Monday, February 27, 2012

dreaming of what we want to see/do in Taiwan

Kevin and I have been making a list of where we want to go when we return to Taiwan. Here's the list for my reference and to share with others.

must (new places):
Taiwan Indigenous Cultural Park
Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines
National Palace Museum
Longshan Temple in Taipei

must (do-overs):
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - photo op
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial - photo op
Din Tai Fung for dumplings - yummy!
go up Taipei 101 with Hudson

would like to (new places):
Snake Alley
Jade and Flower Market
Taipei Zoo
Ping Hsi railway line
Taipei Eye

Restaurant suggestions


  1. Sarah,
    Hi there. I have followed your blog for some time. I have two little ones from Taiwan and I wanted to offer a bit of advice based upon your recent post. Many of the places you listed we visted while in Taipei and most recently as of September for our 2nd son. Frist, check the Taipei Zoo website before you go. THey routinaly clean the animal habitats and we wanted to see pandas; they were closed the day we went. Secondly, the Jade and Flower market is totally worth seeing but I believe they are only open on wkends.Have fun!!

    1. We wanted to go to the Jade and Flower market last time but our schedule didn't permit as we weren't in Taipei on the weekend. Yes, it's only open on the weekends. Thanks for the tip about the animal habitat cleaning at the zoo!

  2. Reading this makes me want to go back too. I can't wait for to see your posts on the aboriginal museum/places. Is Hannah aboriginal? Lauren is Amis. I think they have a similar look.

    1. Hannah is Hakka. Hudson is indigenous Taiwanese, and that's why we are particularly interested in learning more about this group. :)

  3. We really enjoyed the zoo! We also really like the Maokong Goncola which is just down the street from the zoo. You Cana causally get on it in the zoo or get off at the top and there is a little area and temple there. I think we walked behind the Mcdonalds on our way to the gondolas and there was a little playground between there and the gondola place.

  4. I can't wait to follow your journey back to Taiwan...thanks for the tip about apartment rentals. I am going to have to file that away for whenever we return to Taiwan. You probably are already aware of this forum, Forumosa, but I wanted to mention it just in case: - we have found lots of useful info on there for both trips. Your list looks great...I actually liked the Flower Market better than the Jade Market (you can get a good sense of the Jade Market but walking down one seemed like everyone had the same stuff). But the Flower Market also included a flea market of sorts and a little more variety in the items being sold. I would have loved to bring home some of the beautiful orchids from the Flower Market. And the National Palace Museum is gorgeous on the outside, but we weren't overly impressed with the interior and the exhibits. Seemed like a lot of wasted space. I loved the gift shop at the National Palace Museum, though. There is also a NPM gift shop at the airport, although at that point, I wasn't interested in shopping...just getting home. Happy planning! Hope you have good news and travel dates soon!


  5. You're making me want to visit Taiwan again. We went to the National Palace Museum. Stayed mostly indoors because of the rain. We were sad that we weren't able to go outside to the gardens. We bought a lot of souvenirs from their gift shop. We loved the Taipei Zoo and it was so easy to get to on the MRT.

    On our next visit, we would like to go to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. I remember that gorgeous picture you took of Hannah in front of it. Everyone says you have to eat at that Toilet Bowl restaurant.


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