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Taipei 101, Longshan Temple and National Palace Museum

Day 2 and 3

04 January 2019

...and the sun is out, well not when we woke up at 0330...but it's up now. Breakfast again at Sunflower and we're off to the Taipei 101 World Trade Center.

The 101 is the tallest building in Taipei and can been seen from most places when it's sunny. It was the world's tallest building until 2010 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai but is still the world's "greenest" building with the highest LEED rating. For more on this building see below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101

The Metro drops you off right at the base of the tour. Walking out of the tunnel and you look up...and there it is. Glad I wasn't the only one saying "Whooaa!!" It's really tall.

To get to the ticket office, it's up five flights and then a walk through a very high end mall. There was a line for tickets but then we saw the kiosks with a short line - no brainer. Tickets are $350NT ( abt $12USD). We weren't really sure how it worked but it was just after 11am so we picked the 1130 time thinking that we'd missed the 11 o'clock elevator. No....the line started around the corner and winded through about a dozen shopping opportunities.
Going through the obligatory "photo shoot" it was then another 10-15 minutes to the elevator which was much smaller than I thought it would be.
Once inside it was 37 seconds to the 89th floor - not great for the ears. But the views...from the 89th floor there is a 360 degree view of Taipei and we did luck out - blue sky. There is an observation deck a few floors higher but it was closed. This building also has a tuned mass damper which stabilizes the building during typhoons and earthquakes - which the area is prone to both.

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Tower "done" ....it was for lunch and .... more dumplings

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Back to the room for a nap....and off to the Ximen area for dinner. Ximen Red House Thai Food got good ratings on line and in Lonely Planet. It was good...not great but good.

05 January 2019

So glad that we decided to see Taipei 101 yesterday - today the clouds have settled in and it's grey.

Two places that have been recommended are the Longshan Temple (built in 1738) and the National Palace Museum (museums are always good for a rainy day)

The rain held off for us to see the Longshan Temple. It was actually quite close - only one Metro stop and a short walk. Being a Saturday it was quite busy with worshipers. It is a beautiful temple in a very understated way.

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Now it was on to the National Palace Museum...a museum housed the former Palace. This was a little more of an adventure. We took the Metro in the other direction and got off at Shilin Station and then walked around the corner. Again, follow the crowds!!! to the bus station. Not to worry, there were also signs in English. The 815 or 30 bus drops you off right at the Museum.

This museum covers 8,000 years of Chinese history with over 700,000 pieces over three floors. Quite interesting and quite busy but an enjoyable afternoon..even though I must admit ...my feet were getting tired.

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Looking forward to nap time...and it was a quiet evening for us. We were going to take in another night market but sightseeing and jet lag were taking it's toll....dinner close by.....BUT.....YES....DUMPLINGS!!!!

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Tomorrow up really early to catch the 0600 Metro to the airport ....next stop BALI!!!

Posted by pjburke 21:36 Archived in Taiwan

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