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Taipei Travel Guide

China - Ross French - May 7, 2020

Taiwan is divided into several major provinces. For most of the tourists, you will want to pick one of the following two places as your first destination: Taipei and Xinbei, which is commonly known as the northern part of Taiwan; or Kaohsiung and Tainan, which is known as the Southern part.

While many other options exist, you would want to stay within Taipei for their first trip to Taiwan. This is, therefore, a detailed guide showing your way around Taipei.

Traveling and Accommodations

After getting off the plane at Taoyuan Airport, you would have four options: Take the Taoyuan High-Speed Railway, the Taoyuan MRT, Airport bus or Taxi. You will most likely arrive at the Taipei MRT Station if you intend to take any of the public mass transport.

The Taxi is fairly priced – assuming that you are dropping off at Taipei Station, the taxi fare would roughly be 600NT. If you would like to get to your hotel directly, taxis are usually the way to go.

The High-Speed Rail is the fastest (probably even faster than taxi) but also the costliest out of the rest three. MRT and the bus take the same time, so it would depend on your preference. One thing’s for sure: There are so many English signs in the airport to guide your way. You are very unlikely to get lost.

Once you are in the city, you should primarily use the MRT (the local Metro system) to travel around. Most of the city’s attractions are easily accessible using the MRT, but note that the metro system is complex and is considered quite confusing for many first-time visitors, so be prepared to get lost a few times. You can keep on using Taxi or calling Uber, or hop on a bus to experience the city. Also, Taipei is a very walkable city, and you should be able to walk from places to places if you know your way around. It’s your choice!

One last thing: The rate of hotel rooms caters to all markets and rooms are available every time of the year. If you don’t know where to look, hotels near Ximending and Taipei Station, possibly Wanhua and Zhongxiao Dunhua districts are your safest bets.

Attractions

Many of the biggest and most important landmarks in Taiwan, such as the Taipei 101, National Palace Museum and The National Taiwan University are within the city.

Taipei 101 is the tallest building of Taiwan. It is 101 floors high—hence the name—and the top floors comprise two observation decks. This is one of the sleekest buildings of the city, and the best place to have a bird’s-eye view of the city. After you’ve enjoyed the view from above, you should also have a look at the lower floors—it is a mall with a huge food stall serving international food.

The National Palace Museum is not the same as the one in Beijing. They share the same Chinese name (Gu-Gong—literally translated as ‘the old palace’) and have a similar focus: Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks dated back to the Ming and Ching dynasty. While the scale of collection in Taipei is much smaller than the one in Beijing, this is still one of the biggest collections of Chinese artwork out of the world. If you are into art and Chinese culture, check it out.

Lastly, there is the National Taiwan University, which is known as NTU. NTU is the Harvard of Taiwan. While you may not enter campus’ building (Unless you have been invited by someone from the campus), you may take photos on the outskirts of this historical campus. CD shops, book stores and eateries are scattered around here, so even if you are not going inside the campus, there’s no harm in walking around.

Shopping

When compared with other parts of Taiwan, Taipei is well known for being a shopper’s Heaven. SOGO, atre, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi are just some upscale big malls in The Shinyi commercial circle. In there, you should be able to find all the international big brands you know and love.

Taipei is also known for its underground shopping malls. The Taipei Underground Shopping Mall hosts shops that sell tourist goods and souvenirs. It is also famous for selling Japanese Comics, novels, video games and related goods.

One place you should definitely visit would be Ximending, which is a pedestrian walkway a-la ‘night market’. While the business here usually starts in the afternoon, in the evening, Ximending kicks into another gear. You will most likely find people queuing for bubble tea and restaurants, while the shops sell an array of souvenirs and clothing items. Wallets, bags, accessories, clothes, Taiwanese snacks, and many traditionally related goods that can furnish your rooms, can easily be found here.

As for your souvenir wish list, Food is usually your safest bet. Pineapple Cakes, Tea leafs, ‘pork papers’ (pork jerkies which are thin as a piece of paper—this is super crunchy) are some most sought after items that will satisfy even your pickiest friends.

One thing you might not have expected would be books—Taiwan has quite the literature scene. If you know a friend who can read Chinese, why not buy him a book of Yang Mu, one of the greatest modern poets in Taiwan?

With so much to buy and enjoy in Taipei, why not book your tickets now? Fly to Taipei now with Cathay Pacific.

Food

Even without mentioning, you should have heard about bubble tea by now, which is a variant of milk tea with tapioca balls added on, served cold. You will see people drinking this popular drink once you’ve touched down, as bubble tea shops can be found literally everywhere—including the Taoyuan airport.

Besides bubble tea, you would most likely want to taste some local snacks and food. Some of the stuffs you should definitely try include:

1. Xiaolongbao/Meat dumplings

The term literally translated as ‘small cage buns’. It is, however, not a bun, but meat dumplings with soups inside, wrapped in a very thin layer of skin that’s almost translucent. This item does not originate from Taiwan, but it is very popular there.

2. Beef Noodles

While the Beef served with the noodles is nice, what makes a bowl of beef noodles shines is the soup, which could have taken over 24 hours to prepare. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for 24 hours for your bowl, as Beef Noodles can be found in most of the places in Taiwan.

3. Oyster vermicelli

While the name might trick you into thinking this is a noodle dish, this is more like a soup or a snack. Small pebbles of oysters and vermicelli are the main ingredients. Pig intestines are often added. If you think this is some odd Asian flavor, wait until you taste the Umami flavor on the soup, which is usually based on fish stocks or bonito flakes. You will be pleasantly surprised.

4. Fried Chicken cutlet

We are not referring to the American style Wings or the Korean style chicken nuggets, or any of the stuff you have in KFC. Taiwanese like their chicken cutlet fried and sprinkled with spiced salt, sometimes with paprika. It is spicy, crispy and juicy. In short: It’s finger licking good.

You can find many of the food listed here in any of the ‘night markets’ in Taipei. Shilin night market, Shi-Da Night Market and Raohe Street Night Market are some places where you can start looking.

In Conclusion

There is really nothing stopping you from visiting Taiwan. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to Taipei now.

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Having a Blast with Galapagos Vacation

South America - Eric Anderson - April 10, 2018

Galapagos vacations

There is something thrilling about Galapagos vacation. This is an island area with the best things to do and see. The island is strikingly different and special. Among all the features you would love to see the active volcanoes. The trip here is going to be challenging. For the reason, it is best to avail of the travel packing tips.

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It is lovely going for Galapagos vacation. The experience of being at the place is just fabulous. If you are a wildlife watcher you can make your way to the small town of Puerto Ayora. The Charles Darwin Research Station is one more attraction of the destination so special out of the rest.

  • Leon Dormido

It is great to go for Galapagos vacation and be at Leon Dormido. The name of the place signifies a sleeping lion. The shape of the island is unique. It looks like a complete cone that has been eroded in the halfway.

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The place is a major attraction and it makes a better part of Galapagos vacation. Here you can see small boats sailing through the rocks. This is an island specifically accessed by the snorkelers and the small boats. Here you can go for a day trip and make the arrangements in advance.

  • El Chato Tortoise Reserve

Galapagos vacation is really exhilarating with a trip to El Chato Tortoise Reserve. The sight of the small creatures is really going to make you love the show. This is the place to see the giant tortoise moving in the wild. This is where you can watch for some of the prehistoric beasts.

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The trip to the reserve is indeed going to make Galapagos vacation really interesting. This is the best place to watch for the short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galápagos rails and paint-billed crakes. There are more things you would prefer to see at the place with the best of thrill and enthusiasm.

  • A specialty of Coco Surf

When on a Galapagos vacation it is time to go for Coco Surf. This is the special sidewalk café where you are served with some of the scrumptious cuisines. The taste of the food is lovely, and you feel like go on munching.

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Coco Surf is one of the real attractions of Galapagos vacation. You can be here to taste from the serving of tuna tartare and patanachos mar y terra. There is even the appetizer platter with the collection of the seafood and the fresh meat.

  • Charles Darwin Research Station

To make Galapagos vacations memorable you can at best visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. This lies to the northeast of Puerto Ayora. Here you can visit the iconic National Park. More to your interest you get to know about the 200 scientists involved in various research at the place.

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The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the major attractions of Galapagos vacation. Here is the arrangement of the captive breeding program for the giant tortoise. There are paths to lead you to the arid zone vegetation. The area is just fantastic to make you feel entertained for hours.

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Invading the Beauties and Treasures of Patagonia

South America - Eric Anderson - April 8, 2018

The Patagonia trip is perfectly relaxing and of the top-notch quality. Patagonia is the most encompassing region, and it holds the extensive southernmost tip part of South America. Here you find both Chile and Argentina and the Andes Mountain acts as the dividing line. If you are looking for best holiday destination ideas then a trip to the place would be perfect.

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The Argentine side of Patagonia comprises of the arid steppes. There are more of grasslands and deserts. Patagonia trip is made perfect with the glacial fjords and the temperate sort of rainforests. The famous Argentine Whale-watch in Puerto Madryn

RN-40 highway passes through the land, and this makes Patagonia ideal for tourism.

As part of the Patagonia trip you can settle for whale watching, and for this, the best destination is Puerto Madryn. The climate here is warm, and the area is enclosed with the water bodies along Golfo Nuevo, Golfo San José, and even the coastline area close to Caleta Valdés.

Patagonia trip

The Patagonia trip is just exciting. You have the best things to see in this special aquatic destination. The best time to be here is from June to middle of December. A whale watching trip at the place will not take more than an hour. It is just too exciting to join the crew and go for whale watching.

  • External Adventures at El Chaltén

You would love to go for the external adventures as part of the Patagonia trip. For this, you can be at El Chaltén. This is the area surrounded by mountains, and this makes the spot just ideal for hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

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Patagonia trip is made fantastic by being here. You can ride on a horse and enter the pretty valley of Río de las Vueltas. The rest is just stupendous for you to enjoy and encompass at the same time.

  • Dinosaur Discovery at Palaeontology Museum

Patagonia trip is really going to be wonderful with the dinosaur discovery at Palaeontology Museum. Here you get to see the fossils of this extinct animal. There is the natural history museum for you to discover some of the finest natural stuff.

Patagonia trip

When on a Patagonia trip you must be sure to be at the destination so special. Here you can discover more than 1700 fossils, and you can even watch out for the remains of the plant and the marine life. This is a three hours tour as you have many things to see at the same time.

  • Walking with the Prehistoric Creatures

When planning for Patagonia trip you should always make sure to have a walk with the prehistoric stuff. When visiting northwest Patagonia you would be happy to discover the Dinosaur Route. Here it is surely going to be a wonderful adventure for you.

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When walking through the route as part of the Patagonia trip you will find the skeletons of the biggest dinosaurs. The visit is sensational and exciting. In fact, the route is a mystery till date and people are trying to find out the newest truths about the destination so interesting.

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The Best and the Chosen facts about Finland Travel

Europe - Eric Anderson - April 6, 2018

Finland travel has always been interesting down the years. Finland is a part of the North European nation and it finely borders Sweden, Norway, and Russia. The capital of Finland in Helsinki. This is one of the best holiday destinations you can choose to visit. Here, you can see the 18th-century sea fortress, and this is known as Suomenlinna.

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Finland travel is always made special with some of the best places to visit. The district has been fashionably designed with all the admirable museums. You are able to see the Northern Lights from the point of the country’s Arctic Lapland province. This is a massive wilderness with all the national parks and the ski resorts.

  • Jyväsjärvi

If you are interested in Finland travel you cannot miss out Jyväskylä from the list. The place was founded by Tsar Nicholas in the year 1837. This is a small city positioned on the northern side of Lake Jyväsjärvi. The lake is better connected by a narrow strait.

Finland travel

As part of Finland travel, you should make sure to be at Jyväsjärvi. This is the second largest lake of Finland, and it is especially known for its depth. Jyväsjärvi is known to be the most vital traffic junction. You would love to be at the place when you are on a travel.

  • The Northern Lights

Finland travel cannot be complete without a visit to the Northern Lights. Being at the place is considered to be a lifetime treat. Here you can see the blazing curtains of the light drape and it lightens the entire sky.

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As part of Finland travel, you cannot miss the chance of being at the Northern Lights. If you want to see the lights from a close distance you can surely be at Lapland. The best time to watch the light is from September to March.

  • Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna

Finland travel is made special with a tour to Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna. This part of Finland is more sea and less land. Here you find innumerable lakes, rivers, marshes, and massive ponds. Eastern Finland is all about the aquatic life. The dominant lake here is Lake Saimaa.

Finland travel

In fact, Finland travel is made interesting with a visit to Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna. Lake Saimaa is known for being massive, and it holds some of the biggest islands of Finland. The entire lake is watered by River Vuoksi. The area looks great with the hilly shores, and you can walk through the coniferous forest for an exotic experience.

  • Lemmenjoki National Park

The visit to Lemmenjoki National Park makes Finland travel so interesting and special. Here you can experience the Arctic wilderness, and the place is filled with the rarest of things for a pleasurable visual experience.

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When planning for Finland travel you can always desire to be at Lemmenjoki National Park. This is known to be one of the most extensive chunks of wildland in entire Europe. The park covers more than 1,000 square miles. Here, you can stay at one of the sophisticated rental huts, and the ambiance is made great with sauna and the camp fireplaces.

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The Specialty and Spectacle of Vienna Tours

Europe - Eric Anderson - April 4, 2018

It is time for Vienna tours when you should make sure to follow the travel packing tips and carry all things essential. Vienna is the capital city of Austria, and it lies on the eastern part of the Danube River. The place comes with the artistic and the sort of intellectual legacy. The city is populated by people from all regions. You will mostly find the creations of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, speaking highly of the place.

Vienna tours

Once you decide for Vienna tours you will love the show off the imperial palaces, and this is likely to include Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. Here you would love to roam in the MuseumsQuartier district, and you are eager to feel the historicity of the place.

  • The Hofburg

When starting with Vienna tours you can talk about the Hofburg. This has been the seat of the Habsburgs from the sixth century. This is one of the most historically significant places in Vienna. The place is basically known for the line of architectures belonging to the Renaissance, Gothic, Rococo and the Baroque movements.

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You can feel the excellence of Vienna tours with a visit to this destination of the Hofburg. The place holds some of the main attractions like Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, the Silver Collection, the Imperial Chapel and significantly the Hofburg Treasury.

  • Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Vienna tours cannot be complete without a visit to Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. This is a spectacular 18th-century edifice, and it is known for the collection of the magnificent architecture. The place is particularly known for its park-like setting.

Vienna tours

Vienna tours are always special with a visit to the destination called Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. You can be to the place by passing through the major sites like the City hall, the Hofburg Palace, and the exotic Vienna State Opera.

  • Stephen’s Cathedral

Vienna tours are made special with a visit to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This is the most stylized Gothic edifice, and it is known to be the cathedral church of archbishopric from the year 1722. You can find the place in the historic center of the city of Vienna.

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Once you decide for Vienna tours you cannot miss out the destination of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This is the authentic 12th-century Romanesque church. You would feel elated to see the remains of the place like the Heathen Towers and the Massive Gate. The structure of the cathedral was reconstructed after the devastation of World War II.

  • The Spanish Riding School

Vienna tours are attractive and exclusive. Being here you can simply visit the Spanish Riding School. This belonged to the time of Emperor Maximilian II. This is one of the leading attractions of Vienna. There are more things you would love to watch at the place.

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You have lots to enjoy at the Spanish Riding School as part of Vienna tours. Here, people are much happy to see the fabulous display of the set of the equestrian skills as part of the Baroque Winter Riding School.

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