Longshan Temple – Taipei, Taiwan

Even if you only have a half day in Taipei make sure you get to the Longshan Temple!  Its a stunning Buddhist temple with regular visitors and local parishoners.  Founded in 1738 as a haven for Chinese immigrants from Fujian the settlers built Longshan in honor of Kuan-in the Buddhist goddess of mercy.

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How to get to Longshan Temple
MRT Station: Longshan Station
Hours: 6am to 10pm
Fee: Free

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Longshan (alternately spelled Lungshan) was erected in the Manka district of Taipei.  It was dedicated after the Lungshan temple in their home town and aptly named for the root temple.

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Taiwan on Two Wheels

No, I didn’t suddenly teleport to Taiwan, although that would be pretty awesome if I figured out how to!

Wait.  Hold up.  Let me try something!

Well, you guessed it, I’m still in Korea.  Apparently the untranslatable Korean on my washing machine doesn’t really mean “wormhole.”

Well anyway, I stumbled across this trip around Taiwan.  Thomas Di Fonzo decided to tour Taiwan on an 11 day bike trip covering roughly 800 miles around the island of Taiwan.  It sounds like a fantastic adventure and just might be how I explore Taiwan (especially if I haven’t gotten my teleportation skills perfected).

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I’ll probably pack a little heavier than him and definitely bring my DSLR.  Gonna have to work on my biking endurance if I wanna churn out 80 miles a day too.  I hope you enjoy his travel report as much as I did!

Have you ever done a bike excursion?  How did it compare to seeing an area on foot?