Friday, October 31, 2014

Taiwan 101: Three (3) Places and Activities In Taipei Worth Paying For!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

After keeping these  Five (5) Mandatories In Taipei To Save Some Bucks, here are the three (3) places and activities worth our hard - earned money, during our visit in Taipei, Taiwan.

1. Taipei 101 Observatory - Php 732 each
Taipei 101 is still one of the most popular attractions in Taiwan being the current third tallest building in the world and the world's tallest building in 2004 until 2010. This skyscraper has 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. But while you can view the building at no cost, the real enjoyment comes in actually experiencing the Taipei 101 Observatory by paying NT$ 500 (Php 732) each for adults. The fee allows one to experience riding the worlds fastest elevators on earth with a speed of 1010 m/ go up to the 91st floor, and view the worlds heaviest and largest wind damper, the only operational wind damper in the world exposed for public viewing at the 89th floor. On a good day, you will have a 360 - degree panoramic view of the surrounding areas at the indoor observatory in the 89th floor and if you are lucky, you'll be able to go up to the outdoor observatory at the 91st floor and view the tip of the spire that reaches 508 meters above the ground.

2. Window On China - Php 585 Discounted Price
Window on China Theme Park is an amusement park, water park and miniature theme park rolled into one.  For the admission fee of NT$399 (Php 585), we were able to globetrot around the world's famous architectures of Taiwan, China, Europe, Asia and America in miniature sizes, and enjoy themed amusement rides like  a hair - raising giant splash during our jumbo wave journey in mysterious Egypt, sailing on Euro Riverboat around Europe's awe - inspiring churches, windmills and cathedrals, a Lungchuan Tea Plantation delightful and scent-ful ride on board the Tour Train and up-high adventure on WOC Ferris Wheel affording a great view of the whole theme park. We were also able to rekindle the kids in us for a day with live entertainment and shows as well as kiddy rides that let and left us - screaming out for joy aboard Jumping Stars, going to the galaxy far beyond on Wipe Out, having an ultimate thrill adventure on Crazy Rapids, bumping (with hubby) on Bumper Car, and climbing aboard the Mining Train

3. Taipei Zoo - Php 88
Taipei Zoo is a zoological garden located on the far end of Taipei City, and occupies about 90 hectares of sloping land set against the backdrop of high hills and lush greenery. The entrance is only NT$ 60 (Php 88) which will allow you to visit the different zones based on their habitats and climates - Desert and Outback, Asian Tropical Rainforest, African animals, Temperate Zone, Formosan animals, Noctornal and Bird World. The crowd favorites are the PandasKoalas and Penguins and these are kept in glass enclosures. The Panda crowds are managed by having a ticket and you have 20 minutes to go around following a large group. All the other attractions can be enjoyed at your leisure. 

4. Maokong Gondola SIngle Journey Ticket - P22
To be able to visit the whole zoo in 3 to 4 hours, we took the Maokong GondolaTaipei's "first tourist gondola"to the top of the hills then took the tram to see the Giant Panda enclosure. A single entry journey cost us NT$ 15 (Php 22)  and allowed us a bird's - eye view of the tea fields area and magnificent scenery of Maokong while inside one of the 30- crystal cabins.

1 comment:

  1. Definitely a place that everyone must visit one day. Hotel stay is also very affordable but can be a difficult task Going free and easy. Plan those places you want to see then look for hotel online around those locations.


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