Day 2: The Zoo

Thunder, lightening, downpour. It is not a good morning for traveling. We have planned for a trip to Taipei Zoo on Solana’s birthday, but the huge rain puts out most of our passion at the beginning. But I know today is the best day for visiting giant pandas in Taipei. Each day the zoo has a quota for panda visitors. In a rainy day, we will definitely see them. Due to my repeated insistance, Solana and I take off with umbrellas when the rain is smaller.

It turns out to be a good day.

When we arrive at the zoo, rain stops and sun comes out. It becomes a warm day and just right for this birthday trip. Luckily, there’s no line in front of pandas’ house because of previous rain. Everything is so smooth. Giant pandas are cute.


After pandas, we walk around the zoo. I haven’t been here for many, many years, and it changes a lot. Pandas, koalas, penguins, elephants, and many others. I also surprisingly find lemurs from Madagascar!


Lemurs are good models and they always look curious and innocent with their big eyes.

At the end of the zoo trip, Solana notices there are few foreigners in the zoo, and wonders why they are not interested in pandas when they visit Taiwan. I guess it may because pandas only arrive recently (since this January), so it is not included in the last version of Lonely Planet Taiwan, the Book for many international travellers in Taiwan. By the way, the zoo is not very good in bilingual efforts. That’s probably another reason.

Oh, as to that Book and some of its silly words, we may need another post for that.


5 responses to “Day 2: The Zoo

  1. Thank you for a beautiful day! Hotel Leonard is definitely a 10-star experience. Not only are there more meetings than I can keep track of; more sights to see than we will have time for; but also enormous patience for my thousands of questions.

    Taipei has been a great experience so far!

  2. Good to know. I caught a glimpse of Hotel L in a previous post. And his presence adds 5 more star. Enjoy!!!

  3. Hotel Leonard with trips to see the Pandas? Top rated hotel in all of Taiwan!

  4. Are you going to be my next guest, Eddie?

  5. ooo…I love pandas.
    Here I bought a cuddly panda bag (L) that I can hardly put it down!
    I believe it is a GREAT find for every panda fanatic!
    Flor (

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