Article updated last May 9, 2018
Here’s a quick recap: From Taoyuan Airport, I took a bus to Taipei Main Station, and then took the MRT to Ximen Station, since this is the station that is closest to where I booked my accommodation. And before I even went straight to the hotel, I made myself lost just a little bit, just so I get to feel the cold breeze, the surroundings, and most importantly to get comfortable with the place. I was just carrying a backpack, so going around wasn’t such an inconvenience. Moreover, my expected check in time was at 2PM; I arrived in the area at around 12 NOON.
Day 1: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Right after check-in, I took a nap for about an hour to charge up a little bit of energy, before I head to my first destination for the day; the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall which is at Xinyi District.
The National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
This building, which was built in 1972, was dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat-sen – the founder of modern China.
How to get here
How to get here
Getting here is very easy, but I’ll be more elaborate on this first destination so you could have a good grasp on how to go about using the Taipei Metro System. Having a good understanding about how a Train System works (which is generally the same in all other countries) is one of your keys to an efficient and a more enjoyable travel experience.
Let’s say, you are at the Taipei Zoo. So the only way you could get out of there is through the Taipei Zoo station, which is at the end of the Brown Line at the bottom right of the map. [Click to open map].
There are several ways on how to get to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial from Taipei Zoo:
- Here’s one of the longest way: From Taipei Zoo Station ➔ Take the “Brown Line” that is headed towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center ➔ Go down at DAAN STATION (I labeled as A1 on the map) ➔ Take the “Red Line” that is headed towards Tamsui ➔ Go down at TAIPEI MAIN STATION (I labeled as A2 on the map) ➔ And finally, take the “Blue Line” that is headed towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center ➔ AND, go down at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station.
- Here’s the shortest way: From Taipei Zoo Station ➔ Take the “Brown Line” that is headed towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center ➔ Go down at ZHONGXIAO FUXING ➔ And finally, take the “Blue Line” that is headed towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center ➔ AND, go down at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station.
REMINDER: This may mean going up or down to different floor levels to switch to different trains/lines. To know the direction of the train, always look at the end station of the Map, since that will indicate where it is going to. And, it doesn’t matter whether you take the long or short way; the fare will cost the same.
Shilin Night Market
When in Taipei, ending your daily itinerary at a night market is always a good idea. You can starve your way during the day so you can make room for a lot of delectable guilty pleasures; food!
This night market appeared to be the most popular one in Taipei and mostly mentioned in reviews, blogs, and vlogs. Getting here is also very easy. If you check on your MRT Route Map, you will find Shilin as one of the stations. BUT, DO NOT go down at this station (Shilin Station); instead, get off at Jiantan Station and go through EXIT 1. After exiting, cross the street diagonally to the left to enter the night market.
A must try food and drinks…
Spicy Grilled Mushroom
It’s juicy and gooey. The mushroom itself tastes a little bland; but with the spices added in to it, it tasted very good that even kids loved it!
as they call it! Don’t worry, because they aren’t! It’s like our version of “Sago at Gulaman”, however theirs is not too sweet and a little sour, maybe because of the lime, and it’s rind.
Sugar Coated Cherry Tomatoes
Sweet on the outside; sour on the inside. It’s crunchy when you bite the candied sugar, and juicy as you bite the tomatoes.
A Gian Starfruit
Yes, it’s size was about 2 or 3 times compared to what we have here, in the Philippines.
Spicy Grilled Tofu
This was very delicious! The tofu must have been soaked in whatever it is. It is topped with spring onions and some other stuff.
Small Sausage, Big Sausage
It’s a small sausage stuffed in a big sausage – which is primary made of rice. It’s like a complete meal that is rolled into one. If you just one the sausage alone, that option is also available.
And, to cap the night…
I bought myself a Papaya Milk. The first time I’ve ever tasted this irresistible drink was in Singapore, and I couldn’t be happier to find that it’s also available in Taiwan.