My favorite day in Taipei was the day we took a rickety old train (it cost us a couple of dollars) to get to the lantern towns of Shifen and Jiufen. The towns are famous from movies (none that I have seen!) and taiwanese history and culture! they were awesome.
we got off the trains and had a to catch a taxi that wound us up mountain roads to get us to the top of a large set of mountains. The views were stunning.
we started meandering up the side streets and alleys of jiufen and soon a cloud enveloped the entire mountainside. It was pretty neat.
for part of the morning- you couldn't see more than a few feet in front of you! we ate some super delicious asian fried chicken and bought some souvenirs.
the kids also found several rats running around and were enthralled. I still remember the first time I saw a giant rat when I was a kid! it was in disneyworld and it was HUGE. Kids are both so easy and so difficult to impress.
Something else we have noticed in our travels around asia is that they know how to do popsicles! everywhere we go has phenomenal popsicles! gelato pops or fruit pops or crazy shaped pops. they are all delicious.
On the same train line- just a few stops away is another lantern town called 'Shifen'.
This place is a very small street that is built around a train track.
It was a pretty fun afternoon!!