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Taipei officially known as Taipei City, is the capital and a special municipality of Taiwan. Sitting at the northern tip of the island, Taipei City is an enclave of the municipality of New Taipei City. It is the political, economic, educational, and cultural center of Taiwan island, and one of the major hubs of Greater China. Considered to be a global city, Taipei is part of a major high-tech industrial area.Railways, high-speed rail, highways, airports, and bus lines connect this city with all parts of the island.Taipei is home to various world-famous architectural or cultural landmarks.
The National Palace Museum has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, which makes it one of the largest of its type in the world. The collection encompasses 8,000 years of history of Chinese art from the Neolithic age to the modern.Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by China's emperors. The National Palace Museum shares its roots with the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Though founded by a Buddhist order, this museum was built to show the communality of all religions. Highlights include detailed scale models of the world's great religious holy sites such as Islam's Dome of the Rock, Sikhism's Golden Temple and Christianity's Chartres Cathedral. The museum also features riveting multimedia presentations.
The Taipei Confucius Temple is modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, China. In keeping with the sober spirit of Confucianism, the building is appropriately austere. Visitors also won't find the spring couplets common at other types of temples. Some say this is because it would be rude to display the writing of another in a temple dedicated to the Sage. Among the Confucius temples in Taiwan, Taipei's is the only one adorned with southern Fujian-style ceramic applique. At the main hall of the temple one can see a black plaque with gold lettering that reads "Educate without Discrimination." Every year on September 28, a grand ceremony with traditional music and stylized dancing is held at the temple in honor of Confucius.
DalongdongBaoan Temple also known as the Taipei Baoan Temple is a Taiwanese folk religion temple. Throughout Taiwan's history, the temple was renovated and reconstructed numerous times, leading to a 2003 induction into UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation.Dedicated to the Taoist saint BaoshengDadi, the 900 SQ METRE large temple faces south, in line with Feng-Shui practices, and houses the front, main, and rear halls, along with the east and west halls. The buildings also run from tallest to shortest in that order, in observance of Confucian principles. The temple also houses a drum tower.Important architectural elements around the temple grounds include stone carvings, stone lions, dragon columns, stone bamboo windows, and wood, stone, andclay carvings.Nearby the doors of the temple are large images of gods protecting the gates. Large coloured murals also are displayed throughout the grounds.
A memorial to the founder of modern China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in 1972 as a tribute to the founder of the Republic of China.The hall contains displays of Sun's accomplishments from the revolution during and after the fall of the Qing Dynasty, and today is a meeting ground for various social, educational, and cultural activities.Although the hall's main purpose was intended to display historical relics of Sun's life and the Xinhai Revolution, it later was opened to performances and exhibitions.
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China.The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at the east end of Liberty Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall.The octagon-shaped white building rises 76 meters and is covered with blue tiles and red accents, echoing the flag of the Republic of China. The eight sides represent the Chinese cultural symbolism of the number eight which is traditionally associated with fortune and wealth. The two sets of 89 steps represent Chiang's age of death and lead up to main hall housing a large bronze statue of Chiang protected by military personnel which change hourly.
One of Taipei's most fun places to dance. Reasonably priced drinks, Latin American and African beats and, of course, fragrant shisha.
With wooden decor, comfy armchairs, and inviting sofas, the bar is a draw for the artsy and hipster crowds. Behind the sleek copper bar, bartenders whip up an array of cocktails from beloved classics to more inventive creations. Guests feeling peckish can order from the food menu, with options mostly including pastas, burgers, and sandwiches. The bar also offers a sweet range of desserts like cheesecake and apple pie topped with ice cream.
This restaurant is famous for a Japanese cooking style called Yakiniku, a term meaning grilled meat, and is a must for anyone visiting Taipei. Outfitted with only one table and limited bar seating, the tiny restaurant is located in the commercial Daan District. Guests can order from a variety of meat options, including beef, pork and shrimp. While most Yakiniku restaurants require guests to cook for themselves, the staff members here will do all the cooking.
The restaurant is legendary for its single menu item, soft rice noodles served in a thick, flavorful gravy. The famous dish comes in two sizes and can be topped with chili sauce, vinegar and/or and garlic. With no seating available inside or outside the shop, visitors eat standing in the street or simply take their noodles to-go.
For anyone who can’t decide on what to eat for dinner, the international variety offered by The Kitchen Table is the perfect solution. This restaurant offers an expansive selection, with a full breakfast buffet in the morning, a light lunch buffet with colorful desserts in the afternoon, and a more hearty dinner buffet in the evening. During dinner, guests can indulge in a variety of international dishes, from Yorkshire pudding and Italian wood-fire pizza to Chinese dim sum and roasted duck. There is also a well-stocked seafood bar, as well as a dessert station where guests can top off the evening with some homemade sorbet.
Public transport accounts for a substantial portion of different modes of transport in Taiwan, with Taipei residents having the highest utilization rate at 34.1%.Taipei Station serves as the comprehensive hub for the subway, bus, conventional rail, and high-speed rail.
1- National Palace Museum
Address: No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Tel: +886 2 6610 3600
2- Museum of World Religions
Address: No. 236, Section 1, Zhongshan Road, Yonghe District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 234
Tel: +886 2 8231 6118
E-mail: [email protected]
3- Taipei Confucius Temple
Address: No. 275, Dalong Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Tel: +886 2 2592 3934
4- Bao’an Temple
Address: No. 61, Hami Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Tel: +886 2 2595 1676
5- Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Address: No. 505, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Tel: +886 2 2758 8008
E-mail: [email protected]
6- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Address: No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Tel: +886 2 2343 1100
7- 1001 Nights
Address: No. 8, Sec. 5, Nanjing East. Rd., Songshan District, Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 2765 1122
8- Woo Taipei
Address: No. 39-1, Lane 205, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Tel: +886 2 8771 9813
Address: 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Lane 177, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, 22
Tel: +886 2 2711 0179
10- Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle
Address: No. 8-1, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tel: +886 2 2388 8808
11- The Kitchen Table
Address: 10 Zhongxiao East Road, Section 5 Xinyi District, Taipei
Tel: +886 2 7703 8887
E-mail: [email protected]