By Dipal Khatri Translated by Eva Huang
Photos by Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League photographer
You may not have the grace and skill of Michelle Kwan, but that should not stop you from donning a pair of silver blades and testing your prowess on ice at one of Taipei's two ice skating rinks. If you're looking for action on the ice, the place to go is the world-class Taipei Arena, known as the Little Dome, located off DunHua North and Nanjing East roads. Here there are indoor ice facilities with an Olympic-sized rink.
Taipei Arena is home to the Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League (CIHL), a semi-professional sports league that has given momentum to the growing popularity of ice hockey in Taiwan. The competitive sport of puck chasing and blades slicing ice is played by both local Taiwanese players and members of Taiwan's expat community. In its fourth year of operation, the CIHL began its 2007-2008 season on October 20. CIHL games are played on Saturday and Sunday nights. There are regular ice sessions on Thursdays for NT$600 a night, but registration as a member of the CIHL is required prior to playing. Public skating at the Taipei Arena is open until 8 p.m. daily at NT$180 for two hours and an additional NT$45 for every 30 minutes after that. Ice hockey equipment is also available for rent.
Another option for ice skating in Taipei is the public skating rink at Husky Ice Palace in Sijhih. Although the rink is smaller than the one in Taipei Arena, it is suitable for ice hockey and figure skating. usky Ice Palace also offers a number of classes in both ice sports, conducted by its team of professional ice skating coaches. The rink is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays at NT$200 for two hours, with NT$40 charged per extra half hour. Ice skate rental is free.
The Iceland Skating & Dancing
2, NanJing E Rd, Sec 4; (02) 2570-1136
Hours: 10 am-9 pm
Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League (CIHL)
Husky Ice Palace
96, HsinTai 5th Rd, Sec 1, Sijhih City, Taipei County
Hours: Weekdays 5 pm-9 pm (for members, skating classes), Saturdays 11 am-9 pm,
Sundays 11 am-7 pm
Gloves are required on the ice rink. (Rental: NT$50)