Cece Takes Taiwan (Part 2)
And I’m back children. Welcome to the second segment of our Taiwan tour! If you haven’t checked out the first one, you can read it here.
Sun’s up and it was another exciting day for the Tiu household! After a big breakfast, the family was out for another set of interesting places to visit. Tummies full, cameras charged and we were off.
First stop- Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. This famous landmark located at the heart of Taipei was a tribute to the first president of China and founder of Taiwan – Chiang Kai-Shek. If you look closely above the massive white marble structure, you can see an octagonal roof, which symbolizes the number 8 – a sign of good luck for the Chinese (I knew that). We weren’t able to fully explore the whole vicinity since we were running behind schedule that morning. And so we made a quick tour of the outside grounds and took a few snaps in between.
Next on the list is the Yehliu Geopark- one of the premier destinations in Northern Taiwan. It is renowned for its fascinating rock formations in shapes of honeycomb and mushrooms. Out of the many places we visited, this was one of my personal favorites. The park looked like one big sandbox – sunny and desolated yet photogenic. And I love how it gives off a little edgy vibe!
Outside greater Taipei is another famous tourist spot – the city of Jiufen. The town was small, built into the side of the hills, which made it convenient to cover by foot. The hike up was another story. Since most chain stores and food outlets were located uphill, we had to walk…. Well, climb quite a bit. Good thing the weather was fabulous that day, or I would have never made it to the top had it been too hot. We stayed for a while there, walked around the quaint little village and tried local food delicacies. Oh and I remember having a short tummy ache afterwards. I think I ate too much street food.
And what better way to end the day than to cast your worries away…. And to watch the lanterns go up up and away! We had our last stop at the Shifen Sky Lantern Square, where we bought and made our own lantern. Tradition dictates people paint their wishes on the lanterns, and light them up in the sky with the hope that their prayers will be answered.
P.S. I was so excited to do this because of the movie, Tangled (The lantern scene was my favorite part). This is basically Tangled, Asian Version.
And so we wished, and painted, and drew, and doodled, and finally it was finished.
This spot was also featured in the Taiwanese romance film You Are The Apple Of My Eye. I have watched the film a couple of times now and still ball my eyes out every single time. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you to watch it. Watch it!
And we end the tour here. Till next time, Taiwan.