John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

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Photos by MJ Klein, including mobile phone photos

This is the last installment of this series.  We took John on a quick trip to Taipei 101 and Yinge.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

John tells me that the state of Florida is considering a high-speed rail project, and he would like to see it happen.  Naturally we had to take him for a ride on the THSR.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

The ride was smooth.  John enjoyed it!

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

We’ve been to Taipei 101 before so we won’t bore you with too much about it here.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

This was the largest needlepoint any of us had ever seen.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

The weather cooperated for us.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

This building is very creative.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

Because you cannot have too many photos of a “tuned mass damper.”

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

Of course because it was nearby, we went to the National Palace museum.  And of course we were not allowed to take any photos, so all we got is the outside.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

I took this shot specifically for John.  So, here you go man!

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

The next day we went to the famous ceramics area and the old street.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

HC and I had never been to Yinge before and we had no idea what to expect.  But it turned out to not be a very good photographic opportunity, so we only got a few photos.  But the ceramics were cool.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

Yinge’s old streets are rather similar to other old street areas, as one would imagine.  We went during the week to avoid the crowds.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

Later in the evening we took John to one of our favorite Thai restaurants: The Rainbow.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

The next day we took John to my friend’s factory in the mountains in Xinpu.  Investment casting is pretty interesting.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Six

Now I know I said this would be the last installment of the series, but I am considering showing some of my favorite photos taken by my brother during his trip.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this series.  We certainly enjoyed bringing it to you.

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10 comments

  1. The streets of Yinge are interesting to me. I love things that are different and not the usual. The Thai food looks good. I have found dishes I like at two of the Thai restaurants here. I have to have them without the hot spices added; so I am tasting the natural goodness of the items in the dish.

    What makes the bridge to the National Palace museum so white? Is it painted or stone?

    1. hi Carolyn, i’m glad you’ve found some of those Thai dishes! the National Palace museum gate looks painted to my eye but i never went up to it and inspected it closely. hope you can come visit someday. take care.

  2. Hey MJ – good thing your got your brother up to Taipei 101 and the National Palace Museum – two of the must do things in Taipei. Not taking pictures in museums is pretty standard the world over. Also Yingge is pretty cool. You can actually make your own ceramics there too and there is also a pretty good ceramics museum close to the old street that details the history of ceramics in Taiwan. Yingge Old Street is pretty good too but many stores don’t let you take pictures inside. Next time you are there also take a side trip to Sanxia old street too – but best seen on a weekend as during the week many of the stores are closed.

    Hope you are well. Cheers.
    Paul´s last post ..Around Taiwan – Day 04 – Budai ~ Kaohsiung

    1. hi Paul. HC and i have friends in Sanxia and we’ve been there too. not a bad place to visit and we did buy some stuff in the shops there. John did like 101 and i also took him to the 85 building in Kaohsiung, so he’s been to the 2 tallest buildings in Taiwan. when we were in Yingge, we didn’t see the museum or places to make our own ceramics, but we didn’t have time to do those things right then anyway, but it’s good to know. thanks Paul.

  3. My wife and I were considering visiting Yinge when we visit, but I don’t think it will be interesting enough for us.

    After watching the episode of Weird Restaurants, Five Dime and Carton King will be on our places to visit. Have you seen the episode yet?

    1. hi BB. Yingge does have some stuff that we didn’t see, but if you go inside each shop you’ll find that there are some unique items to each place – one just has to look closely. was that episode of Weird Restaurants the one with Hui-chen and I at the Five Dime? we haven’t seen it yet. thanks.

      1. Hi MJ,

        Yes, the episode we saw was the one about Five Dime. My mother-in-law lives in Neihu, only about a 5 minute drive from the place. We’ve always driven by the place, but after the episode, we’re keen to give it a try.

  4. It’s great that you took a shot of the betel nut girl for John – that was quite a sacrifice, I imagine. 😉

    Looking forward to seeing your brother’s pictures too – that could make a nice comparison – different views of the same trip.

    1. hi Stefan. very perceptive of you to realize the sacrifice i made to get that betel nut girl shot, hehe. yes, my brother did take significantly different shots from what i took. of course he found Taiwan very different from the US and was keen on photographing all the foreign signs he saw (for one thing). i have to go through all the photos and choose some good ones. thanks Stefan and take care.

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