Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gap and Krispy Kreme: An Exercise in Queuing

There were about fifty people after this sign.  Worth it?

There were about fifty people after this sign. Worth it?

Two common American sights made their debut in Taiwan the past few months: Gap and Krispy Kreme.  As an American, I wasn’t particularly excited about either of them opening up.  I always though Gap was a bit bland and there are much better options than Krispy Kreme in my opinion.  However, citizens of Taipei have flooded both of these venues, causing astronomical waits for something I took for granted years ago.  I investigated these mysterious locals…

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Beitou Museum 北投文物館: A Walk Through History

The interior of the Beitou Museum is the real treat.

The interior of the Beitou Museum is the real treat.

Watching over Xinbeitou is the Beitou Museum 北投文物館, a beautiful Japanese hotel turned Taiwanese cultural hub.  Though small, the traditional Japanese architecture and fascinating exhibits make this museum a must-see.  I do think the best time to visit would be in summer or spring when the flowers around the grounds are in full bloom, but either way I doubt you’ll leave disappointed.  Check out some pictures from my visit.

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Shui Wen 水問蔬食園: Drifting Vegetarian Sushi

Plates on top of plates on top of plates at Shui Wen.

Plates on top of plates on top of plates at Shui Wen.

If you ever wanted to go to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, but without all that pesky meat, then the all-vegetarian Shui Wen 水問蔬食園 in Taipei is for you.  Like other conveyor belt sushi places, just grab what you want and eat!  I was a bit curious to see what exactly would fill the revolving plates, and I found some interesting concoctions.  Check out more info about my visit.

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Yuanshan Water Shrine 圓山水神社: A Secluded Relic in the Capital

A signpost and stone lantern at the Yuanshan Water Shrine.

A signpost and stone lantern at the Yuanshan Water Shrine.

Most people get off at Jiantan Station to fill their stomachs at the Shilin Night Market.  However, a hidden relic of the Japanese colonial era is a mere few minutes away.  While there are thousands of temples in Taiwan, the Yuanshan Water Shrine 圓山水神社 is one of the few remaining Shinto shrines.  When standing in the middle of the shrine’s garden, it’s hard to believe you’re in Taipei at all.  Here are some pictures from my first visit.

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Taipei National University of the Arts 國立臺北藝術大學: Strolling Through Sculptures

Just a few of the sculptures you'll find at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

Just a few of the sculptures you’ll find at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

If you’re an art aficionado, Taipei has a lot to offer.  There are so many museums, exhibits, galleries, festivals and so forth that it can be overwhelming.  Before they fill galleries, a lot of Taipei-based artists learn their craft at the Taipei National University of the Arts 國立臺北藝術大學 located in Guandu.  Even if you aren’t the biggest art buff, the campus is a nice stroll with plenty to see and do.  Here are some pictures from my visits.

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Guizikeng 貴子坑: A Green Walk

A lot of vegetation and algae cover the stream leading to Guizikeng 貴子坑

A lot of vegetation and algae cover the stream leading to Guizikeng 貴子坑

I accidentally found the overwhelming green Guizikeng 貴子坑 by taking the wrong bus.  I took it all the way to the end of the bus depot, but fortunately it lead to a nice walk and a place that I found so enchanting that I’ve visited it multiple times.  With various hiking trails, a camping ground, a concrete river, and a 30 million year old mountain, it’s worth finding.  Check out some of my pictures from my first visit.

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Qingtiangang 擎天崗: Where the Buffalo Roam

Buffalo have their lunch at Qingtiangang 擎天崗.

Buffalo have their lunch at Qingtiangang 擎天崗.

Although it its the smallest of Taiwan’s national parks, Yangmingshan National Park is rich with unique and beautiful sights.  A popular area is Qingtiangang 擎天崗, known for its wide, grassy meadows and wild buffalo.  If you want to have a relaxing walk in the mountains, the non-strenuous trails of Qingtiangang are a relaxing alternative to the park’s more difficult hikes.  Here are a few of my pictures from my visit.

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