Taiwan: Ximending & Ximen Honglou Red House

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Consider to be the equivalent of Shibuya, often called the Harajuku of Taipei, Ximending is on the west side of Taipei in the historical Wanhua district. Ximending hosts a wide variety of clothing stores, restaurants, and entertainments like karaoke and movie theaters. It is not hard to see why this shopping area is popular among the youth; this is often the meeting place of teenagers in Taipei. Many Taiwanese singers and artists choose to host events here because of the amount of young people who hang around Ximending area.

Ximending in Taipei

Ximending in Taipei (Photo courtesy of travelking.com)

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Taiwan: Luodong Sports Park & Meihua Lake

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Yilan is said to be Taipei’s backyard, the county is very close to Taipei, on the east coast of Taiwan just below Taipei, it is only an hour car ride away from Taipei. Compared to Taipei, Yilan is not as developed, the county, in general, is more lay back with hot springs and lots of natural sceneries. Two of the top destinations in Yilan are Luodong Sports Park and Mei Hua Lake (Palm Flower Lake).

Luodong Sport Park in Yilan, Taiwan

Luodong Sports Park in Yilan, Taiwan

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Taiwan: Houtong Cat Village in Taipei

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Houtong Cat Village, also known as Taiwan’s cat mecca, is a former mining village sits in the mountains of eastern Taipei. Houtong Cat Village is famous for its dozens of friendly street cats roaming around the village; a must go places for cat lovers. Houtong used to be a mining town with rich, well-preserved railway culture and old mines. I’m not sure since when, but this village became a well-known cat village throughout the entire Taiwan.

Welcome to Houtong Cat Village!

Welcome to Houtong Cat Village!

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Taiwan: Longshan Temple of Manka

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Perhaps the most well-known temple in Taiwan, the Longshan Temple of Manka was built in 1738 by Han settlers from Fujian province of China during Qing rule. Longshan Temple is dedicated to Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Kuan-in. Besides Kaun-in, Longshan Temple also houses hundred of statues of other Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian deities. In addition to being a house of worship, Longshan Temple also served as a meeting place, a municipal, and a guild for the Chinese immigrants.

Longshan Temple of Manka in Taipei

Longshan Temple of Manka in Taipei

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Taiwan: Dream Lake in Hualien

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You don’t hear about this attraction in Taiwan often, I think it is because it’s newer and not as stunning as other so-called “Eight Wonders of Taiwan”, such as Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, and many others. Nonetheless, I was wowed by Dream Lake in Hualien County, this lake is definitely worth the trip to check it out if you have the Time while you are in Taiwan.

Dream Lake in Hualien, Taiwan

Dream Lake in Hualien, Taiwan

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Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake

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Surrounded by ocean, every county in Taiwan has access to the sea except one, Nantou County in the middle of Taiwan. However, Nantou County has Taiwan’s biggest natural body of water – Sun Moon Lake. Sun Moon Lake is named one of the eight wonders of Taiwan. The area around Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Again I apologize for low qualities of my photos, as I said in the introductory to Taiwan post, many of my photos are taken with whatever smartphones I was using many years ago.

Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan (Photo courtesy of sunmoonlake.gov.tw)

Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan (Photo courtesy of sunmoonlake.gov.tw)

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Taiwan: Taipei 101 & Elephant Mountain Trail

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My blog posts about Taiwan will be different from all the other countries or cities. Instead of my daily journey, each post will focus on an attraction in Taiwan. I figure this was the best fit as unlike other travel adventures around the globe; when I was back in Taiwan, I spent half the time with family or friends so that the usual daily journey won’t work.

Taipei 101 from a MRT station

Taipei 101 from an MRT station

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