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    • Day 14

      Maokong, Longshan & Taipei Zoo

      January 6, 2020 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Taipei Zoo is situated on the south east edge of the city as it climbs into the mountains. A large zoo with a wide selection of animals, reptiles, birds and insects it was definitely worth the visit.

      After the Zoo I took the nearby Maokong Gondola way up into the mountains. It's a really long cable car ride and it climbs up over several forested peaks and valleys. Stunning views can be had of Taipei and the mountains.

      It ends in Maokong where there are a number of tea gardens, tea houses and other sights such as temples. The trip back is just as spectacular. If you only visit one thing in Taipei I recommend the Gondola ride :-)

      Then it was back to the city on the MRT and off to Longshan Temple, probably ly the most famous temple in the city. There are also several other temples in the area that are well worth the visit and the street markets and sights and sounds of this old part of Taipei mean you can wander for ages.

      Well this was my last day in the remarkable city of Taipei and I have definitely enjoyed myself.
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    • Day 7

      Welcome to Taipei

      February 22, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We again arrived under the cloak of darkness. This time however we were greeted with a veritable light show and extremely vibrant and energetic streets. We navigated the brightly lit sidewalks dodging scooters that seem to materialize out of nowhere. Ducking under awnings that served as cover for various street food vendors and assorted eateries we weaved our way to the hotel. The streets and sidewalks were buzzing with preparations for the lantern festival. What exactly it was celebrating wasn't clear, but what was obvious was the carefree upbeat attitude was everywhere. A pleasant reception. Welcome to TaiwanRead more

    • Day 59

      Crocodiles and turtles and bears, oh my!

      March 28, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Yah! Taipei Zoo day! The kids were all ready to go this afternoon as it was time to visit the animals! The Taipei Zoo is really quite large and serviced by both an in-zoo gondola and shuttle bus. Great aunt Yumei seemed a bit surprised that we had taken many gondolas before - kind of a must when one is skiing - but indeed this was still a rare experience for us of riding a gondola without snow on the ground below.

      Even armed with a native Chinese speaker, we shockingly spent most of the visit lost, which ended up being a good thing as it enabled us to “stumble upon” animals instead of just hitting the main attractions. We started off with the birds and monkeys, moving on to the African zone with a lion, many hippos and a couple of huge rhinos, and at Meg’s insistence, stopped by the reptile cave (including turtles, snakes and crocodiles) on the way to the Penguin House.

      These last two stops were actually very popular with everyone, especially after the African zone, as the area was air-conditioned and kept much cooler for the comfort of the animals. Great aunt was kind enough to pick up a pair of cute stuffed penguin souvenirs for the kids, then we set off again in search of the koalas and pandas. This was clearly the main event and we were just determined to find them!

      We saw the koalas first - who to be honest did not seem that happy or comfortable perched on their trees in a faked up not very Australian environment. However, the signage claimed that koalas are rather solitary creatures and anyhow prefer to be alone on their eucalyptus trees. They come together apparently only for mating - and of course this would be the one sign that Davy actually reads... “Mommy, what does mating mean?!”

      Eventually we found the pandas - they were were proudly displayed in their very own building in the special exhibit wing of the zoo. Great aunt somewhat ironically shook her head and asked nobody in particular why there were here 12 scientists and doctors to look after two pandas! They do move fast though and were not in a mood to come close enough to the glass for any decent pictures. Davy decided to snap a shot with the baby Lego panda instead.
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    Xinlong, 新隆

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