Taipei, Taiwan: Maokong Gondola, Chih Nan Temple, Longshan Temple, and Taipei Alleys

DAY 3:

A rare smile from Little G on the metro. He did NOT like those trains!
A rare smile from Little G on the metro. He did NOT like those trains!

And we are off and running again! Here is Day 3 and 4 of our Taipei 2015 trip!

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So we did the zoo on Day 2 and my plan was to do the gondola on the same day because they are RIGHT next to each other. But, as luck would have it…the gondola was closed until the NEXT day. So back to Maokong we went for the gondola!
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After being in the busy city and on the loud metro, the gondola is like a peaceful oasis!

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We rode the gondola up to Chih Nan Temple! This part is just a small garden area by the gondola station, but it was lovely.

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These are Taoist prayer charms that were hanging in the trees on the way down to the temple.

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You can just barely see Chih Nan temple in the back because it was foggy and rainy this day. Also, the temple was covered in scaffolding so I wasn't missing much.
You can just barely see Chih Nan temple in the back because it was foggy and rainy this day. Also, the temple was covered in scaffolding so I wasn’t missing much.
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So this is a temple that is connected to the Chih Nan Temple by a walkway. It’s on the next hill. Both temples have active ceremonies going on, people worshipping, praying and lighting incense while you are visiting.
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View from the temple. There seems to be a whole little village attached to these temples and I would’ve LOVED to walk around through the steep roads to discover what was there. But it was raining, and lunch time, and I had two tired kids!
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Incense burning.

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Fell asleep on the way back down!
Fell asleep on the way back down!
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After an unassuming lunch at a nondescript cafe, we saw this little set up across the street and I KNEW Little E would be excited!!
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And our next stop was Longshan Temple on the complete opposite side of Taipei! Good planning, Erin!
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Waterfall outside Longshan Temple

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Worship in Longshan Temple.

Day 3 ended bad with us taking the kids back to the apartment and me venturing out to get dinner for take out…but it wasn’t as easy to find actual “takeout” like you might think.  We weren’t near a food night market and most places you have to sit there at the stall to eat.  I’m actually not even going to tell you what I ended up getting for dinner.

It’s embarrassing.

DAY 4:

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Yep, we had breakfast at McDonald’s. No shame. Little E loved her pancakes and Little G loved being able to dance around like a crazy boy. It was actually relaxing…
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They had two floors and TONS of seating…even by American standards, this place was HUGE and it actually had a kids dance room with padded walls…or maybe it’s just a huge insane room for us parents…
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We ended up at the Living Mall. I wouldn’t really recommend it. It’s just a mall with way too many play areas that are way too expensive. But the littlies had fun regardless.

And then the alleys…I LOVE alleys.

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 Adam let me go alley exploring by myself while the kids took naps!! YAY!
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These are all based around the Shida night market area.
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I love this shot because I feel like it represents Taipei. There are these tall, modern apartment buildings everywhere and in-between them are these old pieced-together homes where several people live. Like a home that has grown several tumors over the years…or barnacles perhaps.
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Laundry and mopeds

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And our last night in Taipei we marched out with good intentions of eating a local favorite. We had a beef noodle joint picked out and 4 back up restaurants in the area. We couldn't find the first 4 (but, they were all on the same street)
And our last night in Taipei we marched out with good intentions of eating a local favorite. We had a beef noodle joint picked out and 4 back up restaurants in the area. We couldn’t find the first 4 (but, they were all on the same street)
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And so we went with restaurant 5 which was the ORIGINAL Din Tai Fung’s and it was delightful!!! again.
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Good choice for our last meal!
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And as a special treat, we got a Taipei favorite dessert…
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Mango shave ice…so good! We got it to go which was an excellent choice because Little G was NOT going to sit down for another minute and it was still delicious and frozen after a walk to the metro, two stops and the walk back to the apartment.

So there you have it!  Our 4 days in Taipei.  Looks awesome, from these pictures!  Please stay tuned…my next post is on the 10 things I learned (mostly the hard way) about traveling with two small children from this trip!! Bon Voyage!!

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Blessings,

erin

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3 thoughts on “Taipei, Taiwan: Maokong Gondola, Chih Nan Temple, Longshan Temple, and Taipei Alleys

  1. I’m planning a girls weekend there. I think this post has most of my to do list!! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.

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