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... tea with nice glutinous balls in, although I couldn't finish even half of it) and went for a wander. Shilin has a lot of food stalls, both novelty and serious. I had expected it to be full of tat, similar to the markets in Bangkok, but without the tourism it turned out to mainly be actual shops. Mostly clothes, shoes, bags and electrical goods, people were seriously out shopping at midnight, winding through streets flanked by ornate temples where people sat and ate their late ...
... spoken in Taiwan. With regards to their written language, whilst China now favour the simplified text, Taiwan still use the more complex written version. This means that it is easy for Taiwanese people to recognise simplified Chinese writing but very hard for the Chinese to read the more complex Taiwanese script. I thought that was quite interesting!
My favourite Chinese word is thank you which is written for us as Xie Xie but pronounced ...
... grape cocktails, roved night markets, eaten pigs blood, duck blood and tofu that smells like ass but tastes like a dream and every tropical fruit under the sun. Rice rolls, plum juice, volcano eggs in chilli sauce, nougat, beef and cilantro soups, cheese omelettes, BBQd corn - Taipei has everything and I am loving every minute of it.
Three days later - leaving ...
... is definitely not for the faint of heart! And one better has great knees to take the 1/2 way hike (6.2K round trip) - i.e., in-n-out from Swallow Grotto (燕子口). Steep stairs up, and same way down. Next time we'll try the 10K hike, in from 慈母橋, and out from 燕子口. Encountered two trail runners from overseas!
Time for me to leave kaoshiong. I decided to call cab to the Taipei train station. As I stayed in the small street, it will be more wise to call cab How to call.. The magic nos 56688 It is almost as easy as Singapore but way more faster pick up than here. All you need to do is speak in mandarin and tell them your address and where you are going. They will then inform you the cab nos and normally as fast as 5mins. I in love with this call ...