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My First trip to Taipei - My observations

Popularity 15Viewed 32099 times 2013-10-20 08:39 |Personal category:Taiwan - my first trip to Taiwan|System category:Life

Yesterday I arrived in Taipei after a short flight from Xiamen.  The temperature was 82 degrees and it was sunny, before night fall came a cloud ceiling and a light sprinkle of rain. This helped to create a very pleasant start to my trip.

 

我会少一点普通话! I only speak a little of the common language (Mandarin) so I mostly have to rely on my English and the English skills of the people I meet.  Currently the only real advantage my Chinese Language skills provide is the ability to show courtesy, respect and politeness at the basic level. It also provides a curiosity level of entertainment or conversation with most people saying I am doing well.  However I know I have a long journey ahead of me but I appreciate the positive feedback and encouragement.

My bus journey from the airport to the center of the city, at first showed scenes familiar to scenes I saw in cities in China.  Then when I got to the heart of the city I made my first real observation which was confirmed when I got off the bus and started walking around.  Pedestrians could safely walk out into the intersections when they had the walk signal as all or most vehicles and bicycles yielded the right of way to the pedestrians.  I also noticed that they have painted markings in the cross walks to designate separate areas for bicycles and pedestrians.  It is still advisable to look both ways when crossing the street, but it was pleasant to see the vehicles going the right direction in the lanes not having to dodge vehicles and bicycles from both directions.

On my first day I found that the majority of people that I met could speak English either fluently or enough to offer assistance.  That is one of my goals of learning Mandarin is to be able to communicate at the basic level to ask for and offer assistance and improve my ability to communicate.

Taipei appears to be a very clean city in the areas that I saw, as well as a very extensive public transportation system with several subway lines. On my first day I gave my camera a rest and just relaxed and tried to get my bearings on the city.  On my excursion today I plan to take the Mookong Gondolo to get a bird’s eye view and hopefully take some nice pictures.

 

Updated Oct 25 to add pictures.

Well I have finally loaded up the first batch of my pictures you can chech them in my Taipei Album but here are a few.  The Taipei zoo is one of the best if not the best Zoo's I have ever been to.  They have taken great care to provide comfortable space for the animals to make them feel at home  while providing save veiwing for people.  I like the Gorilla's attitude the best.
My home in Taipei is (Mu homes fashion hotel) The Loft Hostel. I enjoyed my 6 days there so far.

I love Taipei and i love (Mu homes fashion hotel) The Loft Hostel
我爱台北,
我爱沐舍時尚酒店
wǒ ài táiběi, wǒ ài mù shě shíshàng jiǔdiàn

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Reply Report snowipine 2013-10-20 09:34
The nice pictures about Taipei,which you will take ,be spared a part for friends sharing,RonJaDa !
Reply Report CC-yang 2013-10-23 11:18
i'm planning to go to Taipei when have holiday. it's not far from Fuzhou, Fujian Province, i can take the Haixia passenger liner from Pingtan, which only takes 3 hours to there . Thanking for sharing your experience~
Reply Report CHUXINCHEN 2013-10-24 11:03
I think zhe people ot taibei is very Politeness,but not sincere
Reply Report Raymond007 2013-10-24 11:31
Have a good time in Taibei.
Reply Report HSTM 2013-10-24 14:22
wish you have a good journey
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-10-25 10:48
snowipine: The nice pictures about Taipei,which you will take ,be spared a part for friends sharing,RonJaDa !
Thank You Snowpine I will post some pictures shortly I had planned on posting them already but have not had the opportunity.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-10-25 10:53
CC-yang: i'm planning to go to Taipei when have holiday. it's not far from Fuzhou, Fujian Province, i can take the Haixia passenger liner from Pingtan, which o ...
Yes I thought about takking the ferry too but it was difficult for me to book the ticlket online and I needed the travel  bookings to get my Chinese Visa when I waqs in Hong Kong.  It is well worth the trip. Taipei is a beautiful place.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-10-25 10:54
CHUXINCHEN: I think zhe people ot taibei is very Politeness,but not sincere
I think there are people like that everywhere.  You can usually tell when politeness is sincere.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-10-25 10:55
Raymond007: Have a good time in Taibei.
Thank You Raymond I am having a great time here.  Ron
Reply Report snowipine 2013-10-25 23:46
You brought us with  not only the excellent pictures about Taipei,You presented us a beautiful Island,a lovable territory!
Thank you,RonJaDa !

Snowipine
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-11-4 23:50
snowipine: You brought us with  not only the excellent pictures about Taipei,You presented us a beautiful Island,a lovable territory!
Thank you,RonJaDa !

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Thank You for the nice comment.  I have lots of other pictures but have not had a good internet connection.  I was back in Xiamen for a few days and then it was on to Chengdu.  In Chengdu I went to the Giant Panda base camp and also took  in the Sichuan Opera and really enjoyed both.  I leave Chengdu for Lijiang tomorrow.  In Lijiang I plan to take in the Impressions Performance.  I hear it is spectacular.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-11-18 15:09
Last night I uploaded more pictures from Taipei in to my albumn and I also created and loaded pictures in to albums for Chengdu, Lijiang  in Yunnan Province and Lake Lugu.  I am in Dali now and heading to Kunming soon, so I will load more pictures in a few days.

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Reply Report hellobill 2014-2-3 20:01
I tihink you should come to Wuhan,Hubei province.There is a lot of delicious fun place!
Reply Report RonJaDa 2014-2-4 09:00
hellobill: I tihink you should come to Wuhan,Hubei province.There is a lot of delicious fun place!
Thank You -  I would like to go to Wuhan, Hubei after I return to China.  I am back in Canada now for a few more months.

新年快乐。 Ron
Reply Report lidehuai 2014-2-11 19:20
Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pictures with us !I have not been to Taiwan province .I enjoy reading your article which lets me feel as if I were on the spot .
Reply Report RonJaDa 2014-2-14 00:10
You are welcome,maybe one day you will visit Taipei and other parts of Taiwan.  This trip I only got to Taipei.
Reply Report lidehuai 2014-2-14 15:23
You certainly had a great time then .By the way ,did you go  through many formalities before visiting Taipei ?
Reply Report RonJaDa 2014-2-15 04:21
lidehuai: You certainly had a great time then .By the way ,did you go  through many formalities before visiting Taipei ?
I do not know what you mean.  But he answer is no. I jist bought my ticket and showed my Passport when I got there.
Reply Report lidehuai 2014-4-30 19:47
Oh ,it was so simple !I am sorry ,I haven't been able to reply sooner ! I am not active here .All the best !
Reply Report RonJaDa 2014-5-2 10:45
lidehuai: Oh ,it was so simple !I am sorry ,I haven't been able to reply sooner ! I am not active here .All the best !
That is ok,  It is not important how often friends communicate but that they do communicate. Have a good day my friend.

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