This weekend, we visited Taiwan’s beautiful capital, Taipei. We began our trip at 6am on Friday morning. After taking the high speed railway, we arrived in Taipei. We visited the National Palace Museum. The museum consists of gorgeous pieces of art including priceless pieces of carved jade. We caught a glimpse of the famous Jade Cabbage but, we were not able to see it up close because there was a two hour line…so we enjoyed the other pieces of art at the museum.
On Saturday, we visited the Taipei Zoo. We were able to see pandas, penguins, camels, elephants and several other animals. One of the animals we saw was not part of the exhibit but, was naturally hanging from trees…It was a huge spider that was about 6 inches by 4 inches (at least!)…Not scary at all, right?…Just kidding! it was absolutley terrifying. We don’t see many of those in Ashland, Ohio!
We took an awesome, Hello Kitty-themed Gondola to view the city. Taipei is a gorgeous city because there are cluster of buildings between hills of trees and then surrounded by mountains. We were able to get another incredible view from Taipei 101. Taipei 101 is the most famous skyskraper in Taiwan and is currently the 5th tallest building in the world, reaching 1,670 feet. We were also able to ride in the world’s fastest elevator! Our ears were popping from the rapid change in elevation.
Today, Sunday, we visited The Grand Hotel. It was so fancy inside and there were several expensive boutiques inside. The Grand Hotel, according to Sean Wang (our program’s co-coordinator ot Providence University), is very old but extremely famous. They have to do renovations often because it is so old but, it is beautiful inside.
Talk to you soon!!