The streets of Taipei are lined with pots of beautiful blooms|
|A robot made from pieces of metallic odds and ends. This, too, has got a story to tell.|
|Enjoying the the famous Ah Chung Mien Sien or mee sua located at Ximending. Note that no tables were provided. Everybody just sat on stools outdoors provided by the shop.|
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|The Shilin Night Market - where the crowd seemed to be converging for food and shopping|
This is where the famous chicken chop is sold.
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Food we had in a restaurant in Taipei City Mall which is the main underground shopping street in Taipei
|Noodle dish with eggs and assortment of meat|
|A chicken rice set complete with vegetables and soup|
|Some kind of pork dish that comes in a complete set|
|This is a soup and vegetables rice set|
|The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall|
|The Memorial Hall taken from another angle|
|The fabulous ice-cream desserts in Ximending. Super yummy!|
DO NOT MISS! REPEAT, DO NOT MISS!