Taipei 101 is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is 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 4th floor houses the Page One bookstore from Singapore, with the highest-roofed coffee house in Taipei and many fine restaurants. The 5th floor provides high-speed pressurized elevators, reaching speeds of 1010 meters per minute, to the 89th floor’s Taipei 101 Observatory. It takes only 37 seconds from 5th floor to 89th floor to look into a beautiful new horizon.
NationalPalace Museum is a world-class museum that hosts an eclectic collection of treasures kept by generations of Emperors ruling from the Forbidden Palace. The National Palace Museum is designed in the style of a Northern Chinese palace. The museum is home to hundreds of thousands of historical relics that make up the world’s most comprehensive and precious collection of ancient Chinese artifacts. The entire collection covers 5,000 years of China’s historical and artistic achievements.
ShiLin Night Market is the one of the largest night markets in Taipei. ShiLin Night Market was built as early as in 1899 and the market is famous for various snacks and eatery. Many visitors have come to here to enjoy the delicious foods, such as large pancake enfolding small pancake, hot pot on stone, or ShiLin sausage. ShiLin Night Market has become a renowned place for great foods.
Yangmingshan National Park is the back yard of the people of the greater Taipei area. In addition to its plethora of flowers and other vegetation, one of its main features is the volcanic terrain that gives Yangmingshan a limitless supply of geothermal resources and makes it an ideal place for hot-spring bathing. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yangmingshan National Park a perfect summer resort. Additionally, the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park has won it the reputation as urban forest and the Taipei garden.
LongshanTemple is a famous old temple in Taiwan and was built in Qianlong 5th year in Qing Dynasty. Due to natural disaster and damages caused by human, it was restored for several times. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits and its architecture is a three-section design in shape. Besides, it also has many Chinese poems, verses, and lyrics on signs. These add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value. 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.
Beitou Hot Springs are caused by the terrestrial heat of Datum Mountains. Thermal valley of Beitou Hot Sprints is one of the earliest hot spring sources found in Taiwan. The green sulfur in Thermal valley is the acid spring. The hot spring in Beitou Hot Spring Roadis white sulfur. Beitou hot spring has been famous since Japanese colonial times. The area is around with historic monuments and natural scenic spots.
DanShui Fisherman’s Wharf is located in northwest of Taipei basin, DanShui, surrounded by mountains and rivers. Those who visit DanShui 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 DanShui and Bali. It is relaxing to lean against the fence enjoying the breeze and sights at the DanShui River mouth. In the evening, this is the best place to watch the view of the sunset. DanShui is such a wonderful place and be sure to visit it.
Hongmau Castle is a historical site in DanShui with historical meaning. It was built by the Spaniards in 1626 and restored by the Dutch. The castle was called Anthony Castle. Because Taiwan people called the Dutch people Hongmau (people with red hair), the castle thus was called Hongmau Castle. The castle was once taken by the English and it was repossessed by the government in 1980. The castle is more than 300 years old and is designated as first-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. It used to be the dormitory of British Consulate. When one ascends to the overlook platform, one can view one of the eight great scenes of DanShui, the sunset at Shutai.
Bitan Scenic Area is one of the eight famous attractions in Taiwan which is near by MRT Xindian station and a good place for people to relax and enjoy their weekend. This area is suitable for canoeing, fishing, barbecuing, rowing, and exploring nature. The lake’s steep cliffs and aquamarine water make it one of Xindian’s scenic spots.
Guandu Temple is first built in 1661 and dedicated to Matzu, goddess of the sea. It is about a 15-minute walk from Guandu MRT Station. Outside the temple there are numerous stalls selling products such as spirit money used in religious observances, as well as snack foods and souvenirs .Guandu temple is filled with exquisitely carved dragon pillars, stone lions, and wall sculptures. Even the door gods are in the form of relief carvings, in contrast to the usual paintings. The rafters and beams are also beautifully carved and painted.