The Landis Resort Yangmingshan
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... of snakes in crates and realising they probably weren't pets, we figured that Hauxi wasn't going to be the best choice.
Raohe was fun. There was a beautiful temple next to the market and the streets were jam packed with food stalls. We got some freshly made dumplings, Alex had two kinds of sausage and some BBQ beef (flame torched while you wait), and we tried some bamboo juice together. Which was repulsive. There were the usual kind of shops; Hello Kitty, socks, USB ...
... also drink from the water which gathers at the feet of some of the statues of Gods scattered about the temple grounds.
The place was packed but, unlike Busan, it was orderly and calm. The smell of burning incense filled the air and everywhere you looked worshippers were praying or lighting candles. You could not move far simply due to the sheer numbers inside the temple but it didn't feel as though you were closed in because no one ...
... 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 ...
... have slipped into the realm of the mundane. It may because I spent the last several months working in a Chinese restaurant in the US that the transition was so smooth that the culture shock is negligible. (However, my body is still putting up its usual travel tantrum. I've caught some kind of cold/fever and will probably continue to have every symptom in the book for the next several weeks).
Anyway, I've still been seeing some amazing things and I'll just include a brief ...
... which are normal subways. This one is elevated above the roads, the trains have rubber tyres running on concrete rails and each train consists of four tiny carriages. I thought to myself, "Awwwwwww, look at this cutesy-wutesy little trainy-wainy, pwaying with the big boys!"
I took the Wenhu Line all the way to its conclusion at Taipei Zoo then changed to the Maokong Gondola, an aerial cable car which travels for four kilometres up into the hills to the village ...