Li-Min and Cliff continued to show me all the places near Taipei that I hadn’t seen before. Among others, the Garden of the Generalissimos, a park filled with statues of Chiang Kai-shek, the president of the late Republic of China (ROC). (Although I think that the one below is of some general.) The statues were mostly collected from different schools and it was kind of surreal to walk around the park with hundreds of statues of the same guy.
There were also black (!) swans, placed in the lake by the military. They regularly cut their wings to prevent them from flying away.
One thing I really like with Taipei is the metro system, or maybe I just think it’s so convenient because Li-Min lives so close to one of the stations. Although the metro system in Shanghai was really good as well, with announcing all the stations in Shanghai Chinese, Mandarin and English, I still prefer Taipei, as people there know how to stand in line. Finns always appreciate people who queue.
A few weeks before I visited Taipei, a man had gone on a stabbing-spree in the metro. After that people were upset about how little information there was in the metro about what you should do if someone tries to kill you. So now they had put up signs saying you should defend yourself with, for example, an umbrella. Very helpful indeed.
When in Taiwan always, always visit the night-market. Such good food!! BBQ and peanut filled pancakes are just some of the treats.
And then there is always the ice-cream, also with shaved nuts and, if you dare, coriander.
We also went by a temple and I got a lucky sign for free!
On the final day I saw the most popular tourist sight, the once tallest building in the world, Taipei 101.
Thank you Li-Min for taking such good care of me!!