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Miramar Entertainment Park, its Giant Ferris Wheel and more

From the top of the Taipei 101 building, we could see the big wheel far in the north of Taipei. It marked the spot where the Miramar Entertainment Park lies.

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Located right next to the Jiannan Road MRT station on the Muzha Line, Miramar lies within an outlying suburb of Taipei and positions itself as an entertainment-oriented facility by boasting a giant ferris wheel, IMAX theatre and a carousel amongst the usual mid and high-end retail establishments.

When we visited the Miramar Entertainment Park early in the evening, there was a Havaianas promotion in the ground floor central avenue (in between two halves of the mall).

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There were a few games for people to try out, such as flicking a Havaianas from their foot to hit an inflatable version of the foot wear hanging a short distance away.

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Havaianas staff were also on hand to guide customers who were keen to buy and customise their own pairs of Havaianas.

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From what we understood, there was a promotion for customers to buy a few pairs cheaply and also gain tickets to play the games, potentially winning prizes.

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In the basement of the mall, we came across another promotion, this time for Gundam robots.

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Aside from a display of toy Gundam figures, space was allocated for a stage in the middle of the space and a large table was set up on one side. The table was packed with kids assembling sample boxes of Gundam robot kits.

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The basement was also the location for a few food kiosks and Linh and I bought a doughnut and a "Puff Puff" respectively.

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The Puff Puff I tried contained strawberries and red bean with the cream. I wasn't so keen on the red bean.

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At this point, it was late into the evening and Miramar's Giant Ferris Wheel was lit with neon lighting.

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We made our way to the fifth floor of the mall and out onto the roof where we could purchase tickets for the wheel as well as see an outdoor stage and cafe.

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Tickets were a modest NT$200 (£3.70) each and we had the option to queue up for a box that was completely transparent, or settle for one that had a covered bottom and sides. Though the 'transparent' queue was short, we were told there would be a waiting time of around an hour since out of all the boxes on the wheel, only two were transparent. We joined the far longer ordinary queue which despite it's length, luckily took much less than an hour to clear.

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Miramar's Giant Ferris Wheel operates much like the London Eye and other modern wheels, moving constantly but slowly, allowing passengers to embark and disembark. Since its on the roof of the mall, at the rotation's highest point, it affords passengers a view of Taipei from a height of one hundred metres.

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At night, the views were pretty stunning, particularly the areas surrounding the Miramar Entertainment Park.

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On the horizon, we could also make out the illuminated Taipei 101 building.

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As we left, I took this photo of the entrance to the Jiannan Road MRT station, which was superbly lit.

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Although this tourist photo opportunity right next to the big wheel also had its charms.

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Tip: If you're traveling on the MRT up north to Jiannan Road during the day, keep your eyes peeled on the left-hand side approaching Songshan Airport station and you'll see the runways close to the tracks. As we passed, we caught a glimpse of several parked helicopters sporting colourful decals.

More photos on the Miramar Entertainment Park Flickr set

Visit the Miramar Entertainment Park website

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