I traveled to Taipei with my law school buddy, Lara, after our finals exams on December 2016. We stayed for 3 cold days, with temperature at around 12C.
From Taipei, we hopped on a train from Taipei Main Station to Yingge District and traveled for 30 minutes.
Old Ceramics Street at Yingge District
Yingge is known for pottery and ceramics. It is the largest center for ceramics production in the country.
Couple of blocks away from the train station, you’ll find this captivating part of the town. And off to go to the pottery making class! This was recommended by my godmother, ate Hydra.^_^
It was a unique travel experience and an unconventional part of travel itineraries. It felt somewhat relaxing. <3
Not to mention, the store owner and our pottery teacher were very accommodating.
If you are not into pottery, the Old Ceramics Street itself is already a must-visit on its own. It exudes with relaxing vibes and has instagrammable corners everywhere!
Taipei Artist Village
We headed back to Taipei and went to Taipei Artist Village. It is established by their government for cultural pursuits.
Seems like it’s where the cool kids go. 😛
Shilin Night Market
I think many will agree to me that Taipei has the best street food!
We woke up early to get track into our planned itinerary for the day. We left Taipei via train and a bus going to Jiufen.
We arrived in Jiufen after an hour. The town is situated in a gold mining mountain. It is popular for its narrow alleys packed with tea houses, souvenir shops, street food, and tourists.
It is also known as the inspiration of the iconic stairs in the animated movie Spirited Away. See above photo. 😛
In our bus ride to Shifen, we bumped into Bem, a churchmate from Victory LB! We three traveled together to Shifen. 😀
The town is known for its flying lanterns.
Make a wish!
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
After Shifen, we headed back to Taipei to see Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. It is a national monument built in memory of the former President of Republic of China (ROC), Chiang Kai-shek. ROC or the Republic of China (ROC), which governs Taiwan is different from People’s Republic of China (PRC), which rules over the mainland China.
The view above is actually from the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. The structure right across it is the Liberty Square or the Freedom Square. It has served a number of historical public gatherings.
Side by side the Freedom Square are the National Theater and the Concert Hall of Taipei.
Ximending is the tourist hub of the capital. It is filled with shopping stores, restaurants, and what not.
National Taiwan Museum
Heading to the National Taiwan Museum, the oldest museum in Taiwan. It houses a replica of Taipei 101.
Raohe Night Market
Situated in Songshan District, Raohe Market is one of the oldest night markets in the area.
Street food everyday because, hey! It’s Taipei!