Yangmingshan National Park is located in the north of Taipei. Yangmingshan is a mountainous area where visitors can find charming waterfalls, picturesque lakes, volcanic craters, steaming hot spring and terraced rice paddies. Yangmingshan is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yangmingshan a perfect summer resort. Total area of the park is more than 11,000 hectares (27,500 acres). Part of the park is designed in traditional Chinese style. The natural beauty of the park has won it the reputation as urban forest and the Taipei garden.
Taipei 101 is the tallest building in the world, with a mass of shops on the lower floors, incorporating many top brands under the LVMH group, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Celine, etc. The fourth floor houses the Page One bookstore from Singapore, with the highest-roofed coffee house in Taipei and many fine restaurants.
The Grand Hotel, built in 1973, is a famous landmark in Taipei. It is owned by the Duen-Mou Foundation of Taiwan, a non-profit organization, and has played host to many foreign dignitaries that have visited Taipei. The hotel's roof is currently the world's largest Chinese classical style roof. With its vermilion columns, the roof makes the hotel a visible showplace of Chinese architecture and culture. The hotel itself contains numerous objects d'art, wall panels, paintings, carvings, and significant restaurants. Dragon motifs are frequently intertwined throughout the various structures that make up the hotel, earning the hotel the name "The Dragon Palace". Beside dragons, lion and ume flower motifs also make a significant presence in the hotel. Each of the eight guest levels represent a different Chinese dynasty, as reflected through the murals and general decor. The hotel has a total of 490 rooms. The rooms facing south are offered with a paranomic view of Taipei City.
The Presidential Building is close to Taipei Main Station and Hsimending. The building was built during Japanese colonization period. It was the governor's mansion at that time. During the ending period of World War II, the building was seriously damaged due to bombing. After Taiwan was reclaimed by R.O.C., the building was re-constructed in 1946. The building has been used as the presidential mansion after the central government of R.O.C. was re-instated in Taiwan . The Presidential Building was announced by the President as "national historical site" in 1998 and was open for public tour since then. The general public will be able to see in person the location where the president works.
Danshuei is located in northwest of Taipei basin. Danshuei is surrounded by mountains and rivers and the scenery is beautiful. Hongmau Castle is a historical site in Danshuei with historical meaning. It was built by the Spaniards in 1626 and restored by the Dutch. The castle is more than 300 years old and is designated as 1st class historical site. The building is red brick construction. The original furniture is reserved for indoor decoration. There are exhibition showrooms for historical data and pictures related to early Taiwan years. Across the lawn and garden, there is another red brick building facing the castle. When one ascends to the overlook platform, one can view one of the eight great scenes of Danshuei, the sunset at Shutai. Nearby there are Old Oxford School , Residence of Dr. Mackay and Danshuei College . These old buildings are mostly well preserved. When one walks among these buildings, he (she) would feel that times have turned back. One can enjoy the old streets, the cool breeze, the flower/trees planted by residents and the sense of relaxation. Walking on the old streets along the riverbank, visitors may view the old buildings and may try the tasty local dishes, such as fish dumplings, Argi (fried meat pastry) and hard eggs, etc. The dock is a good place for marvelous sunset viewing. Visitors can also take the boat ride between Danshuei and Bali . Anyone would love to watch the flying cranes and listen to the river flowing. At Bali , they have this famous dish from peacock clams. Danshuei is such a wonderful place and be sure to visit it.
Shihlin Night Market is the one of the largest night markets in Taipei . The night market is formed by many prosperous shops on Wenlin Road , Datung Road and Danan Road , etc. Among them, Shihlin Market was built as early as in 1899 and the market is famous for various snacks and eatery. Many visitors have come to Shihlin Night Market to enjoy the delicious foods, such as large pancake enfolding small pancake, hot pot on stone or Shihlin sausage. Shihlin Night Market has become a renowned place for great foods. There are special areas for furniture, clothing, photo shops or pet shops. The finery shops and cold dessert shops in "lover's lane" attract most student customers. Shihlin Night Market covers a large area. When one walks in the turning lanes and alleys, he (she) would often find something unexpected.
Haushi Street Night Market is located nearby Lungshan Temple . There are old, historical shops along the street that provide great dishes. For example, the tansi noodle restaurant, the favorite of Japanese tourists, started its business here. Other great dishes like meat soup and squid soup attract many people. In the summer, chopped ice plates and fresh juice are in great demand. In the winter, dishes with Chinese medicine attract many visitors. Huashi Street Night Market is famous for snake shops. There are about 2 to 3 snake shops that demonstrate snake processing and snake fights at nights. The shows usually attract a large crowd. However, due to environmental protection consideration, snakes of endangered species are not sold here. There are special sales conducted frequently by other shops here. The loud promotion for sales reflects the vigorous and hearty lives of Taiwan people.
Broadly speaking, the Beitou hot springs region refers to an area covering the Hell Valley , Longfong, Fonghuang, Hushan Village and Singyi Road . In a narrow sense, the region mainly refers to an area consisting of Jhongshan Road , Guangming Road , Sinmin Road and Cyuanyuan Road surrounding the Beitou Hot Springs Waterside Park . The hot springs hotels in this area are larger both in scale and number, and the natural and humanities resources are also the most plentiful here.
The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures, which span China 's 5,000-year history. Most of the museum's 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which was begun over 1,000 years ago in the early Sung dynasty (960~1280).
National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall
National Theater National Concert Hall
National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City . The area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. The architecture of National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall is inspired by Tientam in Beijing . The four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt . The material is white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun. It adds a touch of grandeur. The garden is planted with red flowers. As a whole, the colors of blue, white and red express the National Flag and the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood. This great building has become a landmark of Taipei City . The exhibition room here demonstrates historical documents. There are also places for international art performances. They are National Theater and National Concert Hall. World famous musicians (such as the great cello performer Yo Yo Ma and the great violinist Shao Lian Lin ) and renowned playgroups have conducted performance here. The place is enriched with the beauty of traditional Chinese gardens.
Taipei Eye is designed as a show window Taiwan traditional performing arts especially for international friends. Performers and artists with international reputation will be invited here and present you fantastic performance, such as Puppet Fun, Renowned Scenes of Dances and Martial Arts in Chinese Opera, Folklores, Tribal Dances, Nan-Kuan, Pei-Kuan Pa-Yin, Acrobatics. There is even a space at the front hall where you can watch and film make-up demonstration. All the features will definitely amaze you.
Taipei Fine Art Museum opened on December 24, 1983. Located in Yuanshan, it is the first museum of modern art in Taiwan . The main tasks of the museum are to organize exhibitions and to collect valuable works at home and abroad. The museum also makes efforts to exchange art views and works with international art museums. The museum has special designs and the scenery near the museum is also very beautiful.
Taipei is home to many temples, ranging from tiny closet-sized shrines to massive complexes. Of these, the Lungshan ( Dragon Mountain ) Temple is the city's oldest and most famous, as well as one of Taiwan 's finest examples of temple design. The striking architecture alone is worth seeing: stone columns come alive with historical figures dancing on the backs of intricately carved dragons, and the roof is adorned with cavorting creatures. There are great decorative lamp fairs and temple activities on historical festivals. On each 1st and 15th day each month of lunar year, regular visitors will come to the temple for worship ceremony. The temple attracts many people. At normal times, there are domestic/foreign tourists visiting the temple. Lungshan Temple is not only a temple, a sightseeing attraction, but also a second-degree historical site. There are traditional streets/shops, antique shops, Buddhists article shops, and Chinese medicine shops surrounding the temple. These places are great to visit due to their richness in folk art.
The Taipei Confucius Temple honors one of the greatest philosophers and teachers of all time, Confucius, as well as other philosophers. Confucius valued simplicity, and simplicity is the dominant characteristic of his temple. Standing outside of Tacheng Hall, the main hall of this temple, you can see a pair of upright cylinders in the center of the roof. These are called "book-hiding barrels," and there is a story behind them. In ancient times, the first Emperor (reigned 246-214 B.C.) of the Chin dynasty wanted to keep his people illiterate so that they would not challenge his rule; he had books burned and scholars killed. To save their beloved books, students hid them in rooftop containers built to look like chimneys.
This very busy temple is devoted to Kuan Kung, a famous deified general who lived (A. D. 162-219) during the Three Kingdoms period. A man, who valued loyalty and righteousness above all things, Kuan Kung is worshipped as the God of War; since he was adept at managing finances, he is also worshipped as the patron saint of businessmen. This is young temple, built in 1967, with a simple and dignified appearance. In front of the hall is a censer with a somewhat unusual design, its two handles in the shape of flying dragons and its four sides adorned with dragons' heads stretching toward the sky. The courtyard of the temple is usually busy, with crowds of worshippers bowing their heads or kneeling in devotion. On the main altar you will see offerings of only fresh flowers and tea, since the temple forbids the killing of offering of animals. The temple also discourages the burning of ritual paper money as an offering to the deities and the spirits of the deceased, the staging of operas for the gods, the presenting of gold medallions in gratitude to the deities, and the like.
Located on Jhongshan North Road , the Shihlin Official Residence was the former home of the late President Chiang Kai-shek. In 1996, it was placed under the care of the city government and partially opened to the public, lifting the veil of mystery that had hung over the estate for nearly half a century. The expansive and elegant garden has a romantic European feel, with rose beds and tree-lined paths, making it a popular place for taking wedding photographs. A long flight of steps offers a panoramic view of Chihsing Mountain and is a favorite spot for couples.
Eslite Bookstore is the first to set up a 24-hour bookstore in Taiwan . It attracts a lot of those who enjoy night-life but want to spend their time in a bookstore. The bookstore is the largest bookstore in Taiwan and with a focus on art- and humanity-related books. Eslite also expanded into retail, and opened up Eslite Mall.