Experience Taiwan
Taiwan is the repository of captivating natural sceneries, such as the awe-inspiring Taroko Gorge, National Palace Museum, the tallest building of Taiwan - Taipei 101, and the highest mountain in the Northeast Asia - Yushan (Jade Mountain). Taiwan is also a paradise for gourmets to taste the varied delicate and delicious cuisines, such as local Taiwanese snacks, Hakka dishes, Chinese cuisines, and unique aboriginal foods. Gourmets may try the foods with local flavors in the night markets, and have exquisite dining in five-star hotels. Taiwan is absolutely a place that tourists may not want to miss.
 

National Palace Museum

he National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures, one which spans China's nearly 5,000-year history. Most of the museum's 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000
years ago in the early Sung dynasty. National Palace Museum is protecting and preserving the 5000-year cultural legacy of China with advanced technologies; cooperating with private connoisseurs and ushering in exhibitions from China; bringing the Museum's collection to the global community and welcoming arts of the world to the Museum. 
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Taipei 101

Taipei 101, with a mass of shops on the lower floors, incorporate 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.
www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx

 

Xinyi District (Shopping Area) 

The Xinyi District is the newest trend-setting commercial district in Taipei, embracing dozens of fashionable malls, restaurants, and hotels on Sections 4 and 5 of Xinyi Road.
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store's New Life Square and A4 branches, Novel Hall for Performing Arts, Vie Show Cinemas, Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel, and Taipei 101 are just a few of the many places where you can satisfy your consumer cravings in this area.

By day, the Xinyi District bustles with the fast-paced energy of business as Taipei's commercial and financial center. At night, the skyscrapers come alight with eye-catching displays of LED lights, setting the mood for evening fun.

On weekends, the Xinyi District transforms again as outdoor stages and squares come alive with concerts, dance performances, record release events, and celebrity appearances, making this the place where you can experience the youthful energy of Taipei.

 

  Taipei Fine Arts Museum

    Shaped like a pound sign, the Taipei Fine Art Museum
     is a traditional siheyuan courtyard with a modern edge.     
     At night the artfully lighted museum is an eye -catching
    landmark. The museum hosts many international   exhibitions.
    www.tfam.museum/index.aspx?ddlLang=en-us



 

   National Martyrs’ Shrine

    Built on a green hillside in 1969, the impressive National
    Martyrs’ Shrine was architecturally inspired by the Hall of
    Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Forbidden City. The shrine is
    dedicated to the 390,000 soldiers killed in the service of their
    country during the War of Resistance against Japan and the
    civil war between the Chinese Republican and communist
forces. A major attraction at the shrine is the hourly ceremony  for the changing of the honor guard in front of the main gate.
eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=1795
 

Lin An Tai Historical Home

The two-century old Lin An Tai Historical Home is a southern Fujianese-style courtyard. The rocks that cover the front yard were taken from rocks that were used by mainland merchants to stabilize their ships. The pond in the front was used for defensives purposes. It also helped lower summer heat and provided water for drinking and putting out fires.
www.lin-an-tai.net/p2_e.html

 

Former Official Residence of Chiang Kai-
shek and Madam Chiang

This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away. Design by C.C. Yang, who was also the architect for The Grand Hotel, the memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC flag; while the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) adorns the vaulted ceiling. A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. The front plaza of the hall is also a major venue for democratic assemblies. 
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   Longshan (lungshan) Temple

    Longshan (lungshan) Temple is a famous old temple in
   Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other
   divine spirits. Longshan (lungshan) Temple is facing the
   South. Its architecture is a three-section design in shape.
   There are the front hall, the rear hall and the right/left
   dragons protecting the middle hall. The layout is square
   and serene. The temple was built in Qianlong 5th year in Qing Dynasty. Due to natural disaster and damages caused by men, the temple was restored for several times. The doors, beams, and poles are beautifully decorated. There is a pair of bronze dragon poles in the front hall, four pairs of dragon poles in the middle hall. The sculptures are delicate. There are also exquisite wood sculptures. Among them, the well and Budda setting in the main hall are highly appreciated. The temple has many Chinese poems, verses and lyrics on signs. These add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value.

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. Longshan (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. 
www.lungshan.org.tw/en/index.php


 

Xinbeitou Hot Springs

Hot springs in Xinbeitou with high temperature and many sources are caused by the terrestrial heat of Datun Mountains. Thermal valley is one of the earliest hot spring sources found in Taiwan. 

Beitou hot spring has been famous since Japanese colonial times. The area is around with historic monuments and natural scenic spots. Beitou Museum, Yinsong Building, Xingnai Spring, Beitou Library, Beitou Hot Spring Park, and the Folk Museum connect into a hot spring route.
http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNO=0011660


   The Red House

    The two-story high red brick building is shaped into an
    octagonal cylinder. Each side of the octagon has a dormer
    window and a decorative wall. During the Japanese colonial
    era, the Red House was turned into a venue for Peking opera
    and crosstalk performances in the early 20th century. The
    place became a movie theater in the 1970s', ushering in the beginning of Ximenting's cinema culture. Now the Red House is both a teahouse and a venue for small-scale theater productions.
www.redhouse.org.tw/index_en.aspx








Yangmingshan National Park

Of all Taiwan’s national parks, Yangmingshan is the one located closest to a metropolitan center. Yangmingshan features a widely varying terrain, diverse ecology, and is home to numerous protected species. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one of Taiwan’s endemic bird species—the Formosan Blue Magpie.

The park is full of plum, cherry, peach and pear trees, rhododendrons, etc. In spring, the cherry blossoms never fail to draw crowds. After cherry blossom season, about mid-March, it’s time for the calla lilies at Bamboo Lake (Zhu-zi-hu) to take center stage. Visitors go into the fields and pick calla lillies to take home with them—it’s become a must-do event for this time of a year!    

Perhaps one of the most distinctive features in the park is the “Flower Clock,” composed of a variety of colorful seasonal flowers. When visiting Yangmingshan, be sure to take a photo to prove you’ve seen this famous landmark! Also worth checking are popular sights like the Hsiao-you-keng (“Small Oil Pit”), Ching-tien-kang (Qing-tian Hill) Leng-shui-keng (“Cold Water Pit”), and Yangming Archive House. If you enjoy an invigorating hike, these will be right up your alley!     

The Yangmingshan area also possesses a wealth of geothermal resources, with hot springs having differing compositions depending on their location in the park. Nearby Xing-yi Road in Beitou is lined with hot spring restaurants. If you’re passing along this way, don’t forget to take a relaxing dip in the sulfur springs!      

Beautiful flowers in the spring, a cool getaway in the summer, silver grass and maple leaves in the fall, hot springs in the winter—Yangmingshan’s distinctive seasonal offerings await your discovery!
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