Travel Diary: Taipei, Taiwan Part 1

27 October 2016

Taipei, Taiwan

15TH - 21ST AUG

Warning: image heavy.

After many months of debating on how to approach this post, and looking for what photos are blog worthy, I had decided to split the trip into two posts. For those who didn't know, I went to Taipei back in August for a week whilst I was in Asia for 2 and a half weeks and oh my, I loved it so much. It was my first time visiting. There were language barriers as my Mandarin is poor but that didn't put me off. I was able to read Chinese to get me around as well as speaking English mixed with Mandarin. These photos are in chronological order for the 15th - 18th. During this time, we had visited the following tourist sights (shopping areas excluded):
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Studio Ghibli 3D Exhibition
Upside Down Wonderland
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Shilin Night Market
Shifen
Ximending
We had spent the whole day at Shifen, outside of Taipei. This is one of the places where you write on paper lanterns then release them into the sky, as well as taking an obligatory photo of yourself on the train tracks. Trains do actually go through this village. There are other villages along the same train line such as Jiufen, Pingxi that are a must go. I still haven't had the chance to visit these but there are a lot of places I still need to visit in Taipei. So much to do in so little time.

I could go on and on talking about every place we have visited but first, the hotel. We stayed at Bee House (Taipei Main Station Branch) and this was the perfect location. Close to the train and metro station, night market, shopping area and was easy to get to. From the name, it was bee themed! Wish I had taken a photo of the reception. It was so cute and typical Taiwan. Also, we had a Japanese toilet, the one where it washes your bum etc! I haven't used it as I couldn't get it working. Not sure if I would actually use it though.

I'm just going to let the photos do the talking now.
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Stick around for part 2, 19th-21st August, for spectacular views and more food.

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34 comments

  1. Wow lovely photos. The hotel looks so amazing.

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  2. Oh wow, what stunning photos! I would love to go to Taipei. I work with a lot of students from Taiwan and they always say how lovely it is. Looks like you had an incredible trip.

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    Amy

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  3. Wow! That's a confusing looking toilet ha! Your photos look great!

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  4. Lovely post :)

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  5. Wow! I've always wanted to see Asia, I've always been fascinated by it. What beautiful photos :)

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  6. This is somewhere I have always wanted to go and not only is the scenery beautiful, but the food looks stunning too.

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  7. Fascinating glimpse of Taipei. Beautiful photos, and that Haagen Dazs flavour sounds fabulous.

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  8. I've visited Taipei so many times now for business. I've explored some destinations here though looking forward to the nature part of the area.

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  9. Oh fun! This sounded like a really nice adventure. The Ponyo statue from Studio Ghibli is so cute! I loved that movie.

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  10. Wow it looks like you had the best time! I've always wanted to go to Asia, it's on my bucket list!

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  11. Asia never used to be somewhere that appealed to me but I've seem so many intriguing posts like yours recently that I am changing my mind and want to visit

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  12. Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding time, Taiwan seems like one of those must see places. x

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  13. Wow looks like such an amazing trip, another place to add to my ever growing bucket list. I'm only going to Asia for the first time next summer, eek x

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  14. I would love to visit Taiwan and learn more about their culture! :)
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  15. I am going to Taipei with my family this Christmas holidays so I will be reviewing your itinerary. That Upside Down thing looks very interesting.

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  16. What a fantastic adventure to go on! I would love to visit there one day. Gorgeous photos!

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  17. Well it looks and sounds like you had such a fantastic time and I love the toilet ha x

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  18. This looks amazing, What an interesting toilet and I love the fish statue. it looks like an amazing visit.

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  19. I'm not sure if I could use the Japanese toilet either. Your pictures are stunning x

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  20. Taiwan is a beauty! Food and complete holiday fun. I loved that Fish eye effect photo.

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  21. Your pictures look amazing! I'd totally give the japanese loo a go! hahah I'd have to!

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  22. Sounds like you had a great time, what a weird toliet lol

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  23. What a lovely collection of travel photos! Sound like you really enjoyed yourself, so lucky to be traveling xx

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  24. OMG! I love the photos! I've been to Taiwan in 2012 for two weeks. The first week I spent it in a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung and the 2nd week, I explored Taipei. But I haven't been to the other parts you've shared. Hope to come back there some day! :)- Mum Tuscany

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  25. Wow I think the photos are amazing. Did you really eat that really tall ice cream???? That toilet looks interesting ;-)

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  26. Oh my goodness, what is the chocolate-y goodness I see?!?! And the tall ice cream?! I'm planning to go to Taiwan specifically for a DIY food trip, hopefully next year. :D

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  27. Your photos are stunning I would love to visit one day.

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  28. Your photos are amazing! I'd love to visit Taiwan, Taipei looks so awesome too. That ice cream pot *heart eyes emoji*

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  29. Gorgeous photos and Taiwan is indeed a beautiful place to explore and enjoy.

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  30. I love Taiwan, there are so many awesome street food to eat and try.

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  31. Beautiful city indeed. Thank you for showing it to us through your lens... Btw, its rather intriguing to see the technological development in a loo!!!

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  32. Beautiful photos, looks like you had a fab trip. I've never really considered going to Taiwan but it looks like a great place! xo

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  33. Taiwan is on my list of places to see. I have seen half of Asia, and Taiwan is a must go now! Looks like you had a great time. I need to search for halal eateries though before going :)

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  34. Wow, lovely place and lovely photos! I want to explore Taiwan too, in the near future!

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