Taiwan – The Holiday, Part 3 – Taipei

We made a couple of trips to Taipei, and stayed in an airbnb for our last weekend.
 
One visit took us to the National Palace Museum where we thoroughly enjoyed an exhibition of calligraphy and art – sorry, photos weren’t allowed – followed by a gentle wet stroll around the gardens.
 
National Palace Museum, Taipei
National Palace Museum, Taipei
National Palace Museum, Taipei in the rain
National Palace Museum, Taipei
National Palace Museum, Taipei
On another occasion Nicola and I went to explore some temples – quite brave we thought, without anyone to help us, and with our knowledge of Chinese being zero! But we had a lovely afternoon and found Longshan Temple, the Confucius Temple and Bao-An Temple. Longshan is probably the most well known and did have the most visitors while we were there. The Confucius temple was more like a museum, and the Bao-An temple was just lovely. So peaceful.
Longshan Temple, Taipei
Longshan Temple, Taipei
Longshan Temple, Taipei
Longshan Temple, Taipei - the smell of these flowers....!
Longshan Temple, Taipei
Longshan Temple, Taipei
Longshan Temple, Taipei
 
 
Our last weekend was taken up with the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall, the botanical gardens, a trip up Taipei 101 (the second tallest building in the world with a super fast lift which took 35 seconds to reach the 89th floor), a couple of fantasic meals (especially at the world famous Din Tai Fung restaurant – Michelin star dumplings), and a trip out to Fulong to see the renowned sand sculptures. This was more of a tourist attraction than we’d bargained for, but was fun nevertheless.
 
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - changing the guards
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Taipei 101 - the view from the 89th floor on a grey cloudy day
Taipei 101 - the view from the 89th floor on a grey cloudy day
Din Tai Fung Restaurant - instructions for eating dumplings
Din Tai Fung Restaurant - dumplings: each hand made and each a work of art
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
Fulong Sand Sculptures, Taiwan
Fulong Sand Sculptures, Taiwan
Fulong Sand Sculptures, Taiwan
 
Have I mentioned the rain yet? It rained! But not too seriously and it was always warm. 
 
I hadn't anticipated any of this when I set out on this short adventure. Taiwan was a distant place where cheap tacky plastic toys are made. But it's so much more.