Taipei Taiwan Travel Guide for First Timers

If you are planning a cruise to Taiwan for the aboriginal time, there are several areas account visiting to accomplish the a lot of of your trip. While there are assorted beautiful, celebrated areas, the afterward are my claimed favorites for Taipei travel. Please feel chargeless to use this as a array of claimed Taipei biking adviser if planning your Taipei vacation.

Taipei 101

We alpha our Taipei bout at Taipei 101. This is a architectonics amid in the Xinyi District. In 2004, it was listed as the world’s tallest architectonics at 1,671 feet. It captivated that appellation for 6 years until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai eclipsed Taipei 101 in 2010. The belfry boasts 101 belief and appearance an alfresco ascertainment accouter on the 91st attic like the Empire State Architectonics in New York City-limits breadth you can see admirable angle of the surrounding areas.

The basal 5 floors of Taipei 101 affection a affluence arcade basic with even shops such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. On the 88th attic calm observatory, you can see the 730-ton accumulation damper, basically a behemothic brawl that acts like a alarm to annul the barrio amplitude during top winds. Without this damper, humans on top floors can in fact ache from motion affection from the connected acceptable of the building! Taipei 101 is a city-limits figure that is arresting for afar beyond the city. Every New Year’s, Taipei 101 attracts tens of bags of visitors to see its amazing fireworks display.

Ximending Shopping

If you are into shopping, you can’t go amiss with Ximending. This is the arcade breadth in the Wanhua commune of Taipei and is advised to be the appearance basic of Taiwan. On weekends, Ximending streets are bankrupt to cartage and becomes a banal arcade mall. The breadth is accepted with artery performers of all types and, because it is a hotspot, you can bolt celebrities hosting baby alfresco concerts, anthology launches, and added events.

Ximending is aswell acclaimed for its “Theater Street” breadth there is a absorption of several cine forth Wuchang Street. For history buffs, though, the a lot of acclaimed amphitheater in the commune is the Red Abode Amphitheater which was congenital in 1908 during Japanese activity and is still an operational amphitheater with approved performances.

Yangmingshan Civic Park

If admirable architect are what you attending advanced to if travelling, again I can’t acclaim Yangmingshan enough. It is the bigger accustomed esplanade in Taipei. Yangmingshan is abundant for hiking and has abundant trails that can endure an absolute day or just a brace of hours. Accepted trails cover Seven Stars Aiguille which will yield you to the accomplished aiguille in Taipei at 1120 meters (3600 feet) or see the beauteous avalanche of the Juansi Avalanche Trail.

Each February through March, Yangmingshan is the website of the Yangmingshan Annual Anniversary if several varieties of flowers such as azaleas, camellias, and abnormally blooming blossoms ability their aiguille bloom. Every black of the festival, blooming blossom copse are aflame for a decidedly adventurous sight. Visitors can aswell accept cafeteria and banquet at one of abounding restaurants such as The Top or Grass Mountain Chateau for amazing vistas of Taipei below.

Between the adorableness of the blooming blossoms and the angle of the city, Yangmingshan is a acclaimed adventurous atom for lovers all over Taipei. From April to May, if calla lilies ability abounding bloom, you can aces your own afraid flowers for alone a few dollars at one of several annual farms.

Lastly, don’t absence out on Yangming Shuwu, aswell accepted as Yangming Villa, the admirable summer retreat of the backward admiral Chiang Kai-shek. Yangming Villa abode and breadth are maintained as they were if active by Mr. and Mrs. Chiang. The abode is a two-story acceptable Chinese home, with accession apartment and offices on the aboriginal attic and the Chiang’s claimed abode on the additional attic breadth their paintings and claimed photographs are still displayed. The breadth are abnormally admirable in the Spring if the flowers are in bloom. As a bit of trivia, it’s been acclaimed that several bushes are buried in bunches of 5 – to betoken the “5-star” rank of General Chiang.

Civic Palace Museum

Next, we acquisition ourselves at the Civic Palace Architectonics which opened in 1965. If you adulation history, this is the abode to be! Civic Palace Architectonics has a humongous accumulating of 700,000 abiding exhibits of Chinese Imperial history and artwork that spans over 2000 years additional aged Chinese artifacts and artwork that dates to the Neolithic era, or bigger accepted as the “Stone Age”.

The a lot of accepted account in its accumulating is the Jadeite Cabbage. Carved during the 19th century, it is a section of jadeite that has been shaped to resemble a arch of Chinese banknote and has a locust and a grasshopper buried in its leaves. Legend says the carve is a allegory for changeable fertility, with the white banknote axis apery purity, the blooming leaves of the banknote apery fertility, and the insects apery children.

Chiang Kai-shek Canonizing Hall

Another historically cogent battleground on our expedition to apprentice about the history of Taiwan is the Chiang Kia-shek Canonizing Hall. This is a civic cairn that was congenital in account of above Republic of China Admiral Chiang Kia-shek. The canonizing marks the geographic and cultural centermost of Taipei. It is the a lot of visited allure by adopted tourists. The pagoda appearance canonizing anteroom has a presidential library and architectonics on the arena level.

The capital anteroom appearance a large, built-in bronze of Chiang Kai-shek, abundant like the Lincoln Canonizing in Washington, D.C. The canonizing anteroom and its surrounding Liberty Square capital encompasses 60 acreage and includes abounding ponds and garden spaces. The capital aswell houses two of Taipei’s achievement art buildings, the Civic Amphitheater and the Civic Concert Hall.

Beitou Hot Springs and Accessible Library

My admired abode to appointment while in Taiwan is an breadth alleged Beitou. Beitou is a aerial commune arctic of Taipei City-limits and is a lot of accepted for its hot springs and its arresting accessible library. The mineral amnion from the abounding accustomed geothermal vents in Beitou are acclaimed for their healing and ameliorative properties. An absolute industry of hot springs bathhouses and hotels accept sprung up in Beitou alms balm therapy, massages, and hydrotherapy. There are a lot of places breadth tourists can absorb their anxiety in the hot springs stream. Be abiding to appointment the Hot Springs Museum. If it was congenital in 1913, it was the bigger accessible bathhouse in Asia at that time. Today, the architectonics offers a glimpse at its bathhouse accessories and Beitou’s history.

Next, appointment the Beitou accessible library. Its board anatomy that fits seamlessly into its Beitou Esplanade setting. Through use of eco-friendly appearance and design, the library is Taiwan’s aboriginal “green” building. The library opened in 2006 and was congenital to abate the acceptance of baptize and electricity. To do this, architects acclimated ample windows to acceptance in accustomed ablaze and a solar console roof to accommodate the electricity bare for operation. Also, the library collects rain baptize to be stored and acclimated to even its toilets.

Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf

Our final endlessly point is Tamsui. Tamsui is amid on the western tip of Taipei and our admired abode was the Fisherman’s Wharf. We abstruse that not alone do the restaurants that dot the Fisherman’s Wharf boardwalk accommodate the freshest seafood available, it aswell provides amazing dusk views. Fisherman’s Wharf still functions as a anchorage for bounded fishermen and they proudly accommodate anchorage for 150 vessels! Our admired airing is beyond the “Lover’s Bridge” banal bridge, called as such because it opened on Valentine’s Day 2003.

Its architectonics resembles a sailing ship’s masts. It was about a 3-minute airing beyond the bridge, which at dusk is magnificent. Lover’s Arch is aswell a abundant abode to bolt the annual fireworks appearance and concert that the city-limits hosts anniversary year to bless Chinese Valentine’s Day (which occurs in August and not February 14th). Another way to acquaintance Tamsui is to yield a bear from the Tamsui Bear Pier and alight at the Fisherman’s Wharf. The bear is a bargain way to see agitating angle of the Tamsui waterfront. A one-way book costs alone $2 USD and takes alone about 15 minutes.

Though our Taiwan vacation seems to accept been over in the blink of an eye, it was amazing! While there is so abundant added to see, we feel we fabricated the a lot of of our campaign in Taipei. I achievement that your cruise proves to be just as educational and encompassing as ours.