Located on the beautiful campus of Tamkang University, it's a 2,134 square meter shipbuilding. It was used to be a college which specializes in cultivating marine and marine engineering talents. Since the policy changed, it turned into a museum, which was the fisty "maritime museum" in Taiwan. It was opened on June 6,1990, and was free to visit. This four-storey museum (shaped like an ocean liner) is anchored by dozens of large model ships from around the world. Expect steamers, frigates, explorers' ships and aircraft carriers as well as information on the Chinese Admiral Zheng He's travels around the world. Travel Info…

"The Museum of World Religions belongs to all faiths. Its founding is inspiring and encouraging interfaith dialogue so that we all work together to create peace and understanding in the world we share." Though founded by a Buddhist order, this museum aims not to promote Buddhism, but to build harmony by showing the communality of all religions. Highlights include detailed scale models of the world's great religious holy sites such as Islam's Dome of the Rock, Sikhism's Golden Temple and Christianity's Chartres Cathedral; remarkably, the insides of these models can be viewed via tiny cameras. The museum also features riveting…

Tamsui is a vivid township with an enriched historical background. With beautiful ocean and mountain sceneries, Tamsui is the favorite visiting attraction closest to Taipei City. Just behind Tamsui MRT on the riverside, Tamsui Cultural Park(淡水文化園區) was once the Shell Tamsui Warehouse: as in Royal Dutch Shell, that is.  It was the warehouse to store tea related products by the British tea merchants. Later, bought by the Shell Oil Company, was expanded into four large warehouse and oil tanks. The warehouse once played a role in the global oil business. After the bombing by U.S. in 1944, the warehouse burned for three days…

Stretching far out into the East China Sea, this limestone cape has long attracted people to its delightfully odd rock formations. Yehliu Geopark(野柳地質公園) is a geologist's dreamland but also a fascinating place for the day tripper. Home to a number of unique geological formations including the iconic "Queen's Head" (女王頭), it's one of the premier destinations in northern Taiwan. The total distance measured from the entrance of the Yehliu Geopark to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km; the widest area in between is shorter than 300 m. The distance measured from Yehliu Stop at Jijin Highway to…

About 1km beyond Fort San Domingo on Zhongzheng Rd is the turn-off for Hobe Fort, built in 1886 when then governor Liu Ming-chuan was attempting to shore up Taiwan's defences to protect it against foreign invaders. If Fort San Domingo is meant to convey authority, Hobe Fort was built for military action.  This prime heritage spot (it's suffered almost no reconstruction) has thick earthen walls, massive gates, four batteries and steep steps to its ramparts to deter intruders. While it was used by the Japanese as a base for artillery firing practice, the fort never saw any military action.The admission fee includes…

When people mentioning about Houtong, what comes up next must be the cats. There is a village in Houtong with cats everywhere, Cat Village. Located next to “Houtong Station,” the “Houtong Cat Village” is one of the famous tourist attractions in New Taipei City. It was once recommended by CNN as the world’s top 6 cat admiring attractions.  This former coal-mining village managed to revive itself in the 21st century by tapping into cats. Villagers here traditionally kept cats because houses were built on the hillside where rats were rampant. After the closure of the coal mines, the area went into…

It was quite difficult to write an appealing name for this noodle store in English, as it doesn’t have one from what I can gather. So, please stay with me as I say century egg… I mean, the Facebook page calls itself Tsunami Gogo, but I couldn’t bring myself to call it that on my post. So, this store specializes in noodles, specifically those lathered with minced meat and chopped up century egg. Still interested? Good! Because, really, it’s quite tasty. In addition, people line up for this most days, so it’s gotta have something about it, right? House special…

If you are wonder where to visit in Taipei, here is a one-day itinerary for you. No matter you want to visit the fantastic scenic spots or stroll along the historical streets. This schedule might satisfy you. You don’t need to run too far to see the beauty of the mountains and the sea. Come to the North Coast of Taiwan, then you can discover the original beauty of Taiwan, the beauty of scenery and the beauty of humanity.  Juming Museum(朱銘美術館) Juming(1938-), born in Miaoli, is one of the most famous sculptor and artist in Taiwan. He was a talented sculptor and he…

Tamsui(淡水) is a town full of history. Opened in 1858, Tamsui was the port which was first developed in northern Taiwan. Tamsui used to be called Huwei. It is a derivation from the ancient tongue "Hoba." It means the river outlet. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the scenery in Tamsui is beautiful. It's said that when travel in a city or a town, you must understand the history first. There is a list that show you the museums in Tamsui. Hope you can understand Tamsui well then enjoy the leisure atmosphere in Tamsui.  Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology(十三行博物館) To save northern Taiwan's artifacts…

Sometimes, travel as a hipster is kind of a different experience. You can well understand about the story and history of one place without wasting extra energy but just strolling alone the street and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the place you stay. I like to call this kind of tour as a "quiet and releasing tour". There's no other extra noise of cars or motorcycles but only some sounds from vendors or other visitors. This kind of tour always make me ease. There are some places should be on your list if you want to try on an one-day…