Taipei Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel was established in 1952. Supported by red columns and with golden roof tiling, the Grand Hotel stands midway up Yuanshan, much like a majestic 14-storey Chinese imperial palace. Facing Keelung River, with Yangming Mountain to its rear, the hotel offers an amazing view of Songshan District to the East and Danshui to the West. The Grand Hotel, structured through western construction methods, is decorated in an elegant classic Chinese style.
A magnificent structure patterned after a bamboo, it has become Taipei City's signature landmark with an observation deck which provides a spectacular 360° view of Taipei City on its top-level floors. Taipei 101 Mall offers an enjoyable shopping experience in comfort, style and total relaxation. It is ranked among the world-class shopping districts of New York's Fifth Avenue, Paris' Champs-Elysees, and Rome's Via Condotti, with flagship stores and all-new design concepts to offer consumers the richest array of shopping choices. Whether from the perspective of its high-end goods, design flair, trend-setting lifestyles, or sumptuous cuisine, Taipei 101 offers consumers 101% fresh choices in fashion and dining from around the world.
The main body of the Presidential Office Building is a five-floor structure and the central tower houses 11 floors. It has an area is 6,930 square meters, displaying a mixture of traditional European elements, including Baroque, Neo-Classical, and Renaissance style, and its red-white façade creates a sense of grandeur and vigorousness. This is where nation's president holds office. The Presidential Building was declared a "national historical site" in 1998 and part of the building has been opened to the public.
This is young temple, built in 1967, with a simple and dignified appearance, is one of the most popular temples in Taiwan. Sculptures of dragons feature prominently in its classic Chinese architecture. The temple is ideally located in the center of Taipei City, completely accessible by the efficient MRT and bus system and attracts thousands of visitors daily. Beside the temple itself, people also visit the "Fortunetelling Street" at the Xingtian Temple underpass avenue.
Known for having the newest fashion trends, it attacts an ecclectic crowd of young peole, Ximending is one of the most popular and vibrant districts in Taipei. It offers an endless array of shops, and is filled with a lot of historical and cultural sites that date back to the Japanese occupation. One can enjoy strolling around the numerous shops, eateries, and watch street performers and much much more. Ximending has it all!
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall / Democracy Square
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City a prominent historical landmark cover. Besides the main hall, the large complex includes the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park, which covers an area of 250,000 square meters of wide-open plaza, sprawling landscaped Chinese gardens and ponds, the National Concert Hall, and the National Theater. Outside the gate of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, there are poles carrying the sign of true rightness. The grand architecture of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is inspired by Tiantan in Beijing, and is constructed using white marble, and roofs decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun.
Taipei Station Underground Mall
Opened in 2000, this underground mall links the Taipei Main Station with other transportation systems, bringing a steady stream of commuters and visitors. This is the first underground boulevard in Taiwan, filled with a wide variety of stores, booths, eateries offering goods at highly affordable prices. It has become a venue for performances and public events.
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market is the one of the largest night markets in Taipei. Shilin Market was built as early as in 1899 and is famous for traditional snacks and local fare. Many visitors have come to Shilin Night Market to enjoy the delicious foods, such as oyster omelet, spring onion pancakes, pan-fried buns hot pot on stone or Shilin sausage. Shilin Night Market has become a renowned place for great street foods and is constantly featured in travel documentaries.
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum houses the world's greatest and rarest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures and historical documents, spanning 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 Song dynasty.
The grand and magnificent architectural style of the Martyrs' Shrine is similar to that of the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing, and symbolizes the martyrs' brave spirit. More than 33, 000 square meters of grass fields surround the structure, and protected by the neighboring mountains, creating a serene ambience that emphasizes its magnificent, solemn and stately character. The dramatic hourly ceremony of the changing of the honor guard is a spectacle to see.
Eslite offers a unique concept bookstore making it as much a place for books as it is for design, fashion and home styling, small cafes and restaurants. The mix of literature and design has made the store a hangout for hipsters as well as bookworms, allowing the company to shrug off the challenges of the digital age.
The 24-hour store at Dunhua Road has five floors, each dedicated to different categories, like fashion, music, food or events, and has become a popular destination in Taipei City.
Featured in the Travel section of the The New York Times online edition, Beitou a hot spring escape with abundant natural, cultural and historical attractions, as well as convenient rapid transit access, making it one of Taipei's premier tourist destinations.
Distinctive hot spring hotels, Taiwan's first green library building, and the hot-spring themed MRT train art are other attractions here. In 2011, Beitou was ranked as a three-star tourist attraction in the Michelin Green Guide.
Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park is located in the north of Beitou and is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. It is next to Sha Mao Shan and Chi Hsing Shan with Ta Tun Shan on the right, and Kuan Yin Shan in front. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yangmingshan National Park a perfect summer retreat. Total area of the park is 125 hectares, designed in traditional Chinese style. Its natural beauty and its lush greenery has won it the reputation of an Urban Forest.
Taipei Children's Amusement Park
The Taipei Children's Amusement Park began life as the Taipei Children's Recreation Center, located in Yuanshan. The entirety of the site was categorized as a national archeological site.
In October 2007, the Taipei City government built a new children's park in the Shilin District (spanning about 5 hectares), in close proximity to the Taipei Astronomic Museum, the National Taiwan Science Education Center, Meilun Park and the Shuangxi waterways, aiming to create an area that incorporates education, leisure and cultural properties.
Children's Park shuttle bus operates in MRT Jiantan and Shilin Stations.
Park entrance fee (NT$30) and ride tickets (NT$30/ride) are to be paid separately.
Taipei Astronomy Museum
Taipei Astronomical Museum presents exciting new trends in astronomy education and scientific explanation in exploring the knowledge of our universe.
The Museum serves as a bridge between the study of astronomy and society to make it possible for the public to learn more about astronomy. By introducing different points of view and offering a great variety of explanations in our demonstrations, we seek to provide the public with a learning environment that stimulates their interest in astronomy.
The Museum has a spacious interior. Its courtyard design style integrates both leisure and educational functions, making it a popular location for field study and day trips.
The Museum has a wonderful environment that includes large, stable board-like structures, avant-grade transparent skylights, and various cutting-edge facilities such as an equatorial theodolite, a celestial globe, and surrounding ecliptic sundials. With its spacious interior and user-friendly astronomy-education-installations the Taipei Astronomical Museum satisfies visitors' educational and leisure needs
MRT : Red line (Tamshui line): get off at Jiantan stop (transfer Bus Red 30) , Shilin stop (transfer Bus Red 12 or 4).
National Taiwan Science Education Center
National Taiwan Science Education Center (NTSEC) is the only national center for science education in the country. The Center's exhibition area displays rich contents related to Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and the Earth Sciences.
The stimulating 3D Theater and the fun-filled Virtual Reality Theater keep you on the edge of your seat and expand your viewpoint, while the science library and fully-equipped science labs allow for hands-on experience in science, exploring more than just the theoretical base
Ticket prices are: Biorythm Music & The Body NT$250, 3rd – 6th Floor exhibits NT$100, 3D Theatre NT$100, Virtual Reality Theatre NT$100, Skycycle NT$80, Erathquake Theatre NT$20.
Jiantan Station (Exit 1) transport buses [Red 3, Red 30, 41].
Shilin Station (Exit 1, across street) transport buses [ 255, 620, Red 3, Red 12]
Yehliu is a cape formed by Datun Mountain reaching into the sea, like a giant turtle submerging into the sea, hence the name "Yehliu Turtle". Because the rock layer in the seashore contains sandstone of limestone texture subjected to sea erosion, weathering and earth movements, creating a breathtaking scenery consisting of sea trenches and holes, candle shaped rocks, and pot shaped rocks, and forming shapes resembling figures. The most famous is the Queen's Head, and other unusual formations that are named: the Fairy's Shoe, the Mushroom Rocks, the Tofu Rocks, the Elephant Rocks, etc.
Bitou Cape is one of the Three Capes of North Taiwan, the other two being Fugui Cape, the island's northernmost cape, and Sandiao Cape (Sandiaojiao), its easternmost. Most of the sea-eroded landform types of the entire Northeast Coast are found here, including the sea cliffs, undercut bluffs, and platforms which are more fully developed here than anywhere else in Taiwan. The sea-eroded platforms are thick with mushroom-shaped rocks, honeycomb rock, tofu (bean curd) rock, and marine fossils. The name Bitou Cape, meaning Tip-of-the-Nose in Chinese, comes from the cape landform that protrudes into the ocean in the shape of a nose.
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, Agei (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 Tamsui 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. Tamsui is such a wonderful place and be sure to visit it.
Nanya rock formations
The northernmost tourist site in the scenic area, Nanya is noted for its fantastic rock formations and sea-eroded coral shore. The entire coastline here is a veritable sculpture garden that illustrates, in stone, the incomparable artistry of weathering and wave action. The patterned stone topography of Nanya, unique in Taiwan, was formed through the weathering of the sandstone that lines the shore. The oxidation of iron ore within the striations of the stone has given it a beautiful striped-pattern. Capture through your lenses the rising mountain peaks, large expanses of ocean, unique erosion landforms formed by the interaction of mountain and sea, creating a captivating and unforgettable backdrop.
Keelung Harbor is located at the northern tip of Taiwan Island, between Fugui Cape and Cape Bitou. The harbor is embraced by mountains to its east, west, and south with a narrow waterway approximately 2,000 meters in length and 400 meters in width that extend from the inner harbor in the southwest to the harbor mouth in the northwest. Featuring both military and commercial applications, Keelung Harbor serves as an excellent harbor in Northern Taiwan.
Shuinandong, Jinguashi, and Jiufen are former mining towns in Ruifang District, New Taipei City. The three towns present living records of the history and culture of Taiwan's mining industry, each one distinguished by the different mining methods they adopted: the simple charm of Shuinandong; the tranquility of Jinguashi; and the traces of the miners' nightlife in Jiufen. Though the gold mines are now closed, these towns continue to exert an allure that attracts visitors to visit and dream.
In Shuinandong, the abandoned "13-Level Smelter" evokes the image of Pompeii. The Yin Yang Sea, with its yellow and blue waters, and the beautiful Golden Waterfall are other attractions here. Jinguashi is a quiet hillside town. And along the old lanes of bustling Jiufen, one can find gold mines of history and culture.
The Yinyang Sea credits its name to the intense contrast between the yellowish-brown water in the bay and the azure blue water toward the open sea, offering one of the unique sites of Taiwan's Northeast Coast. The different shades of these two colors blend within the sea, and morph into various shapes along with the constant weather changes in the region.
Central Taiwan & Mountains
Sun Moon Lake
Located in the middle of Taiwan, with an elevation of 748 meters above sea level, is the only natural big lake in Taiwan. Divided by Lalu Island, the Sun Moon Lake scenic area got its name from the unique terrains that look like sun on one side and crescent moon on the other. Crowned as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is also the most famous source of hydroelectric power; offering key tourist themes - "high mountain and lake", "indigenous culture", and "nature ecology," the Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area attracts more than six million visitors each year. The lake is backed by lofty high-forested mountains, and is sometimes shrouded in early morning mists creating a magical scenic vista. Once the mists have cleared, it reveals the lake's clear, crystal, emerald waters reflecting the giant mountains that surround it.
One way to immerse in the natural charm of the lake and the surrounding area is to rent a bicyle and ride around the road that meanders the lake. The road has a distance of about 12 kms., and passes through villages, temples and provides different scenic angles of the lake.
A boat cruise is another popular alternative to get views from the center of the lake. There are plenty of boats departing at regular intervals for the 40-minute ride. Tickets are sold at the dock.
Chung Tai Chan Monastery
Chung Tai Chan Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Puli Township, Nantou County. It is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Taiwan. From 2001 until 2006 it was the world's tallest Buddhist building and has been the world's tallest Buddhist temple since 2001. Designed by the famous architect of Taipei 101, C. Y. Lee, the monastery is hailed for its majestic design blending Chinese and Western architectural features.
Dajia is a coastal suburban district in Taichung with a unique mix of natural assets - the Dajia River, Da'an River, and Tiezhen Mountain among them, with other attractions, such as the Craftsman's Hometown recreational farm area, Songbo Harbor, distinctive folk ceremonies, and a rich cultural and historical heritage. Zhenlan Temple, built on present-day Dajia Street by early Han Chinese settlers, hosts the Dajia Matsu pilgrimage activity each March. More than one million people join this annual event, ranking the festival among the top-three religious celebrations in the world. Living history can be experienced at the Chastity Arch, which recounts the story of the frail sister who saved the townspeople, and Wenchang Temple, built with funding by the local gentry to support education. Dajia is also famous for its specialty farm products, including award-winning premium rice, certified high-quality bitter gourd, Welsh onions, and square watermelon. Jian Well (Sword Well), built on Tiezhen Mountain during Koxinga's administration of Taiwan, the historic Rinan Railway Station and Da'an River Bridge, and locally-produced hats, mats, and pastries are other worthwhile attractions for local and foreign visitors alike, inviting you to discover the deep history and warm hospitality of Dajia.
Lukang was the economic and transport hub of central Taiwan in earlier times. The saying "First Tainan, second Lukang and third Mengjia (today Wanhua District in Taipei)," illustrates the high position of the town in its glory days. In addition to being the early cultural capital of Taiwan, Lukang was also a commercially prosperous area. During the Qing period, the town was an important trading port, bringing all types of products to the town and fueling Lukang's economic rise. Lukang was also unrivaled for its excellent cuisine and a diversity of local snack foods reflecting its broad immigrant mix. Delicious seafood, baked goods, and distinctive street food are part of Lukang's signature appeal. This diverse food culture, along with historic sites, scenic attractions, beautiful craftsmanship, make Lukang a destination as rewarding to the eyes and mind as it is to the palate.
Visit Lukang and discover why it shares a spot with Taichung City and Nantou County among Taiwan's must-see "Golden Triangle" tourism destinations.
Taroko means "magnificent and splendid", completely describes the impressive 18-km-long marble-walled canyon. Taroko National Park was established in 1986 and is famous for its spectacular mountains, cliffs, tunnels, marble canyons, and the waterfalls. Swallow Grotto and Tunnel of Nine Turns are the most impressive natural sceneries. In the park visitors can travel from rugged coastal cliffs through a labyrinth of canyons riddled with subtropical forests to high elevation subalpine coniferous forests.
The Changchun Temple is one of the major picturesque points of the park, with the view of the mountains and the waterfall and was built as a memorial to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives carving and building roads out of the mountain.
shin kong chao feng Farm
Located in the Fenglin Township, Hualien County, Shin Kong Chao Feng Ranch & Resort covers an area of 726 hectares. It makes use of the alluvial deposits of Shoufeng Stream to grow such crops as guavas, avocados, star fruit, lemons, oranges, and peaches all the four seasons of the year. Another part of the farm is devoted to educational plantings of medicinal herbs and flower beds. In the dairy area and petting zoo area, visitors can get close to cows and other animals. Other facilities include a landscaping area, camping and barbecue area, a creek stocked with loaches to catch, and a visitor center.
Qixing Lake (Qixingtan)
Located on the northeast beach of Xincheng Town, Qixingtan is the only county level scenic area in Hualien. Besides the crescent bay and clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the beach is full of colorful agates that are easily found and appreciated. Qixingtan used to be a small fishing village. Due to its abundant natural beauty, multiple scenic trails, beach pavilions, pagodas, and Star-Gazing Square, Qixingtan has become a popular tourist destination, particularly known for its remarkably blue sky and turquoise seas. Qixingtan beach is the best place to watch the moon and the stars, or simply meditate as you are soothed by the sound of crashing waves over the pebbled beach.
Liyu (Carp) Lake
Located in Shoufeng Township, at the northern tip of East Rift Valley Scenic Area, Liyu Lake is the largest inland lake in Hualien. It is a barrier lake formed by the tributaries of Mugua River and Hualien River. The water comes from underground springs and is crystal clear all year round. Visitors can enjoy the park, campgrounds, bike trails, and other facilities. Water sports like boating, cross-lake swimming, and the Dragon Boat Festival are all held here. Occasionally various performances also take place. Every year around April thousands of fireflies flash above the lake, making the whole lake shimmer with light creating a magical night scene. When the weather is favorable paragliders take off from Mt. Liyu just east of the lake, adding splashes of color to the green mountain landscape.
LinTianShan Forestry Cultural Park
Lintianshan Forestry Cultural Park is located on Linsen Road in Fenglin Township. It is not the largest logging yard in eastern Taiwan but is definitely the best preserved. During Japanese occupation, 68 km of railway, all the way up to 2,500 m. above sea level, was completed for its lumber transportation. The prosperity of the old days is showcased by the homes, shops, theaters and other remaining relics. In 1987, the government imposed bans on logging, and the forest has been gradually returning to its natural primitive beauty.
Keishuin, a third-level historical site in Hualien, was built during the Japanese Occupation, and served not only as a spiritual center for Japanese immigrants but also a medical center, learning center, and funeral home. The main building has a wooden structure with a Japanese-style four-pillar rooftop, following Japanese temple building tradition. The garden is lush, vibrant, and serene. It is a nice place to experience the spirit of Zen.
Ruisui Township (Hot springs, dairy farm, tea plantations)
Ruisui Township boasts a wide range of specialty products, cultural attractions, and some of eastern Taiwan's best tourism resources, with something sure to satisfy every visitor desire.
Ruisui is also an ideal place to enjoy the leisurely pace of life on Taiwan's East Coast. In an area covering a mere 135-km circumference, one can enjoy delicious dairy, coffee, tea, and other beverages, take a relaxing dip in the hot springs, savor moth-watering specialty cuisines, experience small town life, or go on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure. Local and Hakka ceremonies and stirring percussion performances at the Drum King Competition further add to the township's unique tourism appeal. In addition to its cultural charm and rustic appeal, Ruisui presents splendid panoramas, creating the ideal leisurely escape in Taiwan's East Coast.
Along with Jinzhen (Daylilies) Mountain, Liushishi Mountain is regarded as one of Hualien County's two large daylily cultivation areas. Even if you come in the wrong season for daylilies, the exquisite and vast open scenery will still take your breath away. There are arbors on the side of the trail, overlooking the rice paddies and the whole East Rift Valley. It is nicknamed "Little Switzerland of Taiwan" for its magnificent scenery with a taste of Europe. All year round visitors flood in to experience the tranquil European atmosphere. If you want to see daylilies in golden bloom, make sure to visit in summer!