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    Jieshou Park

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 15, 2014

    Jieshou Park is a small city park located between the Presidential Building and C.K.S Memorial Hall. Jieshou Park was built to co-momorate the 2nd president of the National Government of China, Lin Sen (林森). He was in office between 15 December 1931 to 1 August 1943.

    There is a statue of Lin Sen and a green park with benches.

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    The Memorial of the Victims of the White Terror

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 15, 2014

    The period of Martial Law in Taiwan between 20 May 1949 to 14 July 1987 is the longest period of martial law in the World. During the period, more than 140,000 Taiwanese were arrested and imprisoned by the any real or perceived opposition to the Kuomintang Part (KMT, Chinese Nationalist Party) government led by Chiang Kai Shek. It was estimated between 3-4 thousands were executed.

    By the 1990s, many of those who survived the White Terror in Taiwan like Bo Yang and Li Ao continued to fight for their right and promote Taiwan's democratization and the reform of the Kuomintang. This public memorial was built to commemorate those who victimized from the events and followed by an apology of the President Lee Tang Hui in 1995.

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    Zhongshan Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 13, 2014

    Zhongshan Hall was built in 1936 by the Japanese government under the chief architect, Ide Kaoru. This building was the Taipei Assembly Hall used by the Japanese government with the total area of 113,750 square feet, the fourth-largest City-Hall of Japan at that time after Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

    After Japan's defeat in the Second World War 1945, Taiwan was returned to the Republic of China. The Large Banquet Hall on the second floor was chosen as the venue for the historically significant ceremony marking the acceptance of Japan's surrender of Taiwan. Taipei Assembly Hall was later officially renamed Zhongshan Hall. Since then, Zhongshan Hall has been used as many historical events including the signing of the ROC-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the inauguration ceremonies for the second, third, fourth, and fifth ROC Presidents and Vice-Presidents.

    Zhongshan Hall is also an ideal venue to host many arts and cultural events like Taiwan's first observatory, the First Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition, Taipei City's first group wedding, and etc.

    Today, Zhongshan Hall is not only good for attending musical and theater performances, but also great to have an audio tour of the building. We were lucky, one of their staffs was showing us around with her knowledge of the Zhongshan Hall.

    Opening Hours: 9:00 - 21:00

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    Shifen: Jing An Bridge

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    Jing An Bridge was originally built in 1936. Due to the set-up of several mining companies in the area, so they built this bridge for the convenience of its residents and workers to travel between villages on Keelung river. Having the bridge was not only to shorten the distance between the villages of each side, but residents of both villages could build a better relationship.

    At the end of 1951, due to close down of the mining companies in the region. The villages had no funding to maintain this bridge.

    In 1982, the Pingxi Village committee was granted a fund from the Taipei City Government to re-build the bridge with better structure. In 1998, the government started to beautify the bridge so to enhance the beauty of the area with tourism purpose.

    You can cross the bridge to visit local villages of Shifen. The local people are friendly with smiles.

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    visit keelung city and harbour

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 8, 2013

    Keelung is surprising clean for a harbour town and has a lot of sightseeings, especially not to forget the Great buddha and the view over the town
    Keelung City (Chinese: »ù¡ÊÐ; pinyin: J¨©l¨®ng Sh¨¬) (also Jilong or Chilung) is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders New Taipei with which it forms the Taipei¨CKeelung metropolitan area, along with Taipei itself. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung). Keelung is currently administered as a provincial city within Taiwan Province, Republic of China.

    keelung shopping street buddha over keelung keelung harbour
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    visit chiufen village

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 8, 2013

    Chiufen is surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, offering amazing views of Mist Sea that creates a romantic ambience..The name, Chiufen means nine portions in Mandarin. According to the references from Taipei County Government, there were only nine families lived in this village during Ching Dynasty. Due to lack of resources, whenever one of the nine families went grocery shopping in the market or purchasing goods from freighters, they would purchase nine portions; this is how Chiufen earned its name
    Today, Chiufen features historical sites of Japanese styled architectures and Chiufen Old Street that offers abundant local snacks and exotic traditional stores. Famous Chuifen snacks include sweet taro balls made by tapioca starch and taro, rice cake with Chinese herbs, red vinasse Taiwanese meatball; Red vinasse is the vinasse of Shaohsing Wine, and many others. Moreover, enjoying fabulous mountain and sea views with great teas from teahouses are popular among tourists and locals.

    at chiufen shop at chiufen main street view from chiufen
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    Hsing Tian Kong

    by shavy Written Aug 29, 2013

    Hsing Tian Kong only opens the front gate while welcoming the god during spring and fall time, other time people have to go in and out from both side. The special things of Hsing Tian Kong is there is no offering, no donation box, no burning god paper, and even incense are offer by the temple, plus the efficacious exception of god, people here everyday are like weaves, a lot and always popular

    In the middle of temple there is a Tian Kong Furnace. The ear of the furnace are in dragon shape and four side have the dragon head, pointing to the sky

    Hsing Tian Kong

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    Mengjia Dragon Mountain Temple

    by shavy Updated Aug 29, 2013

    Mengjia Dragon Mountain Temple is a Buddhist temple. The temple belongs to the protected historical heritages on level two. Wandering around the city we pass to this little temple, is not too crowded comparing to the others

    Mengjia Dragon Mountain Temple

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    101 Tower

    by shavy Written Aug 28, 2013

    Taipei 101 tower was the world's tallest building from 2004 until 2010 when it was beat out by Dubai's impressive Burj Khalifa. But Taipei 101 is still considered the tallest green building in the world for its innovative and energy-saving design.

    Inside 101 tower is home to scores of tenants including communications companies, banks, motor companies, consulting groups, and financial companies and the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The tower is also home to a library, fitness center, a shopping mall, and all the expected retail and restaurant chains

    There are 61 elevators inside of the tower. The fastest elevator inside Taipei 101 moves at an astonishing speed of 37.7 miles per hour (55.2 feet per second)!
    The parking space for the Taipei 101 tower is 893,000 square feet and can accommodate more than 1,800 vehicles -- don't forget where you parked!

    101 tower 101 from distance right under it Shopping Mall inside the 101 tower

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    Take in the views from Elephant Hill

    by Orchid Written Apr 14, 2013

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    The problem with Taipei 101 is that it is so BIG that it is hard to take in at one time. This problem can be solved by walking up to a viewpoint on Elephant Hill south of the building. Come in the evening as the sun sets and you can enjoy the changing light on the building, which is so massively out of scale with the rest of the built up area of Taipei.

    You will have the company of a covey of photographers, all of whom wish to stake out the best vantage points.

    Took photos about 20 minutes either side of sunset at 6pm.

    Lights of 101 City lights show up The guys Sun sets Poised for action
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    Taiwan's Traditional Foods

    by limkahwan Updated Apr 2, 2013

    Before my wife and I plan to visit Taiwan we have decided that Foods is also in our plan. Since we are Chinese and our ancestors like Taiwanese came from Fujian, China. This make us very eager to travel to Taiwan to see and taste what they have to offer. Most of the foods sold in Taiwan we can find it in Penang, Malaysia. After many 2 weeks in Taiwan we manage to test many types from Taipei to Tainan, Hualien, Tai Chung, Kao Shiung, and many small towns. these experience teaches us the many difference between our foods and Taiwan's. The major difference I can sum up that our foods have a twist of Nonya and Malay which consist Chilli & Coconut's milk. We used more spices where Taiwan's lack. The single best food that I love is the Pig Trotter Dish, which is very good compare to our Penang type.

    Taiwan Siow Lung Pau Taiwan's Best Food Pig's Trotter Sea Foods Fried Noodle Traditional Dishes For Porridge Meals Taiwan Coffin Bread
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  • Gold Ecological Park

    by spicyfish Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    JiouFen(Chinese: 九份) is an old gold mining town. "A City of Sadness"(Chinese: 悲情城市), the Venice Film Festival 1989 Golden-Lion Winner, was shot in this town. The gold-mining history and culture can be experienced in the Gold Ecological Park.

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    Singing In A Luxury Palace-V-MIX

    by Hui-Hui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although Karaoke was invented in Japan, it becomes a very popular leisure activity in Taiwan. I seldom go to KTV but for the moment V-Mix is my favorite, Its decoration is of luxury style with crystal lamps everywhere but the price is reasonable. In addition, the dishes offered there are delicate and everyone is given bonus of NTD 120 for food consumption. There are Japanese, English and Chinese songs, so definitely you will find out the songs that you want to sing.

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    Lin Antai Old Homestead

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Lin Antai Old Homestead is a nice quiet location in the heart of Taipei. Not as impressive as I expected, but a nice break from the rush of traffic and people. It is a comfortable walk from much of Taipei. The only drawback are the airplanes on final approach to the Taipei regional airport (not the CKS International Airport!) flying directly overhead. It is the oldest building in downtown Taipei.

    Construction of the original home took place from 1783 to 1785, while many of the smaller side buildings were built in the 1820s. When the city was growing rapidly in the late 1970s, major road construction threatened to destroy this site. The buildings were carefully disassembled and stored until rebuilt at the current location in 1985.

    Front of Lan Antai
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    Tamkang High School

    by mim95 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tamkang High School has a mix of Chinese and western architecture throughtout its campus. Founded by a Canadian missionary over a hundred years ago. The landmark building is the octangonal pagoda.

    There are detailed info and photos about the history of the school and the founder inside the School History Building.

    Must first sign in with the gatehouse before touring the campus.

    Octangonal Tower in Tamkang High School
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