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…

Taipingshan used to be a forest farm and the indispensable equipment, such as cableway, cabin, forest railway and steam-skidder etc., are still well preserved. Among them, Bong Bong Train(蹦蹦車) played an important role in transporting timber between different locations in the early days. One of the most popular tourist attractions of ecotourism in Taipingshan, the Maosing Line was restored in 1985 and re-operated in 1991. The Bong Bong train station is on the left side of central stairway at Taipingshan Villa. The Maosing Line is 3 km long and it takes 20 minutes to arrive at the terminal- Maosing Station.…

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…

Situated to either side of Carp Lake in Shoufeng Township of Hualien County, Chihnan National Forest Recreation Area spans 144 hectares of Chihnan and Papaya Hill forest districts, and ranges from 140 to 601 meters above sea level. Chihnan ('South of the Lake') park makes for a pleasant half-day of picnicking and hiking in the hills for a bird's-eye view of the lake.  The Chinan National Forest Recreation Area was previously known as Chinan Station. It was the lumber and logging area for the Mugua Mountain Working Circle, a branch of the Forestry Bureau's Hualien Forest Administration Center. The lumber…

If you've ever been to Taiwan for hiking, you must heard that there is a list of " 100 mountains in Taiwan". For hikers and climbers, this list can be seen as their life goal. The mountains are divided into different levels of challenge. Among these mountains, there are 2 mountains suitable for those who never hike before, Mountain Hehuan Main Peak(合歡主峰) & Mountain Shimen(石門山). Not only for beginners, Mt. Hehuan Main Peak(合歡主峰) & Mt. Shimen(石門山) are suitable for any age. You don't need to prepare heavy and professional gears when climbing these 2 mountains, they can be seen as the easiest…

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…

As people know, Taiwan is surrounding by ocean and mountains. There are many famous mountains in Taiwan. Not only Taiwanese but also friends all over the world come to Taiwan just for visiting these astonishing mountains and their beautiful alpine scenery. There is a list of "100 mountains in Taiwan". For hikers and climbers, this list can be seen as their life goal. Though climbing is not an easy challenge, among these 100 mountains, there is a mountain that suitable for beginners, Mountain Hehuan. Here are some tips and introduction of Mt. Hehuan! Give yourself a chance to challenge yourself…

There is a famous island in Yilan which looks like a turtle, Turtle Island. This captivating volcanic islet, 10km off the coast of Yilan, is less than 3km long yet rises up to 398m. Once supporting a population of 750 people, the island was taken over by the military in 1977 then returned to civilian rule in 2000. These days Turtle Island is a protected marine environment and access is very limited. In addition to fantastic views from the highest point, the island also has numerous quirky geological features. These include underwater hot springs that turn the offshore water into a bubbling…

Hiking is a popular pastime in Taiwan. There are several hiking trails in Taiwan, some of them are really difficult to challenge while some of them are easy to go. Exercise, beautiful views, a getaway from city dust and dirt – no matter what the reason an increasing number of people choose to go forest hiking. With the amazing sea/lake view, there are 5 easy-to-go sea/lake view hiking trails of Taiwan we want to recommend you. Enjoy your next holiday! Alanyi historic Trail(阿朗壹古道) Alanyi historic Trail in Kenting has one of the two of the beautiful natural coastline of Taiwan,…

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…