Songshan Culture & Creative Park is one of Taipei's largest creative arts spaces. his location has transformed through history since 1937 as the “Taiwan Sōtokufu Tobacco Monopoly Bureau” during the Japanese colonial time, and after restoration, it was taken over by the Taiwan Monopoly Bureau and renamed the “Taiwanese Provincial Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau Songshan Plant”. Its architectural style belongs to the genre of “Japanese Early Modernism”, with emphasis placed on horizontal lines, simple classic shapes, and refined workmanship. The buildings were considered to be an exceptional model for industrial plants in that era.  Set in a former tobacco…

The annual Shilin Official Residence will hold its opening events for the chrysanthemums on November thirtieth of 2018! Taipei mayor Ko Wen-ji will open the Chrysanthemum Exhibition at an open air concert at Shilin Official Residence. This year the “worldly” theme of the Chrysanthemum Exhibition combines landscapes from all over the world to created the global floral paradise. The exhibition is inspired by well known attractions from all over the world, bringing you a new visual experience so that you can travel the world without ever leaving the country! This year the interior and exterior exhibitions are combined. Besides attractions…

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…

Taiwan's railways offer an endless variety of experience, and the scenery lining their routes provides an infinite range of fascinating scenery. If you want to get a close look at the island's beauties without having to suffer the troubles of unfamiliar roads and the frustrations of traffic congestion, then you could do no better than choose a railroad tour and immerse yourself in the delights of enchanting coastlines, awesome mountains, placid farmlands, and engrossing countryside. Alishan Forest Railway carries passengers through four climatic zones and each section of the line passes by truly unique scenery. It also allows you to experience…

Turkish director, Kürşat Kızbaz once said about Dadaocheng "It made me feel that were I to walk randomly down any street in Taipei I would be able to outline a moving story." Japan's Naoki Prize-Winning writer Akira Higashiyama described that Dadaocheng has a color like the sun. For me, Dadaocheng is a place for us experience the traditional lifestyle of Taipei. There are lots of stories about Dadaocheng. If you want to learn more about here, there is a Taiwan movie I recommend, "Twa-Tiu-Tiann". It is a movie that talks about the history of Dadaocheng in 1920. At that time, Dadaocheng…

You must have heard about Lugang(鹿港) if you come to Taiwan. Lugang can be seen as one of the must-go in Taiwan. Talking about Lugang, it was once the economic and transport hub of central Taiwan in earlier times. There is a saying goes "The first is Tainan, second is Lugang and the third is Mengjia(today's Wanhua district in Taipei)". This illustrates the high position of the town in its glory days. In addition to being the early cultural capital of Taiwan, Lugang was also a commercially prosperous area. During the Qing dynasty, the town was an important trading port, bringing all…

Dayuan mountain(大原山) is a small peak located just east of Liugui(六龜). It’s fairly easy to get to and ideal for a half day hike or a full day ride and hike. I had been cooped up in my house for the past month because of all the rain we’ve had. The weather was starting to look better, but a massive typhoon was on the way and I knew we’d at least have several days of more rain, so I said screw it and prepared for an outing. I wanted to go somewhere I could ride my bike on the trails…

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…

Thanks to many films depicting the beauty of Jiufen, the reputation of Jiufen is internationally renowned. People around the world would travel to Jiufen to appreciate the beauty and culture of Jiufen. If you never come to Jiufen before, here we make a detailed introduction. After reading this article, you will know that why Jiufen is one of the most historical spots you must visit once in Taiwan. ABOUT JIUFEN It is said that long time ago there were only nine families in Jiufen. Before the roads on land were built, all materials were transported via ships. Thus a habit…