The past few days have been amazing and the longer we are here the more comfortable and adventurous we are becoming. We are also beginning to realize we need more time in Taiwan!
After arriving we got a taxi to our hotel we had booked online, thank goodness we did in advance because we weren’t allowed to leave immigration without giving them the address of where we would be staying.
We spent our first day walking around town trying to adjust to the new world around us and then took a long nap! We still aren’t quite used to the fourteen hour time difference! We found a restaurant for dinner that had pictures on the menu- everything else was in Chinese characters- that gave us some peace of mind in what we were eating.
The next day we decided to try our luck at the train station and took a train to the nearby town of Taoyuan. Purchasing tickets was possible due to the automated machine that had a few words in english. For under $3 we got two roundtrip tickets, way cheaper than a taxi.
In Taoyuan we walked to some Buddhist temples that were intricately decorated with wooden carved dragons, flowers, people and mountain views. They were filled with worshippers, burning incense and gifts of flowers, food and money. It was so peaceful and everyone had such warm smiles for the tourists.
The old man in the tan jacket was in a wheelchair but insisted on walking into the temple.
The Jingfu Temple is in honor of the three men who banded together to take down the evil emperor who threatened to destroy the Han Dynasty in the 14th century. The ancient Chinese epic “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms” is one of the most famous stories in Asian history.
After the temple we spotted a crowded dumpling cart and knew we had to try… if there is a line a Taiwanese waiting for them they must be good… and they were!
After meandering around for a few hours we stopped at The HOP a pizza joint started by a Taiwanese woman and her New Yorker husband. We asked their opinions on the best places in Taiwan and are eager to travel to Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park tomorrow for some camping near the hot springs.
At this point I realized I had left my hat somewhere and retraced our steps to find it right where I had left it… thank god for Buddhists.