A Day in the Capital of Ilha Formosa
Trip Start Oct 21, 2009
5Trip End Nov 07, 2009
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Several bus companies at the airport provide transportation into Taipeh with no real difference in price or comfort. Our first impression of Taiwan was that of masked men, women and children dressed normal and made up, but covered from cheek to chin. About a third of those we saw were masked and it needed time getting used to
We visited the Royal Palace, some markets, some temples, a beautiful park and Taipei 101 (almost the tallest building in the world) where we drank English tea and ate Austrian cake for $15 in the shopping center below, but there weren't enough activities to warrant a longer stay. Nonetheless, it's worth mentioning that China Airlines offers extended stays in Taiwan for only $5 a day. We considered it because there's beautiful nature to be explored outside of Taipei and the Portugese didn't call it "Beautiful Island" for nothing, but we also only had so much time to explore Indonesia and therefore, we passed. I definitely would recommend China Airlines in the future because we paid half the price that others paid in the same season (€545 FRA-DPS while the cheapest rates available elsewhere in October 2009 were well above €850).