Inside the Fort San Domingo site is the 1891 Former British Consular Residence, an elegant red-brick Victorian-style house, complete with furnishings re-created from photographic records. The consulate was closed in Japanese times, then reopened after WWII until 1972 when Britain closed it down. London has recognised the PRC since 1950. The residence is a western building that was the third consular residence (also the last one) built by Great Britain in Taiwan. The graceful building was designed by the British and built by Chinese craftsmen. The walls used Chinese red bricks and there is a Min-Nan red-tile roof, giving the…

This 200m-long swaying pedestrian bridge was built by the Japanese in 1937. It offers a great vantage point from which to gaze south towards the forested hills of Taiwan's northern mountain range, or back up the river to the concrete jaws of the city.On the bridge, the entire river and shore view of the “Bitan Scenic Area” is in sight. Below, visitors can surf around the lake in a water bike (aka swan boat), or rent a bike to explore the gorgeous scenery of the area along the lakeside bikeway. Travel Info Bitan Suspension Bridge [碧潭吊橋/ Bì Tán Diaò Chiaó]…

Ten years in the planning, this 57-hectare nature reserve opened in 2001 under the control of the Wild Bird Society of Taipei. There's a visitor centre and good trails and hides, as well as over 200 species of birds, 150 species of plants and 800 species of animals. It's a 15-minute walk from Guandu MRT, or take the R35 bus from outside the station. The landscape consists of a mosaic of freshwater and brackish ponds, mudflats, marsh, rice paddies, and woodland, in which inhabits a rich variety of organisms. The mission of this park is to protect these valuable natural…

This fairly bleak concrete square, with two brick buildings (remnants of former factory buildings) at the northern end – one is a restaurant, the other a toilet block – is set aside for Taiwan's youth culture. The sole highlight is the funky and imaginative dreamscapes of graffiti on the back wall and extending into the lanes east of the park. Come here on a weekend and you are likely to find kids dancing to music and ad hoc flea markets. Here are introduction of every section to Taipei Cinema Park: Art Plaza: Covering a total area of over 1,980 square…

For 26 years, this two-story mansion and its gardens were part of the official residence of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling. There are over 100 species of 1000 roses in the garden. Beside the rose garden, there are western, Chinese, ecological, and herb gardens, giving such a variety to enjoy! With the different seasons, flower exhibitions are offered, such as tulips and chrysanthemum. Today the entire estate is a lovely public park and even the house itself is open, though it merely displays the rather humdrum domestic life, and middlebrow tastes, of the Chiangs. The free audio guide…

Tamsui's most famous sight is Fort San Domingo. The original fort, built in 1628 during the Spanish occupation of Taiwan (1626–41), was dismantled by the Spanish before they left. The 13m-high structure seen today is the Fort Anthonio built by the Dutch in 1644. These days the original Spanish name is used, though to locals it's still the Red Haired Fortress (a reference to the color of Dutch hair). The fort was under Chinese control from 1683 to 1868 when the British leased it, painted it red and made it their consulate. Note there is a small Tourist Information Office…

Aletheia University, located next to Fort San Domingo, the first Western university in Taiwan, founded by George Leslie Mackay. The university's original building, Oxford College, was built in 1882 and fronts a Chinese-style pond and a large, more recent chapel. The university still operates as a centre of learning, so visitors are only allowed to wander the grounds and buildings at opening hours.     If you ask me where is the most beautiful university in Taipei, I will absolutely tell you Aletheia University without hesitation. It's  beautiful everywhere, Especially the chapel, which exterior appearance adopted Gothic architecture, interior with conventional design.…

How will you learn a country before you travel there? In today's world, internet might be the top tunnel to learn things. You might be interested in one country's due to the beautiful shots you see on the internet. Today, I want to introduce a Taiwanese photographer who helps people to learn Taiwan in a deep way, Benjamin Wu. Beautiful Shots Beyond Benjamin Wu's Drone and Camera can lead you savour the wonderful things of Taiwan. This is a short film that created by Taiwanese photographer, Benjamin Wu and his friend, David Peng. The film is made to record their exploration of Taiwan…

Wang Yeh Boat Burning is an event that occurs on the last day of an 8-day Taoist festival(東港迎王平安祭典) that happens once every three years. Gods are invited down to earth where they're celebrated and feasted. In return, they ward off diseases, demons and bad spirits. Throughout the course of 8 days, various rituals take place, from ritualistic dances to bearers walking over burning coals to purify themselves. A 13-meter long ancient warship was crafted a year in advance. During the festival, the boat is parade around town to absorb the bad spirits, diseases, and misfortune. Worshipers fill the ship with rice,…

Tainan can be seen as the first city in Taiwan. Locals will tell you that if you want to learn the history of Taiwan, then come to Tainan! Tainan has a long history and there's a word said "If you haven't been to Tainan, you haven't really visited Taiwan." Tainan offers historic sites and old buildings, various carnival-like religious festivals traditional local culture, and wonderful international exhibition and competitions. Ancient capital Tainan has distinctive cultural characteristics, offering a wide variety of options for eating, drinking, playing and entertainment. There are 7 unmissable festivals and events of Tainan. You won't be bored in…