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Published: September 24th 2015
Kinda late with this post, but well as they say, better late than never!
After leaving Japan en route back home to Singapore I decided to pop by Taipei in Taiwan for a bit. I'd been there just a few years ago, but that was a really short two day stay so I thought I'd re-visit and check things out at a more leisurely pace.
I have to say for some reason I had rather high expectations for Taipei -- everyone talks about the friendly people, the great food in the night markets, and the cute and pretty girls with their pleasant Mandarin accents. And they're all true. But for some reason Taiwan just didn't quite grab me like Korea and Japan did. Taipei reminded me a lot of Chongqing on the mainland -- old, rather dirty, crowded, and generally not-so-appealing. I guess that should've been no surprise given the nationalistic Kuomintang roots that both places share (alongside the likes of Nanjing that I'd also visited earlier this trip). But Chongqing wasn't a particularly pleasant memory for me -- nothing unpleasant in particular, other than the extreme heat at the time, and so now I've unfortunately come to associate
National Palace Museum
I recall coming here my last visit to Taipei four years ago. There seems to be even more tourists coming here now, the crowd and the feeling of having to strain my neck to get a better glimpse of some exhibits, not to mention the suppressed but still highly-audible murmuring definitely made me feel like I was back at one of mainland China's mega touristy museums again...
Taipei with it as well, notwithstanding the thousands of miles separating the two places. Perhaps I was starting to run low on energy, this being pretty much my last stop on what has otherwise been another awesome leg on the whole? Either way, Taipei left me with some mixed feelings...
Stayed at Apartment 10F Hostel.
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