- The Taipei 101 tower comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. It’s 509.2 m (1,671 ft) as measured to its height architectural top (spire). It was not only the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height, but also formerly the world’s tallest building from March 2004 to 10 March 2010 and it still remains the world’s tallest, largest and highest-use green building since 28 July 2011.
- Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 60 m/s (197 ft/s, 216 km/h or 134 mph) and the strongest earthquakes likely to occur in a 2,500-year cycle.
- From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, each evening the tower’s light displays one of the seven colours of the rainbow. Monday is red, Tuesday is orange, …, Sunday is violet. If you are not sure about what day it is, just look up at Taipei 101!
- The Lungshan Temple houses hundreds of statues of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities. The temple mixes traditional Chinese siheyuan (“four-building courtyard”) with palace architecture in its design. The temple is divided into the front hall, main hall, rear hall, right wing and left wing. Paintings of vivid creatures grace the temple walls, and stone statues of mystical creatures guard the temple grounds. The joining of wall and roof did not use any nails or braces made of metal. Covered by overtapping tiles, the temple roof is decorated with figures of the dragon, phoenix, and other auspicious creatures. The figures are decorated with porcelain, clay, and shards of colored glass. They represent the pinnacle of mosaic art in Taiwan. The temple has been declared a Secondary National Heritage Site.
National Palace Museum
- The Taipei National Palace Museum is a world-class museum that hosts an eclectic collection of treasures kept by generations of Emperors ruling from the Forbidden City. In WWII, Nationalist troops seized the most important pieces in order to prevent invaders from ransacking China’s national treasures. A twist of fate eventually brought these treasures to Taiwan.
- The Taipei National Palace Museum is designed in the style of a Northern Chinese palace. The museum is home to hundreds of thousands of historical relics that make up the world’s most comprehensive and precious collection of ancient Chinese artifacts. The entire collection covers 5,000 years of China’s historical and artistic achievements.
- The museum provides Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Korean language guides and museum-related literature. The museum is a must- see on any visitor’s itinerary.
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
- This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Taiwan. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away. It was designed by C.C. Yang, who was also the architect for The Grand Hotel. The memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC(Taiwan) flag; while the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) adorns the vaulted ceiling. A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. The front plaza of the hall is also a major venue for democratic assemblies.
Daan Forest Park
- There are many famous parks in the metropolis around the world: Central Park in New York, Hyde Park in London. Taiwan is no exception. Even in such a crowded basin of Taipei, Daan Forest Park, located in the center of the capital city, has become a place that citizen can retreat from the surrounding hustle and bustles.
Featuring coverage of 26 hectares, a lake, an amphitheater, and of course, numerous trees, people use the park to rest in the afternoon or do leisure activities. Transportation is also convenient. More than 10 bus routes and a top rated MRT station, and you can visit Daan Park anytime!
Xinbeitou Hot Spring Area
- Hot springs in Xinbeitou with high temperature and many sources are caused by the terrestrial heat of Datun Mountains. The thermal valley is one of the earliest hot spring sources found in Taiwan.
- Water Quality: The green sulfur in Thermal valley is the acid spring. The consistency of hydrogen is 1.4, the temperature is 85°C, the color is translucent gray, and it has light radiation. The hot spring in Beitou Hot Spring Road is white sulfur. Its pH between 3-4, as vitriol salt spring, translucent white and yellow, 50°C – 90°C, and light acidity.
- Scenic Spots：Beitou hot spring has been famous since Japanese colonial times. The area is around with historic monuments and natural scenic spots. Beitou Museum, Yinsong Building, Xingnai Spring, Beitou Library, Beitou Hot Spring Park, and the Folk Museum connect into a hot spring route.
Yangmingshan National Park
- Of all Taiwan’s national parks, Yangmingshan is the one located closest to a metropolitan center. Yangmingshan features a widely varying terrain, diverse ecology, and is home to numerous protected species. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one of Taiwan’s endemic bird species—the Formosan Blue Magpie.
- The park is full of plum, cherry, peach and pear trees, rhododendrons, etc. In spring, the cherry blossoms never fail to draw crowds. After cherry blossom season, about mid-March, it’s time for the calla lilies at Bamboo Lake (Zhuzi-hu) to take center stage. Visitors go into the fields and pick calla lilies to take home with them—it’s become a must-do event for this time of a year!
- Perhaps one of the most distinctive features in the park is the “Flower Clock,” composed of a variety of colorful seasonal flowers. When visiting Yangmingshan, be sure to take a photo to prove you’ve seen this famous landmark! Also worth checking are popular sights like the Xiao-you-keng (“Small Oil Pit”), Chingtien-kang (Qing-tian Hill) Lengshui-keng (“Cold Water Pit”), and Yangming Archive House. If you enjoy an invigorating hike, these will be right up your alley!
- The Yangmingshan area also possesses a wealth of geothermal resources, with hot springs having different compositions depending on their location in the park. Nearby Xingyi Road in Beitou is lined with hot spring restaurants. If you’re passing along this way, don’t forget to take a relaxing dip in the sulfur springs!
- Beautiful flowers in the spring, a cool getaway in the summer, silver grass and maple leaves in the fall, hot springs in the winter—Yangmingshan’s distinctive seasonal offerings await your discovery!