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Zhinan Temple
In Chinese
Zhinan Temple is located at the foot of Zhishan Mountain in Taipei's Wenshan District.
Built in 1890, the temple is dedicated to the Daoist immortal Lu Tung-pin, better known as "Xiangong" or "Luzu." A
scholar of the Tang period, Lu loved poetry and books. He successfully passed the provincial level imperial examination
and became a county magistrate. Many mysterious and noble deeds were attributed to Lu, making him one of the best
known and most-loved of the Daoist immortals in Taiwan.
Xingtian Temple
Xingtian Temple is the most-visited temple in northern Taiwan, attracting upwards of 10,000 people a day. Situated in
the heart of Taipei, the temple is unique in that it does not allow worshippers to burn "spirit money" or make
offerings.There are also no donation boxes or opera performances, and no commercial activity is allowed.
Puji Temple
Situated on Wenquan Road in Beitou District, Puji Temple is one of the few surviving Japanese-era Buddhist temples in
Taiwan. It was built in 1905 with donations from railway workers and was known as Tesshin-in. In 1998, the temple was
designated as an official historic site. The Japanese aesthetics of the temple are evident in the tranquil simplicity and
sober design. The Japanese-style worship ceremony is continued to this day at the temple.
Longshan Temple
The Longshan Temple houses hundred of statues of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities. The temple mixes
traditional Chinese siheyuan ("four-building courtyard") with palace architecture in its design.
The figures are decorated with porcelain, clay, and shards of colored glass. They represent the pinnacle of mosaic art in
Taiwan. The temple has been declared a Secondary National Heritage Site.
Tianhou Temple
Taipei's Tianhou Temple, is also known as "Ximending Mazu Temple" since the principle deity here is Mazu.
It is one of the three major temples in Taiwan from Qing period along with Manka Longshan Temple and Manka Zushih
It is also the only temple in Taiwan where the deity Hongfa Dashi. The god is also widely worshipped by Japanese
Buddhists as "Kouhou Dashi," so the temple attracts many Japanese tourists.
Guandu Temple
Guandu Temple is the oldest Mazu temple in northern Taiwan. Many historic stories were carved into the walls, pillars,
and stone lions. A special ceremony of the Guandu Temple is on March 23rd of the lunar calendar every year. The
Lantern Festival and Chongyuan Pu Tu. "For hundry ghosts," are both big ceremonies to attract tourists for worship.
Wenchang Temple
During the Qing period, the people of Dalongdong worshipped Wenchang Dijun (the God of Literature) at Baoan Temple.
The temple also became a place of learning with the establishment of the Shuren Academy. Planned by a local official
named Chen Wei-ying, the academy elevated the cultural and educational standing of the area and fostered many
persons of talent over the years.
Huiji Temple at Zhishanyan
When immigrants came to Taipei from Quanzhou in Fujian, China, they brought their patron saint "Kaizhang Sheng
Wang." The statue of the god was brought to Taipei about 200 years ago by Huang Chengqing. It is said that when the
god was taken to Zhishan, miraculous events occurred. Huiji Temple was built in dedication to the god at Zishanyan in
1752. Later, when Guanyin was worshiped here as well, the temple was also known as Zhishanyan Temple. At the temple
is an ink brush stand that is said to confer divine blessing to all who touch it. Many parents bring their children here to
touch the stand, hoping it will help them pass their school examinations
Baoan Temple
The Baoan Temple in Dalongtong is a temple devoted to the worshipping of Baosheng Dadi "Great Emperor Protecting
Life". Built by immigrants from Tongan, Fujian, the name "Baoan" also means "Blessed Tongan". After numerous
renovations, the temple now has three wings and has been declared a Secondary National Heritage Site.
Historic Sites
Confucius Temple
In Chinese
The Taipei Confucius Temple is modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, China.
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. At the main hall of the temple one can see a black
plaque with gold lettering that reads "Educate without Discrimination."
The Taipei City Wall was one of the last city walls to be built during the Qing period. Though only the gates survive, the
original fortifications were extremely strong, with walls four meters thick five meters high and extending a total of four
Most Chinese walls have four gates, but the Taipei wall had five. Some say that the fifth gate—Xiaonanmen (Little South
Gate)—was built especially for the convenience of the family of local tycoon Lin Pen-yuan in Banqiao, though this has
never been proved.
Zhongshan Hall
Zhongshan Hall was built in 1928, during Japanese colonial era, to commemorate the accession of Emperor Hirohito.
Known at that time as the Taipei Assembly Hall, the building was faced in light green tile to make it less visible to aerial
bombers. With its 1,500 person seating capacity, the hall served as an important activity center during the Japanese
colonial era.
Presidential Office Building
The Presidential Office Building originally served as the seat of the colonial government during the Japanese occupation
At the time of its completion in 1919, it was the tallest building in Taiwan. The building later served as the joint location
of the Executive Yuan and Presidential Office before becoming the Presidential Office Building.
The Red House
The two-story high red brick building is shaped into an octagonal cylinder. Each side of the octagon has a dormer
window and a decorative wall. During the Japanese colonial era, the Red House was turned into a venue for Peking
opera and crosstalk performances in the early 20th century. The place became a movie theater in the 1970s', ushering
in the beginning of Ximenting's cinema culture. Now the Red House is both a teahouse and a venue for small-scale
theater productions.
Former Official Residence of Chiang Kai-shek and Madam Chiang in Shilin
The former official residence of Chiang Kai-shek and Madam Chiang maintains a quiet and attractive garden. The
garden is full of plums, chrysanthemums and roses favored by the Chiang couple. Flowers bloom according to season
and make for a stunning view throughout much of the year.
Taipei Story House
Next to the Taipei Fine Art Museum, the attractive Taipei Story House was built in 1913 by Dadaocheng tea merchant
Mr. Chen Chaojun. Originally a guest house for rich merchants and local influentials, the Story House now hosts tea or
Taipei history-related exhibitions.
The Lin Yutang House
One of Mr. Lin Yutang’s most famous lines is “Like a woman’s skirt, the shorter the speech, the better.” He made this jest
decades ago. Mr. Lin did not only translate the word “humor” into Chinese, but also promoted literature of humor.
Famous for being a modern Chinese scholar writing in English, Mr. Lin was a linguist, philosopher, man of letters, traveler
and creator.
The historic Bopiliao area
Visitors can learn more about the history of the area at the Heritage and Culture Education Center. The center has
different theme displays and hosts special exhibits on Bopiliao as well as educational activities.
Wisteria Tea House
In Chinese
Wisteria Tea House occupies a central position in the political culture of Taipei. During the 1950s, Prof. Chou Te-wei and
a group of leading academics met here regularly to discuss, study and promote western liberalism in Taiwan.
The building was first turned into a tea house in 1981 by owner Chou Yu. Chou named it Wisteria Tea House after the
old wisteria vines growing along the building eaves. In 1997, the tea house was designated as a city historic site.
Jia Art Gallery
Jia Art Gallery , formally known as "Huei Huang Shi Dai", was founded by a well known Taiwanese art collector Mr.
Raymond Wang.
Established in 1990 in the Eastern District of Taipei City,now known as the bustling DaAn District, the gallery was moved
to a quieter and tranquil alley near Chung Shan North Road.
Jia Art Gallery is presented in a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Naturally transforming into a "home" for artists, a
"home" for collectors and an open place for artists to gather and exchange ideas.
SPOT-Taipei Film House
The SPOT-Taipei Film House occupies a western-style building that once served as the residence of the U.S. ambassador.
Designated as a grade three historic site in 1997, the white two-story residence is currently managed by the Taiwan Film
and Culture Association. Visitors can also enjoy an espresso in the tree-shaded courtyard of the C25 Coffee Shop, taste
fine wines at the Sixth Avenue lounge, or browse cinema and city titles at Eslite Bookstore.
See-Join Puppet Theater Restaurant
Established in 1992, See-Join is the first puppet theater themed restaurant in Taiwan. The restaurant presents hand
puppet performances that interactively engage with the audience.
Designated by the government as a "Taiwan Image" puppet theater, the restaurant is a good place to enjoy the
ambiance of yesteryear Taiwan.
Taipei Artist Village
The Taipei Artist Village is located in an idle space that the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs repurposed in
October 2001 for cultural pursuits.
The village provides a welcome spot for interaction and exchange between the general public and artists in various
fields. There are also studio spaces that are available for artists. Over 30 international artists have worked at the village,
adding to the cosmopolitan tone of the local arts scene.
National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center
Built in 1987, the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall are the first national-level
cultural venues in Taiwan. In addition to hosting major performances, the two major buildings of the center—the
National Theater and National Concert Hall—are major Taipei landmarks.
The two buildings are designed in a traditional Chinese palace style, with distinctive yellow tiled roofs and red pillars
adding to their stately elegance.
Guling Street Avant-Garde Theater
Housed in the former Zhongzheng Second Precinct building, this intimate theater occupies an important place in Taipei's
theater world. The theater consists of offices, a service desk, promotional area, experimental theater, detention room,
art gallery, multimedia room and rehearsal room. Various activities are hosted here throughout the year.
Hot spring
Xinbeitou Hot Springs
In Chinese
Hot springs in Xinbeitou with high temperature and many sources are caused by the terrestrial heat of Datun
Mountains. Thermal valley is one of the earliest hot spring sources found in Taiwan.
Beitou hot spring has been famous since Japanese colonial times. The area is around with historic monuments and
natural scenic spots. Beitou Museum, Yinsong Building, Xingnai Spring, Beitou Library, Beitou Hot Spring Park, and the
Folk Museum connect into a hot spring route.
Macao Hot Springs
Macao is a popular hot spring spot at Yangmingshan National Park. The volcanic springs here are slightly acidic, gray and
have a sulfur smell. The water is especially good at relieving fatigue and promoting circulation.
Another attraction at Macao is the arched Macao Bridge. The picturesque span is especially eye-catching at night when
it is illuminated with colorful lights.
Jin Mountain (Jinshan) Hot Springs
During the Tongzhi period (1862~1874) of the Qing dynasty, a major earthquake created fissures in the rock stratum of
Jin Mountain (Jinshan). It was from these fissures that the Jin Mountain (Jinshan) hot springs were born. One of the
most popular bathing areas dating back to that time is the Governor-General Hot Spring on Minsheng Road.
Thermal Valley
Located beside Beitou Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric
steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost
Lake.” The springs here have the highest temperatures of any in the Datunshan volcano group. With its surreal sulfuric
atmosphere, it’s no wonder Thermal Valley was considered one of the “12 great sights of Taiwan” .
Lengshuikeng hot spring area
Compare to the "hotter" hot spring of the Datun Mountains, the hot spring here is colder, only about 40。C, so it is called
Lengshuikeng (Cold Water Tunnel). The Lengshuikeng was a bowl shape of crater that unfailingly gushed hot spring
out. In addition to the unique volcano scenery, there is the individual milk white color sulfur spring, so-called "the Milk
Night market
Shilin Night Market
In Chinese
Specialties: oyster omelets, wrapped biscuits, stir-fried cuttlefish, shaved ice , fried chicken, stinky tofu, fried buns, spare
ribs stewed in herbal soup….
The Shilin Night Market is one of the well-organized and most popular night markets. The market is located right across
from the Jiantan MRT Station. At the Shilin Night Market, visitors can shop from store to store and have a large
selection of clothes and accessories that they can bargain for reasonable prices…
Also a lot of the food vendors from Shilin Night Market are famous for their local flavors and are only available at the
Shilin Night Market. Visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of local food, including Sausage Wrapped in Glutinous Rice,
Stir-fried Squids, Oyster Omelets …., and many more. The fun and lively atmosphere of the night market brings crowds
of people to the Shilin Night Market every night!
Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market
Specialties: Thick squid soup,oyster omelets, goose meat, meats ball..
The Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market is the most well known international tourist night market in Taipei, for more than
50 years of history selling mostly tonic food.
Special features that attract large crowds are the Chinese herbal cuisine cooked with snake, foot massage shops,
healthoriented spa.
Raohe Street Tourist Night Market
Specialties: oyster vermicelli, spare ribs stewed in herbal soup, pepper meat buns, duck meat, stinky tofu.
The Raohe Street Night Market covers various kinds of booths for general merchandises, accessories and yummy snacks,
all at low and affordable prices. By looking at the booths with queues of people, it is not hard to find out the most
popular snacks.
Shida Night Market
Shida Night Market stretches along an alley off Shida Road next to National Taiwan Normal University. The stalls were
originally located on one side of the main road, but were removed to make room for a park that has added to the appeal
of the area. The market is also a popular spot for both local and foreign students, giving it a youthful energy that
separates it from other night markets in the city. The cosmopolitan mix of the clientele is also reflected in the wide array
of international cuisine and exotic cafes here.
Jingmei Night Market
Several hundred vendors cluster together at the Jingmei Night Market. For over 30 years, the market has been serving
up traditional snacks and other bargain-priced products, from clothing and CDs to hardware and daily necessities. The
Jingmei Public Market is also located here.