[Recapping our trip, 179 days in]
The day after Charley’s birthday, on Thursday, October 27, we headed to Taipei, Taiwan. I’ve visited China several times before, but this was my first time to Taiwan, officially the “Republic of China.” (This often confuses people; note that China is formally the “People’s Republic of China.”)
We actually took a lot of videos while we were in Taipei, and hopefully we can edit them later into a nice vlog, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the pictures and video we got while touristing the night markets and going to the Taipei 101 tower, the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2009:
The overall feeling of Taiwan is really great. While it is Mandarin-speaking like mainland China, its style and culture feel very western, and our trip was of course timed to see and participate in LGBT Pride, the largest in all of Asia. (As always, be sure to take a look at Charley’s pictures from the day if you haven’t already.) Because it’s the most elaborate Pride celebration in Asia, people from all over Asia tend to converge on Taipei for the event. Over the day, we met folks from Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore who had all come to Taipei to celebrate.
We had a fun Pride weekend in Taipei, celebrating with the LGBT community and also catching up on work for this blog, then headed down to Kaohsiung on Tuesday, November 1, via the impressive Taiwan High Speed Rail network. We continued to take it slowly in Kaohsiung, with only a couple main tourist excursions. The first was a daytrip to the Houtong Cat Village, a small mining town that reinvented itself as the townwide version of a cat cafe. The cats really rule the roost there, and we took a look around and said hello to some of the locals:
We did make sure to show ourselves to Cijin Island, a small and pretty beach island at the south end of Kaohsiung. Things were really prett, but the most impressive thing was watching the motorcycles get on and off the island ferry there!