Taipei 101 is the largest engineering project ever in the history of the Taiwan construction business. With the Taipei 101, world-class architect C. Y. Lee was responsible for the design of the project and created a visible landmark for Taiwan to the world. The design is based on the Chinese number 8, a numeral long considered lucky in Chinese culture. Eight-floor structural units are connected one by one on top of each other to form the whole. Resembling the flexible yet persistent bamboo that rises into the sky, the building is a reflection of traditional Chinese building philosophy.
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is an art museum in Taipei, Taiwan. It is the national museum of the Republic of China, and has a permanent collection of over 679,855 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. The treasures here include porcelains, bronzes, jades, sculptures, paintings, and calligraphy and the most famous art collections are ¡§The Jadeite Cabbage¡¨ and ¡§The Meat-shaped Stone length.¡¨ It is listed among the world's four top museums. The exterior of the museum mimics that of the original in Beijing. Here visitors can observe how the Chinese are evolved throughout history. There is also a modern gallery that displays modern and contemporary works.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The Memorial Hall is built upon three stories of broad and solid foundations that symbolize "Jhung Jheng" (impartial and righteous). The octagonal roof design creates many "ren" (Man), motifs on the very top, symbolizing the "unification of Man and Heaven." The roof is fashioned in the form of the Altar to Heaven and covered with blue glazed tiles, reflecting the sunlight. The apex of the roof is gold in color and culminates the upsurge glory None of the other materials, such as the white marble, red cypress ceiling, and light red granite floor, have been tinted with artificial colors, thereby imparting a feeling of sacredness, solemnity, hospitality, and peace.
The Lungshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple, was built in the Ching Dynasty and covering a large area in the old Wanhua section of Taipei, is deservedly one of the most famous landmarks and tourist attractions on the island of Taiwan. The Lungshan Temple is not only a temple and a sightseeing attraction, but also a second-degree historical site. There are traditional streets, antique shops, Buddhists article shops and Chinese medicine shops surrounding the temple. These places are great to visit because of their richness in folk art.
Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan located at the northern edge of the Taipei basin and it used to be known as Tsaoshan (Grass Mountain). The Yangminshan area is comprised mainly of the Datun volcanic group, one of Taiwan's biggest volcanic distributions, where you will find unique geological features such as thermal vents craters, and crater lakes. Hot springs and geothermal activity are among Yanmingshan National Park 's most important scenic resources. The government changed the name of this agency to the "Yangmingshan Management Bureau" in honor of the Ming Dynasty philosophy Wang Yangming. The name "Yangmingshan" has been in general use since this time.
Hot Scenic Spots in Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake, situated in Nantou County¡¦s Yuchih Township, in the center of Taiwan, and is the island¡¦s largest lake. It is a beautiful alpine lake, divided by the tiny Lalu Island; the eastern part of the lake is round like the sun and the western side is shaped like a crescent moon, hence the name ¡§Sun Moon Lake¡¨.
Traditional local delicacies in Yilan such as Ox tongue-shaped Cookies and Yashang (dried and smoked duck) have become trendy for people to remember the good old days and regained their popularity and revitalized the local food industry. The beautiful mountains and clean water of Yilan not only provide breathtaking scenery, but also produce abundant and diverse agricultural goods. These high quality, tasty agricultural items, together with Yilan's unique traditional food, and famous local delicacies are all just waiting for you to be discovered.
Kenting National Park
Kenting National Park is located at the southern tip of Taiwan. This is the first national park in Taiwan. With warm climate, pleasant scenery, and easy access, it is one of the most popular resorts, attracting millions of both domestic and foreign tourists every year. Kenting is a great place to relax, but there's also plenty to keep you active; Water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving on the coast, as well as forest trails and bird watching inland. As soon as the sun goes down, the bars, clubs and pubs liven up the nights.
Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park, located in the eastern part of Taiwan, is a gorge national park. It is famous for its grand canyons and spectacular mountains. The name, Taroko, means the "magnificent and beautiful". The beautiful natural scenery of the ¡§Eternal Spring Shrine¡¨, ¡§Yantzukou¡¨ (Swallow Grotto), ¡§Tunnel of Nine Turns¡¨ makes a fantastic impression to every visitor. The famous ¡§Baiyang Waterfall¡¨ and the ¡§Cingshui Cliff¡¨ are the perfect expressions of the topographic natural wonders of Taroko National Park.
The island is known to them as ¡§Ponso no Tao¡¨ or ¡§Pongso no Tawo¡¨ (island of the people) or ¡§Irala¡¨. The island is also known as ¡§Botel Tobago¡¨. The Chinese who had no contact with the inhabitants of the island, called it Hongtouyu (Red-headed island). In 1947, it was renamed to ¡§Lan Yu¡¨, or ¡§Orchid Island¡¨, after the local Phalaenopsis orchids. The islanders are farmers and fisherman relying on a large annual catch of flying fish and on wet taro, yams, and millet.