Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is a wonderful combination of natural scenery and modern life. The cultural kaleidoscope of Taipei pulses wherever you go. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era to present a landscape of compelling contrasts. Also, Centuries-old cultural treasures and historic temples will take you back to the city’s yesteryear roots. And for something a bit more modern, you can take a trip up the world’s fastest elevator to the heights of the world’s tallest building—Taipei 101. Furthermore, Taipei is also a heaven for hikers, cyclists and golfers, with plenty of trails and bike paths to choose from. And if you just want to get in touch with your inner consumer, the shopping and eating options in Taipei are nearly endless.
Join our Half Day Tour to the National Palace Museum
Holding one of the largest collections of Chinese artifacts and artwork in the world, the National Palace Museum in Taipei reopened on Christmas Day 2006 after an extensive renovation project. The once dust-covered depository of ancient treasures now transformed into a bright, spacious modern museum replete with contemporary design inspired by the artwork from its collections. In addition to the artifacts ranging from the Neolithic age to the late Ching Dynasty, the museum caters to the visiting guests with multi-media exhibitions before visitors embark on their tours.
During your stay, we can arrange for a group tour at the National Palace Museum.
We will provide more information once 20 people have registered for the tour.
If you are interested in joining us, please remember to sign up for the tour when you register for the conference!
Pick up Time: 9:00Aam, May 21st, 2016
We will be picking up our guests in the following locations:
- Howard Plaza Hotel Lobby
- Howard Civil Servant International House Lobby
- NTU GIS Convention Center
Pick one that best suits your itinerary.
Please note that there will be a 300TWD (10USD) ticket & transportation fee, you may pay via cash or credit card upon arrival and registration.
Design your own itinerary with our favorite picks!
Traveling is made easy with the Taipei Mass Rapid Transport (MRT). It currently has 5 lines in the greater Taipei area.
You can purchase a single-journey ticket at the ticket machines, or simply visit the information kiosk at the MRT station for more options such as a 24 or 72 hour pass.
Please note that the closest MRT Station to our conference venue is at MRT Gongguan Station Exit 2.
Experience Our Culture
Wisteria Tea House 紫藤廬
History, nostalgia and fine tea combine in this charming former Japanese-era wooden dormitory. Wistaria was built in 1920 for naval personnel and later used as a hangout for artists, literati and political dissidents following the 1979 Kaohsiung Incident (which led to the arrest and imprisonment of most of the top democracy advocates in Taiwan). The teahouse has a fine selection of oolongs, Tie Guanyin, green teas, and some rare pu’er (dark fermented tea) that could set you back thousands in one afternoon of drinking. Light meals and snacks are also served.
(MRT Daan Park)
Mengjia Longshan Temple 龍山寺
The Longshan Temple houses hundred of statues of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities. The temple mixes traditional Chinese siheyuan (“four-building courtyard”) with palace architecture in its design. Paintings of vivid creatures grace the temple walls, and stone statues of mystical creatures guard the temple grounds. The joining of wall and roof did not use any nails or braces made of metal. Covered by over-tapping tiles, the temple roof is decorated with figures of dragon, phoenix and other auspicious creatures. They represent the pinnacle of mosaic art in Taiwan. The temple has been declared a Secondary National Heritage Site.
(MRT Longshan Temple)
Taipei 101 臺北101
Taipei 101 was one of the tallest tower in the world. You can come here and enjoy high-speed elevators to the 89th floor. Arrive early and spend some time wandering six floors of world-class shopping, or skip the stores and head straight to the top.
(MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center)
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall honors the memory of former president of the Republic of China. Memorial Square is also one of the city’s most important cultural sites, and some democracy activists had held here. The octagon-shaped white building is covered with blue tiles and red accents, echoing the flag of the Republic of China. Changing of the Guard is the special ceremony in Memorial Hall every o’clock from 9 am.
(MRT Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall)
Shop till You Drop
Taiwan is known for its large number and variety of shopping streets, markets and malls and has been known to tourists as one of the main “shopping city” in Eastern Asia. Shopping venues in the city include department stores, malls, underground transit malls, night markets, and shopping districts. Most shopping centers and boutiques usually open from 11am to 9pm while nightmarkets start later in the evening (5pm) and run till midnight.
Xinyi District 信義區
(MRT Taipei City Hall)
Wu Fen Pu 五分埔
Explore the Great Outdoors
Elephant Mountain 象山
You can go hiking on Elephant Mountain to shape your body, also Elephant Mountain is a good place to see the night view.
Maokong Gondola 貓空
Head to Maokong Mountain, the mountain’s gondola service starts at the Taipei Zoo, which is the largest zoological collection in Asia. Taiwan is famous for its tea. Because of the weather and geology, Maokong is a good place for growing tea and it’s the place to learn the finer points of tea tasting.
(MRT Taipei Zoo)
Yangmingshan National Park 陽明山國家公園
Close to Taipei City and accessible via mass transit, the Yangmingshan National Park is renowned for its wealth of unusual volcanic features and topography. Because of the volcanic activity and winter monsoon, the park boasts not only subtropical rain forests, temperate evergreen broad-leaved forests, but also alpine plants that grow at a height of 2500 meters. A half day trip to this national park would literally make your day.
Xinbeitou Hot Spring 新北投溫泉
Hot springs in Xinbeitou with high temperature and many sources are caused by the terrestrial heat of Datun Mountains. Thermal valley is one of the earliest hot spring sources found in Taiwan. Beitou hot spring has been famous since Japanese colonial times. The area is around with historic monuments and natural scenic spots. Beitou Museum, Yinsong Building, Xingnai Spring, Beitou Library, Beitou Hot Spring Park, and the Folk Museum connect into a hot spring route.
Ding Tai Fong 鼎泰豐
You cannot come to Taiwan and not eat steamed buns or “xiaolongbao” and Ding Tai Fong is definitely the place to go for these tasty treat. The one on Yongkang Street is the original Ding Tai Fong restaurant while the one located in Taipei 101 is one of the biggest branches.
(MRT Dongmen//MRT Taipei 101)
Chun Shui Tang Tea House 春水堂
Go drink the bubble tea in Chun Shui Tang teahouse! Bubble tea is representative of the “QQ” food. “QQ” phrase refers to something that is very chewy. Bubble tea is originated in Taiwan. It is a drink and also a snack. This popular bubble tea branch is located in most shopping centers.
(MRT Taipei Main Station//MRT Zhongshan)
Yongkang Street 永康街
Yongkang Street gathers many Taiwanese snacks and traditional foods. For example, Din Tai Fung is famous for its xiaolongbao, Ximusi’s mango shake ( or smoothie), is full of mangoes, and the 40-year-old Yong Kang Beef Noodles. All of these delicious are in the Yongkang Street. You can not miss these in Taipei!
Chia Te Pineapple Cakes 佳德鳳梨酥
Using the finest ingredients, the product is also never add preservatives. Chia Te cakes and pastries in addition to cranberry pineapple cake pineapple cake, the current hot selling popular products include phoenix yellow cakes, wife cake, sun cakes, egg yolk cakes, etc., are all special taste, and has been recognized national quality Award, I believe when you tasted one, you will love on them.
(MRT Nanjing Sanmin)
Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Shilin Night Market has since become the largest and most well known night market in Taiwan, especially with regards to food, and is a favorite focal point for Taipei’s night life among residents and visitors alike. The night market encompasses two distinct sections sharing a symbiotic relationship: a section formerly housed in the old Shihlin Market building containing mostly food vendors and small eateries; and the surrounding businesses and shops selling other nonfood items. The most famous food in Shilin Night Market are Fried chicken steak, Fried buns, Oyster omelet, Pearl tea, Stinky tofu and so on.