After breakfast, we checked out of our Spiderman room and gave our bagagges to the reception for safekeeping until our next check in time (6 p.m. to a different room). It did not trouble us at all to do this, as we did not spend our day time inside our room anyway, and most likely will reach the hotel again late at night.
We went to Taipei 101 - the tallest building in Taiwan. From our hotel, we went to Jiannan Rd. station and took the metro rail to Zhongxiao Fuxing station, and changed train to the blue line to reach Taipei City Hall station. From the station, it was about 20 minutes walk to Taipei 101; or you could also take the bus that will drop you off in front of Taipei 101 directly.
Obviously, a visit to Taipei 101 meant that we had to go to the observatory. The elevator went so fast I had to neutralize my ears every 3 seconds. It only took 36 seconds to reach the top.
|the damper for Taipei 101. Its main function is to 'stabilize' the building, to protect it against harsh wind or typhoon, and earthquakes|
We also had a bit of snack - sushi train style - at Hi Sushi, located at the foodcourt level of Taipei 101 Dreamland mall. I could not go pass eel of course, and we also ordered fatty tuna (forgot to take picture -_-), which is still considered expensive here (TWD 150 each), but would easily cost double in Australia.
Lunch was at the nearby Shin Kong Mitsukoshi mall at Shin Yeh Japanese buffet restaurant. We had the 2.30 p.m. slot, and you are allocated 1 1/2 hour to eat as much as you could fill your stomach space. Seriously, Australian's buffet restaurants - you should learn from this group. The price does not compromise quality. Perhaps for Taiwanese, this would be considered slightly expensive, but I'd gladly pay this price any day for the food selection they offered.
We were lucky to get a spot because we did not make a booking. After they let in the crowds that had made prior booking, there were still some spots left, and they let us in.
The above are just pictures of some of the selections. There were many many more.
I think the time slot when we dined in was quite cheap (dinner and lunch hour time would cost more). Including service tax, total damage was TWD 1012.
After some window shopping and when the sky turned dark, we made our way to a cute little tea house for a little relaxation - a bit out of the way from where we were.
Moonlight Tea House (玥飲軒)
Address: 80 Wenzhou St, Taipei (台北市溫州街80號)
One of their signature dish is milk tea hotpot, but as we were still bloated from excessive lunch, we just opted for some tea.
The place is charming and old style, with cute tables - especially the ones with some fish swimming inside them!
We spent the rest of the night at Miramar, where we met these patrolling superheroes - ready to save people from sadness or any sign of depression. How could you not be saved by these two bundles of cuteness overloads. One of them is apparently 13 years old, which makes him quite old for a dog. But his form and movement definitely did not show of the old age.
Then went back to Sato Castle to check our room for tonight. Unfortunately, again, we could not choose the room that we preferred as they are booked out for the other room. Regardless, our room tonight is still cool and fun.
Room Style: King type - Room 220 (theme 'West Side Story')
Cost: TWD 4880
Size is bigger than the queen room, and our room has its own car (obviously non operational) inside.
As always, the bathroom also has infrared sauna (only available for queen & king type rooms)
|small outdoor area|