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Ximen and Shilin Night Markets

semi-overcast 65 °F

03 January 2019....yes it's still the 3rd

Sleep is definitely underrated...We both felt really good after just a couple of hours of sleep so it was off to the Ximen Night Market and the Shilin Market.

Note: We did buy a 3 day Unlimited Metro pass ($380NT =$12). It's a good deal and very convenient. For a couple of dollars more, there is a pass that includes unlimited bus rides also but we'd looked into where we were going and didn't really needed the bus portion.

But..I digress!! We walked to the Ximen Market - only about ten minutes from our hotel. Bright lights, shopping and tons of arcade games - which seem to be very popular in Taiwan.

From there we grabbed the Metro to the Shilin station with a short walk to the Market - just follow the crowds. Again, there were games, food and shopping - we were in it for the food.

Our first night in Taiwan and I wanted dumplings...it might just be a recurring theme while we're here in Taipei. Confession time - I have a bit of an obsession with dumplings and noodles and truth be told - can't really get good ones in Tucson. So here is my chance to indulge - plus I'm definitely getting my 10K steps in.

We ended up in the lower level at the food court and were lured in by the friends face who told us "You sit here!!"....OK. Beer was cold. Jim had the fried squid and me....well...dumplings!!!

Also : warning - Adult content below- Cake in Taipei means just that cake ...nothing more!!


Our first day in Taipei was quite nice. We decided it, like Singapore, it is "Asia Light" which means it's a good place to get your feet wet if you've never traveled in Asia - good food, really safe and many people speak English.

We made our way back to the hotel in the rain. It's supposed to clear up tomorrow - here's hoping it does!!!

Posted by pjburke 19:55 Archived in Taiwan

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Great start to your trip! Enjoy!

by Pat Gray

Hi patty! Miss you and Jim. Happy New Years!!!! Xoxoxo

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