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A March 1989 trip to Taipei by panda2

Ferrary Hotel Photo, Taipei, Taiwan More Photos
Quote: Taipei is highly industrialized. The people are very nice and hardworking. It is much easier getting around Taipei now that the MRT is operational.

TPE

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Overview

TPE Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Taipei Tourism wasn't designed with the foreigner in mind; instead, it's geared for the local market for the tourism that exists. I ordered myself a "Chop", a signature stamp carved in stone or plastic. I guess tusk may be unavailable. I got the characters right, except the type-style was wrong. I was trying to order this with my very limited Cantonese where Mandarin is the spoken standard. Still, I was amazed that I did the transaction fairly well. The local food is generally very good and healthy, much better than the fast foods. Look for food vendors having disposable paper trays and food on...Read More
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Paradise Hotel is a decent hotel and interested in promoting its KTV room, which is a karaoke bar from midnight to 6am. The hotel also has a 24-hour restaurant and fitness facilities.

My impression of my room was that it was very dark, though I'm not sure if it was furnished with dark wood or if there was simply not enough light. The other thing was the humidity -- I constantly felt sweaty, no matter if I was in the hotel or somewhere else.

The convenient location of the hotel meant that it was fairly easy to get to other places.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2003

Paradise Hotel
26, Hsi Ning South Road
Taipei, Taiwan
+886 2 3141181

Ferrary Hotel Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Ferrary Hotel is located about a 30-minute walk from the Taipei main train station. This is a very nice hotel, and you will feel welcomed and comfortable during your stay. I liked this place on my very first visit. It has a restaurant, gym, and computer access. This is actually the most comfortable of the Taipei hotels I stayed at. Once you're inside, it is tastefully done. The problem is not being familiar with where the hotel is. The taxi driver asking if you have been here before should be an alarm that they'll be taking you for a ride and rack up the meter or negotiate a fare that's unreasona...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

Ferrary Hotel
41 Kang Ting Road
Taipei, Taiwan
886-2-23818111

Keyman's Hotel Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Keyman's Hotel is recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide, and our choice was based on its location -- walking distance from the airport bus, which stops near the Taipei Train Station and the MRT Taipei Main Station exit 6, Mall exit 3 or MRT station NTU Hospital. Not being familiar with the area or language, it's almost idiot proof selecting this hotel as it's the last stop of the airport bus. From there, a taxi driver told us after the driver called the hotel on his mobile phone to find out where it is. But we were tired and didn't want to find it on our own with luggage, so we hopped in the taxi for a two minute ride. And leaving for the airport is really close, with the bus terminal to the airport ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Keyman's Hotel
1 Hwaining Street
Taipei, Taiwan
(02) 23114811

Yun Hsien Resort Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Best Things Nearby: Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:Yun Hsien Resort can be done as a day trip. There's no need to stay at their overpriced accommodations. It’s reachable by the Hsintien Bus (Wulia Line), which starts at the Taipei train station. You then pay a fee to cross the bridge leading to the resort area, pay to ride the train or walk, and pay to ride the tram to reach the resort. It's a nice walk around the resort, but there are a lot of stairs on the grounds. There are boats to rent, a swimming pool (which was closed), and several waterfalls. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Yun Hsien Resort
Wulai
Taipei, Taiwan
(02) 2661-6383

Dante Coffee

Restaurant

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Dante Coffee is an upscale-looking coffee shop with reasonable prices, so the common person can afford going there, but it felt too warm inside. There are multiple locations for this chain.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

Dante Coffee
45 Chungsiao W Road Sec 1
Taipei, Taiwan
(02) 2375-2735

Golden Square

Restaurant

Golden Square Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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Golden Square is on the second level of the train station, where there are plenty of restaurants waiting for your business. This particular one has a worker hawking for business. We didn't respond to her when she spoke in Mandarin Chinese. Quick on her toes, she showed us a menu in English and that got her our business.

Most of the dishes we ordered were already prepared. The fried rice, fish ball soup, vegetable dish, and a couple of drinks were served quickly and prices were very reasonable. There are plenty of nearby common tables, which are shared by all the restaurants.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2004

Golden Square
Taipei Main Train Station, 2nd floor
Taipei, Taiwan
2381-9086

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Ponderosa Steakhouse is an international restaurant chain. This one happens to be located close by the Taipei Zoo entrance. It was mobbed with people when we went. You place your order and pay first with the cashier before being seated. Very little English was spoken, but the staff was very friendly. There is a salad bar included in your entrée selection, unless you want only the salad bar, which may be the best deal. The entrée came after a long while and wasn't all that great, and it was accompanied by a very small, unripened cherry tomato. The s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Ponderosa Steakhouse
2F, NO. 28, Sec. 2 Hsinkuang Road
Taipei, Taiwan
(886) 221-9332

228 Peace Park

Attraction | "228 Peace Park (New Park)"

228 Peace Park Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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Previously named New Park, this is a popular spot for locals to come and enjoy the park. Subtle cruising also takes place here, mainly near the pagoda ponds after dark, but there's always an exception. There are pagodas, some large artworks, a couple of train engines, and the Taiwan Provincial Museum next to the MRT NTU Hospital Station. The park closes at midnight.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2004

228 Peace Park
Taiwan Provincial Museum
Taipei, Taiwan

Fresh

Attraction

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Fresh is a small multi-floor establishment for gay men. You begin at the entrance on the second floor, where chatting can take place at the main bar. The third floor has dancing with a small bar while the fourth floor is more of a lounge area with sofas and an opening to the outside roof. It's best to go with friends, and it gets busy after 10pm.

Phone: +886.02.23587706, Fax: +886.02.23587701

Email fresh0329@hotmail.com

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 14, 2004

Fresh
2F, No. 7 Sec. 2, Chinshan S Rd.
Taipei, Taiwan

Rainbow Sauna

Attraction

Rainbow Sauna Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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Rainbow Sauna for gay men looks discrete from the outside with only a rainbow symbol. It's large, clean, but there’s not much activity (men come with their noses to the ceiling). There’s a steam room, warm and cold pools, and private areas. Admission TWD 400.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 22, 2004

Rainbow Sauna
2/F No.142 Kun-Ming St/Cheng-Du Rd
Taipei, Taiwan

Aniki Club

Attraction | "Babylon Sauna"

Aniki Club Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Babylon Sauna for men is the place to visit with a large bright sign in Chinese and English. The NT$400 admission price allows you to stay up to 20 hours. You are asked to remove your shoes before entering. The reason is immediately apparent as you descend the stairs and notice the nice wood floors. There's a very large pool, steam room (where the major activity takes place), a TV lounge where both Chinese and English speaking viewers may sit, private areas, and dark areas... Mature and chubby Chinese men are especially welcomed. Admission TWD 400.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2004

Aniki Club
B1, No. 20 Lane 353, Linsen North Road
Taipei, Taiwan

Imperial Palace Sauna Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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Imperial Palace Sauna was once a better place than it is currently. There are multiple floors, but the lower level is to be avoided because it has a mold & mildew problem. There is a large lounge area, private areas, and some exercise equipment (but not for those serious about exercising). The owners have let this place run down considerably. It's close to the Paradise Hotel. Admission TWD 400.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 22, 2004

Imperial Palace Sauna
20, Hsi Ning South Road
Taipei, Taiwan

Olympia

Attraction

Olympia Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Olympia has been in business since 1950 and has three locations. This has been one of my favorite bakeries since I first came across it over 10 years ago. They serve sandwiches, dim sum, baked goods, and desserts.

Phone: +886.02.2331.4578, Fax: +886.02.2371.1032

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

Olympia
78 Chunghsiao Rd.
Taipei, Taiwan

Shang Yuan (Lantern Festival)

Attraction | "Lantern Festival"

Shang Yuan (Lantern Festival) Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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The Lantern Festival takes place annually and run for about 2 weeks along with the Chinese New Year celebration. People make different things out of transparent paper and have lights shine through them. Prizes are awarded for the best. We happened to come across it. There are some quite beautiful displays.

 

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

Shang Yuan (Lantern Festival)
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Taipei, Taiwan
+886 2 2349 1635 (To

Top View

Attraction

Top View Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Top View is an observatory of central Taipei on the 46th floor of the Shin Kong Life Tower Building. You need to purchase an admission ticket (NT$150) prior to walking up to the roped elevator ride line. You are greeted by uniformed staff member who takes your ticket and guides you to your elevator car. The ride is brief, about 30 seconds, but the wait for the elevator is much longer. An automated announcement is made in both Mandarin and English, but it sounds a little garbled and unclear.You step out and see the city's outline through a haze of pollution; the view may look better at twilight. T...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2004

Top View
Shin Kong Life Tower Building
Taipei, Taiwan

Cupid Bar

Attraction | "Cupid (Ming Fan)"

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Cupid (Ming Fan) is a karaoke bar. The place was empty, except for a couple staff members. They were not very friendly and gouged us by charging for three drinks when we ordered two. Some very salty snacks were provided. There was no effort made to be friendly, so we promptly left.

Phone: +886.02.311.8585/8686

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 25, 2004

Cupid Bar
56, Lane 346, Guang Fu South Road
Taipei, Taiwan
+886 (0)2 2731 0300

Quote:
National Palace Museum has a huge collection of art from past centuries that was relocated from Beijing to Taipei during the Communist takeover of China. Start early in the day for this museum.

Hours: 9am to 5pm
Phone: +886.02.2881.2021
Fax: +886.02.2882.1440

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

National Palace Museum
221 Chih-shan Rd. Sec 2
Taipei, Taiwan

NOVA

Attraction

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NOVA, located near the Taipei Main Railway Station, is a four-story building full of vendors for computers, mobile phones, PDA’s, and digital cameras. In short it's a one-stop shop for all of your technology needs. It was very crowded the first time we visited. They have promotions and prize drawings, so students look for deals here. It just so happens that the back entrance of this business center is next door to Keyman's hotel.We went looking for a SIM card for our mobile phones. The price we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2004

NOVA
2 GuanQian Rd.
Taipei, Taiwan

Shiau Chuan Yuan

Attraction

Shiau Chuan Yuan Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
Quote:
Shiau Chuan Yuan is a business that provides you access to their hot springs along the main road, where there are a lot of vendors and merchants before the bridge leading to the Yun Hsien Resort. After paying the admittance fee, remove your shoes and descend one floor to the locker area to store your belongings. You're issued a set of towels on a tray. There's a sliding glass door to the shower and the communal pools. There are separate entrances and pools for men and women. Shower first to clean the skin and hair prior to entering the pools.There are several pools; the largest pool has hot water, and two smaller pools have warm water (one with water jets and one with spout...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Shiau Chuan Yuan
Wulai St.
Taipei, Taiwan

E-Clean

Story/Tip

Quote:
E-Clean Coin Laundry, located between 159 and 161 Shida Rd./Roosevelt Rd. Sec. 3, is open 24 hours for doing your own laundry. It is very close to MRT station Taipower Building, exit 5. We spotted this place by chance riding the bus to Wulai. There’s a coin changer. Laundry supplies are available for purchase from the vending machines, with scissors for cutting open the packaging. There's a small basin to rinse your hands and a small counter provided for folding your laundry if it isn't being used. There are front-loading washers and dryers. The washers do an excellent job of extracting the water out of the clothes at the end of the cycle.A business that lets you do your ow...Read More

Taipei MRT

Story/Tip

Taipei MRT Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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Taipei MRT has brought some welcomed relief to the heavily congested traffic of Taipei. There is still a lot of stop-and-go and backed up traffic during heavy commute times. It's helped by reducing the amount of motor scooters on the road and its associated pollution. The MRT routes is heavily utilized by the people. We purchased a day pass for NT$150, but this is not recommended. We had to show the pass at a designated gate for entry and exit, which is less convenient than buying a regular ticket and using any available fare gate. ...Read More
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TPE - Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport has two terminals and is located 40km southwest of Taipei. Ground transportation offers buses and taxis. Bus service has destinations that include Taipei, Taichung, Banciao, Taoyuan, and Jhongli. Taxis operating out of the airport have been screened and approved by the Aviation Police Bureau. After exiting customs, get cash from an ATM and follow the crowd to the bus booths selling tickets. We chose Taipei Main Railway station (the last bus stop), which is for us idiots who don't know. Our hotel was right nearby. There are a string of taxis we hopped aboard for...Read More

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