If you are planning a trip to Taiwan for the first time, there are several areas worth visiting so you can make the most of your trip. While there are several beautiful, historic areas, the following are my personal favorite Taipei tours.
- Taipei 101
Getting Started Our Taipei Tour in Taipei 101. This is a skyscraper located in Xinyi District. In 2004, it was listed as the world's tallest building at 1,671 feet. It held this title for 6 years until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai hit Taipei 101 in 2010. The tower boasts 101 stories and has an outdoor observation deck on the 91st floor like the Empire State Building in New York where you can see the beautiful view of
In the lower five floors of Taipei 101 is a luxury shopping center with boutiques such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. A 730-ton noise silencer, essentially a huge ball that acts as a pendulum that acts against the wind, can be seen on the 88-floor covered observatory. Without this shock, people on the upper floors can actually suffer from motion sickness from the constant rocking of the building! Taipei 101 is a city icon that is visible for miles across the city. Each New Year, Taipei 101, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to see their magnificent fireworks.
- Ximending Shopping
If you want to shop, you do not have to go wrong with Ximending. It is a shopping district in Taipei's Wanhua District and is considered a fashionable city of Taiwan. On weekends, Ximending Street closes and becomes a pedestrian shopping mall. The area is popular with street artists of all types, and since it's a hotspot, you can catch celebrities that host small outdoor concerts, album runs and other events.
Ximending is also known for his theater street, the concentration of several films on Wuchang Street. For lovers of history, the most famous theater in the Red House is a theater that was built in 1908 during the Japanese occupation and is still an operating theater with regular performances
- Yangmingshan National Park
If you are looking forward to the beautiful monuments on the way, then I can not recommend Yangmingshan enough. It is the largest natural park in Taipei. Yangmingshan is great for hiking and has many routes that can last all day or just a few hours. Popular trails include the Seven Stars Peak, which take you to the highest peak in Taipei at 1120 meters (3600 feet) or you can see a stunning waterfall on the Juansi Waterfall.
Every February to March, Yangmingshan is the Yangmingshan Flower Festival, where several flowers, such as azaleas, camellias, and especially cherry blossoms, come to the top of their flower. Every evening of the festival, the trees of the cherry blossom are illuminated for a particularly romantic look. Visitors can also have lunch and dinner at one of the many restaurants such as The Top or Grass Mountain Chateau for spectacular views of Taipei Down.
Between the beauty of cherry blossoms and city views, Yangmingshan is a famous romantic place for lovers all over Taipei. From April to May, when the calla lily reaches full bloom, you can choose your own lily of the flower for just a few dollars in one of several flower gardens.
Finally, do not miss Yangming Shuwu, also known as the Yangming Villa, a beautiful summer retreat by late President Chiang Kai-shek. Yangming Villa house and gardens are preserved as they were when occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Chiang. The house is a two-storey traditional Chinese home with reception rooms and offices on the first floor and Chiang's personal residence on the second floor, where still pictures and personal photos are displayed. Gardens are especially beautiful in the spring, when the flowers are in bloom. Like a bit of trivia, it was noted that several shrubs are planted in volumes of five – symbolizing the "5-star" rank of General Chiang.
- The National Palace Museum
We have also found ourselves in the National Palace Museum, which opened in 1965. If you love history, this is the place to be! The National Palace Museum has a vast collection of 700,000 permanent exhibits of Chinese imperial history and works of art covering over 2000 years and prehistoric Chinese artefacts and works of art dating back to the Neolithic period or better known as the "Stone Age"
. a favorite item in your collection is Jadeite Cabbage. Carved during the 19th century, it is a piece of jadeite that was shaped to resemble the Chinese cabbage head and has a grasshopper and grasshopper masked in leaves. Legend has it that statue is a metaphor for female fertility, with white cabbage stem representing purity, green leaves of cabbage representing fertility and insects representing children.
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Another historical landmark on our journey to learn about Taiwan's history is the memorial hall of Chiang Kia-shek. It is a national monument built in honor of the former President of China Chiang Kia-shek. Monument refers to Taipei's geographical and cultural center. It is the most visited attraction of foreign tourists.
The main hall is equipped with extensive Chiang Kai-shek soy, similar to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC The Memorial Hall and its surrounding Liberty Square Square includes 60 acres and includes many ponds and garden areas.
- Beitou Hot Springs and Public Library
My favorite place to visit, while in Taiwan is the area called Beitou. Beitou is a mountainous neighborhood north of Taipei and is best known for its hot springs and a magnificent public library. Mineral water from many natural geothermal vents in Beitou is renowned for healing and healing properties. The whole spa industry and hot spring hotels were built in Beitou and offer aromatherapy, massages and hydrotherapy. There are plenty of places where tourists can soak their feet in the spring of hot springs. Visit the Hot Springs Museum. When it was built in 1913, it was at that time the largest public spa in Asia. Today the museum offers a view of its spa and the history of Beitou.
Visit the Beitou Public Library. Its wooden construction, which fits seamlessly into its Beitou environment. Thanks to the use of ecological features and design, the library is the first Taiwanese "green" building. The library was opened in 2006 and was built to reduce water and electricity consumption. For this purpose, architects used large windows to allow natural light and the roof of the solar panel to supply the electricity needed for operation. The library also collects rainwater to be stored and used to flush toilets.
- Tamsui Fisherman & Wharf
Our last stop is Tamsui. Tamsui is located on the western tip of Taipei and our favorite place was the fishing port. We learned that not only the restaurants that make up the Fisherman's Wharf promenade provide the freshest seafood available, but also breathtaking views of the sunset. Fisherman's Wharf still serves as a harbor for local fishermen and proudly provide a harbor for 150 vessels! Our favorite walk is across the pedestrian bridge "Lover's Bridge", named as such because it opened on Valentine's Day.
Its architecture resembles sailboat masts. It was about a 3-minute walk across the bridge, which is beautiful at sunset. Lover's Bridge is also a great venue for the annual fireworks and a concert that hosts the city annually to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day (which takes place in August and not on February 14). Another way to experience Tamsui is to take the ferry from the Tamsui Ferry harbor and get off at Rybářské nábřeží. The ferry is a cheap way to see the stunning views of the Tamsui waterfront. A one-way fare is only 2 USD and takes just 15 minutes.
While our holiday in Taiwan seems to end in the middle of the eye, it was amazing! While there is so much more, we feel that we have made the most of our travels in Taipei. I hope your journey proves to be educational and comprehensive as ours.