The capital of Taiwan is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. The skyline crowned by the Taipei 101 tower has upscale shops at the bottom and a rapid elevator for an observatory at the top. Taipei is also known for its lively street food scene and night markets including expansive Shilin Market.
Yangmingshan National park
Based on a mountain range originally called the Grass Mountains is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs , and hiking trails, including Taiwan’s tallest dormant volcano, Seven Star mountain. It is also renowned as Chiang Kai Shek’s summer residence and Tomb of Puru, painter and educator, cousin to last Chinese emperor Puyi.
Beitou Hot Springs
Beitou is famous for its hot springs. Regarded as a way of healing diseases by the Japanese the hot springs became increasingly popular in this region. This hot bath region is famous since 1986. The hot springs and the city as a whole is surrounded by gardens, museums, and temples.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial.
The Building of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial is a landmark for Taipei and is usually used for celebration of various events. In this white marble walled building, visitors can learn the history of Chiang Kai-Shek, the leader of Taiwan. The garden hall is also decorated with intricate works of Chinese ceramic arts and architecture.
This monument is dedicated to all the people who laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Built in 1969, the temple architecture is reminiscent of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, Beijing . Located on the mountain Chingsan , it provides a panoramic view of the Keelung river.
National Palace Museum
It is a monument comprised of majestic collections of priceless antiquities from China and Taiwan. During the Sino-Japanese war, Taiwan was chosen as a place to conserve all the relics of the nation. The collection among other kinds consists of various jade carvings and sculptures of boats made with olive seed material.
This temple was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian, China. It served as a place of worship and a place of gathering for the Chinese settlers. The temple was previously damaged ay times due to fires, earthquakes and due to World War 2. Longshan is a classic example of Taiwanese Classical Architecture with Southern Chinese influences.
Taipei 101 Tower
Located in downtown Taipei this tower is located near the Taipei World Trade Center. It has 101 floors and visitors can climb 91 floors to have a view of the Taipei horizon. It possesses the world’s fastest elevator, a Guinness world record holder. This elevator goes to the 89th floor in just 37 seconds.
Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Hall
This site is dedicated to Sun Yat-Sen, the man considered as the ‘’ father of the nation’’ in Taiwan. It has a world class performance hall, multimedia theater and a very large library. The surrounding environment consists of extensive plush green gardens and lakes.
Presidential Office Building
This is located in the Zhongzheng district. Buildings during the Japanese occupation has a beautiful wall with decorative gravel. As a legacy of japan, the building has 5 floors and the main tower is as tall as 7 story. It faces east to honor the Sun goddess. This building was inaugurated by the President in 1998 and is open to public.