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A fleeting glimpse of Taipei

A May 2005 trip to Taipei by Kez

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Quote: We had an enforced stopover in Taipei, a stopover that was to allow us enough time to see a little of the city. Unfortunately, a very delayed flight curtailed our plans somewhat. Still, it was a taster to ensure that we would desire to see more of this bustling city.

A fleeting glimpse of Taipei

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Overview

Local Shop Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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For us and the short time that we had, we opted to make the journey into the city proper, and more specifically, the old town centre, rather than staying at the airport, as the majority of travellers opt to do. The old town section is located near the river and still has one of the original city gates. The area is very atmospheric; you could imagine the old-time illicit gambling dens and almost smell the opium. The shops in the surrounding areas where we stayed are an eclectic mix, selling everything from ancient remedies to high-tech mobile/cell phones and computers. Quick Tips: If you have the chance, take the opportunity for a 2- to 3-night stopover. As you can imagine, the ci...Read More

Dong Wu Hotel

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Hotel

Dong Wu Hotel Photo, Taipei, Taiwan
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Comparing the large-room tariffs offered elsewhere in Taipei for the price of around $40 for a double, including breakfast, this hotel offered a good value. The rooms were comfortable, with fluffy pillows, quilts instead of blankets, a modern marble bathroom, and good security including an in-room safe and card swipe instead of a key for access to your room. The only drawback was a bit of a musty, closed-up smell, as the windows are quite difficult to open and the nonsmoking room ethos hasn't quite settled in totally here as yet. Our reservation was handled efficiently, and a credit card was not required to confirm, as they will hold the room until 9pm and later if you advise them o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2005

Dong Wu Hotel
258 Yanping North Road, Section 2
Taipei, Taiwan 103
(02)-25571261