You’d never believe it though when you visit some of the city’s most prominent temples. Overflowing with visitors getting in their good luck prayers to ensure a healthy and prosperous year for themselves and their family.
Longshan Temple is by far the most visited with the temple so crowded it’s not unusual to get a little poke from someone’s incense stick as you make your way through the throngs of people.
Guandu Temple near the old fishing village river port town of Danshui is another favorite with many making their yearly visit to the big complex and oldest in Northern Taiwan.
Another one of my favorite’s to visit, especially on a sunny day, is Zhinan Temple on Monkey Mountain near the Taipei Zoo. Accessible by stairs that start at National Chengchi University, it’s an approximate 30-40 hike through the forest and jungle to the temple.
If you’re not up for the hike the temple can be accessed via the Maokong Gondola near the zoo.
The views are wonderful and the temple complex as one visitor shared with me has perfect Feng Shui, the Chinese belief of harmony with surroundings.
The main Zhinan complex faces south over a beautiful terrace with views of Taipei City and lots of sunny exposure. The back of the temple is on the mountain side, sheltering it from the inclimate weather of the rainy season and winter.
Next to the main Zhinan Temple is the Daxiong Buddhist Chapel, on many days offering a free vegetarian lunch in it’s bottom level-a delicious selection of tofu, vegetables, rice, and soup.
After lunch I sat in the courtyard of the Daxiong Chapel, listening to the recorded traditional music playing as I gazed out at the hills checkered with small vegetable/produce farms, little tea plantations and the Maokong Gondola transporting people through the hills. Later watching groups paying respects at the temple with offerings and prayers.
Feeling refreshed, alive, and full of chi,(good energy), I made my way down the stairs to complete a perfect way to spend a day in Taipei during the Lunar New Year(Chinese New Year), holiday.
Getting there:Take the MRT “brown line” to Taipei Zoo. Cross the road from the MRT station and take bus 236 and get off at National Chengchi University. There are signs to the trails at the plaza entrance.
Donate now and help support the Far East Adventure Travel Podcast. A gift of $5, $10, $20, or $30 goes along way to help with production and travel costs. Whenever possible I stay in guesthouses, employ local guides and drivers, and support local business. The money I spend goes directly back into the community and so can yours. Support Far East Adventure Travel with a donation now!Donate paypal.me/JohnASaboe Donate
Write a Review:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/adventure-travel-far-east/id890305531?mt=2
Everest Base Camp Trek-Best View Of Everest-Kala Patthar-5643 Meters
Everest Base Camp Trek Reward- Best Apple Pie In Nepal
Everest Base Camp, Nepal-Ultimate Trekking Adventure Part II
Everest Base Camp, Nepal-Ultimate Trekking Adventure Part I
Cheap And Tasty Snacks/Food In Kathmandu, Nepal
Explosive Cultural Festivals Of Taipei, Taiwan-Qinshan King Festival
Taipei, Taiwan-5 Top Districts For Your Hotel Search
Hanoi, Vietnam-How To Avoid Tourist Scams And Overcharging