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Taipeh Part II

“Oh my gosh, this is so delicious!”

Taiwanese beef noodle soup (台湾牛肉面)

“Yeah, right? How long have we been eating already?”

Hu Jiao Bing (胡椒饼), “pepper beef cake”

“I don’t know…But maybe we should go and check out the city as well…”

After eating a decent amount of food (already around 10:00 pm), we decided to explore the city for a bit. Taiwan is interesting not only because of the food, but also its culture and history.

Gate to a Confucian district within the city of Taipeh. Here you can find many small temples, shops that sell Confucian objects or artifacts etc.

Taiwan has many different religions, which established themselves throughout the history of the island. Here you can find Christian Churches, Buddhist and Confucian temples. The believers of the according religion live peacefully with each other without causing problems. Their focus seem to be their own devotion to their faith.

One of the Confucian temples located in the center of Taipeh

Practicing religion isn’t something rare in Taiwan. People often go to temples and pray for health or good fortunes. In tourist seasons the temples are filled with tourists, but otherwise these temples are like an oasis for the local people.

Taipeh as a city is a mixture of modern districts, old town parts like this and also western-style districts from the colonial era

Strolling down the streets of Taipeh has something relaxing. The city is busy, but I didn’t sense the stress in the air as I did in Mainland China. For many people in China, their daily life simply consists of work. For the Taiwanese however, they always try to find something to balance out the stress.

This is a traditional tea house well hidden in Taipeh’s downtown district

In ancient China, people already loved to spend their free time in tea houses. A tea house not only serves as a place of leisure, it is also a place where people conduct businesses. The tea houses are usually located in quiet neighbourhoods, so that you can relax yourself, lean back and take a sipp of high quality tea.

Taipeh 101

The Taipeh 101, also known as the former “Taipeh World Financial Center”, has been the tallest skyscraper in the world since 2004, until it was replaced by Burj Khalifa in 2010. It is 509.2 meters high and has 101 floors including 5 underground levels. Its elevators, capable of 60.6 km/h (37.7 mph), transport passengers from the 5th to 89th floor in 37 seconds!

This was the gorgeous view from above

Although it was foggy that day, it was still worth it going up there! As if it wasn’t already an experience, I even discovered something really interesting at the top of Taipeh 101!

Local Taiwanese beer with…mango sorbet!

Ehm… To be honest, I don’t really know how to describe this one. If I take the two components apart, then the beer is great, as well as the mango sorbet. However, together in the same cup was it a very strange combination. But why don’t you guys go try out yourselves? It awaits you at the top of Taipeh 101.

My Conclusion: Taipeh was an interesting city to travel to, because it's packed with diversity. I really liked my stay here and I do recommend everyone to go there and see the place for yourselves. If anyone needs advise, feel free to contact me and I will be glad to help. 

Next, I will be covering another part of Taiwan. So, see you guys soon. 🙂