February 5, 2017 (Day 6) – We were scheduled to leave Taipei an hour past midnight, so strictly speaking, we have 12 hours left to explore the city and we really wanted to make the most out of it. For this day, we plan to eat and stroll around Ximending, dine in at Modern Toilet Restaurant, Hike at Elephant Mountain and visit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
1230 PM XIMENDING
Located in the Historic Wanhua District and often called as the Harajuku/Shibuya of Taipei. Ximending is a certified food and shopping mecca. Similar to what Myeongdong and Shibuya offer, you can find a multitude of shops, restaurant and bars all based in one place.
130 PM MODERN TOILET RESTO
Like what I’ve said in my review, I am a little obsessed with themed parks, restos and cafes. Obviously, it is a must for me to visit and try this quirky resto in Taipei. I actually have a separate review with more photos and details about it and you may find it here by clicking this link.
4 PM XIANGSHAN
I am bewitched by the online rave reviews of elephant mountain. And even though we only have few hours left before our flight, my husband and I decided to climb the mountain. We leave Ximending around 3:30 pm and took the train to Xiangshan. Xiangshan is actually the last stop for the MRT red line. Make sure to find a seat and rest your feet since you’re going to embark on a long and arduous flight of stairs.
5 PM ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN
For the best view of Taipei, you must visit Xiangshan or Elephant Mountain. This mountain is located in Xinyi District in Taipei, Taiwan. It is accessible through the Taipei Metro Xiangshan Station with a height of 183 meters. It’s quite a walk but really worth it, on clear days you get an unprecedented view of Taipei and it’s absolutely free.
There were quite a few people making the ascent to the mountain despite it being overcast by clouds and shower rains. We waited for almost two hours before the rain stops. My husband and I find ourselves stranded on top of the Nangang District Hiking Trail and we make use of it for a heartfelt conversation. After all, it’s the perfect avenue for this kind of talk. Luckily, the rain stops and had ourselves a few snaps before we leave the mountain.
730 PM CHIANG KAI SHEK
We leave Elephant Mountain around 6:30 PM for Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall located in the Zhongsheng District. We took the same Metro red line earlier and this time going to Chiang Kai Shek Station. We can’t leave Taipei without visiting this important landmark of the City. Honestly, we just had a quick glimpse of this famous landmark, we promised to visit the place again and watch the changing of the guards in a couple of years.
The Memorial Hall was built to commemorate Chiang Kai Shek who also known as Jiang Zhongzheng. He was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. Along with the CKS Memorial Hall, you can also find Natural Theater and Concert Hall here.
10 PM HSR TO TAOYUAN AIRPORT
After CKS, we went to Ximending again to collect our luggage. We also bought some stuff for kids before we took the train back to Taipei Main Station. From Taipei Main Station, we hop on a high-speed train to Taoyuan Airport for NTD160 each plus an additional NTD30 for bus shuttle that will take you straight to your terminal.
HOW TO GET HERE?
How To Get Here?
By MRT Take Blue Line 5 or Green Line 3 to Ximen (西門).
By MRT Take Red Line to Xiangshan
CKS Memorial Hall
By MRT Take Red Line to CKS Memorial Hall Station
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Technically its free, really depends on what item you want to purchase. From clothes, electronics, accessories and restaurant. For Budget meals prepare NTD100-150 per person, for decent meal NTD200-300 per person.
Typically a couple would spend around NTD500 – NTD800 for lunch and dinner, while for snacks you can set NTD300 for two. It really depends on your cravings and capacity. I posted the actual menu book here for your reference.
CKS & Elephant Mountain
No Entrance Fee and feel free to roam the area anytime you like.
Traveling to Airport?
By KuoKang Bus (Taipei Main Station) NTD125
By HSR + Shuttle (Taipei Main Station) NTD160 + NTD30
By Taxi (Taipei Main Station) NTD1000 – NTD1500
By Airport Link Metro (Taipei Main Station) NTD100 *NEW
Tips to Remember
For Your Taipei Journey, Buy Easy Card for easy traveling on the Metro
For Modern Toilet, They don’t accept credit card so bring cash. To save time ask your hotel/hostel to make a reservation. Also, you can do online reservation. Most order comes with a set of rice, soup, ice tea and ice cream.
For CKS Memorial Hall: Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00, except for Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year while CKS Memorial Park: Open daily from 05:00 to 24:00
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