The hotel— Martyrs’ Shrine, fantastic guards changing ceremony— National Palace Museum― handicraft center— Lunch time— Longshan Temple— Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall— Taipei 101 Building (observatory tower- optional)― the hotel
The hotel― Yanmingshan National Park― Shiao Yu Ken, the volcano crater— Lunch time— Hot spring bath and SPA (optional) — Chang Kai-Shek official residence— Shih Lin Night Market, the largest one in the town― the hotel
The hotel― National Express Highway― North Coast Scenic Area―
Yeliu Eco Park, the astonish scenes of stone formation― Keelung
Harbor, bird-view on the port― Chung Chen Park, Buhhda Statue
Park― Chiufen Village, an historical town― the hotel
* Martyrs' Shrine
With a magnificent architecture, reminding us a palace, The Martyrs Shrine is dedicated to many men who sacrificed their lives and heroes of the country from the Ching Dynasty through the world war two, the civil war until today. Every spring and autumn, the president of Taiwan assists to a guardian s ceremony. The guardians of The Martyrs Shrine, very serious and conscientious are not allowed to move or even smile, even under the pressure of tourists who try their best to get a smile from them. The way they change guards every hours is also very attractive and tourists always enjoy watching it.
* National Palace Museum
The national Palace Museum holds an enormous treasure inherited from the previous Sung, Y'an, Ming and Ching dynasties. The museum is house of over 700,000 pieces of ceramics, bronzes, paintings, jades and more. For the time of the visit and with the help of your guide you will discover the treasure of our ancients. With its white walls and green roof, its architecture is also very impressive from outside.
* Handi craft center
The handicraft center which exhibits and sells a huge selection of traditional handicrafts, perfect for a souvenir or a present'
* Longshan Temple
Lungshan Temple is a famous temple and sight attraction in Taiwan; it was built in the 5th year in Ching Dynasty. Beautifully decorated, its architecture is also very interesting and worth seeing as well as its delicates sculptures. On the 1st and the 15th of each month of lunar year, regular visitors come to the temple for a worship ceremony.
* Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Located next to the national concert hall is the famous Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of Taiwan. Its bronze statue on the 5th floor can also not be missed. Surrounded by a park, the design of the monument includes many elements of traditional Chinese architecture.
* Taipei 101 Building
Taipei 101 became the world s tallest skyscraper after its completion in 2004, with 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors underground, the building was designed to resist to typhoons and earthquakes. The building hosts a multi level shopping mall as well as hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs. Taipei 101 offers two floors with a 360 degree view and attracts visitors from around the world. An Indoor Observatory stands 383.4-m the above ground, offering a comfortable environment with large windows. An Outdoor Observatory deck that stands at 391.8m above the ground also offers an incredible view over the city. (Please note that tickets for these Observatory decks are not included in the price of the tour but can be bought directly within the building).
* Yangming Shan National Park
Located few minutes north of Taipei, near Beitou, the Yang MingShan Park is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. This is a mountainous area where visitors can enjoy charming waterfalls, lakes, steaming hot springs and volcanic craters. Visitors can walk around this 11,000 hectares park using the numerous walkways and trail. There is also a paved path which is very accessible; it is neither dangerous nor difficult. The natural beauty of the park reaches a pick when arriving on the top. Effectively, visitors take a look at the breathtaking scenery with a wonderful view over Taipei. The park is also famous for a large clock made of flowers with water running around the clock. Music is also played every hour. Opposite the clock is a statute of Chiang Kai Shek and on both sides of the statue are the cypresses planted by president Chiang himself.
* Beitou Hot spring bath and SPA
Located in Beitou District, the Beitou hot springs region refers to an area covering the Hell Valley, Longfong, Fonghuang, Hushan Village and Singyi Road. Very popular place for hot spring tourism, visitors can appreciate hot springs with a variety of different components and colors. In the area, there is also the Beitou Hot Springs Museum which is a hot spring bathhouse built in 1913 during Japanese occupation. With a lot of great sceneries and hot springs, visitors can enjoy here one of the most popular leisure attraction in Taiwan.
* Shih Lin Night Market
Largest night market of Taipei City, Shih Lin Night market is also the most popular among Taiwanese and visitors. Like most of night market in Taiwan, local businesses start opening at around 4pm and close at about 1 or 2am.
* Yehliu Scenery
"Yeliou Turtle" is the other name of this 1,700 meter long cape, the reason for this name is that when overlooked from above, the place looks like a giant turtle submerging into the sea. The combination of the wind and waves sculpted the rock over the years, you will find Rocks that looks like Queen s Head, Fairy s Shoe and Candle in one part of the this place. On another part of the scenery, you'll have the chance to see rocks looking like Dragon Head. A statue of Lin Tien Jane reminds the story of his sacrifice to save other s people lives.
* Keelung city
Located in the north of Taiwan, Keelung city, surrounded by mountains is also an international harbor city visited by numerous ships. Keelung is a commercial port as well as a fishing and a naval port, the fresh air mixed with a salty sea water smell that you can feel until the city centre became one of the characteristics of Keelung City.
Located in northeast of Taiwan, Jioufen village is next to the mountain and faces the sea with a beautiful ocean scenery of Keelung outer sea. Jioufen used to be an important place for gold mining. It is said that there were only nine families living in Jioufen, but in 1890 when someone found gold nearby, the poor village suddenly attracted more than 4,000 families. Gold city of Asia, Jioufen was also called little Shanghai or even little Hong Kong. But the village lost its importance with the decline of the gold mining activity. Jioufen Old Street is now one of the busiest streets in Jioufen, and the past of the city attracts many tourists every year. There are many unique teahouses in the street that cannot be missed when going over there. The street goes through most of the village, you can also find shops selling the most famous country snack of Geo Fan, yam dish and other local dishes.
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