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The Taipei National Palace Museum is a world-class museum that hosts an eclectic collection of treasures kept by generations of Emperors ruling from the Forbidden City. In WWII, Nationalist troops seized the most important pieces in order to prevent invaders from ransacking China's national treasures. A twist of fate eventually brought these treasures to Taiwan. The Taipei National Palace Museum is designed in the style of a Northern Chinese palace. The museum is home to hundreds of thousands of historical relics that make up the world's most comprehensive and precious collection of ancient Chinese artifacts. The entire collection covers 5,000 years of China's historical and artistic achievements.
The Martyrs' Shrine, resting on the slopes of the Qing Mountain and overseeing the Keelung River, is located right next to the Grand Hotel. It was built in 1969 and covers a large area. Its grand and magnificent architectural style is similar to that of the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing, Mainland China, and symbolizes the martyrs' brave spirit. More than 33, 000 square meters of grass fields surround the structure, and protected by the neighboring mountains it breathes a serene atmosphere which even more emphasizes its solemn and stately character.
This memorial hall was originally established to commemorate Chiang Kai-Shek and drive culture promotion activities. After he passed away in 1975, people in Taiwan and certain of the overseas Chinese proposed to establish a memorial hall to express their respect for the leader.
The site of the Memorial Hall was originally a military base and was later decided to be used as the location used for the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
The main hall was opened to the public on April 5,1980. The History Center displays files, relics and photos from the very beginning until the final stage of the construction of the memorial hall.
The most well known temple in Taiwan, the Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian as a gathering place for Chinese settlers. Located in the old village part of Taipei, Wanhua District, this temple has stood the test of time and lasted through several natural disasters and wars.During World War II, the temple was badly damaged by American bombers during the Raid on Taipei after an accusation the Japanese were hiding arms inside the temple.Since the construction of the temple, Taipei residents have continuously renovated and improved the temple and the surrounding grounds, with the temple coming to represent the pride of Taiwanese temples and worship houses worshipping a mixture of Buddhist, Taoist, and deities like Mazu.
The tour will take travelers to Taipei City. First stop at the National Palace Museum. Originally founded within the walls of the Beijing Forbidden City in 1925, the present-day National Palace Museum moved to Taipei's Shilin District following the Republic of China government relocation in 1949 with an official opening for the public in 1965. Over 600,000 of the most precious artefacts within the collection were moved to Taiwan to prevent their desecration during and after the Chinese Civil War. The museum celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015 and is said to host the largest number of ancient artefacts, even more than the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Next, stop at the Martyrs' Shrine (officially known as the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine). Built in 1969, the shrine was built to honour the fallen Kuomintang soldiers after the Chinese Civil War, and is home to around 390,000 spirit tablets honouring the lives and sacrifices of the KMT soldiers during the war against the communists in mainland China.The front gate is guarded by active Republic of China military personnel, and visitors are welcome to observe the changing of the guard at the top of every hour until 5pm.
Originally constructed in 1742 as a wooden shrine, the Bao'an Temple is 900 square metre large and faces south; in line with Feng-Shui practices. The buildings also run from tallest to shortest in that order, in observance of Confucian principles. Bao'an Temple is especially well-known for the Baosheng Cultural Festival, where participants and locals march in a parade to worship agricultural gods and perform cultural activities such as the renowned fire-walking ritual.
A trip to Taipei would not be completed without a visit to Taipei 101 tower. The tower is not only known for offering panoramic view of Taipei city, but for breaking the Guinness World Record for high-speed elevator - taking only 37 seconds to ascend to the observatory at the 89th floor.
The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the CKS Memorial Hall was erected in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China. The octagon-shaped white building rises 76 meters and is covered with blue tiles and red accents, echoing the flag of the Republic of China. The eight sides represent the Chinese cultural symbolism of the number eight which is traditionally associated with fortune and wealth. The two sets of 89 steps represent Chiang's age of death and lead up to main hall housing a large bronze statue of Chiang protected by military personnel which change hourly.
Explore Taiwan at your own pace and with a touch of style/luxury. A chauffeured car that will be at your disposal for a minimum of 3 hrs and you can go anywhere in the city. A guide can also be arranged at a separate cost.
Are you embarking on a cruise around Asia and require some shore excursions in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China? This package is the one for you!
This package solely involves basic airport transfers and hotel options.