The capital of Taiwan, Taipei is the political, financial, and cultural lifeline of the island. At 272 square kilometer in size, the city proper is home to 2.68 million people, and boasting an enchanting natural landscape and rich cultural offerings. It is a modern metropolis with world-class shopping, dozens of great museums, a wide variety of excellent restaurants, and history, all connected seamlessly by one of the best public transportation system in the world.
Mengjia Longshan Temple, built in 1738, worships a mixture of Buddhist and Taoist with over 100 Gods and Goddesses. With the most complete characteristics of Taiwanese temple, it serves not only as a place of worship for the local people, but a famous historic monument where visitors always get impressed by the beauty of ancient art treasures.
Being the landmark of Taipei City, Taipei 101 was once the tallest buildings in the world. For refined food and views, visitors may enjoy fine services and cuisines at the restaurants located from the eighty-sixth to the eighty-eighth floor.
Surrounded by mountains and facing the Pacific Ocean, Jiufen has the best and spectacular view of sunset. Developed from gold mining town during the Japanese Colonial Era, most of the Japanese style residences are still perfectly preserved. Beside the old-time delights, its local food such as meat ball with red vinasse (hongzhao), Hakka glutinous rice cakes, and yam balls, also make Jiufen a thriving tourist resort that attracts visitors from all over the world.
NATIONAL CHIANG KAI-SHEK(CKS) MEMORIAL HALL
The National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall was built in 1987. It is the first national-level cultural venues in Taiwan, and consists of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, National Theater, and National Concert Hall. With the traditional Chinese palace style, CKS Memorial Hall is also the other major Taipei landmarks, where visitors and tourists can have themselves enjoy the world-class performances and exhibitions as well.
DIN TAI FUNG
Specialising in Xiaolongbao (Chinese steamed buns), DinTai Fung is an award-winning restaurant originating from Taiwan. Outside its native Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has branches in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Thailand.
TAMSUI (OLD STREETS AND FISHERMAN’S WHARF)
Tamsui, a sea-side city in New Taipei City, is about an hour from Taipei by car or MRT. It is named after the Tamsui River. The name means “clear water”. The city is popular as a site for viewing sunset into the Taiwan Strait. The Tamsui Old Street is home to many traditional Taiwanese cuisines.
The Fisherman’s Wharf was a very important fishing harbor in the early history of north Taiwan. The Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is well known by its beautiful sunset and fresh seafood. While having sightseeing and leisure facilities, it still holds its functionality as a harbor for fishing boats.