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Introverted expat: 10 ways to get away in Taipei

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Introverted expat: 10 ways to get away in Taipei

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Although Taipei is full of great tourist destinations, sometimes all you want is an escape away from the crowds where you can relax without having to pay an arm and a leg to do so. Whether you're looking for a place to think or a fun activity to do alone, these tips will satisfy all your introverted needs while keeping your budget on track. 1.Relax in a caf? Going to a caf?to work on a project or relax with a cup of coffee may seem like common sense, but cafes here in Taipei are unlike any other in the world. Gone are the days of monopolized coffee culture, now on almost every corner one can find a unique, hole in the wall caf?with its own cool vibes and dark corners. Try a cat caf?where you can chill with a feline friend, or try creating your own art at an art caf?to explore your hidden talents. It's not just about getting a great cup of coffee, but experiencing a new way to decompress from your day. Check out the plethora of blogs on google for more caf?info! 2. Sing Karaoke. It sounds strange but read the following: Many foreigners associate Karaoke (KTV) with parties and drinking, but if you haven't found out yet, this activity has a much different culture in Taiwan. Massive KTV buildings in Taipei filled with individual rooms are open 24 hours/day and often include a buffet or meals. If you have a long lunch break or have some free time, rent a KTV room and sing out your troubles with the help of Madonna or Queen. Don't worry, the rooms are sound proof. Expect to spend roughly NT$300 per hour for a room on weekdays for some singing therapy. You can even reserve it online..s/ 3. Take a Ubike adventure. One reason you probably need some alone time is because you've been crammed into some form of public transportation for too long, and you need a moment to catch your breath. Instead of taking a taxi or the MRT, try the Ubike! Or if you have half an hour to spare, jump on one and go an adventure. This may seem simple, but just getting away from the crowds and taking control of your transportation will do wonders for your mood. Dunhua Road is a good choice because of its wide sidewalks and beautiful trees. If you're close to a park (especially one by the river), take a quick trip and just focus on you. You'll not only recharge your batteries but also get some exercise in the process. Below is a website for the Ubike and it's list of stations (all you need is your cell phone and MRT card to register): http://taipei.youbike.com.tw/cht/f11.php">http://taipei.youbike.com.
tw/cht/f11.php 4. Escape to a park (any of them). Speaking of parks, every district in Taipei has at least one clear area with a good amount of green. Instead of eating lunch or dinner at your desk or tiny apartment, take your food and blanket and find your own little oasis amongst the chaos of city life. If you visit one of the bigger parks like Daan Park or Dajia River Park, it will feel like you've made it out of the city altogether. Another park worth visiting is the Huashan Creative Park which is centered on a restored abandoned factory and is often a venue for contemporary art and theater projects. It's hard to stay stressed when perusing quaint and unique gardens from the old days. Check out its website below: http://www.huashan1914.com/en/ 5. Hide in a museum. If the weather isn't cooperating with your me-time schedule, try a quick visit to any of Taipei's museums. Taipei is home to some of Asia's most famous museums, each boasting of a rich array of artifacts and art that could help anyone find a little perspective. The National Palace Museum and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum are just a few that offer cheap ticket prices (NT$250 for National Palace Museum, only NT$30 for Fine Arts Museum) with flexible hours for your convenience. You can find a list of museums below: http://taiwanexplorer.blogspot.tw/2013/01/list-of-museums-in-taipei.html 6. Get a quick hair wash or scalp massage. I'm not talking about dropping big bucks at a spa, I'm talking about the amazingly cheap and quick pampering you can get at almost any hair salon in Taipei. Most of us only think of using hair salons for our regular hair needs, but salons in Taipei offer so much more than that. They break down services and prices, so you can pop in for a 15 minute wash and scalp massage, or stay for a full two hour pamper session if you need some extra time to decompress. Best part about it: it's cheap! One thing to remember though is try to find a more local salon because prices will be cheaper (NT$200 for two hours of bliss). Here are some helpful Chinese words to know if you're looking for a quick treatment: ??? - hair washing ???? - scalp massage 7. Go to a night market (day or night!) for facial threading or a quick massage. If you don't mind facing a few more people on your journey to some alone time, check out major night market locations (Shida, Shilin, Raohe) for an incredibly cheap pampering session. Whether it's facial threading, a foot massage, or a whole body massage, your worries will melt away and you'll find yourself ready to face the crowds after a 30 minute session. Prices will vary depending on the provider (ranging from NT$200-800), but here are some Chinese words you'll want to look for when getting these services: ?? - facial threading ??? - foot massage ???? - back massage 8. Take a trip to Maokong (on weekdays). Maokong, the quaint little area above the Taipei Zoo, may seem like a tourist trap, but during the week it's the perfect escape for someone looking to get out of Taipei. After a short gondola ride with beautiful views of Taipei and surrounding mountains, you will arrive in Maokong where you can find some of Taiwan's greatest teas. Sit outside and bask in the view, or find a dark corner in an old tea house and let the ancient art of tea take your mind off of your troubles. The gondola costs roughly NT$50 one way (you can use your MRT card), and you can find a good pot of tea on the mountain starting at NT$150 per pot. 9. Grab a bubble tea and go see a movie. If you're looking to depart from reality for a few hours, grab some of your favorite snack food and head on over to one of Taipei's many movie theaters. The theaters are often surrounded by great food stalls and restaurants so can sit back, eat, and relax while escaping the outside world. Not only is there a wide variety of English movies, you can also practice your Chinese skills and check out a popular local movie. 10. Try a yoga class. After a long day of sitting at your desk or walking around the city, your body may be needing some serious recalibration. Try a free yoga class, or jump into something new like aerial yoga. For this type of yoga, you basically snuggle into a silk hammock and let gravity do the stretching. Depending on the type of yoga, you can expect to spend anywhere from NT$300 to NT$1000 per class. Below are few websites to check out for your yoga needs: http://www.pure-yoga.com/en/taipei/schedules/search_schedule.php http://yogajourney.com.tw/free-trial/?lang=en (By Rachel McGuffin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 06:08 GMT+08:00