Taiwan: Day 3 – Exploring Taipei

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I have been exhausted on the second day for the Jiufen, Yehliu, and Shifen Tour so I slept early last night. On my third day, there is no fixed plan, just staying in Taipei City. Supposedly try the Starbucks at Taipei 101 but I was not able to reserve due to busy phone line (you need to have a reservation at this Starbucks, apparently).

I decided to once again take the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing bus. I bought the one-day pass, until 8PM which costs me 600NTD. I just took the bus and rode around. First the blue line then the red line, then back at blue then red.

Timetable of the Blue and Red sightseeing bus. Surprisingly, the times are followed.

I then decided to stop at the Freedom Square to take the obligatory photo of its main gate. Apparently there was a misunderstanding. First I was told that it was closed, then another bus tour guide told me that there are many people there, then another said that the bus can’t stop there. Later on I realized that there was a rerouting and the bus cannot pass by the bus stop at the Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Gate

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

So, I decided to hop off at the Ximending stop and commuted to Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. I was so happy when I reached the place. I took many photos and the rain did not stop me. After which I went back to Taipei Main and had lunch at the 2nd floor, as recommended by the tour guide yesterday.

My lunch of pork chop, rice, soup and some vegetables. The serving is good for two, I guess.

After lunch, I rode the sightseeing bus again. We pass by the Presidential Office Building, Taipei 101, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Dongqu, Huashan Creative Park, Taipei National Museum, The Red House and the Shilin Night Market, among others.

The Red House

I did not anymore hop off some of the places as I have visited these in my previous visit in the city. Overall, the Taipei sightseeing bus is a great way to see the different spots in Taipei, especially if you are traveling solo.

Later that I explored the Ximending night market and I really enjoyed it. I had so many coins left so I used it all to buy street foods and some souvenirs. I tried the quail eggs, Taiwanese sausages, sweet potato balls and the Jianbing which is somewhat like a pancake, with egg, ham, cheese or whatever you would like on it.

Street food at Ximending night market.

Fried quail eggs.

Taiwanese sausages.

I wanted to try more of the street foods but I was already so full. This is the advantage of traveling in a group, you can buy everything and just share it among yourselves.

At around 11PM, I went back to the hostel and called it a night. I still have an early morning tomorrow for my trip back to Manila.

Related Posts:

Taiwan: The Journey

Taiwan: Day 1 – Arrival and Taipei Tour

Taiwan: Day 2 – Jiufen, Yehliu and Shifen Tour

Taiwan: Day 4 – See You Soon Taiwan

Review: Ximen Corner Hostel, Taipei, Taiwan

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