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National Palace Museum, Taipei

The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures and has a permanent collection of over 650,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. Most of the collection is high quality pieces collected by China's ancient emperors. In 2008, it was the 15th most visited museum in the world.

The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures and has a permanent collection of over 650,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. Most of the collection is high quality pieces collected by China's ancient emperors. In 2008, it was the 15th most visited museum in the world.

Taipei 101 Building, Taipei

Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. Taipei 101, designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture and numerous subcontractors including Samsung C&T received the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.

Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The name of the tower reflects its floor count. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition. Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoins the tower houses to hundreds of fashionable stores,restaurants and clubs.

Lungshan Temple, Taipei

The Lungshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple, first built 200 years ago and covering a large area in the old Wanhua section of Taipei, is deservedly one of the most famous landmarks and tourist attractions on the island of Taiwan. An interesting legend exists as to why immigrants from Chuanchou on the China mainland chose the present site.

Now one of the foremost tourist attractions in Taipei, the Lungshan Temple is visited by thousands of overseas and local visitors every day. The many shops and stands in the Lungshan Temple market serve all kinds of cheap but delicious Taiwanese food, particularly seafood. Peak business hours are in the evening, as they are in the nearby Huahsi Street, or "Snake Alley" as it has come to be known. Here local people can be seen purchasing potions made of snake blood or mystical Chinese herbs. One herbal medicine shop run by Liao Wu-chang specializes in Lingchi, a kind of hard brown fungus which is supposed to have magical powers. Liao said that Lingchi can be used to cure rheumatism, high blood pressure, and headaches.

Taroko National Park, Hualien

Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River in east coast of Taiwan. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.


The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Baiyang Waterfall, Yindai Waterfall, Changchun Waterfall, and Lushui Waterfall. Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) and Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Changchun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.

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