From the world-famous skyscraper to the biggest collection of Chinese art, Taipei, invites you to a world of fascinating contrasts—a mix of the modern and traditional with a generous dash of energy and friendly smiles to make this one of your most memorable trips to Asia.
The cultural kaleidoscope of Taipei city is obvious wherever you go. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a vibrant street life of a decidedly more modern era. Taipei has dozens of world-class restaurants where gourmets can sample the best regional Chinese cuisine; and for the gourmand, there are plenty night markets serving up scrumptious evening snacks in an environment of chaotic excitement and fun. Free wi-fi is available within the city and you can browse the internet anytime anywhere in Taipei!
The polarities of Taipei are vividly present as well in the joining of the urban and natural. Just a few minutes from the heart of the city you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral-rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin. And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.
Whether you're just stopping over route to another Asian destination, or planning a longer stay, Taipei is a many-faceted treasure that will call you back again and again. Discover the heart of Asia in beautiful Taipei!
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The National Palace Museum in Taipei has a permanent collection of over 677,687 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. The collection encompasses over 8,000 years of Chinese history, from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty. Most of the collections are high quality pieces collected by Mainland China's ancient emperors. The National Palace Museum main artifacts include bronzes, paintings, jades, ceramics, calligraphy, ancient books, documents, curios and pottery. The displays are rotated once every three months, which means 60,000 pieces can be viewed in a year and it would take nearly 12 years to see them all. The museum houses several treasured items that are the pride of their collection and famous worldwide.
Foot Massage Therapeutic massage has a long history in Chinese society, with the techniques having been passed unchanged down the centuries. Nowadays, there are many different kinds of massage practiced in Taiwan, and foot massage is the most interesting one among all. The theory is simple but the practice is far more complex and mysterious. A relaxing foot massage will surely delight you on your tour of Taiwan.
The newest addition to Taipei City's efficient transportation system, the “Hop-On, Hop-Off” double-decker bus, gives visitors a hassle-free way to tour the city using a day pass for both the Red and Blue routes.
On average, each journey from start to finish takes 100 minutes; however, during rush hour, it may take up to 130 minutes. Bus intervals are approximately 30-40 minutes. Services provided on the bus include unlimited wi-fi internet and a tour guide headset in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
During the city sightseeing-bus tour, scenic and architectural highlights are introduced, providing visitors with a quick outline of Taipei’s contours.
In Taipei, many people refuse to give up their nighttime prowling just because of daytime work demands. Many famous night markets in Taipei are stacked with 24-hour retail outlets: convenience stores, Internet cafes, food stands and restaurants, discount stores, book stores, bars and night clubs. This is the benefit of being in Taipei - satisfaction anytime. If you are suffering from jetlag when you arrive here, come out and experience first-hand the vitality and exuberance of the locals at all hours of the day or night.
Taroko became a national park in 1986 and includes Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung City. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by the Liwu River, creating impressive canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such particular geography has also bred unique flora and fauna in this area.
This street is made up of the curved, red-tiled lanes of today's Putou, Yaolin, and Dayou streets. Both sides of the streets are lined with newly renovated old-style shop buildings that feature interesting internal room layouts and old-style exteriors. Here you can feel some of the atmosphere of old Lugang.
The Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and nature reserve located in the mountains of Chiayi County. It is 415 km2 in area. It includes, among other things, mountain wilderness, four villages, waterfalls, high altitude tea plantations, the Alishan Forest Railway and several hiking trails. The area is popular among tourists and mountain climbers, and Alishan or Mount Ali itself has become one of the major landmarks. The area is also famous for its production of high mountain tea and wasabi. Alishan is well known for its sunrises, and on a suitable morning one can observe the sun coming up on a sea of clouds in the area between Alishan and Yushan.
Sun Moon Lake is located in Yuchi Township of Nantou County. It has a total area of 7.73 square kilometers, making it the largest lake in Taiwan. The sun shape of the northern half and the crescent moon shape of the southern half of the lake earned the lake its name. Sun Moon Lake is a vast expanse of crystal dark green water lying in the embrace of towering mountains. The resplendent mountain and water scenery provide a beautiful backdrop for nature lovers.
Jiufen used to the center of gold mining. The village is next to the mountain and facing the sea. In 1890, someone struck gold near Jiufen. However, with the decline of gold mining activities, Jiufen faded. Later, several movies were shot there and the movies won international acknowledgement. It seems that the prosperous old streets, buildings, mines and the glamorous gold-digging days are flashing before our eyes. Now, there are many unique teahouses in Jiufen. These teahouses are the best stops during a visit to this mountain village.
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is one of the three most popular and –best- known events during Lantern Festival. Since 1999, the New Taipei City Government has devoted substantial resources to promote this festival as an international and multi-ethnic cultural exchange activity. This festival presents the Sky Lantern tradition and the natural beauty of Pingxi to the public, offering prayers to the Heaven God and wishing for prosperity and peace for the nation and its citizens.