Conference Tour

Half Day Tour on May 29

  • Option 1: Hiking in National Yang-Ming Mountain   
The hiking stops at several interesting photogenic spots and the road is easy to walk on, good for people of all ages.

For many travelers from overseas, the first thought of autumn is the flaming red maple tree. For the citizens of Taipei, however, the first image that pops into the head is that of Yangmingshan (陽明山) all dressed in white. An excursion up into the hills to soak in the silver-grass flowers, look over steam-spewing fumaroles, and immerse oneself in simmering hot-springs is an autumn rite of passage—and a rite observed on many occasions during this season.
Yangmingshan is often called the city's “backyard garden,” and this is a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of the island's four seasons. On both the high slopes and down in the valleys, the silver-grass flower reigns supreme, blossoming everywhere, blanketing everything. Among the many picturesque tableaux created, however, local folks find those at Qingtiangang (擎天崗) and Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑) most bewitching.

Traffic to these spots also happens to be very convenient, and pathways mostly level and easily traversed. Long in the past, Qingtiangang was en route to the aborigine hunting ground and mining of sulphur; here in the 21st century the plateau is a popular weekend recreation spot for the local citizenry, featuring a lovely grassland and meandering pathways. Occasionally, you'll even see a herd of water buffalo grazing. The high-mountain vistas are expansive and inspiring, and not surprisingly this is an oft-used location for wedding photos and shoots for pop dramas. Each autumn, the silver-white of the silver-grass bloom gradually paints over the green-grass backdrop, and when gentle breezes arrive the fields become a swaying“sea of silver grass,”a vivid natural canvas the autumn visitor to this city should always treat themselves to.

A good choice for viewing of the blossoms are Qingtiangang's loop paths. Another is to walk the northern section of the“Ancient Pathway of the Fish”(Yulu Trail; 魚路古道); in former times, fish traders from nearby Jinshan (金山) on the north coast would walk through here on their way over the mountains to today's Shilin (士林) district in Taipei to do their selling. The section connecting with Qingtiangang stretches about five kilometres, entails comfortably moderate hiking, and brings the traveler across vivid pictures one after the other. Another recommended selection is the “Japanese Road”(Riren Road; 日人路), so named because during the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945), this route was used for hauling artillery over the hills. The walking is level and easy.
  • Option 2: Taipei City Tour

Academia Sinica National Palace Museum Taipei 101 (Observatory)

National Palace Museum

Located in Taipei City, the National Palace Museum displays the world's greatest and rarest collection of traditional Chinese art crafts and historical documents. These priceless treasures include ancient Chinese paintings, archeological remains of bronze weapons, ceramics, jade, sculptures, books and other antiques. With more than 700,000 items on display, many of which once belong in Beijing's Forbidden City. The National Palace Museum truly reflects the rich heritage of Chinese culture. The museum now has a magnificent exterior with tile roofs and moon gates. The National Palace Museum is currently a major guardian of the Chinese artifacts and Chinese cultural treasures in Taiwan. Various researches, speeches, and tours are being held regularly at the museum. It has also published 130 types of magazines, periodicals, pictures, etc. to facilitate and enhance the propagation of Chinese tradition and culture. (

Taipei 101

TAIPEI 101 was designed by C.Y. Lee& Partners and constructed from 1999 to 2004. It has the world’s fastest elevators at 37.7 mph (60.67 km/h) so visitors can get to the top in just 37 seconds at the observatory deck at the 87th, 88th and 91st floors. This building is known not only for its height 1,667ft (508m), but also for the cutting-edge technology and architectural concept that makes the building withstand the major force of nature such as earthquakes and typhoons. The building is well stabilized by an enormous 660 tons wind damper suspended from 87th to 92th floor to counteract the effects of strong winds while the solid concrete foundations add to the building’s resistance. Visitors can take a look at the entire damper system and see how it operates at the observatory. Since official opening, visitors often note the blue green hue and the shape of the Taipei 101 building resembles Chinese bamboo. It is gradually transformed into home to offices, a shopping mall, an array of restaurants including Din Tai Fung, an observation deck to get a glimpse of the city view and the site of annual firework display on New Year’s Eve.  (

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