I was a bit anxious going to Taiwan initially, being a Chinese speaking country. I was worried I might have a hard time figuring out how to go around the city or how to talk to the locals. So I kept my expectations low and prepared a very detailed itinerary before my flight. Anyway, I was going there to see my brother so that should be fun enough and worth the trip.

Plane view during my flight to Taiwan.
Plane view during my flight to Taiwan.

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Surprisingly, Taiwan has very efficient transportation services. They have way more train lines than Singapore, in the city and going to the provinces, but they were actually so easy and convenient to use. Their locals may have had a hard time talking in English but they were so friendly that communicating with them went so smoothly. I loved it.

Taoyuan Airport Taiwan
Taoyuan Airport, Taiwan.

It was only a four days trip and went mostly to the touristy spots. I have listed the Top 7 Tourist Spots that I visited during the whole trip:

Ximending

Busy street of Ximending
Busy street of Ximending.

The shopping district that is open until after midnight.

Street foods at Ximending Streets
Street foods at Ximending Streets.

Location: No. 127, Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

View from the main Hall to the Main Entrance
Memorial Hall Guards and Sculpture
Memorial Hall Classic Architecture
Main chamber of the Memorial Hall entrance
Main chamber of the Memorial Hall entrance.

Location: No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Taipei 101

Was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2009. I believe that its true beauty is seen best at night.

Taipie 101 Building at Night

Location: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District Taipei City, Taiwan 110.

Shilin and Raohe Night Markets

Busy streets of Raohe Night Market
Sumptuous Foods at Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market Entrance

Location: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105.

Juifen Old Streets

Vendor cooking delicacies at Juifen Old Street
Classic Architectures at Juifen Village

Location: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224.

Pingxi Old Streets

Street Foods and Sky Lantern Flying along the Train Track

Location: Pingxi Street, Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226.

Shifen Water Falls

Shifen Waterfalls from the Viewing Deck

Location: 226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 乾坑10號.

Plane view during my flight back to Singapore

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At the end of my trip, I realized it was impossible to be hungry in Taiwan. There is just so much street food everywhere, day and night. In fact, I ate so much street food that I craved for “real” full meals as soon as I got back to Singapore and never wanting to eat any more street food in the next weeks again.