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…

"Grass Mountain" is not just one mountain, but instead a general calling of a mountain area that includes Da-tun Mountain, Chi-Shin Mountain, and Sha-Mau Mountain. Grass Mountain Chateau was originally the guest house of Taiwan Sugar Corporation, and had hosted the Crown Prince-Michi-no-mia Hirohito (who later became Emperor Showa). Built in 1920 and visited by Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito, this handsome building became Chiang Kai-shek's(late President of the Republic of China) first residence in 1949. The chateau is now a museum, exhibition centre and well-regarded restaurant (set meals NT$488; meals served 11.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 7pm) serving dishes…

Puppetry Art Center of Taipei was born from a passion for the art of puppetry. In 1998, Lin Ching-fu, chairman of the Taiyuan Arts and Culture Foundation, donated his personal collection of puppets, which he had gathered over several decades, to the Taipei City Government, in the hope of establishing a venue where these puppets could be preserved and exhibited in perpetuity. On August 7, 2004, the brand new Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, dedicated exclusively to the display, performance, teaching, and collection of puppets and puppetry, was opened next to the CPCity Living Mall, the biggest shopping mall in…

Taipei Expo Park is composed of the Yuanshan Park, the Arts Park and the Xinsheng Park in the four major exhibition areas of the 2010 Taipei International Flower Expo. Taipei Expo Park is used as a general park on weekdays and the original Taipei Expo Exhibition Hall is used as a venue for various events. Yuanshan Park has a lively outdoor food court (Maji Square) and the Eco Ark (a giant structure made of recycled bottles, which frequently hosts free exhibitions).The park also known as Zhongshan No. 1 Park.It is planned as a children's amusement park. Its main uses and…

Built in 1965 to commemorate the centennial birthday of Sun Yat-sen, this hall a very ornate building and the interior is lavish. It's about a three-minute walk back down the road from the 7-11 by Yangmingshan Bus Station. Entrance is on a Chinese-language tour at fixed times (9am, 10am, 1.30pm and 3pm). Chungshan Hall which is located in sulfur area. The heat of Geothermal was really intense. Besides, the soil was with unevenly hardness. It was mixed with soft soil and hard stones. At the time, the construction machinery was simple and rude.It multiplied the difficulties of the construction work. The duration…

Built in 1913 as the Beitou Public Baths, this handsome building is a copy of the bathhouses in Shizuokaken Idouyama in Japan. Beitou Public Baths, which was the largest bathhouse in East Asia at that time, was built by Daikichi Imura, the magistrate of Taipei Prefecture under Japanese Colonial Government. After World War II, the Beitou Public Bathhouse was abandoned due to constantly changing institutions in charge. The design of the bathhouse was based on the Mount Izu Hot Spring Bathhouse in Japan. It is also a good example of the turn-of-the century fascination among Japanese architects for blending Eastern and Western…

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…

Established by  Changchun Paper Co. founder Chen Su-ho, Su Ho Paper Museum is a museum for people to remember the profile of Chinese paper-making traditions of China. Chen began planning the Su Ho Memorial Paper Museum, which opened five years later in October 1995. Since then, Suho Memorial Paper Museum became the one and only paper museum in Taiwan. Understanding that the vitality of a museum depends on it’s inter- action with visitors, Chen has created lively exhibitions and activities that encourage visitor’s participation all with the aim of fully realizing the Museum’s mission to educate and enlighten. By collecting and classifying Taiwanese…