Monday, September 7, 2015

[Day3] Fun fam tour in Taipei

I love this family; we don’t see each other often that’s why I treasure every moment with them. Seeing them happy makes me happier. I know it’s a tiring trip, but what’s important is we enjoyed being together, we had fun and let’s treasure this new experience.


Taipei has been always one of my favorite travelling destinations. You never stop impressing me every time I visit you.  Now that I have experienced, Taipei is a baby friendly City. It made our trip more easy and comfortable, especially on the Metro Rail. This would be our last day but for sure we will keep on coming back.

Longshan Temple
Address: No. 211, Guangzhou St., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
No entrance fee

How to get there:
MRT - Longshan Temple Station (Bannan Line) 
3 mins. walk from the station



Since the Dad is half Chinese, he has personally requested to visit at least one temple in the City. I brought them to the nearest one which is also popular for tourist, the Longshan Temple. It was built in 1738, has been destroyed by numerous earthquakes, fires, war and was rebuilt after the World War II. This place is sacred, so tourist must pay respect to a lot of worshippers, it can be crowded when you visit the temple.





It’s a sunny weather, and everyone wants’ to go back to Taipei 101 to see the 360 degree of Taipei. It’s worth a visit for first timers and since the weather is good why not visit the second tallest building and ride the fastest elevator in the world. 


DIN TAI FUNG

But before that, we have to fill our tummy to this Michelin Star restaurant and try their famous Xia Long Bao located at the basement of Taipei 101.







Taipei 101 Observatory
Opening Hours: 09:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Entrance Fee: NT500 (Adult), NT450 (Student with valid ID), yFree (Child under 115cm)
Website: http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx
Proceed to 5F (Mall) to purchase a ticket at the observatory
89F – Indoor Observatory
91F – Outdoor Observatory
88F – Beauty of Taiwan Multimedia Corridor, Super Big Wind Damper, Treasure Sky

How to get there:
MRT – Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (Tamsui – Xinyi Line) Exit 4




Purchasing of tickets is available at Taipei 101 mall, 5F. You can also book online and get a discount. It’s just not advisable to go up there on a foggy and rainy day. So better check on the weather first before booking as I am not sure if it's refundable or not.  Here’s the link:


Awarded as the World’s fastest passenger elevator by the Guinness taking only 37 seconds to the 89th floor. It’s amazing, you can’t feel and imagine how fast that was but it always hurts my ears because of the pressure. It's my 3rd time here I guess. 


At least there’s something new every time I went up here. Though I miss the audio tour before, it was given to us upon entering the observatory.




From here I can see the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and Taipei Dome.


I get scared here at first, it’s just a mirror not actually a see through glass flooring. Again, this is new, and we had fun playing and taking pictures here.





Now meet Super Big Damper, it’s a must to visit and learn about the big role of Taipei 101’s largest tuned mass damper.


The outdoor observatory at the 91st floor is only open on days with a favorable weather conditions. There is also a small theatre inside showcasing the construction of the building.



Whoa a big billboard of actor Wang Leehom.



It’s a wrap; we had our last min. shopping before we go to the airport. 3 days is actually not enough, we had a wonderful time together. My family did have fun and plan to go back again next time. Of course they love their tour guide to be with them again on their next trip. Thank you Taiwan, Zaijan!

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