So it turns out that it's rain season in Taiwan. When I stepped off the plane I was expecting warm and sunny Taipei but I was greeted with pouring rain and a touch of thunderstorms. I was a little hesitant on taking my camera out for pictures but then I told myself SCREW IT time to test the weatherproofing on this baby!
First stop Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. It's surrounded by gardens with the Chinese National Theater on one side and National Concert hall on the other.
I came when it just opened so we were greeted by a group of soldiers that did some sort of formation for 20 min straight before opening up the hall.
I spy with my little eye...
Then I headed for the National Palace Museum, home of the famous jade cabbage. I wouldn't consider this a museum anymore. Hundreds of mainland Chinese tourist flock to this museum to see all of their national treasures. The result, way too many people inside. There was so much yelling and pushing I felt like I was in a marketplace.
lunchtime 125 NT = $4
snack break 40NT = $1.25
After all the city sights I headed for the northeast coast to Jiufen 九份, a gold mining town built on a steep mountain.
Supposedly if your tombstone back is to the mountains and you face the sea = good Feng shui
Two Color Bay
The reason for this name is all the pollution that has come from the gold mining. See the hint of orange on the rocks?
The street was filled with all sorts of eateries, every step you take there's a new smell to greet your nose. Sometimes not so pleasant.
A gold mining town nestled into the side of the mountains of Taiwan. Hayao Miyazaki's film "Spirited Away" was inspired by this place
At this point the clouds and fog started rolling in and it just started pouring like crazy.
Taiwan is quite pretty, looking forward to the rest of the trip! Thanks for reading :)
Gear Used: Canon 6D (wet) + 24-105mm