Category: North Asia

Day 4 at Sun Moon Lake and The Lalu

Sun Moon Lake

My day 4 in Taiwan, for my earlier postings, check out Taiwan .  Got up early to catch the High Speed Rail (HSR) at Taipei Rail Station to Taichung.  The journey from Taipei to Taichung (Taiwan Central) took less than an hour.  Took a taxi to Sun Moon Lake – The Lalu, the hotel I put up

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Day 3 at Taipei – View from Taipei 101

Taipei 101

We decided to sleep in a bit as it was raining and to take it easy after a long day yesterday. After breakfast, we visited the Taipei 101 (臺北 101), officially known as the Taipei International Financial Center (臺北國際金融大樓), the 508-meter high skyscraper of 101-floor is in the Xinyi District. The Taipei 101 tower was

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Day 2 at Taipei – ZhongZheng District, XiMenDing and Fishermen’s Wharf

Taiwan Fishermen's Wharf

First stop of the day was 中正紀念堂 Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, located in the heart of Taipei City and easily accessible by MRT – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station. The area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by tourists. The architecture of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is inspired by TianTan

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Welcome to Taiwan – Day 1 at Taipei

My first visit to Taiwan was in Spring 2012, was there for a 8-day vacation.  Stayed at Sheraton Taipei located at ZhongXiao East Road,  redeemed using my points from Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership.  The hotel is a block away from the Taipei ShanDaoShi MRT Station.  On day four, I took the High Speed Rail

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Spring in Tokyo – Harajuku & Shibuya

Harajuku Station

The day’s itinerary was to Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and spent the rest of the afternoon at Shibuya. It was almost like a shopping day. Our first stop of the day was Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) located next to the Harajuku Station. The shrine was completed and dedicated to Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920,

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Spring in Tokyo – Asakusa, Ueno Park, Ameyoko & Yanaka

Sensoji's Thunder Gate

On our day two at Tokyo, after a cup of coffee at the hotel room, we walked to Ginza Station, five minutes’ walk from the hotel we were staying. We took the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Asakusa (浅草) station. Asakusa is the centre of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), one of Tokyo’s districts, where

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Spring in Tokyo – Tsukiji Shijō & Akihabara

Stores at Tsukiji Shijio

Tsukiji Fish Market (Tsukiji Shijō) was our first destination as it was just 10-minutes’ walk from the hotel we stayed at. We were too tired to brave the early morning to watch the bidding, still, we managed to immerse ourselves by walking around the market and trying the freshly cooked seafood. All the seafood looked super

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