Taipei 101 Mall, Xinyi District: Fashion Central
Xinyi is a one-of-a-kind tourism area in Taiwan. A product of urban planning, it is the center of fashion and a place where Taipei's future is being created. The district has convenient transportation links to other parts of the city and region. The stores here sell the world's best brands. Xinyi is also home to Taiwan biggest bookstore chain, Eslite and the international landmark Taipei 101 building. Si Si Nan Village (a restored military dependents housing complex), Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, an internationally-renowned Michelin star restaurant, eye-catching buildings and installation art, and the annual Taipei New Year Eve Party all further add to the sparkle of Xinyi District.
For shopping, entertainment and delicious cuisine to art, culture and international MICE facilities, Xinyi District serves up the best of Taiwan.
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
National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City. This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away. The memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC flag. A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. As a whole, the colors of blue, white and red express the National Flag and the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood. The great building has become a landmark of Taipei City, and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists.
Located in Taipei City, Xingtian Temple is one of the most popular temples in Taiwan. The temple advocates in building a harmonic society from the philosophies of Confucian and Buddhist. The population of visitors sometimes exceeds more than twenty-thousand people a day. The reasons for its popularity are due to its beliefs in creating a harmonic society, thus establishing public goods to the communities. Furthermore, Xingtian Temple locates at an ideal location, in the center of Taipei City, offering convenience to all visitors. To welcome the large population of worshippers, the temple occupies a total area of seven thousand square meters.
Other than the famous temple itself, there is a Xingtian Temple underpass avenue. At the underpass avenue, visitors will be able to see numerous fortune telling stands. It is also another popular place to visit when visiting Xingtian Temple. The underpass avenue is also known as the “Fortunetelling Street”. The fortune tellers would offer answers to people who has troubles or vexations.
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
The premises were one of Taiwan’s pioneers of modern industry, as well as the first professional tobacco plant. A gracefully simple Japanese modernist structure, the factory features meticulously crafted face cams, glasswork and bronze nails that made it arguably a "model factory" at that time.
In 2001, the Taipei City Government named the tobacco factory the city’s 99th historic site and converted it into a park comprising city-designated historic sites.
For more efficient reuse of space, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was built on the historic site as a production base for designers and cultural & creative businesses, as well as a venue for performances and exhibitions. The park introduced to its premises a Taiwan Design Museum and TMSK through partnerships with the Taiwan Design Center and prestigious Taiwanese glasswork label LIULI GONG FANG, respectively, besides a snack bar that was converted from the machinery repair shed.
Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park is located in the north of Beitou. Yangmingshan was called Caoshan (Grass Mountain) during Japanese occupation of Taiwan, because it was covered with grass and seldom visited. After World War II, the KMT government renamed the mountain Yangmingshan and built a park here. Yangmingshan National Park is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. It is next to Shamao Mountain and Qixing Mountain with Datun Mountain on the right and Guanyin Mountain in front. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yangmingshan National Park a perfect summer resort. Total area of the park is 125 hectares, designed in traditional Chinese style. The natural beauty of the part has won it the reputation as urban forest and the Taipei garden.