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Northern Taiwan / Taipei

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that has, despite its modern facade, managed to preserve much of its natural, cultural, and historical heritage, both in the lush, verdant greenery that rings the city, as well as the many landmarks throughout the city's streets. In one day you can get your cultural fixes at the National Palace Museum or the ChiangKai Shek memorial and embrace the outdoors through natural excursions found at the Yangmingshan National Park or Beitou Hot Spring. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city via the Taipei 101 building,  once the tallest building in the world and end the day sampling local treats as you explore the hive of activity that is the Shilin and Raohe Street Night Markets. 

 

Additional Resources:


Guide to Taipei

Taipei: Top 5 Eco Activities

11 Incredible Taipei Day Trips

Free Walking Tour in Taipei

 

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

The striking Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is dedicated to the military and political leader who led the Chinese Nationalist government as president from 1950 through 1975. Discover the history of Chiang Kai-shek and China in the 20th century through photographs, drawings and the stunning architectural design of the memorial hall. This great building has become a landmark of Taipei City.

Outside the memorial, relax in some of Taipei’s best gardens and courtyards. Listen to the waterfalls and walk through traditional Chinese gardens and over ornamental bridges. Walk through the square past Taiwan’s huge National Opera House and National Concert Hall. Browse the area’s art galleries, libraries, shops and restaurants. On the weekends enjoy outdoor art exhibitions and musical performances or book a ticket at the Concert Hall to see world-class musicians, dance, theater and other cultural events.

 

National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum

Encompassing an impressive grounds including ponds, waterworks and pavilions the National Palace Museum is located in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei and the newer Southern branch is located at  Taibao, Taiwan. NPM includes a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world. The collection encompasses 8,000 years of history of Chinese art from the Neolithic age to the modern. Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by China's emperors. With a collection of this size, only 1% of the collection is exhibited at a given time. The rest of the collection is stored in temperature controlled vaults. Permanent exhibitions of painting and calligraphy are rotated once every three months. Approximately 3,000 pieces of the museum's collection can be viewed at a given time. Allowing visitors to return time and again to enjoy varied collections of these priceless treasures. For those who love art or museums a  trip to Taiwan would be incomplete without a trip to the National Palace Museum. 

 

Yangming Shan

Yangming Shan

Yangming Shan National Park is located in northern Taipei City, and easily accessible from downtown. The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles and hiking trails, including Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano, Seven Star Mountain.

Ranging in elevation from 200 mts to 1200 mts and abundant in beautiful landscapes such as ridges, valleys, lakes, waterfalls and basins. The Yangmingshan National Park also includes 3 ecological protected areas, Lujiaokeng, Dream Lake and Huangzuishan and each one has its own unique features. Lujiaokeng is an ancient trail at the end of which there is a huge waterfall. Dream lake is a shallow lake the foot of seven star mountain, the highest in the park and Huangzuishan is a former volcano whose ancient, volcanic crater can still be seen today. 

With its growth as a centre for sulphur mining in northern Taiwan, many Han Chinese such as the Hoklo from Fujian and the Hakka began moving to the area to cultivate tea plantations and other agricultural products, and today, wide-scale agriculture has been replaced by more boutique-style agriculture with a tourism focus, such as the Calla lilies at Zhuzihu.