If you are planning a trip to Taiwan for the first time, there are a few areas that are worth visiting in order to use your trip as much as possible. Although there are many beautiful and historic areas, the following are my personal favorites to travel to Taipei. Please feel free to use it as a personal guide to Tybee when planning a holiday in Taipei.
- Taipei 101
We are starting a tour of Taipei in Taipei 101. It is a skyscraper located in the Xin District. In 2004, he was listed as the tallest buildings in the world in 1671 feet. He held the title 6 years until eclipsed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Taipei 101 in 2010. The tower has 101 history and an outdoor observation area on 91st floor, as the Empire State Building in New York, from which you can see beautiful views of the surrounding areas.
On five floors of Taipei 101 is a luxury shopping mall with upscale stores such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Indoor observatory on the 88th floor you can see the 730-ton mass amartyzatarnuyu basically a giant ball, which acts as a pendulum to counteract the building, which fluctuate during a strong wind. Without this cushioning people on higher floors can really suffer motion sickness from the constant swaying of the building! Taipei 101 – a city image, which is visible kilometers around the city. Every New Year, Taipei 101 has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to see its spectacular fireworks.
- Ximending shopping
If you do the shopping, you can not go wrong with Ximending. This shopping area in the Wanhua District in Taipei, Taiwan and is considered a fashion capital. On weekends Ximending street closed to traffic and becomes a pedestrian shopping center. The area is popular with street performers of all types, and as an access point, you can catch the celebrities who hold small concerts in the open air, albums and other events.
Ximending is also known for its "Street Theater", where along the streets of Wuhan has a concentration of a few films. But for lovers of history's most famous theater district – is the theater "Red House", which was built in 1908 during the Japanese occupation and still operates a theater with regular performances.
- National Park Yanmingshan
If the great monuments – this is something that you look forward to traveling, I can not recommend enough Yangmingshan. It is the largest natural park in Taipei. Yangmingshan is perfect for hiking and has many trails that can last a whole day or just a couple of hours. Popular tracks include Peak Seven Stars, which takes you to the highest peak in Taipei at a height of 1120 meters (3600 feet), or see the beautiful waterfall trail Juansi waterfall.
Every February and March Yanmingshan with & # 39 is the site of the festival Yanmingshana colors when several varieties of flowers such as azalea, camellia, and especially cherry blossoms reach their peak. Every evening, the trees are blooming cherry festival for very romantic spectacle. Visitors can also have lunch and dinner in one of the many restaurants, such as the mountain castle on top of the grass or grass for spectacular views of Taipei below.
Between the beauty of the cherry blossoms and views of the city Yanmingshan – the well-known romantic place for lovers of all Taipei. From April to May, when the water lilies to reach full bloom, you can build your own lily flowers for just a few dollars on one of several flower farms.
And finally, do not miss Yangming Shuwu, also known as Yangming Villa, a beautiful summer retreat of the late President Chiang Kai-shek. The house and gardens of Villa Yanminga preserved as they were when occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Chan. The house – a two-story traditional Chinese house, on the ground floor – the room for the reception and offices, and the second – the private residence of Chiang Mai, which is still reflected their pictures and personal photographs. The gardens are especially beautiful in spring when the flowers are blooming. A bit of trivia noted that a few shrubs planted at five beams – symbolizing the "5 star" rank of General Chan.
- The National Palace Museum
Next, we find ourselves in the National Palace Museum, which opened in 1965. If you like history, this is the place! The National Palace Museum has collected 700,000 permanent exhibits of the history of China Imperatarstva and artistic works, which number more than 2,000 years, plus a prehistoric Chinese artifacts and works of art belonging to the Neolithic, or more commonly known as "stone age."
The most popular item in his collection – jade cabbage. Carved in the 19th century, this is a piece of jade, resembles the head of Chinese cabbage and the leaves masked grasshoppers and horse. Legend says that the sculpture of the & # 39 is a metaphor for the female fertility: white cabbage stalks represent purity, green leaves of cabbage, representing fertility, and insects representing children.
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Another historically important attraction of our hike to learn about the history of Taiwan – Memorial Hall Chiang Kia Shack. It is a national monument, which was built in honor of a former president of the Chinese Chan Kiashy. Memorial is the geographical and cultural center of the town. It is the most visited attraction of foreign tourists. The memorial hall of the pagodas in pagoda style has a presidential library and museum at ground level.
In the main hall there is a large sedentary statue of Chiang Kai-shek, similar to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Memorial Hall. Memorial Hall and the adjacent Liberty Square occupies 60 acres and includes a lot of ponds and garden spaces. On the area are also located two houses of art in Taipei, the National Theater and National Concert Hall.
- Hot springs and Beit Public Library
My favorite place to visit during their stay in Taiwan – it is an area which is called Beth. Bet – a mountainous region to the north of the city of Taipei and most well-known for its hot springs and beautiful public library. Mineral water from a variety of natural geothermal vent holes in Beitou is famous for its medicinal and healing properties. The Beitou a whole industry of baths and hot springs that offer aromatherapy, massage and hydrotherapy. There are many places where tourists can soak your feet in a stream of hot springs. Be sure to visit the museum of the hot springs. When it was built in 1913, it was the largest public baths in Asia at that time. Today, the museum offers to get acquainted with the possibilities of the bath and the history of Beit.
Next, visit the Public Library Beitou. Its wooden structure fully integrated into the environment Beit Park. Using eco-friendly features and design, library & # 39 is the first green building on Taiwan. The library was opened in 2006 and was built to reduce the use of water and electricity. To do this, the architects used large windows that allow natural light and solar roof panels provide the necessary power to operate. Also library collects rainwater, which is stored and used for flushing toilets.
- Tamsui Fisherman's Pier
Our final stop – Tamsui. Tamsui is located on the western tip of Taipei, and our favorite place was the Fisherman's Wharf. We learned that restaurants that offer fishing pier, provide only fresh seafood, but also a breathtaking view to the west. Fisherman's Wharf is still working as a harbor for the local fishermen, and they are proud to provide a harbor for 150 ships! Our favorite walk – through the pedestrian bridge "Bridge of Lovers", named so because it opened on Valentine's Day 2003.
Its architecture resembles the mast of a sailing ship. It was about 3 minutes walk across the bridge, the sun is magnificent at sunset. Bridge of lovers and a great place to catch the annual fireworks display and the concert, which is held in the city every year to celebrate Valentine's Day in China (which takes place in August, not February 14). Another way to experience the Tams – take a ferry from the pier and disembark in Tamsui Fisherman's wharf. Steam – this is a cheap way to see the stunning views of the waterfront Tamsui. The fare one way cost only $ 2 and takes about 15 minutes.
Although our stay in Taiwan, it seemed, was instantly! While there are still many things to see, we believe that we made the most of our travels in Taipei. I hope that your journey will be the same educational and complex as ours.