Taiwan is known for its towering mountains, and is reputable as a "Mountainous Island". The island is spotted with numerous mountains over 3,000 meters. It is also home to Northeast Asia's highest mountain, Jade Mountain, which is nearly 4,000 meter in height. Besides mountains, beautiful coastal scenes are also part of Taiwan's great natural asset.
METROPOLITAN RESORTS OF TAIPEI CITY
As an international metropolis, Taipei boasts extraordinary sites and scenes. In addition to some must-go-spots, such as National Palace Museum, Chiang-Kai Shek memorial Hall, etc., tourists can also choose to visit some less conventional places in order to experience the real Taipei.
NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM - with it's vast collection of artifacts, retraces almost 5,000 years of Chinese history, and is regarded as the greatest treasure house of Chinese cultural relics in the world, comparable to the scope and fame of Pari's Louvre and London's British Museum.
Appreciating the beauty of Chinese Architecture. The fourth floor of the Museum's main building was designed to resemble a traditional Chinese palace, complete with green roof tiles and yellow ridges. Currrently, the San Shi T'ang Tea Room is located on the fourth floor; other floors serve as exhibition space. Visitors often enjoy tea breaks in the Tea room.
BEITOU & YANGMINGSHAN - taking a deep in a hot springs is the best way to rejuvenate on a trip. Both Beitou and Yangmingshan hot springs are excellent hot spirings venues. You're guaranteed an aromatic experience in such natural hot springs areas, whether taking in the scent of a sea of calla flowers in Zhuzihu, Yangmingshan, or savoring a cup of gourmet coffee from the unique coffee shops in forest surroundings, you are sure to get a healthy dose of aromatheraphy.
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET - there are many famous night markets in Taipei, including Shihlin, Raohe and Tonghua night markets , -- all worthy spots to check out. Shihlin Night Market snacks are especially tasty-try the street stall snacks, dim sum, jumbo chicken steaks, and others.
TAIPEI 101 - the tallest building in the world. The 508-meter structure has 101 floors and is situated at the center of the Shin Yi District, Taipei City. In the mall, the world-class design and architecture make shopping here a joyful, fashionable activity. Meanwhile a rich range of Taiwanese cuisine is provided on the B1 floor. Shoppers can also check out the splendid landscape of the Taipei metropolitan area from the Observation Floor after shopping.
MIRAMAR SHOPPING CENTER - boast a ferris wheel 100 meters high. The stupendous wheel lights up Taipei's city line at night with changing colored lights, and takes 17 minutes to make a full turn. The wheel cost NT$300 million to build, and is the pride and symbol of the mall.
MARTYR'S SHRINE - located right next to the Grand Hotel. The 330,000 men who sacrificed their lives during the Sino-Japanese war and the Chinese Civil war are worshipped here. The guard-changing ceremony held by impeccably uniformed military police hourly beginning at 9:00Am is especially moving and impressibe, attracting many visitors eager to take picture.
CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL (C.K.S. Memorial Hall) - a magnificient building constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai-shek. The hall is made of white marble; its roof decorated with deep-blue glass tiles. The surroundings garden has beautiful flowers year-round. The hall is a common leisure spot for local residents. Various outdoor activities, such as concerts are held in the square regularly. World-class performances are frequently held in the National Theater and National Concert Hall, which flank the C.K.S. Memorial Hall.
TAIWAN STORYLAND - inside this museum next to Taipei's modern art museum, a replica of a Taiwanese street from the 1970s enchants visitors. Complete with an old pharmacy, barber shop, school and hotel, this "blast-from-the-past" museum has become a popular attraction for school-age visitors and others curious about what Taiwan looked like 30 years ago.
LONGSHAN TEMPLE - affords one of the chance to experience the beauty of authentic Taiwanese architecture up close. Longshan Temple was built in 1738 and represents the religious heart of Wanhus District. The Temple is home to stunning, delicate sculptures, and an architectural style that recalls a three-section traditional palace: the front and rear halls, and the middle hall flanked by formidable stone dragons. More than 100 spirits are worshipped at the Temple, pulling in pious crowds during ceremonies and festivals.
HAUSHI STREET NIGHT MARKET - located ner Lungshan Temple. Delicacies from land and sea are sold here. A Chinese traditional lamps are hung along the street. These decorations create a unique classical ambiance.
TAIWAN HANDICRAFT CENTER - various handicrafts including sculptures, paintings, calligraphic works, decorations, Chinese tassles, etc., can be found here. People may purchase them as souveniers or gifts at a reasonable prices.
SHIN KONG OBSERVATORY - the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Skyscraper, located at the front of the Taipei Train Stattion, is a good spot for viewing Taipei City. People may go up to the Observatory on the 46th floor and view the city, day or night.
LIN AN TAI ANCESTRAL HOUSE - this elegantly decorated traditional Chinese courtyard house is one of the few traditional houses preserved in northern Taiwan. The house was built by Lin Yao, who immigrated from An-chi, mainland China in the 19th year of the Chian long reign.
DIHUA STREET - famous for its Chinese New Year supplies. Shops concentrated on Section 1 of Dihua Street sell all kinds of traditional goods wholesale (for example, medicines and herbs, spices and dried food, bolts of clothes etc.,) to help customers celebrate Chinese New Year in proper form. The trading history of Dihua Street can be traced back to Ching Dynasty, and is one of the best preserved historical streets in Taipei. It also boasts the biggest wholesale market in the city, drawing hordes of festive shoppers during holidays and festivals.
BITAN - the Bitan Special Scenic Area, with its scenic river bank, two-person boats, outdoor concerts and cafes, is a couple's paradise. Don't miss Bitan in Taipei Country if you're looking for a romantic getaway.
WULAI - renowned for its hot springs and grand waterfalls. A cable car allows sight seekers up close at the misty beauty of Wulai waterfalls. Enjoy a lazy afternoon on the old streets in town, sampling Atayal Tribe snack or dipping in the hot springs. One can bath in the outdoor hot springs free of charge or opt for a private hot springs resort with exclusive service without any disturbance - both are relaxing and delighful enjoyments.
MAOKONG - the Chin Nan Temple, which worships the spirit of Lyu Dong Bin, is a famous Daoist spot. The Muzha Tourist Tea Farm near the temple is renowned for Bochon tea, Wuyi tea and Taiguan lng. The Maokong area, located on the top of mountains, is a good place to visit at night to enjoy first-rate tea and the company of friends. There are many teahouses with diversified styles here.
(Source: Taiwan-The Beautiful Island Handbook / www.taiwan.net.tw)