Exploring Taiwan’s Sights to See with UNLTD Travel and Tours

Day 2

National Chiangka-Shek Memorial Hall

Our second day and last day in Taiwan was a day of exploration both by foot and by bicycle.

 

NATIONAL CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL | FREE ADMISSION

First on our list to visit for the day is the national monument and landmark erected in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek who led the Kuomintang (KMT) Nationalist Party in the island that we now call Taiwan.

National Chiangkai-Shek Memorial Hall

The built memorial hall is an edifice made of white marble and blue tiled octagon shaped roof. The white color stands for democracy and equality. Meanwhile, the usage of the color blue stands for nationalism and liberty. The two sets of stairs that lead to the main entrance has 89 steps each which represent Chiang Kai-shek’s age at the time of his death.

 

National Chiangkai-Shek Memorial Hall

As a celebrated general and president, a huge 6.3m bronze seated statue of Chiang Kai-Shek can be found inside the memorial hall. There are usually two soldiers guarding it. If you intentionally wait for about an hour or so, you may be able to witness the elaborate changing of the guard ceremony which happens from 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

The memorial hall also houses intriguing, story-laden memorabilia, different art exhibitions, a souvenir shop, and a few restaurants in case you become hungry.

 

LIBERTY SQUARE, NATIONAL THEATRE, AND NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
National Chiangkai-Shek Memorial Hall

Once you exit the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, you will have a panoramic view of the 25-hectare area. The two almost identical buildings you’ll see are the National Theater and National Concert Hall. A Boulevard of Homage that is bordered by manicured brushes connects the memorial hall to the Liberty Square. At the far end is the incredibly imposing Liberty Square main gate that is as high as 98 ft (or 30 meters).

If you’re wondering why the photo seems to be cluttered, there are masses of people gathering for an event. We also visited on a weekend so it’s expected that there are also a lot of visitors.

 

The colossal place bears a lot of historical significance for Taiwan’s transition to democracy and is enjoyed by Taiwanese residents. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss this place.

 

LONGSHAN TEMPLE
Long Shan Temple

We are adamant in telling the story behind this or who is being worshipped here. Our holy God, who is the creator of all things, should be the only one who is glorified for us.

 

XIMENDING
Ximending

If Japan has Shibuya and South Korea has Myeong Dong, Taiwan has Ximending as a shopping haven. There is a myriad of choices for restaurants and it is filled with different kinds of shopping options from department stores to shops. It is a place often frequented by the youth.

Buy Pasalubong

This is a convenient place to shop for souvenirs because the prices are fixed and are at a fairly affordable price. We recommend for you to bring home nougat candies.

 

lunch at Ximending

Since we love cheese, we specifically requested if we can dine at Gratin House. We are grateful that the UNLTD Travel agreed to eat here. Only set meals are offered on weekends. So it cost us NT 270 each with our choice of bread, soup, main dish, and drink.

 

 NATIONAL DR. SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL | FREE ADMISSION
National Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Built in 1972, this memorial hall is a tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China and is labeled as the “father of democracy.” The building is less grandiose compared to Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall. However, Sun Yat-sen hall is still worth the visit because it is another key to understanding Taiwan’s history. The place is also open to performances and exhibitions.

 

National Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Dr. Sun Yat-sen also has a statue and there is a changing guards ceremony. Waiting is more bearable though since the entire hall is air-conditioned.

 

 TAIPEI 101
Taipei 101

The Taipei 101 used to be the highest building in the world with the fastest elevator. Although it doesn’t hold any of those titles anymore, riding the elevator from the 5th to the 89th in only 37 seconds is still a nice prelude to the view that their observatory offers.

 

Eat at Din Tai Fung

Taipei 101 has five floors of high-end dining and shopping options. Fret not though if you’re on a limited budget as they have a food hall and the famous Din Tai Fung at their basement level.

 

Taipei 101

More souvenirs can be bought here but their goods have better packaging meant to be given for the special people in our lives.

 

ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN | FREE ADMISSION
Taipei 101

Elephant Mountain is known to give the best view of the elegant, bamboo tree like building called Taipei 101. Its trail called Nangang District Hiking trail takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the top.

 

Elephant Mountain

Good shoes are our best friend as we climbed the mountain. It just so happens most of us find white sneakers as a travel fashion staple.

 

Elephant Moutain

As we only know how to exercise our tummies, we found ourselves trudging up the steep trail. Taking a break was a breeze with plenty of leafy coverage.

 

Elephant Mountain

We had no idea what the summit of the trail is. What we are sure of is that this boulder is the perfect photo spot with the beautiful Taipei 101. Expect a long queue for it though on a late afternoon of a weekend. Better visit early morning.

 

Elephant Mountain

This is a photo of us all sweaty after we reached the viewing platform. Hiking the Elephant Mountain Trail let us hit two birds with one stone. We got to burn calories, at the same time, enjoy a great view of the Taipei skyline. It was the best way to end our sightseeing activity in Taiwan.

Thanks to UNLTD Travel and Tour we got to experience Taiwan with just a weekend. They showed to us that it’s possible so I’m sure you can have a quick getaway too.

Head to the next page to watch the video of our trip.

13 Responses to “Exploring Taiwan’s Sights to See with UNLTD Travel and Tours”

  1. Me-An,

    Reading your post brought back memories I had of Taiwan in various stages of my life. I was there at 12, then at 18, and several more times. Last time was a couple of years ago to take care my brother who died there. He had been living there for two decades.

    Seeing the places you have been to, they are all so distant, yet it feels as if they were just around the corner. Nothing much has changed in the last decade there and what they have, has so far been well-maintained. Gotta appreciate Taipei, a metropolis and it is surrounded by parks and geologic formations.

    I thank you for your post and photos for they also made me realize and appreciate the experience I had when I visited the country. For instance, those mushroom rocks? I could not care less back when I was a kid. I mean, what is there to see about rocks? But seeing those photos, I now appreciate how unique and fascinating they are.

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  2. Tbh, I am really hesitant in joining group travels because new people are still strangers. And I don’t know who they are or what they do. Yes, I get paranoid sometime and I do not trust easily. But I agree with the point that planning travelling with friends can be difficult because of each other’s priorities. With ready-made packages, it’s just easy to book and complete the specific number of people. Perhaps next time, I would consider it.

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  3. Lovely pictures as always! 🙂 i used to join a lot of local group tours when i was younger. It’s an awesome way to meet friends. So jealous that you got to do that overseas! I’ve never been to Taiwan but my husband used to visit often for business. He’s been bugging me to go. Would love to see the night market and the geopark live!!! 🙂

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  4. I was able to experience group travel a number of times. It was fun as you get to mingle with strangers until you become friends. You also learn the values of empathy, consideration, and patience. The farthest we’ve been was Hong Kong and again, It was fun.

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  5. I haven’t traveled yet, but if I will be given a chance, travelling with a group is a go-go! It is always exciting to try new things! Aside from the experience, you’ll also have new friends! I hope we can travel soon. 🙂

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  6. This is very timely as we are planning to visit Taiwan. Your photos are stunning. I would love to visit the Yehlie Geopark and the night market.

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  7. I actually (spontaneously) booked a ticket to Taiwan a few months back, but when I found out I was pregnant, I had to cancel the trip. Technically, I could still go, but since it was a delicate period, I decided not to risk it. This just means that I have to go some other time, but with a little one in tow! 🙂 I would still love to visit — it’s cheap, it’s beautiful, and I heard the food is really good! Well, your post just confirms these things! 🙂 UNLTD Travel and Tours did a really good job in creating your itinerary. They took you to the popular must-see places like the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Palace but also to places I’ve never even heard of before! Maybe when we go one day, I’ll use this post as my reference and inspiration. 🙂 I love the Mushroom Rocks! (Well, I love mushrooms, so that’s probably why. Haha!) They’re so fascinating… and you photographed it so well! I thought the rocks were small until you took a closer shot! I was surprised to see how huge they actually are. I love your couple shots by the way! So cute! 🙂 More happy travels for you two! <3

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  8. Taiwan seems to be another go-to destination for millennials. What I like about traveling with a group of strangers is that you may end up being friends. Plus, if don’t have someone to take photos for you, they could be your photographers of some sort. But anyway, Taiwan has so much history coming from your post. I would love to visit it and just take Instagrammable photos! 💙

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  9. I never tried getting a full package when I travel, however, we tried getting a tour in Palawan where you get to be with different people in one boat. It was an avenue for you to meet new friends. I do the planning if it’s just me and my husband, or if we will be travelling with our friends, we have this friend eho is best on planning at everything! Yes, DIY travel can be a hassle since you really need to have time researching. I haven’t traveled internationally and I guess getting someone who knows the place to arrange your itenerary is a great idea.

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  10. Aica Batoon

    Sure looks like an amazing trip! I’ve never been to Taiwan but I’ve always wanted to go there. Your photos definitely captured Taiwan’s beauty!! I am so envious. I’ll recommend UNLTD Travel and Tours to my parents right away~ Or maybe after I graduate, I would love to travel with my friends (Hopefully)! Thank you so much for sharing!!! <3

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  11. Congratulations to Jason.
    I wish I had started my travel venture at least 10 years earlier. But, hell, no. I was at that time riding on my corporate career, oblivious to the exciting world of startups. Can you connect me to Jason, please? Maybe we can collaborate so something exciting.

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  12. A travel start up like this is my dream too. Jason has done well by assimilating all his experiences and creating something so productive like this. Taiwan and pocket friendly? Makes me curious. Need to follow for helpful tips.

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  13. menujubali

    I think its a Very nice tour. and a amazing tips. maybe Next moth i will going to Taiwan and explore this country. thank for your shared information

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