Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Day 2 (November 23rd) - Taipei Sightseeing

The second day started with a breakfast in a MOS Burger branch near the hostel (seems that there are many MOS Burger branches in Taipei). Looking for the MRT station, we realized that our hostel was actually located near the Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) memorial hall, which is just about 5-10 minutes walk away.

Unfortunately, some parts of the building was under renovation, but nonetheless I took some good pictures there.

We decided to visit the Sun Yat Sen memorial hall after that, which require an MRT ride. We purchased the EasyCard, a prepaid card to be used when paying for the MRT ride (it functions just like the Octopus Card in Hong Kong or the EZ-Link Card in Singapore).

It started to rain at the moment we arrived at Sun Yat Sen memorial hall, therefore we entered the building immediately. There was several museums and galleries inside, as well as a library on the basement. From the back entrance, we can now see the Taipei 101 building, currently the tallest building in the world.

The building is so high that the top part of it touches the clouds... wow!

Still under the rain, we finally made it to the Taipei 101 (which is around 10-15 minutes walk from the Sun Yat Sen memorial hall). Luckily we had two umbrellas with us, and the weather cover of my camera backpack really worked (the inside of the bag remains completely dry when we arrived in the Taipei 101).

We had our lunch there, and walked around the area through the bridges (which connects several shopping malls and a cinema). I parted with the team to go up to the Taipei 101 observatory on the 89th floor to take some photos.

The views up there was wonderful, and I was able to have both daylight and night view of the city. Luckily this time I brought a small tripod with me, which was really helpful when taking the slow-shutter night sceneries.

Contacted the rest of the team and confirmed to meet up in Taipei City Hall station. Down from the Taipei 101 building, I walk through the footbridges to the MRT station, and nearly got lost (fortunately there was a map on the street showing that the MRT station is on the next block). Took the MRT, met with the team, and we went to the night market for some dinner.

Although the Oyster-egg (o-wa-jien) was told to be famous in Taipei, the one we tried does not taste that good (probably ordered it in the wrong stall). We had some tepanyaki for dinner and headed back to the Hostel. We also visited the 7-11 near the hostel and bought some instant noodle and some snacks before returning to the hostel and rest.

Continue to Day 3

-Andrian Kurniady

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