If you are planning to travel to Taiwan for the first time, there are several sites worth visiting to take advantage of your trip. While there are plenty of beautiful, historical sights, these are my personal favorites for traveling to Taipei. Contact your Taipei as a travel guide when planning your Taipei vacation.
We start our Taipei tour in Taipei 101. It is a skyscraper located in Xinyi District. In 2004, it was named the tallest building in the world at 1,671 meters. This title was held for 6 years in Burj Khalifa in 2010 until it was eclipsed by Taipei 101. The tower has 101 stories and an outdoor viewing deck on the 91st floor in New York City as the Empire State Building. those around.
The five-storey ground floor of Taipei 101 is home to a luxury mall with a variety of stores such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Inside the 88th floor observatory you can see the 730-ton mass drill, a giant ball that acts as a pendulum against swinging buildings during high winds. Without dirt, people on high floors can suffer from motion sickness because of the constant swirling of the building! Taipei 101 is an icon of the city, all over the city. Every year, Taipei 101 attracts tens of thousands of visitors to watch the spectacular fireworks display.
If you're shopping, you can't go wrong with Ximending. This is a shopping center in Taipei Wanhua district and is believed to be the fashion capital of Taiwan. On weekends, Ximending streets are closed to traffic and become a pedestrian mall. The area is very popular with performers of all kinds. As a hotspot, you can host celebrities who host small outdoor concerts, albums and other events.
Ximending is also famous for its "Street Theater" that concentrates on several films along Wuchang Street. For fans of history, though, the most famous theater in the district is the Red House Theater. Built in 1908 during the Japanese occupation, it is still operational theater with regular performances.
Yangmingshan National Park
If you are looking forward to a nice trip, I can't recommend Yangmingshan enough. It is the largest natural park in Taipei. Yangmingshan is great for hiking and has plenty of trails that can take a whole day or just a couple of hours. Popular routes include a seven-star peak that takes you to the highest Taipei peak at 1120 meters (3600 feet) or a spectacular waterfall on the Juansi waterfall.
From February to March, Yangmingshan is the site of the Yangmingshan Flower Festival, where flowering varieties such as azaleas, camellias and especially cherry blossoms arrive in full bloom. Every evening of the festival, the cherry blossom trees light up, making it especially romantic. Visitors can also enjoy lunch and dinner in spectacular Taipei views below, such as The Top or Grass Mountain Chateau.
Cherry blossom beauty and city views make Yangmingshan a popular romantic spot for lovers throughout Taipei. From April to May, when the flower lilies reach full bloom, you can get your own flower blossoms at various flower houses.
Finally, don’t miss Yangming Shuwu, also known as Yangming Villa, the last summer retreat of President Chiang Kai-shek. The Yangming Villa house and gardens are kept as Mr and Mrs Chiang were busy. The house is a Chinese traditional two-story house with reception rooms and offices on the first floor and Chiang's personal residence on the second floor where still paintings and personal photographs are displayed. The gardens are especially beautiful in spring when the flowers are in bloom. Curiously, it has been noted that several shrubs are planted in five sets, symbolizing General Chiang's "5-star" rating.
Then we find ourselves in the National Palace Museum, which opened in 1965. If you love history, this is it! The National Palace Museum has an impressive collection of 700,000 collections of imperial Chinese history and works of art throughout 2000 years, known as prehistoric Chinese artifacts and neolithic period or "Stone Age".
The most popular item in the collection is Jadeite Cabbage. Carved in the 18th century, it is a jadeite piece that resembles the head of a Chad cabbage and is camouflaged on leaves and garlic. Legend has it that sculpture is a metaphor for female fertility. The stem of the white cabbage represents the purity, the green leaves of the cabbage represent the fertility and the insects that represent the children.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Our trip to Chiang Kia-shek Memorial Hall to discover the history of Taiwan has been historically significant. China Kiang Kia-shek is a national monument built in honor of the former president of the Republic of China. The memorial marks the geographical and cultural center of Taipei. It is the most popular attraction for foreign tourists. The Pagoda-style souvenir room has a presidential library and museum on the lower level.
In the main hall is a large statue of Chiang Kai-shek, much like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The memory room and its Freedom Square area encompasses 60 acres and has plenty of pond and garden space. In addition, the square has two Taipei artistic performance buildings, a national theater and a national hall.
Beitou Hot Springs and Public Library
My favorite place to visit in Taiwan is an area called Beitou. Beitou Taipei is a mountainous district in the north of the city and is known for its thermal springs and excellent public library. Mineral waters from numerous geothermal sources in Beitou are highly medicinal and have therapeutic properties. A whole industry of thermal baths and hotels has sprung up in Beitou offering fragrance therapy, massages and hydrotherapy. There are many places where tourists can soak their feet in the stream. Be sure to visit the Hot Springs Museum. Built in 1913, it was the largest public bathroom in Asia at the time. Today, the museum offers its own bathroom facilities and a history of Beitour.
Then visit Beitou's public library. The wooden structure is included in the Beitou Park settings. Using eco-friendly features and design, the library is Taiwan's first "green" building. The library was opened in 2006 and was built to reduce water and electricity use. To this end, the architects used large windows to supply the electricity needed to operate the natural light and solar panel roof. In addition, the library collects rainwater and is used to dispose of toilets.
Our last stop is Tamsui. Tamsui is on the western tip of Taipei and our favorite place was the Fisherman's Wharf. We learned that the Fisherman's Cage is the coolest seafood restaurant available to have restaurants on board, as well as providing great sunset views. The fishermen's boat continues as a port for local fishermen and they proudly boast 150 boats! Our favorite ride is along the pedestrian bridge at "Lover's Bridge", named after it opening on Valentine's Day 2003.
Its architecture resembles masts of sailing. It was a 3 minute walk across the bridge, excellent at sunset. Lover & # 39; s Bridge is a great place to catch a fireworks show and concert that is held every year (August and not February 14). Another way to experience Tamsui is to take a ferry from Tamsui Ferry Pier and unload it at Fisherman's Wharf. The ferry is a cheap way to see the magnificent views of the Tamsui River. The one-way fare costs $ 2 and takes just 15 minutes.
Although our vacation in Taiwan seems to have ended in the blink of an eye, it was wonderful! While there is so much more to see, we think we have made the most of our trips to Taipei. I hope your trip is as educational and engaging as ours.