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Feb 2, 2020 - Taipei (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD When we landed in Taipei we were a little surprised to see that the airport was making a concerted effort to respond to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus that was running amok in China and South Korea at the time. All of the airport workers were wearing masks, some were even wearing surgical gowns and caps, and passengers were screened for fevers as they passed by monitors set up to detect potential disease. We were directed to the In-Transit Desk where the EVA staff checked our tickets and passports. They were...

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Sep 24, 2019 - Shortest day

Tuesday 24th Sep It is going to be a short “day” for us today, as this flight takes us over the date line. This first leg to Taipei we are flying in a Boeing 777-300, there is plenty of room, even in cattle class. We are given a blanket and pillow – we needed the blanket, the cabin was quite cool. The flight is not full, and we are invited to swap seats after take off, but many don’t wait, and there is a bit of musical chairs before take off. We don’t bother, but it seems strange to us, we are used to being told we must be in allocated...

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Jul 26, 2019 - Return to Taipei

Nice buffet this morning. Had an omelette made for me, and very unusual tasty pasteries. Since our hotel was located in the National Park, we didn't have far to go today to see all of the sights. Our first stop was 5 minutes away at Cimu Bridge (Marble bridge ) which was rebuilt after the original all-marble bridge was washed away in the 1990s. Very oriental decorations on the bridge, plus marble covering along the sides. The real reason for the stop was the bend in the gorge below. Another beautiful site in the NP. It was 7 minutes until...

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Jul 22, 2019 - Our 5-day tour of Taiwan begins

Today we are starting a 5 day tour around Taiwan. We went down to breakfast at 6:30 for the small buffet breakfast. We then returned to the room to finish packing. At 7:30 we went to the lobby to checkout, pay our bill and wait for our 8:00 pick-up. We were picked-up by a small van that had three people in it, a couple from Australia and a woman from San Francisco. Our ride as we were taken to a transfer point was in the rain. At the transfer point we boarded a large bus. There were already some people on board and more joined us after we...

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Jul 21, 2019 - City tour and Taipei 101

Today the weather is suppose to have thunderstorms throughout the day. We have placed our umbrellas and ponchos, along with water and other items in our day-pak that we carry while on tour. We went to breakfast at 6:30 when the restaurant on the first floor opened. It was a smaller buffet, which makes sense since the Gala is a small boutique hotel. They had scrambled eggs, baked beans, chicken nuggets, bacon and sausage along the Western side which is where Jean & I took breakfast. We returned to the room to relax and prepare for our...

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Jul 20, 2019 - Travel Day to Taiwan

Today is a travel day, a beautiful Saturday morning in Shanghai. We went down to breakfast at 6:30. I stayed Western in my morning meal, trying the omelette station and having bacon, a chicken sausage link, fruit and OJ. We returned to the room and finished packing. We waited until 7:45 before going down to the lobby to wait for Kyle and our 8:00 pick-up.. Kyle was a few minutes early. We boarded the Buick van and had a pleasant, no traffic 45 minute ride to the airport. As soon as you enter the airport terminal, we went through the first...

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Jan 26, 2019 - Day 23

Got up the latest after I came to Taiwan at 8:00am. Last night I could not fall into sleep, probably too excited to go home today. Fortunately, all my laundry was dried. After packing up and tidied the apartment I contacted the host Sally. She said her son will help me with my luggage and I should contact her once I get on the MRT back from Dansui about 3:00pm. I went to the 7-11 across the street to get some breakfast. Then, took MRT to Dansui. The first stop is the Red Mangrove Forest. It is a massive red mangrove forest and there is a...

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Jan 9, 2019 - Day 6

Got to the Guandu Nature Park easily by MRT at 8:00am. It was not open until 9:00am. Decided to go visit the Guandu Temple nearby. It turned out to be a grand magnificent temple. It is 375 years old. The building is traditional Chinese with many elaborate carvings on the posts, doors, and outside walls. There is also an ancient Buddha cave accessible through a tunnel. On both walls of the tunnel there are status of different gods and inlet paintings of Buddhism stories. However, this Temple is devoted to Mazu who gives peace and fertility....

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Jan 8, 2019 - Day 5

It was a quite busy day. First, I went to the Da’an Forest Park that is located in town. Saw a group of Asian Glossy Starlings. They are quite noisy just like our Eurasian Starling but not as pretty as African Glossy Starling. A few photographers were lined up in front of a small lake. A man told me they were waiting for the arrival of a Common Kingfisher. I noticed that a dead branch was placed in the pond that could serves as the perch for the bird. There is a small island in the center of the lake filled with vegetation. There much be...

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Jan 7, 2019 - Day 4

Took subway and bus to Wulai. It is a village about 1.5hours south of Taipei. Its residents are mostly one of the indigenous people among 10 or so kinds. It is famous for its hot springs and green mountains. The plants of various varieties are very vigorous and covered the mountains densely. It reminds me of some areas I visited in southern China. I walked almost all day along different small roads. There is no pedestrian only trail but shared by vehicles and other means, and they are all paved. First stop is a magnificent waterfall right...

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Jan 6, 2019 - Day 3

Got up at 4:45am in order to get to the meeting place for the Taipei Wild Bird Club at 5:45am. Figured it takes less time walking there than taking subway, I walked there. It took only 15 minutes. However, nobody was there. I looked at the flier again and noticed I had mistaken 7:00am for 6:00am. I could not find my glasses last night and made a bad mistake. Well, I just had to find a place to spend next hour. There is a McDonald across the street that was open. Went in and ordered a breakfast muffin. At 6:15am I finished there, went...

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Jan 5, 2019 - Day 2

Woke up at 4:00am due to jetlag. Got up at 5:00am to finish up the journal entry for yesterday. It was a long one because lots had happened. Went to a breakfast chain restaurant next door. I ate in it in Chengdu last time when I visited my Mom. They offer some dishes I did not see before such as several kinds of omelets. Ordered a cup of soy milk and some Taiwanese breakfast: a turnip rice cake with dried shrimp and a Chinese style bagel. I asked the manager for direction to the Botanical Garden. He said I should take a taxi to be faster. I...

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