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Taipei and Taiwan

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IMG_5339Part 2: Taipei at Night

IMG_6071Part 3: Temples and Markets of Taipei

Some food carts put an emphasis on the aesthetic quality in addition to taste.Part 4: Taiwan Food

IMG_5824-2Part 5: Yangmingshan National Park

IMG_5659Part 6: Taroko National Park and Hualien, Taiwan



Back in February, I had the opportunity to stop and visit Taipei, Taiwan for four short days on our way to Hong Kong for Chinese New Year. Similar to Hong Kong, it’s a very busy and populated city. Taiwan is very modern and rapidly growing country. While Taipei not as developed and westernized as Hong Kong, it offers distinct charm and Chinese hospitality. Walking the streets, the rich culture, heritage, and tradition was evident. It’s a very vibrant and colorful city.As a plus, the cost of living is lower and the people are more laid back!

Here are some sights of the city.

Taiwan National Palace Museum
Taiwan National Palace Museum
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You could easily spend an entire day at the National Palace Museum browsing all of the exhibits and special collections.
Many of the streets are busy, yet very orderly as people get from place to place
Many of the streets are busy, yet very orderly as people get from place to place
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An intersection at the busy Shilin district.
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IMG_5098 The vertical street signs remind me of Seoul.

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Scooters and mopeds have their own lanes and some unique turning laws.
Scooters and mopeds have their own lanes and some unique turning laws.
It's not uncommon to see several kids riding with their parents. Sometimes, they get sleepy.
It’s not uncommon to see several kids riding with their parents. Sometimes, they get sleepy.
Scooters run rampant throughout the city as one of the main forms of transportation.
Scooters run rampant throughout the city as one of the main forms of transportation.
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Even parking can be a challenge for the scooters.
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The memorial gardens are very peaceful and have lots of trees and flowers.

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Chiang Kai‑shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai‑shek Memorial Hall
The hall was undergoing renovations, so we could not go inside.
The hall was undergoing renovations, so we could not go inside.

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National Concert Hall
National Concert Hall

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