After arriving in Taipei in the dark (seems to be a habit of ours), we arose to a wet, overcast day, and taking our time decided to go to the Lungshan Temple, to explore this famous Buddhist shrine. Though the day lacked the sparkle of a warm sun, to see the many people moving from shrine to shrine with their joss sticks, fruit offerings and prayers filled the area with a special light.
We were fortunate to meet an elderly gentleman who proceeded to explain to us what the worshippers were doing and why, and comparing the Confusism, Buddhism, and Taoism methods of prayer as paralleling that of Greek mythology.
Moving away from the Temple to the side streets, the scenes are very similar to those of other Far Eastern cultures.
Returning to Taipei by train gave us ample time to view the countryside, as for most of the trip, the train hugged the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Our last full day in Taipei,
with the sun shining brightly (for a change), we walked for several hours through the streets and parks getting a better feel for this vibrant city.
Tomorrow we fly to Hong Kong to meet our ship and begin our cruise.