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Day 2 started out at the Taipei Main Train Station for an early lunch and a bubble tea to top it off. From there we went to visit Longshan Temple by Metro. Longshan is fantastically decorated, each square inch of the building either beautifully carved wood and stone, or painted and tiled. The building was cacophonous in the best way possible. I LOVED the dragons!

After that, we went back to Taipei 101 to actually go up to the top and the observation deck. We rode the fastest elevator in the world (at least at one point…) to the top, ears popping the whole way, to see the views right around sunset. Although most of the outdoor observation deck was closed, we did get to go out on a small part of it.

And after Taipei 101, we had to scramble to meet the gang out at the Shilin Night Market, where Terry, Tony, and Hugo brought us around to eat the best of the best food on offer. And we both bought shoes too!

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Taipei Train Station

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Lunch

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Entering Longshan Temple

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LOVED the details everywhere… couldn’t stop taking pictures of everything, and couldn’t take a picture of near everything either!

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Waterfall fountain

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It was ALMOST a good picture, if they had just gotten all the temple in. Oh well!

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Worshippers and incense

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The temple was right up next to a modern-ish glass building which provided an interesting contrast

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Kenji taking pictures

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Sitting and chatting on a doorstep

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I think this poster summed up Taiwan’s language abilities pretty perfectly… a mix of Chinese (of course), and a smatter of Japanese and English

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Taipei 101 again

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World Record-breaking elevator

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Pretty rose courtyard

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Sun Yat-Sen Temple from the day before

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Views of Taipei

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Inside

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Getting some ice cream and hot bubble tea

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This is the dampener that keeps the building from swaying too much in the wind

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Dampener ball characters

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Outside deck

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Special coral exhibit before heading down

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Shilin Night Market

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Enjoying the food!

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Taking a break

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And then more food

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No I didn’t try those…

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At the market, then at the metro stop before heading back to the hotel