Green World Grand Nanjing Hotel, Taipei

Hotel Review Location: This Taiwanese owned, Japanese style hotel opened in early 2017 and is located approximately 40 minutes from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. We took the MRT airport line direct to Taipei Station from where we connected to a service along to Sonjiang Nanjing station located just five minutes walk from the hotel. Step …

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Day 1.  The start of our Asian adventure 

I'm fortunate to be off on my travels again, this time to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Hopefully a good balance with a week in a firm favourite of Hong Kong followed by our first ever visit to the beautiful island of Taiwan.  We're planning on seeking out some new places to visit in Hong Kong …

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Day 9.  From Hong Kong to Taiwan

It was a bitter sweet feeling needing to pack our suitcases after breakfast, the Ibis Hotel North Point having been a good place to stay and Hong Kong being a much loved destination.  After pulling our luggage along to the step free entrance of the MTR station we rode the metro for the final time this …

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Day 10.  Yangmingshan National Park and Beitou Hot Springs 

We woke at 7.00 am but struggled to get out of bed for another half an hour.  Fortunately the monsoon shower head invigorated me and we were soon ready to experience our first breakfast in Taipei.  The Green World Grand Nanjing hotel restaurant, located on the 2nd floor was called 'Find the Life Kitchen' and had …

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Day 11.  The Presidential Office & Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, Taipei

Over breakfast we chatted with two ladies on a weekend break from Japan who were sitting at the next table.  They had both visited England and one had fond memories of the Cotswolds.  We assured them that Japan was high on our list of places to visit, which they thought was nice. Before leaving home, …

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Day 12.  Taipei 101 and the National Palace Museum 

Drawing the curtains back, it appeared to be a dull morning but thankfully with no rain.  The two Japanese ladies we met at breakfast yesterday were around again at the same time this morning so we exchanged pleasantries and wished them a good day. Our plan for the morning was to visit Taipei 101 which until …

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Day 13. Taipei Zoo and the Maokong Gondola 

It was a bright, sunny morning as we took the MRT to Taipei Zoo Station along the Wenhou (Brown) line for most of the journey.  The trains on this line run overground and are driverless, similar to London's Docklands Light Railway and it was fun sitting at the front having uninterrupted views on our journey. …

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Day 14.  Visiting Pingxi and Shifen from Taipei

Our plan for today was to travel by train to the small countryside towns of Pingxi and Shifen.  Getting there by public transport was quite easy, taking the MRT to Songshan Railway Station from where we caught a mainline train to Ruifang taking 46 minutes (its 34 minutes on the Express train but as the …

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Day 15.  Daan Park and Elephant Mountain, Taipei 

It was lovely warm, sunny morning so after breakfast we strolled along to the Nanjing Fuxing MRT station on the Brown (Wenhu) line.  This overground line differs from the others as it runs on tyres on concrete tracks. Alighting at Daan station, a residential area of the city, we walked westbound to Daan Park hoping to …

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Day 16.  The Grand Hotel & Martyrs’ Shrine, Taipei

A relaxing breakfast on our final morning in Taipei, the week has passed in the blink of an eye, we've had such a fun filled time, seeing and doing so many different things in beautiful Taiwan.  Returning to our room, we packed our belongings together managing to squeeze in numerous packets of Taiwanese Oolong tea …

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