Historical Treasures @ National Palace Museum, Taipei

I think one of my biggest regrets on my Taiwan trip was not being able to spend more time at the National Palace Museum. We spent too much time at Tamsui, and by the time we got back to the city it was already 4-5pm. Granted, the museum closes at 9pm on weekends, but the group I was travelling with (a bunch of Aunties and … Continue reading Historical Treasures @ National Palace Museum, Taipei

Shifen – Old Streets, Sky Lanterns and The Broadest Waterfall in Taiwan

Hey guys! So we were previously in the scenic gold-mining mountain town, Jiufen, the setting that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away anime. We took it one step further the next day and headed to… Shifen.   …..   Ok sorry bad pun haha. You know I’m terrible at these things. Jiufen in Chinese literally means ‘nine portions/points’ and Shifen is +1, or ‘ten portions/points’. Unlike … Continue reading Shifen – Old Streets, Sky Lanterns and The Broadest Waterfall in Taiwan

Ximending – Taipei’s Busiest Shopping District

Hey guys! Still blogging about my trip last month to Taiwan – there’s lots of things to see and do here. After a long day of travelling and sightseeing in Jiufen, we were pooped – but one does not travel and not try to get in as much visiting as possible! Despite our tired and sore muscles, we dragged ourselves to the shopping district of … Continue reading Ximending – Taipei’s Busiest Shopping District

Quanji Temple, Jiufen, Taiwan

While visiting the historic gold mining town of Jiufen in Taiwan, the Old Quarters aren’t the only thing worth checking out. Just a short bus ride away is the gold museum which chronicles the town’s rich mining history, and nearby is the Quanji Temple, accessible on foot. Be careful of the local wildlife though: The 20 minute walk is quite scenic, with beautiful views of … Continue reading Quanji Temple, Jiufen, Taiwan

Jiufen, Taiwan – The Town that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Another day in Taipei, Taiwan! We allocated a whole day to spend at Jiufen, a decommissioned gold mining mountain town originally built by the Japanese, popular for its historical alleyways and Japanese-influenced architecture. I was especially excited to explore the place after finding out that it was the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away anime, which I loved watching as a child. To get there, we … Continue reading Jiufen, Taiwan – The Town that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Eating Stinky Tofu (and a bunch of other stuff) @ Raohe Night Market, Taipei

  Taiwanese people love to eat, and they love to eat at night. So what do you get? Dozens of night markets peddling all sorts of goodies until the wee hours of the morning. These are very much like our Malaysian pasar malam, occupying streets and sidewalks that are otherwise normal thoroughfares during the day. You’d have read about my visit to Fengjia Night Market, … Continue reading Eating Stinky Tofu (and a bunch of other stuff) @ Raohe Night Market, Taipei

Visiting Taiwan’s Tallest Tower – Taipei 101

  When mentioning modern Taipei, one building comes to mind. Looming over the city skyline, the iconic Taipei 101 in Xinyi District stands at 509m, with 101 floors, and is visible from miles and miles around. It used to be the tallest building in the world from 2004 until the Burj Khalifa opened in 2009. Now it holds eighth place. Exiting from the subway, we … Continue reading Visiting Taiwan’s Tallest Tower – Taipei 101

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei, Taiwan

Possibly one of the most recognisable landmarks/tourist attractions in Taipei is the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, dedicated to the former President of the Republic of China and whom many associate with the founding of modern Taiwan. So of course we couldn’t miss it while we were exploring the city! But first, a ride on the local subway… Like in many major cities around the world, … Continue reading Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei, Taiwan