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Thursday, June 16, 2016

7D6N Tour to Taiwan (Taipei 101), Day 6 - Taipei IOI

Throwback to 18 December 2015
Day 6


Our last full-day at Taiwan! The holiday trip had thus far been relaxing. We had lots of rest through the night. Took our own sweet time to complete breakfast and having absolutely no itinerary to rush to complete. 

To complete our Taiwan experience, we went to the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper.

Hi mascot, are you looking for your "key"?

Oh, you have a tail!





101







After getting immuned to the 360-degree breathtaking view of the city, we took a look at the exhibit on the building's tuned mass damper, also known as a harmonic absorber, which serves to minimise the amplitude of mechanical vibrations. Taipei 101's damper was the largest in the World.


View of the ceiling of the elevator as it brings us down from Level 101


We walked into the Taipei World Trade Center 台北世界貿易中心, which was just beside Taipei 101. Coincidentally, the main hall was hosting a baby fair. We were super tempted, but decided not to, since we would definitely not be dragging baby goods back on flight.


View of Taipei 101 from the exit of the World Trade Center

Zhongshan Hall 中山堂, the former Taipei City Hall


And our Taiwan journey comes to a happy ending :)


Monday, June 13, 2016

7D6N Tour to Taiwan (Gugong, Tamsui, Beitou), Day 5 - Hot Spring

Throwback to 17 December 2015
Day 5


Prior to the trip, some Taiwanese unionists who were in Singapore for an exchange programme highly recommended me to visit the National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院 when they knew I had holiday plans in Taiwan.

In mask because of PM2.5 haze「紫爆」霧霾 as reported in local news



The museum required visitors to surrender their drinking bottles, so we had to take a detour and deposit our drinking bottles at the counter.

The museum had an extensive amount of artefacts. Apparently, most of the artefacts were brought over by the Kuomintang when it retreated from mainland China after the civil war.

Doodling on the interactive platforms at the museum




The museum tickets gave us complimentary access to the Zhishan Garden (至善園), where it gave us a brief respite after the intensive browsing of hundreds of displays. 





We took a bus and left for Shilin Station for lunch.

Cool Bus Driver in Santa Claus attire and handing out sweets to passengers

Steamboat Buffet Lunch

Map of Shilin 士林

After our late lunch, we headed to Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf (淡水漁人碼頭). 


Photo of the Day. Mum the awesome photographer.



Ice cream again, but not as good as the one at Shifen

Shopping time



Just by trial and error, asking around and by intuition, we managed to get by each day of our itinerary well. With absolute no knowledge (and since we had never tried) on hotspring, we went to Beitou 北投 where hotspring resorts were abundant. 

Interesting displays at Beitou Train Station


Even the train is in theme

We "cold-called" several hotels and did our own price comparison. Eventually, decided to go into a decent looking hotel - Jia Bin Ge Hotspring Resort Hotel 台北北投嘉宾阁旅馆花园温泉会馆. We were given a room to check in and a tap in the bathroom was where the hotspring water was channelled out for us.

Complimentary refreshments after our hotspring

 

Train ride back. Thanks to the always available seat reserved for pregnant ladies and elderly

Back to our spacious bunk

Sunday, June 12, 2016

7D6N Tour to Taiwan (Maokong & Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall), Day 4 - 3 Principles

Throwback to 16 December 2015
Day 4

It was challenging to adjust to the new hotel, especially after serene nights at Jiufen. There was a commotion in the middle of the night when a group of tourists checked in to neighbouring rooms. Thankfully, that would be the only noisy night.

Breakfast was served buffet-style at Go Sleep Hotel Hankou 高絲旅時尚旅館-漢口館. Amazed by the number of occupants the hotel could accomodate. Had to find seats for breakfast.

Breakfast

Breakfast always a time for last minute planning of the day's itinerary.




After breakfast, we continued to explore the streets near our hotel. We found ourselves at Ximending Cinema Street (西門町電影街), where workers were setting up and getting ready for the official launch of the Star Wars film that would be taking place later in the evening. 



The first trip for the day was to the Maokong Gondola 貓空纜車, via subway. 


The gondola can bring us to places like Taipei Zoo, other than Maokong

Gondola station

Signage for something just 2 metres away?

We decided to head straight to Maokong terminal station, a 15 to 20 minutes ride on the Maokong. We can either take the normal cabin or the one with glass flooring (or what they called, Crystal Cabin). Since we are tourists and the queue for the Crystal Cabin was short, we opted for it.

Queue for Crystal Cabin



Fully maximising the time in the cabin





Thanks to two lovely local Aunties who helped us with this photo


Maokong Station

With her favourite bamboo shoot

The "Mao" in Maokong means cat in Chinese

"Cat's got nothing to do" Cafe - what a name!

We had lunch at Zhengda Tea House (正大休閒茶園). Pricy menu but interesting cuisine cooked with tea leaves. Tasty too.


We were not too sure what we could see in Maokong, so we just picked one direction and started walking.


茶香猪舍 - a former pig sty







A tea factory that bore the same name as my late Father

Just had to get that Matcha ice-cream. Nice black cat cookie too!

We didn't stay at Maokong for long. Took a bus down to the Taipei Zoo Station.

At the subway

Next stop: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館)




We were just in time for the last changing of guards parade. The changing of guards takes place hourly throughout the day.










Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People:
Principle of Minzu (Nationalism)
Principle of Minquan (Democracy)
Principle of Minsheng (Welfare)

Constitution of the Republic of China


The museum was worth visiting. Refreshed and topped up our knowledge on Taiwan's history.


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