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Quick Fact of Taiwan
Climate of Taipei
Attractions near Taipei
Hot Scenic Spots in Taiwan
Quick Fact of Taiwan
As the capital of Taiwan, Taipei is a vibrant blend of
traditional culture and cosmopolitan life. Taipei is the political, economic,
educational and recreational center of the country, offering an array of
significant cultural sights.
The city is situated in a basin in northern Taiwan that was inhabited by
aboriginal peoples until settlers from China moved into the area about 300
years ago. The first permanent settlements were in the present-day districts
of Wanhua and Datong, in western Taipei. These areas still retain many of
their old customs, as visitors can readily see in the architecture, sculptures,
and ceremonies of the old streets and temples.
A more recent cultural focal point in the city is the
National Palace Museum,
which houses hundreds of thousands of Chinese antiques and art works. The museum
is located in the north of the city and is a must-see for lovers of ancient
Eastern Taipei was largely underused fields until the nineteen-seventies, when
the city began to develop the area as a financial and commercial district. Here,
the modern face of Taipei shines through, with its glass and steel skyscrapers,
wide boulevards, and the Taipei 101.
Taipei also boasts dozens of world-class performance venues, where you can enjoy
world-class theater and concert events. The city also offers a wide range of
other diversions -- shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels,
and exotic restaurants.
With the wealth of interesting and fun activities available in Taipei, and its
warm hospitality, visitors are certain to have an unforgettable experience in
this remarkable city.
Climate of Taipei
by Taipei Travel Net
Taipei has a subtropical climate, with an average temperature of
22oC(72oF). Summer lasts from May until
September and is typically hot and humid. July is the hottest month
with an average temperature of 29oC(84oF).
Autumn, from October to November, is probably the most pleasant
time to visit Taipei, with average temperatures of 23oC
(73oF). Winter lasts from December to February. January
average temperatures are about 15oC(59oF), but
there is often a strong wind and rain, which can make the weather
seem quite chilly. The rainy season lasts from April to May, but
sometimes extends into September. In the spring, Taipei blooms with
dazzling azaleas and temperatures around 20oC
You may check the latest weather forecast through
Central Weather Bureau
Attractions near Taipei
Taipei City and its nearby attractions help you grasp Taiwan's
cultural face, unique natural scenery, and metropolitan flavor.
The following tour spots are located around Greater Taipei Area,
and each of them takes about half day to explore.
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum contains the world's largest and most
valuable collection of Chinese art and artifacts covering 5,000
years of history, from Neolithic times down to the end of the Cing
Dynasty in the early 20the century. The treasures here include
porcelains, bronzes, jades, sculptures, paintings, and calligraphy
— almost 650,000 items in all. It is listed among the world's four
top museums. The exterior of the museum mimics that of the original
in Beijing , and the displays in its main exhibition building are
categorized into bronzes, ceramics, painting and calligraphy, and
jades. Here visitors can observe how the Chinese are evolved
throughout history. There is also a modern gallery that displays
modern and contemporary works. The Jhihsan Garden that graces the
approach to the museum was designed according to a description by
the famous ancient calligrapher Wang Si-jhih and is a complete
manifestation of the beauty of classic Chinese gardens.
Yangmingshan National Park
This is one of the few national parks in the world that are
located so close to a major metropolis. The Yangminsha area is
comprised mainly of the Datun volcanic group, one of Taiwan's
biggest volcanic distributions, where you will find unique
geological features such as thermal vents craters, and crater
lakes. Hot springs and geothermal activity are among Yanmingsha
National Park 's most important scenic resources. In the autumn
the landscape is dominated by miscanthus blooms and embellished
by red maple leaves. This is also a favored place for bird-watching
in the spring and autumn seasons.
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
This impressive monument in central Taipei has a roof, designed
one the Altar of Heaven in Beijing, topping a pyramidal body.
The vast surrounding gardens, which contain a variety of plants
and carp ponds, have become a favorite leisure venue for the
city's residents. The large plaza that fronts the memorial hall
is flanked by the classical Chinese-style National Theater on
one side and the National Concert Hall on the other, two institutions
that present a regular program of domestic and international art
Tamsui is an intensely historic town. Its role as a busy seaport
has long since receded into the past, but on Tamsui Old Streets
you can still see remnants of those prosperous day. On the old streets
you can also savor such local delicacies as fish balls, "iron" eggs,
and sour plum drink, and restaurants offer fresh, inexpensive seafood.
Fisherman's Wharf is located on the right side of the mouth of the
Tamsui River. This relatively new attraction features a system of
wooden walkways, riverbank coffee shops, and a large harbor park. The
mouth of the harbor is spanned by a white “Lovers' Bridge,” offering
a new lace from which to watch the famous sunset of Tamsui.
Night markets are among Taipei's most popular tourist spots. These
markets get under way around dusk, with vendors offering everything
from jewelry and clothing to snacks and carnival games. If you want
to try the special delicacies of different areas, a night market is
the place to do it. The biggest of the lost is the Shihlin Night
Market, and an additional attraction is the its proximity to the night
scenes and hot springs of Yangmingshan.
Hot Scenic Spots in Taiwan
Here are some famous long-distance tour spots in Southern, Central and
Eastern Taiwan, where a tropical climate makes all the difference. A
carefree and relaxed holiday ambiance is well known to be created there
but it is the natural resources providing great academic values
distinguishes themselves from other ordinary tour spots.
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (Central Taiwan)
This lake, nestled in the mountains at the center of Taiwan, is the
island's largest lake and one of its most beloved scenic spots. Viewed
from the top of Chihen Pgoda, the eastern part of the lake resembles
the disk of the sun while the west side looks like the crescent moon.
The lake's famous scenery can be enjoyed from its surface, by boat, or
from the highway that circles it.
Alishan National Scenic Area (Central Taiwan)
The subject of a well-known song, Alishan is one of Taiwan's top tourist
resorts and well worth a visit. The area is famous among residents and
visitors as one of Taiwan's best places to watch the sunrise. The views
are impressive in practically every direction. Craggy mountain peaks jut
out of a sea of fluffy white clouds, which gradually turn a fiery mass of
purples, reds, and oranges in a magnificent light show created by the first
rays of dawn as the sun rises above the peaks. The area was first discovered
during the early years of the Japanese occupation (1895-1945) for its
abundant cypress forests. There are five things at Alishan that the tourist
cannot miss: the railway, the beautiful cypress forests, the "sea of
clouds," the sunrise, and the sunset.
Taroko National Park (Eastern Taiwan)
This wild and wonderful gorge is Taiwan 's best known National Park and
premier tourist attraction. A broad marble gorge with precipitous cliffs
framing a wild white water river, Taroko is a great spot for hiking and
trekking, in addition to visiting natural hot springs, remote shrines and
temples and Ami Aboriginal villages. There are numerous hiking trails
through the gorge, with options ranging from short walks to longer multi-day
hikes, with campsites and bungalows along the way.
Kenting National Park (Southern Taiwan)
The beautiful beaches and forests of Kenting were Taiwan's first National
Park, gazetted in 1984. This tropical region makes for an excellent escape
from winter in the mountains, but the heat is always eased by a constant,
refreshing sea breeze. The verdant forests of Sheting meet the sea in a long
line of beaches, each one more beautiful than the next. The coastline is
dotted with a wide range of hotels and resorts. Kenting is a great place to
relax, but there's also plenty to keep you active; Water skiing, sailing,
windsurfing, scuba diving on the coast, as well as forest trails and bird
watching inland. As soon as the sun goes down, the bars, clubs and pubs
liven up the nights.