This escape to Taiwan was one I looked forward to for many reasons. One, the country remains my favorite among the (few) places I have traveled to, for its culture, food and old school charm. Two, some events happened in the months leading up to the trip in October, so a break to recharge would be good for me. Three, it was my first trip with the best friends!
First stop after reaching Taipei at night was to Shilin Night Market. Perhaps it was a weekday night and we reached really late, so the crowd was thin and the food mediocre. Disappointing, to say the least.
On the other hand, we had a wonderful night at Shida Night Market! There were plenty of good food – mee sua, 生煎包, 菠萝包 to fill our stomachs before we began our shopping. And SHOPPED we did. Our combined shopping loots attracted plenty of stares from the locals and became the source of our laughing fits. Haha.
The Wanhua District is Taipei City’s oldest district and is known in Taiwanese as Bangka or Monga. The famous Long Shan Temple is located in this area and worships a mixture of Buddhist and Taoist deities. The temple was crowded with religious devotees praying for themselves and their loved ones when we visited. We took a walk around the area and found ourselves at a filming location of Monga the movie – the restored Bopiliao street. Go watch the movie if you haven’t. I think the movie gave a very vivid and engaging recount of Taiwan in the olden days.
We went to Xi Men Ding but I failed to try 阿宗面线 again :( But we had one of our rare proper meals here at a BBQ place offering free flow Haagen Dazs ice cream and Taiwan beer. The crowd at Xi Men Ding is more trendy and because it was the Halloween weekend when we were there, some were decked out in wacky costumes.
P.S. Thank you evey for the pretty photos!
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