On our third day in Taipei we decided to try and catch the changing of the guard ceremony at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall; a memorial hall built in 1976 to honor a great leader; President Chiang Kai-shek whom passed away a year earlier.
Unfortunately we missed the first changing of the guard ceremony at 9am but we hung around for the next one at 10am (they happen every hour on the hour) which I am pleased we did.
Since we were early we managed to get a good position, and while the ceremony isn’t overly long we all enjoyed watching it.
After the ceremony finished we made our way to Taipei 101. We started off by walking since its a pretty straight route, however after walking for 10 minutes and realizing that we were heading the wrong we opted for the MRT!
Eden had been spotting Taipei 101 the entire trip; whether in pictures, stickers or real life, so she was pumped to finally get to see it up close.
Of course she wanted to go to the very top….what I didn’t know was to get to the top we would be going in the Worlds Fastest Elevator!
With speeds of 1010m/min it only took us 45 seconds to get to the 89th floor; I have been tempted to see how long our elevator takes to get to the 9th floor (it sure feels longer than 45 seconds!).
Eden didn’t appreciate how fast we were going but that was because she was mesmerized by the elevator ceiling. When we entered they dimmed the lights; I initially thought this was going to be the longest fastest elevator ride ever since Eden isn’t a fan of the dark!
Moments later the ceiling lit up with star constellations…it was really beautiful and Eden was just amazed by it.
At the top we walked around and we all loved being able to see the entire city.
Eden was eager to head back down, just to ride in the elevator, but before we did we got escorted up via a different elevator (everyone else had to walk…perks of having a stroller!) to the 91st floor.
It was super cold and one half was roped off because of the winds, so we didn’t stay there too long.
We ate a quick late lunch (I think it was about 3pm!) in the food court of the mall at Old Macdonalds as Eden calls it. Yes we ate at McDonalds, I was getting flashbacks from our time in Hong Kong when we ate it 3 times, needless to say it was Eden’s pick!
The rest of the day was spent chilling!
Our last day in Taipei I had planned on heading to Jiufen but decided against it. Clio was exhausted from late nights and missed naps and I didn’t think it was stroller friendly and I simply couldn’t be bothered having to carry Clio the entire day.
Instead we headed to Daan Park; I have no photos to share because the kids were both running in opposite directions and I spent my time running between the two, there was no chance I could spare a moment to take a photo!
Its a fantastic park but super crowded; possibly because it was during the weekend.
We found a delicious restaurant on our way home and indulged in a beef & capsicum/bell pepper dish, beef fried rice & dumplings; it was all amazing.
Clio finally got a nap in and while she did Eden got pampered; nails painted and even a face mask!
We braved the crowds at the Shillin Night Market, but didn’t get too deep before eating dinner and heading back to the apartment to get packed up for our early morning to head home.
Matt has been wanting to go to Taiwan so I know we will head back there which I am pleased about because there is a lot of other things I would like to do which we just didn’t have time for or I decided would be too tricky without Matt.
That’s Taipei from my view but I will be sharing some photos that Eden took in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!