And we did just that.
This required a lot of commuting and a lot of walking. Notice the emphasis on the word "walking." Boy, we did a lot of that. Whew. It was sort of reminiscent of my first few days during my travels when my brother and I went sightseeing in New York City. Now THAT was a lot of walking.
From the town of Shifen, we caught a bus to Taipei with our CouchSurfing host, Jiavanni, who was catching a flight to China. Once we said our goodbyes, we set out in search of a hostel which we had booked online the previous night. It was a difficult task, to say the least. But like I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the people in Taiwan are extremely kind and helpful. We would have never found our hostel if it wasn't for a random middle-aged, non-English speaking Taiwanese woman who we met while walking aimlessly through a densely populated food market.
Word of advice: If you decide to visit Taiwan, make sure to print directions - to anywhere - in Mandarin Chinese. It's a lifesaver. Period.
After we checked into our hostel and got our belongings stored away, we immediately set out to explore the city of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
National Concert Hall & National Theater
Chiang Kai-shek memorial Hall
Shilin Night Market