Sunday, November 14, 2010

2009 Oct: Taiwan: Day 6: Meeting Hello Kitty and Rainy Visit at Museum

Travel Date: October 24, 2009
I woke up late due to the weather, cloudy skies and scattered rain showers. After a light breakfast in bed, I went straight to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. I have visited some malls in the area before going to Hello Kitty Restaurant.

Hello Kitty Restaurant
Location: No. 90, Da An Road, Sec. 1 (near intersection of Da An Road and Zhong Xiao E Road, Sec 4) Zhong Xiao/FuXing MRT
Hours: Sun- Thurs 11:30 AM - 10 PM; Fri- Sat 11:30 AM - 11 PM

As expected, everything is marked with Hello Kitty. The chairs and tables are pink, the walls are painted with Kitty faces. I ordered here tuna and tomato with kiwi shake.


At the lobby, cakes were sold from 120NT to more than a thousand NT.
After my lunch there, I went back to the hotel to meet my friend. In the afternoon, we visited the National Palace Museum, it’s the biggest museum I’ve visited so far. Almost 3 floors of artifacts, old vases, paintings, and mini sculptures. My favorites are the intricate design of a cabbage and small vessels. Picture taking is prohibited inside the museum.

NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM 国立故宫博物院
Entrance: 160NT
Transportation: Take the MRT Danshui Line to the Shilin Station and take bus R30 (Red 30) or 255 to the National Palace Museum.

We almost spent 2 hours in the Museum. After dinner, we walked to Shilin Market. That place is just a crazy world, it is like in every square meter there is 10-20 people at least. Yes, it was a Saturday night and you should be avoiding this place. If you can visit it on some other time, try to do so. Being there on a weekend night is a big no no.

After a long day and since this is my last night at the hotel, I was thinking of tasting either Heineken (KZ Xiao Tian‘s endorsement) or Taiwan Beer. And this action is not advisable: either you will wake up late the next morning, you’ll missed packing your things, or simply will have a not so good mood at the airport.