Taiwan: Day 3 – Exploring Taipei
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.