Taiwan was awesome… a very beautiful country!
It was so cheap. I ending up having a lot of money left over (I brought $10,000 Taiwan, which is about $315 US), which was a bit of a disappointment since I had to change it back to Korean won. One night we ate dinner for $1.73 each!
Scooters were everywhere. We even saw a family of FIVE on a scooter!! That was sweet. Unfortunately no photo of that spectacle! 😦
The weather was nice and very warm. It only rained one day, and that was brief, but I got soaked!
And best of all, unlike Japan, we could afford to stay in a hotel, which was delightful! Especially being able to take a bath, which I’ve missed for these last four months!
We spent the first two nights in Hualien, a city on the coast about two hours from Taipei by train. On Wednesday we hired a taxi driver and spent the day exploring Taroko Gorge National Park. Definitely the highlight of the trip! So beautiful! Unfortunately a lot of the trails were closed due to the typhoon, but we still were able to hike and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Our driver also stopped at the beach on the way back to the hotel, which was a nice bonus!
The next three nights we stayed in Taipei. On Thursday we went to the top of Taipei 101 (recently the tallest building in the world, but one in Dubai now has it beat).
That night we visited Huaxi Street Night Market, also known as “Snake Alley”. It wasn’t as scary as I thought but watching a turtle get chopped up was pretty disgusting. So instead of snake or turtle, we ate dinner at a “hot pot” restaurant.
Friday was spent wandering around a neighborhood called Danshui, soaking in the outdoor hot springs at Beitou (my other favorite part of the trip!), and eating dinner at Shilin Night Market.
We took the train to Fulong Beach on Saturday. Although I was disappointed with the beach (it was dirty, with trash and debris everywhere), it was nice to swim, drink beer, and relax. We went out to an awesome Indian restaurant for our last night in town.
I love traveling, but I’m always happy to be back home. It seems like the weather turned to fall here while I was gone, which makes me very happy. 🙂