After enjoying some hot springs in Beitou, Taipei, in Taiwan, one of the best things to enjoy also is the hot pot! For those of you who do not know what hot pot is, it is basically where you choose your side dishes (raw ingredients) to cook your self in a pot of boiling broth. This is extremely perfect for those cool days, as eating hot pot will instantly warm you right up! Read Full Article →
My wife and I were quite lucky to sample a very special herbal duck hot pot (also known as steam boat or shabu shabu) in Taipei. It is only available during the autumn and winter seasons as this special dish is only eaten during cold weather as it is suppose to warm your body up. The reason why it warms your body up is that the soup base is made of a special tonic of Chinese herbs, wine, and ginger cooked with tender duck meat to make a very robust broth. Here’s what this herbal duck hot pot is like. Read Full Article →
WuFenPu (五分埔), the largest garment wholesale market in TaiPei (台北). Up to 1,000 shops selling huge variety of products like clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, etc with reasonable price range. For those who likes trendy and creative fashions, WuFenPu will be a place that you won’t want to miss. It opens daily from around 1100 to 2200, do take note the operating hours is just for reference, some shops might close earlier.
RaoHe Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市), absolutely a good choice to fulfill your craving for local foods after tired shopping in WuFenPu. The 600 meters long night market was located on RaoHe Street, setup in year 1987, was one of the oldest night markets in TaiPei. You can find plenty of delicious local foods and also other products like clothes and accessories there. Its operating hours is from 1700 to 0000 daily.
YangMingShan ZhuZiHu (台北阳明山竹子湖), a refreshing and peaceful rural area with altitude of approximately 670 meters that located between Mountain DaTun (大屯山), Mountain QiXing (七星山) and Mountain XiaoGuanYin (小觀音山). It will be full of beautiful Calla Lily (海芋) during blossom season from Feb to May, while Mar and Apr are the best months for visiting.
ZhuZiHu was a barrier lake formed after volcanic eruptions, left behind a fertile land after lake water receded. With also the exceptional climatic and rich spring water, all these create a great environment for agricultural and the place eventually became a rural settlement. ZhuZiHu was used to be full of bamboo, wind blowing through the whole bamboo forest created a scenery looked like waves of a huge bamboo lake, and that came the name ZhuZiHu (Bamboo Lake).
We were so glad that have visited ZhuZiHu in end of Apr, able to witness the beauty of Calla Lily at its’ best moment of blossom season.
NingXia Night Market (宁夏夜市), a very popular TaiPei (台北) night markets among locals. There were numbers of stalls selling authentic and delicious local foods with reasonable price, one of the main reasons why the night market always so crowded with both locals and foreign tourists. It was one of the “not so commercialized” night market in TaiPei, plan for a visit if you are like us who want to feel and experience the local culture and activities. NingXia Night Market was located at Ningxia Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, 103 (台北市大同區宁夏路), available from 1600 to 0200 daily.
DanShui/TamSui (淡水), a small charming city in the north of TaiPei (台北), that offers relaxing and laid back environment and atmosphere, huge variety of delicious local cuisines, beautiful sceneries, fun games and many more, a wonderful place that you will not want to miss. Everything seems moving slow at this laid back place, be it the people cycling slowly along waterfront’s pathway, senior citizens fishing at the docks, or the couples watching sunset… I like it…
Thanks to its location that wasn’t far from TaiPei, DanShui was always been popular among locals especially city dwellers could have a break there, enjoying their coffees along the riverside with the beautiful sunset view.
Day 5, we are here in TaiPei (台北)! We continued our Taiwan trip covering TaiPei area, decided to start with nearby attractions and have a relaxing day. All places that we visited on day 5 are reachable via TaiPei MRT (台北捷運), more information will be covered in my posts.
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LongShan Temple (龙山寺), a very famous Buddhist Temple in TaiPei (台北) that was dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy – GuanYin (观音). The temple was founded and built in year 1738, then a reconstruction in 1919 which completed in 1924. It is located in district of Manka (艋舺 ), with address No. 211, Guangzhou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 10853 (台北市万华区广州街211号). It opens daily from 0700 to 2200, admission free. If you are interested to know more about its history, find out LongShan Temple (龙山寺) Webpage for more detailed introduction.
Some say if you have never visited FengJia Night Market (逢甲夜市), then you have not been to Taichung(台中)! That shows how famous FengJia Night Market is, a must visit tourism spot in Taichung. It was the largest night market in Taiwan (claimed to be), covering area up to 1km around Feng Chia University in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. The night market was full of quality clothes, bags, shoes, souvenirs, mobile phone accessories and of course foods and snacks! You can find all these at reasonable price, bargain is allowed at certain stores.
FengJia Market was really huge, our plan was to focus on the foods, and leave shopping at other places in Taipei (台北) like XiMenDing (西門町), stay tuned!
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