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…

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…

Taipei has so many places to see and this is one for sure, Ximending's most iconic building was built in 1908 to serve as Taipei's first public market ,and it's well preserved class III historical site. These days it's a multifunctional cultural centre with regular live performances and exhibitions. There's an artist and designer weekend market in the north square (2pm to 9.30pm Saturday and Sunday), and 16 studios selling the works of local designers (2pm to 9.30pm Tuesday to Sunday) behind the main entrance.     At Octagon Building 2F Theater, Central Display Area, Grid of Hundred Treasures, Cho West Cha, The…

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…

Since it's January, cherry blossom season is coming. The cherry blossoms are all in bloom during January to March. Some people might take a flight to Japan to experience the romance strolling under the cherry blossom. There are also cherry blossoms in Taiwan, and some of them did attract people all over the world coming for viewing. Do you know the best spots for viewing cherry blossoms in Taiwan? Let us show you. Yangmingshan National Park(陽明山櫻花季) This park can be seen as one of the garden of Taipei. There are variety flowers blossom in different seasons, but the most famous one…

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…