Taipei May 2017

Taipei May 2017

May trip to Taipei

It seems like an established thing in my life that I go to Taipei once a month. Anyway, I said at a place called Rose Boutique Hotel near Taipei Station. I met up with my friend Jaydenn for dinner. I met Jaydenn when I was in University and if it was not for her I probably would not have thought about going to Taiwan. You can see Jaydenn’s blog here (it is in Chinese but the pictures are cool).

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National Museum of Taiwan History

National Museum of Taiwan History

National Museum of Taiwan History
Debonair Dylan with Historic Japanese Police officers

If you did not know, I love history. It was the one subject I was good at in school. So when I visited Tainan I was excited to visit the National History Museum of Taiwan. The museum opened in 2011 and has about 60,000 artifacts. It covers Aboriginal, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese influence on the island.

The museum is best viewed from the top floor and working your way down. On the top floor is the special exhibits. When I went the exhibits were on New Migrants, Food in Taiwan and on the 2.28 incident. 

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Tainan in May

Tainan in May

Tainan Photogallery

I spent a weekend in Tainan. If you say Tainan is a pretty city with great food you would be right.  I stayed at Art Station x Residence and explored some of the City and ate some good food. I went to Ten Drums cultural Villiage and to the National Museum of Taiwan History. Unfortunately, I had some phone problems so there are not that many pictures

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Dolphins at Farglory Ocean Park

Dolphins at Farglory Ocean Park

Me with a dolphin at Farglory Ocean ParkThis is where I brag about feeding a dolphin

Farglory Ocean Park is built into the side of a mountain to the south of Hualien. It has rides [A LOG RIDE], dolphins, sea lions, a manatee, fish, sharks, and otters.What’s not to Love?  Tickets are normally 890 NTD ( about 30 USD) fortunately my ex-girlfriend works as a dolphin trainer so I was able to get discount tickets. She also deserves credit for most of the photos that appear in this post. I mascots at Farglory Ocean Parkneed to get better at remembering to charge my phone.
The park was opened in 2002 by The Farglory Group. The Farglory Group is a
large construction and development group. They also own multiple hotels around the island including the luxury Farglory Hotel next to the ocean park. In fact, you see an add for the hotel on screen before the dolphin show. It looks like map of Farglory Ocean Parkit was the add they played at the opening of the park. Still, the place looks baller.

Anyway, the park could use a little updating in some places. It is still a great place to spend the day looking and learning about ocean animals and going on rides. A lot of signs also have English captions and Farglory has an educational angle.

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Pheasant Farm in Yilan

Pheasant Farm in Yilan

Bi Han Xuan Ecological Museum

Bi Han Xuan Ecological Museum Argus Pheasant feather at Bi Han Xuan Ecological Museum( 碧涵軒帝雉生態館 ) is a pheasant farm in Great Argus Pheasant Yilan County Taiwan. Yilan County is above Hualien County and is an easy train ride. After a lengthy adventure to get a scooter we were off to the pheasant farm. Su’ao is the closest big city that has scooter rentals, I found this out the hard way. Luodong and Yilan are farther away and are bigger cities.  Photography is not allowed inside so all the pictures are sourced from online

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Bike share in Hualien???????

Bike share in Hualien???????

 

Ubike

Taiwan Easy card. U bike in TaipeiUbike is a bike sharing program in Taipei that is extremely popular. You simply tap your easy card to rent a bike and put it back in a stall and tap your card to return it. It’s a simple system that works well, is cheap and popular. A bike sharing service originally from Singapore called O Bike has come to Hualien and the rest of Taiwan

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Long Weekend in Macau

Long Weekend in Macau

Street in Macau Peninsula Macau

Macau is a former Portuguese colony and now a haven for gambling and prostitution. Some call it the Los Vegas of the east, I would not say that. I would say that it is a great place to visit on a long weekend.

Macau was probably the easiest country I have ever entered. In fact, transferring flights in Shanghai is harder. Also as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China it has normal internet. A quick scan of my passport and a slip of paper and I was free to wander around Macau visa-free for 30 days. Both Macanese Pataca (MOP) and Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) are used in Macau. Some restaurants and shops will also take Renminbi (CNY). MOP and HKD are generally treated as interchangeable in Macau except in the casinos where they seem to only take HKD

Macau Peninsula:

This is where I stayed; it is connected to the mainland of China. On the northern border is a wall and there are many historical sites along with older casinos. I stayed at Macau Masters Hotel.

Taipa:

Island to the south of the Peninsula, the airport is here, as are some interesting historical sites, but it is primarily residential. The university is also there and it is quite hilly.

Cotai:

A strip of reclaimed land where the largest casinos are. It connects what use to be the separate islands of Taipa and Coloane. It’s name is a really inventive fusion of the two islands it connects.  It is basically the strip and crowded with huge new casinos.

Coloane:

I did not travel here, it is the southernmost part of Macau. It is the least developed part of Macau and had pirates operating out of it until 1910

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