TRAVEL NOTES: My Taipei, Taiwan Escapade

I can still remember way back in the year 2003 when the Taiwanese Drama Meteor Garden become a huge hit in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. That was the first time that i dreamt to visit Taiwan someday. That fantasy becomes a reality after 14 years. It was just a year advance after the announcement of the Meteor Garden remake in 2018.


Note 1:

Republic of China (ROC) is the Official Name of Taiwan and Taipei is a Special Municipality and also serves as its Capital City. Usually most of the international flights are in Taiwan-Taoyuan International Airport. It is approximately one (1) hour drive to Taipei. You can choose MRT or Bus to reach Taipei. All transport options will arrive at Taipei Main Station. Meanwhile, there is another one airport serving the city, the Songshan Airport.

Please check if you are Visa exempted and secure documents such as Passport, Travel Itineraries, Hotel Booking and Return Tickets to name a few.

Visa Taiwan

For Filipinos, Taiwan granted a nine-month visa-free trial period from November 1, 2017 that will last until July 31, 2018 with purposes of tourism, business or visiting relatives for 14 days. Other appropriate Visas will required for other activities not mentioned above.


National Theater Hall



Note 2:

Typically no garbage cans in the street or outdoors. Garbage cans are usually kept inside of a house or business establishments. When travelling to Taiwan make sure to mind of your own trash.



Liberty Square


Liberty Square


Note 3:

There are only few who knows English fluently but Taiwanese are friendly and easy to deal with.


Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Arch Entrance
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Arch Entrance
Chiang Kai Shek Bronze Statue  (You can ride an elevator from Ground Floor to 4th Floor of the Building)



Note 4:

One of the safest place. People in Taiwan are disciplined and well organized. Taiwan ranked in second place as the world’s safest country according to a list compiled on the website Lifestyle9 and U.S. lifestyle magazine Presscave.


Taipei 101 / World Financial Center Train Station
Train Station


Note 5:

7-Eleven Convenience Stores are everywhere. You can even use your bus card (also used for Train) as a payment.




Note 6:

Always bring umbrella, weather is always unpredictable.


Longshan Temple (The Oldest and Busiest Temple in Taipei)


Man-made Waterfalls inside the Longshan Temple Complex


Ximending Pedestrian Area (Shibuya of Taipei)


Note 7:

Main Attractions such as Taipei 101, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Liberty Square, Ximending Pedestrian Area and Lungshan Temple are walking distance from Train Stations.


Sample Guide:



img_2041Lungshan Temple


Lungshan Temple Station (Blue Line)

img_2033Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall


Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station (Transfer Station – Red and Green Lines)

img_1235-1Taipei 101


Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (Red Line)

1511655226583Ximending Pedestrian Area


Ximen Station (Transfer Station – Blue and Green Lines)


Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall


 Walking Distance from Taipei 101 Station




Note 8:

Taipei has the Fastest Passenger Elevator in the World (2004-2015) located in Taipei 101 – World’s Tallest Building (2004-2010) preceded by Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and succeeded by Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This high speed lift will only takes 37 seconds to reach 89th Floor (Indoor Observatory) from the 5th Floor.


Fastest Passenger Elevators in the World (2004-2015)
Largest and Heaviest Mass Tuned Damper in the World
Taipei 101 Indoor Observatory Ticket
World’s Tallest Gemstone Coral


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