Updated: May 8, 2020
Rainbow Travel Lands In Taipei
Our Travel Consultant, Nigel was fortunate to be able to go on a fact finding trip to Taiwan recently and he was able to give us a valuable insight into the places to visit and the delights of Taiwanese cooking.
Here are his suggestions and recommendations on his week long trip.
Boarding Air Canada's Dreamliner Flight from Vancouver to Taipei on Flight AC17 Direct 12 hour flight.
Service on board was excellent starting with a cooked dinner with complimentary wine, followed by snacks to keep you not feeling hungry and an excellent choice of latest run movies.
Arrival at Taipei Airport 12 hours later.
Met by my guide at Taipai Airport and a short ride on Taiwan's M.R.T Rapid Transit train to downtown Xiaman Square. This is one Taipei's main squares, a very busy and lively area, the first store that hits the eye coming out of the M.R.T. Station is H&M, almost a home from home.
After checking in at the Han Shen Hotel (see below). A great budget property minutes from Xiaman Square, very clean and helpful staff.
Back out in the mid afternoon heat to The LONG SAN SU TEMPLE, one of Taipei's oldest temples, this is apparently the place to meet your next loved one with the Budda's blessing, the smell of incense was quite overpowering.
Huaxi Street Night Market.
This is a market to be seen to be believed, Taipei is famous for it's " Street Food" but this was a sight to be seen, so much choice as well as amazing gifts to buy, a true night market that stays open late into the warm night.
A visit to the famous Red House, a heritage building showing the history of Xiaman Square through the ages, a first glimpse of a typical Taiwanese Toilet, vastly different from Canada.
A trip to The National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which shows the history of the birth of the Taiwanese Nation. A fascinating exhibit including a life like replica of the Dr making one of his famous speeches, along with his presidential Cadillac Limos which he used on state occasions, as well as all of his medals of hounour bestowed to him by so many countries.
The changing of the guard ceremony is not to be missed. Every two hours the guards change and an amazing display of military precision is displayed in the main hall with an enourmous figure of Dr Dr. Sun Yat-sen sitting on a throne watching over the whole proceedings.
Taiei's tallest tower, Taipei 101 is only a short distance walk away and gaze at this amazingly tall structure which dominates the skyline. Take the world's fastest elevator whisk you to the top if you can part with the equivelant of around CAD $30.00.
If you want to take a trip to the top of Taipei 101? The Taipei 101 Observatory is open every day from 9AM to 10PM. The observatory is spread over 4 floors where visitors can enjoy the fantastic scenery and learn about the engineering marvel that is Taipei 101, the tallest green building the world.5F Taipei 101 Mall - Here, visitors purchase tickets and take the Guinness World Record breaking high-speed elevator to the observatory on the 89TH floor, traveling at 1,010 metres/min (60.6KPH), taking only 37 seconds to ascend to the observatory at the 89TH floor.