Thursday, July 30, 2020

Five Days in Taiwan Part 4



In this post I will wrap up our trip to Taiwan by featuring the trips we took outside of the city of Taipei.


On one of our day trips we took the metro to the Taipei Zoo Station of the Maokong Gondola. It is a cable car that goes up the mountain to the peak at Maokong. There are four stops including the Taipai Zoo stop which is at the bottom where you can start the trip up the mountain. We got  a pass with one stop. The second stop is Taipei Zoo South which is inside the zoo. We passed that one. The third stop is Zhinan Temple. This is where we decided to get off. The last stop at the top is Maokong where there are tea plantations and tea houses. I would have liked to go there but we were opting for a shorter day, that is why we only did one stop.


Taipei Zoo Station of Maokong Gondola
Cable Car
         
                                                    

Great view
Heading up the mountain
                                                                                              

There were great views on the way up. We got off at the Zhinan Temple stop. The temple itself had scaffolding around it where there was work taking place. The temple and the area all around the it was very ornate. My favorite was the dragon fountain. There were plenty of views all around here too. This one shows Taipei 101 in the distance.

View from the temple


I will let the photos tell the rest of the story.


Stairs from gondola station to the temple


Inside the temple



Dragon Incense Pot
Year of the Rat
Beautiful Covered Walkway




Chinese Zodiac Animal Seats/Sculptures
Golden Dragon Fountain and Pavilion

Inside Pavilion
 Closeup of Dragon Fountain
My husband's favorite photo
View looking down on fountain, pavilion and waterfall



Going down
                                                                                         


This was a really good day trip. There was plenty to see and a fair amount of walking. We started off late and got back to the hotel in plenty of time to get a good night's sleep.

The next post will wrap up the Taiwan trip with one more interesting day trip.




































 



Friday, June 19, 2020

Five Days in Taiwan Part 3

In this post I will feature a great walking tour of Taipei. I was online looking up things to do in Taipei, preferably free or inexpensive. I found a website for TourMeAway. They have a number of different tours. I chose the Longshan Temple Tour. Since this was a night tour, we met at 7:30 P.M. at the Longshan Temple MRT station. The photo below shows some interesting art that was in the station.
 
Longshan Temple MRT Station

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Taiwan in Five Days Part 2

The first blog post in this series covered the reason for traveling to Taiwan, arriving in Taipei, the subway and Hotel 73. In this post I will talk about some of the things that I did in the city itself.

 Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
This is a great historical site. We walked here from our hotel. When you approach the area there is an ornate archway that is the gateway into the square. I have seen many different names for this square including Liberty Square, Democracy Square and Freedom Square. I am not sure of the official name. After entering through the archway there are two buildings, the National Theater on the right and the National Concert Hall on the left. They are beautifully decorated and very colorful in the traditional Chinese architectural design. There are ornamental plantings along each side. There is also a pond and park/gardens on both sides. At the far end of the square stands the Memorial Hall which is shaped like an octagon, with eight sides. To the Chinese the number eight is associated with fortune and wealth.


View from steps of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Monday, April 20, 2020

Taiwan in Five Days Part 1


I never thought I would travel to an Asian country. Maybe because it would be a very long trip to any destination in Asia. Or maybe because the language is so different compared to European countries. Reading a sign, or anything for that matter, could be a problem.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Beginning a Travel Journey of Life



Since this is my very first post, let me start by telling you something about myself. I have an artistic soul. I tend to see beauty in everything. Well, almost everything. I can at least find something interesting and maybe stretch it to cover beauty. I also love to travel and have been to many interesting places around the world.