Taiwan - Christine picked it up off the internet for $1799, for the money we paid it was a great trip. Not somewhere we would have planned to go, but when I look back It was a real experience, we did have a good time.
You always meet such interesting people, people from all over Australia. Geraldton in WA, Tasmania, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Adelaide and even a couple from Bribie Island. We ran into very few other caucasians on our tour, only a handful, there are thousands of bus tours with mainland Chinese tourists, we did appear to be the only English speaking tour there at the time. Ran into a gent and his wife in an Australian Ugg Boot shop in Taipei, I recognised his accent and went up and said hello. Not until we got to Teipei 101, the second tallest building in the world (currently) did we see a few more westerners.
Below are some pictures of our most memorable moments, some of these you would have seen on previous blogs, but these are the memories you cherish.
|Christine warming her hands on the $10 coffees at Quangzhou Airport.|
|A Taiwanese working going about his daily work. He worked for the transport company.|
|Markets, we love markets wherever they are.|
|I think maybe the best memory of the whole tour, red wind and dumpling soup at 9am in the morning at Quangzhou airport.|
|A lovely group of young Taiwanese girls having a night out and the waitress taking their photo.|
|Dessert - say no more!|
|Beautiful china a little expensive but beautiful just the same.|
|Looking cool in our sunnies.|
|Trying to stay upright on the wall in the wind. Note the hair standing on end, it was tough to sit there in the howling gale.|
|Just having fun.|
|A typical dinner at a Chinese restaurant. We used chopsticks the whole time, we do like the whole experience. It just means you eat slower which is good for your digestion.|
|Just so beatiful.|
|I would have loved to walk over to the Island, we just did not have the time. Eight spans, eight sets of stairs, it would have been quite tiring. It does seem a little like a miniature great wall of china.|
|Carving a home from nature.|
|Fish penis, we ate them thinking they were scallops or octopus. This was a delicious meal and they do make the most of every part of the fish. We throw away far too much.|
|Even though it is digitised and there is a door in the middle of the print, it is a still a beautiful work of art.|
The Maokong Gondola
The Maokong Gondola is a gondola lift transportation system in Taipei, Taiwan. Opened on 4 July 2007, the Maokong Gondola operates between Taipei Zoo and Maokong. The 4.3 km (2.7 mi) line has four stations.
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