Monthly Archives: February 2014
Now that the yellow duck has left Taiwan’s shores, the country is in dire need of a new adorable animal. Pandas have swiftly filled that gap, with the baby panda Yuan Zai finally being available to the public in December and now 1,600 paper-mache pandas have made their home in front of Taipei City Hall as part of Pandas World Tour – Taipei 1600貓熊世界之旅-臺北. Created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, the pandas have finally made their way to Asia. Check out some of my pictures from this multi-stage exhibit.
One of the most popular day trips from Taipei is spending an afternoon riding the Pingxi Line 平溪線. It is a special branch line in New Taipei City that you can transfer to from Ruifang Station. It is best known as the site of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, though it has plenty of other things to see, do, and eat during the festival off-season.
I’ve been to Kaohsiung a few times, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to truly explore the area. In my last visit, I did manage to see one of the more famed sights of the city, the Lotus Pond 蓮池潭 also known as Lotus Lake. Filled with various temples, pagodas, and classical art, it has a very ancient ambiance even though the entire lake is actually man-made and only about 60 years old. It’s not all new though, as there are several temples sprinkled about that are hundreds of years old. Here are some pictures from my visit.
The Rice Factory 捉米場 米食創意館 is a gluten-free rice-focused restaurant near Zhongshan MRT in Taipei that focuses on everything rice. There are your expected rice dishes, all the noodles are actually rice noodles, and they even have a small bakery with rice bread. Although their menu may not be eye-catching at first, it’s a unique offering with a hip atmosphere. Check out some of my recent photos.
Like Pingxi, Neiwan 內灣 is a small township that can be accessed via a special train line. Though ignored for decades, it recently became a tourist boom thanks to its old street highlighted by zongzi (粽子), a rice dumpling wrapped in leaves. The zongzi in Neiwan is special as it’s wrapped in ginger leaves and thus has a distinctive taste. Though Neiwan is not as scenic as other old streets, it’s filled with great food and quirkiness that makes it worth a visit. Check out my pictures for more information.
I know almost nothing of Spanish cuisine and I think I can count on one hand how many times I’ve had it, but I recently went to a Spanish restaurant in Taipei called Gusto 酷食多西班牙餐坊. Located near the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT, it’s easy to skip over it considering all the other choices in the area. I decided to educate myself on tapas in my recent visit.
Taipei has dozens of hiking trails, some simple and some arduous. An easy yet rewarding trail near Shipai MRT leads to Battleship Rock 軍艦岩. It’s only about a gentle twenty minute walk from an MRT station, including a trip through a local college. Getting to the top gives you a panoramic view of the area. Here are my pictures from my trip.
Shenkeng District 深坑區 in New Taipei City is known all over Taiwan for tofu. I’m personally not a big fan of tofu, I’ll eat it if I have to, but I rarely look forward to it. Despite my apathy toward bean curd, Shenkeng Old Street is worth the trip as it not only has some good food, but beautiful scenery including a well-hidden waterfall.
Yingge doesn’t just have an interesting museum, but is also acclaimed for its old street 鶯歌老街. This one focuses on ceramics and pottery, though it has your typical elements of an old street such as red brick buildings, souvenirs, and snacks. You can even get your hands dirty and make your own pottery. Check out some pictures from my visit.
Yingge District in New Taipei City is famous for ceramics and pottery, so what better place to have a museum for just that? The Yingge Ceramics Museum 鶯歌陶瓷博物館 is one of the many specialized museums in Taipei, and it may be one of the larger ones as well. Below are pictures from my recent trip.