Windy Pang, PhD student, Department of English │ ISSUE65 JAN2017 MyUM
5 Ways to Enjoy Taipei
Taipei is a dynamic metropolis with which you’ll never feel bored. My recent backpacking trip to Taipei has proven that even in the coldest season of the year, one can still find many ways to enjoy the city, which is only one and a half hour ’s flight away, just to name a few:
1. Maokong Gondola
This cable car decorated with lovely cartoon characters takes you to the top of the mountain in South Taipei. Do it at night, and you can drink in the city’s twinkling night view. Their Oolong tea, locally grown and brewed, is a drink you must not miss.
2. Night markets
Taipei’s night markets offer countless snacks that satisfy every gourmand’s taste buds. A long street full of small but well-decorated food-booths is not only a feast for the stomach but also a feast for the eyes.
3. Eslite 24 Hour Bookstore
The Eslite Bookstore in Taipei is the mecca for book lovers. Pick a book from the shelf, sit down with the book – no need to worry about the time! A cup of high-quality hot coffee at hand would make perfect company.
4. Hot spring-bath in Beitou
Located in the north part of Taipei, Beitou district is famous for its hot springs, thanks to its abundant geothermal resources. A hot mineral bath in the sulphur spring water washes away traveler’s fatigue.
5. A night in Jiufen
Spend a night in a mountain resident’s home. You can enjoy tranquil night view from the mountain top, and go to sleep listening to the gentle sounds of the Pacific waves. Do visit Jiufen Old Street and try their traditional snacks.
|dynamic||constantly changing, and often exciting and energetic. ‘Macao has a dynamic cultural scene.’|
|to drink in||to take in or to receive with enjoyment. ‘She drank in every word of her favourite professor’s lectures.’|
|gourmand||a person who really loves to eat and drink.|
|mecca||when written with a capital M, Mecca is a city in Saudi Arabia and the holiest city of Islam. When written with a small m, ‘mecca’ can be used to refer to a place which attracts many people of a particular group or with a particular interest.|
|tranquil||quiet and peaceful|
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