Standing at 508 meters tall, the Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground, as well as 5 basement levels. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners with the elements of Chinese lucky number “eight” (meaning prosperity and good fortune).
The building is like a stalk of bamboo as an icon of learning and growth in Chinese tradition architecture. The Taipei 101 is the 4th tallest building in the world, and the tallest green building standing the Pacific Rim’s earthquakes area. It is also the tallest building in Taiwan, East Asia and Pacific Rim.
No. 7 , Section 5 , Xinyi Road , Xinyi District, Taipei City | 850M |
The National Sun Yat- sen Memorial Hall is a multi-functional comprehensive social and educational institution that commemorates the great personality of Sun Yat-sen and promotes his ideology. It services as a museum, performance hall, and intuition of promoting lifelong education for all.
The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was designed by famous architect Da-Hong Wang. It is a Tang-Dynasty-Style building with eaves. The majestic main building is located in Zhongshan Park, surrounded by grass and flowers, becoming an icon of the East District of Taipei City. It also brings a new atmosphere to local culture and art. In addition to providing the respect of Sun Yat- sen for the locals and foreign visitors, it also services the functions of culture and art education, life and leisure, and academic research.
No. 505 , Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City | 350M |
The Songshan Cultural Creative Park is located in the Xinyi District with an area of 6.6 hectares. This location has transformed through history since 1937 as the “Taiwan Sotokufu Tobacco Monopoly Bureau” during the Japanese colonial time, and after restoration, it was taken over by the Taiwan Monopoly Bureau and renamed the “Taiwanese Provincial Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau Songshan Plant”.
In 2001, it was appointed by the Taipei City Government as the NO.99 cultural heritage site of the city and renamed the “Songshan Cultural and Creative Park”. This site was once home to the first modernized tobacco factory in Taiwan, which created tremendous economic value to the nation. On November 15th, 2011, after it officially opened to the public, it has now been transformed into a creative hub of Taiwan.
No. 133 , Guangfu South Road , Xinyi District, Taipei City | 1400M |
The village was developed after the Chinese Civil War as a residential area for members of the Nationalist military and their families and dependents. Due to urban development, only a portion of the village is conserved for usage of cultural and creative industry and exhibition.
Besides Military Dependents’ Village Museum, visitors mostly come for Good Cho’s (好丘), a cafe featuring in its remained interior style of the village. No matter square table, cane chair, wooden cabinet or dinnerware used throughout many Taiwanese childhood, entering this place seems to bring us back to grandpa’s narrow but cozy home. Good Cho’s not only offers coffees and light meals, but also sells interesting local products, for instance, designer’s postcards, trendy t-shirts, tea, jams and indie music.
No. 50 Song Qin Street , Xinyi District, Taipei City | 1500M |
Covering an area of 24.79 hectares, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a memorial hall built in memory of the former president Chiang Kai-Shek. It is shaped like the top of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing and the body of the Egyptian Pyramid. It is towering and majestic. It has showrooms at the bottom of the building.
The memorial hall adopts Chinese palace-style architecture, and is has theater and concert halls on the left and right. It is the best performing area for many domestic and foreign cultural and art groups. It is also a popular gathering place for weddings and wedding photography.
No. 21 , Zhongshan South Road , Zhongzheng District, Taipei City | 5500M |
The Monga (current Wanhua) district is one of the first developed areas in the city of Taipei.Longshan Temple, the most well-known temple in Taipei, was built sometime between 1738AD (the 3rd year of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty) and 1740AD. It is a center for worships, activities, and assemblies.
The temple has been reconstructed many times over the past 200 years. The entire structure is presented in a complete “回” shape (“turns” in Chinese), which is a noble layout of a traditional temple. From the stone steps to the main hall, the Lord God – Guanyin Bodhisattva’s compassion can be seen. The Longshan Temple not only collects many art treasures, it also is a second-degree historical site featuring traditional streets, shops, and festivals.
211 Guangzhou Street , Wanhua District, Taipei City | 8600M |
Shilin Night Market is one of the largest night markets in Taipei. It is centered around the Yangming Theatre and Cicheng Palace, featuring the bustling street markets on Wenlin Road, Dadong Road, and Danan Road.
It was built two years before the Republic of China was established. It is known for its various delectable, traditional snacks, such as the Shilin sausage, Shanghai fried dumplings, flatbread buns, giant fried chicken, etc. Many tourists visit the night market to taste Taiwanese local foods. The satisfaction from devouring the delicious Taiwanese snacks is beyond words.
No. 101 , Jihe Road , Shilin District, Taipei City | 9600M |
Dadaocheng or Twatuitia was originally a village for the Taiwanese Plain Indigenous Peoples. It later became one of most bustling distribution area in the city of Taipei, mainly for tea and textile tradings.
During the early years, the Yanping North Road and Guide Street were the main commercial areas. Now, Dadaocheng is a place of gathering for firework festivals and biking trips near the riverbank. You may enjoy cycling along the riverside while sightseeing the historical views of Dadaocheng.
Dadaocheng Warf | 8700M |
Beitou Library is the first green library in Taiwan. It is located in Beitou Park, adjacent to Beitou Hot Springs Museum. The entire building is constructed with environmental protection and green energy.
The roof is made of lightweight ecological materials and is equipped with solar panels to generate electricity. The green roof and slope turf can be naturally drained to the rainwater recovery tank, and then reused for watering and flushing. It is not only to green the library but also reduce water waste. In 2012, Flavorwire.com nominated the library as one of the “25 most beautiful public library in the world”.
No. 251 Guangming Road , Beitou District, Taipei City | 18700M |
Featuring the Tatun volcano group, the Yangmingshan National Park has a volcanic geography and constructed mostly by andesite rocks. The park’s unique characteristics include a special cone or bell-shaped volcanic body, volcanic craters, and volcanic lakes.
Xiaoyoukeng, Dayoukeng, Matsao, and Huangzui are some great locations to witness the volcano’s steam eruptions. The park is also known for its abundance of hot springs. Due to the heavy monsoon seasons, the park has a rich flora, including broad-leaved forests, subtropical rain forests, and aquatic plants. It breeds vegetation and birds such as the Taiwanese water leek, Datun cuckoo, butterflies, and Taiwanese blue salamander. The Yangmingshan National Park is one of the best and most popular places for flower viewing and outdoor activities.
No. 1-20 , Zhuzihu Road , Yangmingshan, Beitou District, Taipei City | 21700M