On our first day, we went straight to south of Taipei… The Taipei Zoo
and Maokong Village.
We had Marco a.k.a “Kuya Kim”, as our navigator around the zoo. Our little boy was the one reading the map, telling us where to go and what to see.
Noon time, we rode the Maokong gondola going to the Maokong Village.
Upon arrival, we had our first “tastes” of taiwanese food:
tofu, oyster pancake
giant fried chicken,
tea ice cream,
etc. etc. What a meal!
Not to worry about the calories because we burned everything by hiking through Maokong and exploring the tea houses.
In the afternoon, while the kids slept, we went lights and lamps hunting at Ikea. Success!
Later in the evening, we ate our way to Shilin night market.
We had grilled beef steak cubes,
xiao long bao
and candied strawberries.
Party in our tummies!
On our second day, we went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial hall which is surrounded by a park, and stands at the east end of Memorial Hall Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National theater and National Concert hall.
Then off we went to the very famous Taipei 101, the 8th tallest building in the world.
And we were speechless…
In the evening, we joined a free walking tour by “Tour Me Away”.
We had a unique experience at the Longshan Temple,
old buildings and alleys in the adjacent areas, and in the night market. We went back in time to 18th century Wanhua district where Taipei city was founded.
Our last day was free and easy. Again, we went to Taipei 101, to the World Trade Center and had a stroll at Daan park where Marco had fun playing.
We walked a lot because we were preparing for our dinner in… Din Tai Fung!!! Not to be missed when you’re in Taiwan! We had: pork xiao long bao,
shrimp and pork dumplings,
ground pork bun,
noodles with minced pork,
fried pork chops over fried rice
and wrapped sticky rice with pork.
What a feast!
Twas indeed Fun in Taiwan!