From Taoyuan International Airport, we headed strait to the LOVE sign in Taipei 101 where MyTaiwan Tour, fetched us for the ancient China, colonial Formosa, and ultra-modern Taipei experience. We decided to collaborate with the tour company so not to get lost in the city and maximise our short stay. We joined other foreign nationalities who became our friends together with our professional English speaking tour guide.
The group has already visited the Longshan temple, Presidential Office Building, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Grand Hotel, and Taipei 101 when we joined them in the LOVE sign meet up place after their lunch. Our plane arrival got delayed thus only joined them for the next itineraries: Lin An Tai Historical House, Beitou Hot Spring Area, Yangmingshan National Park, National Palace Museum, and the Shilin Night Market.
Lin An Tai Historical House
Lin An Tai Historical House is one of the oldest houses still existing in Taiwan. The house symbolises the plight of success to wealth of some of the mainland Chinese immigrants to Taiwan since Qing dynasty. In order to remember his hometown and origin, the owner modelled his house similar to the big houses in Anxi County. Currently, the place is also a famous location for wedding, cosplay, and horror movie shoots.
Beitou Hot Spring
Beitou is a natural hot spring within the Taipei city. The Taiwanese are very fond of the hot spring culture which could have come from Japanese influence. Although we have not tried the bath, we fell in love with the scenery and the smell of sulphur.
Yangmingshan National Park
We did a bit of a hike in order to go to the best scenic spot of this volcanic mountain. The smell of sulphur is much strong compared to the Beitou hot spring. Apart from the instagrammable pictures you can take in the area, this park symbolises the wealth of natural resources Taiwan has (e.g. rich sulphur mining operations previously existed in the area)
National Palace Museum
We spent almost two hours sampling ever-so-briefly 5000 years of Chinese art and culture. The artifacts were brought by Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan when his government was defeated by the communist party. One of our favourites would be the fat lady statue– which implies that the concept of beauty is a bit far different in the old times. You are more beautiful in the old times if your are fat and curvy.
After the National Palace Museum, we had a delicious tour of the bustling exotic Shilin night market. Unexpectedly, our phone’s battery got drained and failed to snap the beauty that there is. Although you can also eat exotic foods in this place such as snakes, etcetera, we preferred drinking our Taiwanese bubble tea and eating Taiwan’s famous pepper fried chicken.
Overall, our ultimate Taipei day tour has been great. Thanks to MyTaiwan Tour and Ms. April Chen, social media specialist of MyTaiwan Tour, who are very generous in letting us take part of this adventure. We could have not fit the whole day exploring the city because of times getting lost without a tour guide. We also enjoyed the accompaniment of other foreign nationalities who availed the tour.
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