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Taiwan

(via LA)

Los Angeles
In LA we caught a bus to the science museum. In the science museum I cycled across a wire 34m above the ground. In the science museum I also touched a sea urchin, built a skyscraper and got told air weighs a lot, but we don't feel it because we are in equilibrium. But if you take air out of a container it's no longer in equilibrium and that's why it is hard to pull apart.

We had breakfast and caught the shuttle bus to the airport. In the airport there was an amazing play area and I played with a Chinese American boy. Then we caught a 14 hour aeroplane to Taiwan. On the plane we had a tablet, slippers and a blanket.

LA science museum

LA science museum

Taiwan
We crossed the international date line on the plane and arrived at Taiwan. Getting through immigration was a lot quicker. We had massive jet lag. The time difference was 10 hours. We arrived at Bee House Hotel and went to sleep.

Taipei
We caught the metro to the cable car station. Then we took the cable car up to the tea farms. Our car had a glass floor. At the tea plantation we met a tea farmer who let us try some of his produce. The cable car journey was 4km long. We caught a bus back down the mountain. When we got back, the people at our hotel helped us find a doctor for mummy. At the night market we smelt stinky tofu; it was really stinky.
We caught the metro to Taipei101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. We went to the food court first and I had dumplings with rice noodles. We caught the fastest elevator in the world up to the top of Taipei101, the 5th tallest building. In the gift shop the prices were ridiculous. For a pencil it was 5 pounds. Finally we had a pudding flavoured ice lolly and went to bed.

Fish Wonton soup and noodles, Taipei

Fish Wonton soup and noodles, Taipei

Taichung
We went to Taichung. We had a massive hotel room with a lounge and a garden area. We had a massive breakfast. Later we had delicious dumplings and pot sticks. We went to see the giant Buddha and learnt about Buddhism, and I played in the dancing water fountains. We had tasty squid lips, monkey shrimps, crab claws and whole squids.
We went to the 921 Earthquake Museum. It was the biggest quake in Taiwan. It was based around the old school which was destroyed by the quake and was near the epicenter of the quake. We had spicy chicken, sausages, crepe and a onion pancake.
We went to the museum of natural science and learnt that all the computer chips are made in Taiwan. I bought lego dinosaurs in the gift shop and then we went to the beautiful botanical gardens. We had pasta bakes and a strawberry and rose slushy for lunch.

Order Form for restaurant serving pot stickers and soup, takes a while to decipher

Order Form for restaurant serving pot stickers and soup, takes a while to decipher


Thomas orders a variety of pot stickers including spicy Korean and garden vegetable

Thomas orders a variety of pot stickers including spicy Korean and garden vegetable


Ruins of Guangfu Junior High School, 921 Earthquake Museum

Ruins of Guangfu Junior High School, 921 Earthquake Museum

Tainan
We caught a bus to Tainan. Our hotel was called Famous Hotel, and there were lots of mossies in the room. For lunch we had milkfish and shrimp rolls, and tasty shaved ice with fruit and sweet milk.
The hotel breakfast was cold and not very tasty. We looked at some temples where people were throwing moon stones and burning fake money to give to the spirits. Moonstones were used for asking questions and then when you threw them if one landed on the curved side and the other on the flat it was positive. I had ramen with spicy chicken for lunch.
I found lots of bed bug bites from Famous Hotel.

Taiwanese milk fish and shrimp rolls (Taiwan speciality dish)

Taiwanese milk fish and shrimp rolls (Taiwan speciality dish)

Shaved Ice (Taiwan speciality dessert dish) from oldest shaved ice shop in Taiwan (1947)

Shaved Ice (Taiwan speciality dessert dish) from oldest shaved ice shop in Taiwan (1947)


Joss money (gold money) ready for burning in the furnace, temple in Tainan

Joss money (gold money) ready for burning in the furnace, temple in Tainan

Kaohsiang
We caught a train to Kaohsiang. We went to our hotel Sunnyside and it had a christmas tree. We went to a diner, and had clams and passionfruit tea. It was tasty. At the night market we had tasty chicken with spicy powder.
We went to the Watermark hotel. It has Japanese style beds in a lovely room. We had a really spicy curry and delicious shaved ice.
We went to Cijin island on the ferry with bicycles from the hotel. We went up the hill to a fort without guns and went to the lighthouse. We cycled the length of the island and cycled for 4 hours. We had Japanese hot pot with rice noodles and seafood and cooked it ourselves on a gas ring on our table.
The Watermark's breakfast has cereal, bacon, microwave, raisins and steamed buns. It is the best in Taiwan.
We went on a train to Lotus Lake. We looked round the different temples and went in a tiger and a dragon. I had a cola and orange slushy there.
We cycled along Love River and we cycled for 4 hours again. We had shrimp and mango tea for lunch. We had super plum drink and curry pockets for tea.

Ferry from Gushan to Cijin Island (with our bikes), Kaohsiung

Ferry from Gushan to Cijin Island (with our bikes), Kaohsiung

Dried Fish and other condiments, market on Cijin Island

Dried Fish and other condiments, market on Cijin Island

Cycle Trail, Gushan Harbour, Kaohsiung

Cycle Trail, Gushan Harbour, Kaohsiung


Japanese style hot pot with noodles, Kaohsiung

Japanese style hot pot with noodles, Kaohsiung

Taichung
We caught a 3 hour bus back to Taichung. I walked for 15 minutes with my backpack to the new hotel. We went to a restaurant and had fish with rice.
We went to Xitou forest. The bamboo arbortorium was rubbish it was tiny and the park was so mistywe couldn't see the people in front of us. It was really cold because it was up a mountain and the skywalk in the trees was dated. Some people were in hammocks and others gave us biscuits and I played in an amazing playground.
We caught a bus to the natural history museum. I bought loads of awesome lego dinosaurs, and saw a huge t-rex and velocerapter moving and roaring. We saw amzing replicas of the native aboriginal villages.

Which trail should we follow in the mist?

Which trail should we follow in the mist?

Deeper into the misty forest

Deeper into the misty forest

Bamboo Arboretum

Bamboo Arboretum

Taipei
We caught a bus back to Taipei. Our new hotel was amazing. It had snacks all 24 hours, the beds were soft and I had a Taiwan pot noodle.
We went to the zoo and saw giant pandas, lions, white rhinos, chimpanzees and gorillas, and I bought a giant panda. We had tasty pot stickers and snacks at our hotel. Then we caught a bus to the airport and went to the foodcourt to sleep. The 7 Eleven stayed open 24 hours. We tried to brave the night.

Sleeping at Taipei airport

Sleeping at Taipei airport

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