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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Taipei you can see these species: White Breasted Waterhen, Moorhen, Malayan Night Heron, Taiwan Barbet, Japanese White Eye and an Oriental Magpie Robin.
Birding for a Lark (http://birdingforalark.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-botanical-gardens-taipei.html) provides an interesting journal for birding in and around Taipei.
Go 2 Taiwan (http://go2taiwan.net/bird_watching.php) lists popular bird watching areas, resident bird species and migratory birds.
Although it’s a little dated John van der Woude (.jvanderw.nl/tripreports/Taiwan2012/report.html) provides a colorful report on Taiwan birding.
Alcoholic Beverages: Companies in Taiwan produce beer, rice wine and a liquor called Kaoliang made from fermented sorghum.
PublicTransportation: This is your site for public transportation (http://english.trtc.com.tw/)
Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (apec.org)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Day One: Your first stop is The National Palace Museum – Daily: 8:30-6:30, F,Sa: till 9, No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Road, Shihlin District, 886 2 2881 2021
The NPM’s collections are displayed by category. The categories are: painting and calligraphy, rare books and historical documents, antiquities divided into three categories and special exhibitions.
The collection has 700,000 pieces covering a span of 10,000 years.
To continue learning about Taiwan you’ll visit The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – Daily: 9-6, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, 886 2 2343 1100
The memorial houses a library and museum documenting Chiang Kai-shek’s life and career. Exhibits and displays show the Republic of China-era Chinese history and Taiwan’s history and development.
You’re going to dine at Lin Dong Fang – L & D: M-Sa, 104, Taiwan, 886 2 2752 2556 for the beef noodles.
Lin Dong Fang is known to have the best beef noodles in Taipei. Their signature dish is the “ban rou/ban jin” (half meat, half tendon) served with spicy chili oil.
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum – Tu-Su: 9:30-5:30, Sa: Till 8:30, No.181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd. 886-2-2595-7656
The Museum’s collection focuses on creative and outstanding works by significant local and overseas artists. The collection includes works from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.
It is characterized by the art history of Taiwan and its modern features.
Din Tai Fung – L & D: Daily, No.194 Second Section, Xinyi Road, Taipei 111-0021, 02 232 18928 is the most popular and respected restaurant in Taipei.
You can order chicken soup, seaweed, bean sprouts, and mung bean noodle, but the reason for their international acclaim is their steamed pork dumplings.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang – 24/7, No. 102, Section 2, Fùxīng South Rd, Daan District.
Order the Chinese doughnuts, green onion buns, pan-fried meat bun and their famous salty soy milk soup.
Take a ride on the Maokong Gondola – M-Th: 9:30-8:30, F,Sa,Su: 8:30-9:30, Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd. 886-2-218-12345.
Located in the southern tip of Taipei City, Maokong has evolved into a favorite tourist destination for locals and visitors . It is Taipei City’s first high-altitude gondola.
You’ll enjoy wonderful views on this entertaining ride.
At the Maokong station you can visit the Tea Promotion Center – Tu-Su: 9-5, No. 8-2, Lane 40, Sec. 3, Zhinan Rd., 886-2-22340568.
The center includes an exhibition area, an educational area, an outdoor teaching area, an ecological pond, a weather observation platform, an artificial erosion trough and a tea plantation.
The exhibition area of the museum explains the production process of Muzha Tieguanyin as well as Nangang Paochung tea, showing how teas are tasted, brewed and preserved as well as the health benefits of drinking tea.
There are also displays of different types of tea.
The zoo features the Formosan Animal Area, a Children’s Zoo, the Asian Tropical Rainforests Area, a Desert Animals Area, and an Australian Animal Area African Animal Area, a Temperate Zone Animal Area and Birds World.
The ever-alluring panda duo Tuantuan and Yuanyuan, the adorable koalas and the constantly active penguins are the stars of the zoo.
Lunch at Celestial Restaurant – L & D: Daily, 3F, No. 1, Nanjing W. Rd, 886 2 2563 2380 is heavenly.
Many say this is the best Peking duck in Taipei. It served three ways but go for the traditional with pancakes, green onion and plum sauce.
While they are preparing your duck start with the blanched celery in a sweet wasabi sauce. The fried shredded chicken with peas is also good.
Your first stop is the Beitou Hot Springs Museum – Tu-Su: 9-5, 112, Taiwan, 886 2 2893 9981.
This is a good spot to learn about Beitou’s rich hot spring culture and history. There are 6 different exhibition areas including Beitou’s history where pictures and news articles are on display.
The balcony offers a place to see Beitou’s beautiful scenery.
If you’re in the mood for a relaxing hot spring experience there are several hotels, spas and public areas available.
James Kitchen – L & D: Daily, No. 65 Yǒngkāng St, Daan District, 02 2343-2275 has a traditional Taiwanese beer house style.
Start with the soy-sauce glazed egg plant, the oysters and bread sticks and the bam-boo shoots.
Then try the braised pork rice with abalone or the crab meat balls in cabbage soup.
Other favorites are the bean curd mushroom rolls, egg pancake with radishes and the grilled threadfin.
Day Three: Breakfast at Fu Hang Dou Jiang – B,L,D: Daily, Hua Shan Market, 2F No. 108, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Sec. 1, 02 2392 2175 is an experience.
The salty soy milk soup is a staple but here they add vegetables, cilantro, scallions and chili oil.
The deep fried bun filled with shredded radish and sprinkled with sesame is popular.
Their signature offering is the thick flatbread with egg. It’s roasted giving it a crunchy outside that’s topped with sugar.
A visit to the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall – No.505, Sec. 4, Ren’ai Rd., Xinyi Dist., 886-2-2758-8008 helps in understanding how there are two Chinas.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a place of commemoration and also a park for outdoor, recreational and art activities.
There are exhibitions of historical items related to creation of R.O.C. Four great exhibition rooms frequently host works of famous artists and various exhibitions.
There is a library in the main building housing 400 seats and 140,000 books.
It’s fun to visit the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, 79, Xining north Road , 0 2556-8909.
The Museum consists of two historical buildings, the Museum itself and the Nadou Theater. The Museum includes a workshop and four floors of exhibitions.
The exhibitions include a puppet workshop, puppet clowns, European glove puppets, a one-man puppet theater, Marionette Theater, the roof garden and the Nadou theater.
The Nadou Theater was designed so that it is suitable for small-scale performances, including puppets, music, dance and theatre. The museum’s goal is to preserve and promote traditional Asian puppet culture.
At Shin Yeh – L & D: Daily, 85th floor of Taipei 101, 02 810 10185 you are treated to gourmet food and a view.
Here on top of Taipei you can enjoy sharing some of these dishes: roasted mullet roe with turnips and leeks, crispy scallops with a lettuce warp, fin soup with sea cucumber, pork rib and chicken, braised shitake mushrooms and fish and stir fried abalone with basil, wok seared pea sprouts.
Dessert is the almond tofu with peaches.
Next check out The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan – Tu-Su: 10-6, 104, Taiwan, 886 2 2515 0583
Miniatures art originated from 16th century German aristocratic times.
The MMOT is ranked 2nd in the world with 200 miniature castles, chalets, palaces and scenes from Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland. You’ll see 19th century London and a Japanese village
The Shinlin night market – Tu-Su: 6 AM-2 AM, No. 101 Jihe Road, Shihlin District, 886 2 2881 5557 is a must stop before leaving Taipei.
In the market building you’ll find amazing and diverse foods and small restaurants.
In the surrounding areas there are cinemas, arcades, karaoke bars and the unexpected must have souvenir.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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