Visiting Taiwan: The Capital City, Taipei (Part 1)
Delicious Oyster Mee Sua in Ximending
Rain, Rain, Rain in Taipei
Before heading to Taiwan for our holiday, I had done some research on Taiwan's weather and realised that it would vary depending on which part of Taiwan we head to. Kaohsiung welcomed us with clear skies, and in fact, it was so hot that it did not feel like winter at all. However, Taipei was the direct opposite. It rained for the entire three days that we spent in this capital city. Luckily, I did some research beforehand and we stayed mostly dry by exploring what this city has to offer indoors.
We reached Taipei via High Speed Rail and stopped at the Taipei Main Station where we headed to the taxi stand. After just a short stand, we boarded a cab which brought us to our homestay near Ximending. It was a cheap ride (about TWD90) and definitely the best choice of transport for us, considering the fact that we had luggage and it was raining heavily.
Andy Lau Photo Spotted At Shop
Must Eat in Taipei: Oyster Mee Sua
After checking in, our first stop was at the Ah Zhong Mian Xian shop where we each got a bowl of the tasty oyster mee sua (vermicelli) noodles. Note that this outlet at Ximending has no proper seating area so be prepared to stand while you slurp the noodles. Just opposite this shop is a popular Lu Wei (魯味) store. You will notice an old photo of Hong Kong star, Andy Lau in the shop!
Louis Vuitton Outlet at Taipei 101
Eslite Xinyi Outlet, near Taipei 101
Must See in Taipei: Taipei 101
From Ximending, we took the MRT towards City Hall station where we alighted and caught the free shuttle bus to Taipei 101. If you do not wish to wait for the shuttle (which comes about every 30 minutes), you can board almost any of the mini buses which stop here too. At Taipei 101, we did not really shop as the shops here sell mostly luxury goods, particularly the top floor where you will find Louis Vuitton and Burberry. For most tourists, the main attraction here is definitely going up to the observatory at the 89th floor for a great view of the city.
More Information on Taiwan
- Visiting Taiwan: Taichung and Shinshe
- Visiting Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake
- Visiting Taiwan: The Port City of Kaohsiung (Part 1)
- Visiting Taiwan: The Port City of Kaohsiung (Part 2)
- Visiting Taiwan: The Port City of Kaohsiung (Part 3)
- Visiting Taiwan: The Capital City, Taipei (Part 1)
- Visiting Taiwan: The Capital City, Taipei (Part 2)
- Visiting Taiwan: The Capital City, Taipei (Part 3)
Must Visit in Taiwan: Eslite
From Taipei 101, we took the shuttle back to Taipei City Hall station. Here, there are many shopping malls here including Eslite. Eslite or Cheng Pin in Chinese is a household name in Taiwan. Essentially Eslite is a book shop but I would actually consider it more like a lifestyle brand just as how Starbucks is not just about coffee! If you are a book lover, definitely pay Eslite a visit. There is an outlet in Taipei that is open 24 hours so if you are suffering from insomnia, you know where to head to...
For us, we visited the outlet at Xinyi. This branch is huge and consists of many floors, selling not just books or magazines but also offering a cafe, a children's bookshop, and lots more. You can really spend lots of time here. It is also normal to see visitors browsing through books for a long time. The staff will not stare at you, unlike at other bookshops! So feel free to browse in comfort and spend your time here.