24 Hours in Taipei, Taiwan

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While living and working in Busan, South Korea, I was afforded the opportunity to get two days off of work to do whatever I pleased. No staying in and relaxing for me, no catching up on my favorite American television shows-instead I chose to pack up and head to Taipei, Taiwan for two days.

Taipei City is the capital of the Republic of China. Taipei is the political, economic, and cultural centre of Taiwan. The flight from South Korea took a little more than two hours from start to landing. Since my time in Taiwan was to be very short, I made the wise decision to plan my itinerary in advance. I called my journey: “24 Hours in Taipei.” It looked a little like this:

*Visit the Shinlin night market
*Eat at the The Modern Toilet Restaurant
*Stop by Taipei 101
*Visit the Taipei Zoo
*Watch the Changing of the guards at the National Palace Museum

These were just a few of the activities I scheduled. Although it may seem like a lot to cram in one day, it is very possible and even more enjoyable. I started my day around 7am, catching Taipei’s extremely efficient subway train. My first stop was to the Taipei Zoo. It was a beautiful day and for a whopping NT $60 (about $2), I had full access to exotic animals. If you enjoy outside activities and animals, I highly recommend stopping by the zoo for at least 2 hours, which is the amount of time I spent at the zoo browsing.

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After leaving the zoo, I stopped by Taipei 101. This building was ranked officially as the worlds tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. The sun was out and the weather was perfect. I stepped in the building paid about $15 and stepped inside of an elevator taking me 101 floors up to the top of the building. The view was breath taking. I was literally in awe. A visit to Taipei won’t be complete until you visit this landmark.

If I had to suggest only one more activity for the day, it would most definitely be the Modern Toilet Restaurant.http://www.moderntoilet.com.tw/en/msg.asp) This bizarre yet unique restaurant is literally set up like a bathroom. You sit on an old toilet seat and your food is served in a miniature toilet bowl. Sounds gross, I know but it’s totally not. The fun atmosphere, the vibrant servers, and the kooky layout all make for an excellent experience. The food was good, the drinks even better. To add more flair to your meal, you are served chocolate ice cream in the shape of “poo” for dessert. This place may not be for the faint of heart but if you are looking for a good time, this must is a must visit!

 

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2 Responses to 24 Hours in Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Kandia Johnson says:

    What a wonderful experience to live in Asia :-) ! But ummm I don’t know if I should be bold and curious or deathly afraid eat at “the The Modern Toilet Restaurant.” LOL…Is this a tourist spot or do the locals eat there as well?

  2. Deidre Mathis says:

    The locals eat there as well as the tourists! Don’t knock it, it’s such a cool place!

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