From the monthly archives: "April 2012"

maokong hiking trail

One of the easiest Maokong Hiking Trail around is the Enlightenment Trail that brings you to see the mysterious rock potholes.  This trail starts directly in front of the Taipei Tea Promotional Center and takes about 1 hour or so to finish.  It is a relatively easy trail to go without any particular hiking gear, as the trail path is well laid out.  Here’s what the trail is like.     Read Full Article →

maokong gondola

The Maokong Gondola (also known as cable car) is a great way to ride to the top of Maokong Mountain from the Taipei Zoo MRT station.  The Maokong Gondola makes several stops along the way to other points of interest in the area, such as the Taipei Zoo, and Zhinan Temple.  The entire ride from Taipei Zoo MRT station to the top of Maokong takes about 30 minutes, and through the entire ride you will see scenic views of the mountains in Taipei.     Read Full Article →

stinky tofu shenkeng

Stinky tofu, what can I say about it?  It is like a love-hate relationship for some people when it comes down to stinky tofu.  Some people just hate it,  while some people just love it.  The smell of stinky tofu to some is unbearable, resembling the smell of garbage, or even worse…poop.  But to me, there’s always a sweet spot in me for stinky tofu….it’s one of those things like durian, an acquired taste where the smell and taste is like heaven!  And just my luck, there is a special district in Taipei where it is considered the holy grail of stinky tofu.  The place is called Shenkeng…and it is probably the best place to be in Taipei for this aromatic tofu snack!     Read Full Article →

rao he night market

Considered one of the oldest night markets in Songshan District on Taipei’s eastern end of the city, the Raohe Night Market is also definitely one of the best markets there is in Taipei.  It has everything you need in a night market, lots of food, and lots of random things to buy.  Unlike the Shilin Night Market, where you mostly will find purely street snacks, at the Raohe Market you will also find great stalls selling complete meals from noodles to rice dishes.  Let’s take a more detailed look at the Raohe Street Night Market!     Read Full Article →

ciyou temple - songshan district taipei

Just beside the east entrance of the old Raohe night market in Taipei’s Songshan District is the beautiful Ciyou Temple.  This temple is a Taoist temple dedicated to the deity Mazu who is the Goddess of the Sea.  It was built in the 1750’s which make this a very well preserved historical landmark in Taipei city.      Read Full Article →

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