If you are planning your first trip to Taipei, or being tied up with a busy schedule and never had an opportunity to travel around the city during your business trip in Taipei, this half-day tour to Taipei is your best choice to visit the city's must-see landmarks, including Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Presidential Office Building, the Grand Hotel Taipei, Martyrs’ Shrine and National Palace Museum.
Through this guided tour, you will have a glimpse on the history and the background of the attractions that you visit within a half-day. After then, you still have extra time for yourself, that you can explore the city on your own or proceed on your own schedule.
The first stop on your Taipei half-day tour is Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, an impressive monument in memory of the late president of the Republic of China, Chang Kai-shek. To reach the hall, you need to climb up 89 steps, which represent Chang Kai-Shek’s age when he died. Here the changing of the guard ceremony takes place every hour on the hour from 09:00 in the main hall.
In addition to the majestic main hall of the memorial, the exquisite Chinese garden around the building and the vast plaza are also worth taking a look. If you come here in the early morning, you can see some people doing Qigong there.
On the way to the Grand Hotel Taipei, your tour guide will provide you with a brief introduction when you pass by the Presidential Office Building—a neo-Renaissance building built in 1910s during Japanese colonization, previously served as the office of the Governor-General of Taiwan.
Nowadays, the building operates as the seat of political power in Taiwan. With a long history and an iconic facade, it is also a symbolic landmark in Taipei City.
The next stop of your tour is the Grand Hotel Taipei, a historic hotel built in the 1950s, where the government hosted banquets for many foreign dignitaries who visited Taipei. The hotel features numerous art and opulent decors, including the ornate wall panels, paintings, carvings, etc, providing luxurious accommodation and dining experiences to the guests.
Here your tour guide will help you snap a group photo against the majestic building of this extravagant hotel, capturing your bright smiling faces.
After the photo stop, your tour continues with a visit to the Martyrs’ Shrine, also known as the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine.
The shrine was built in the 1969, dedicated to the fallen soldiers in civil wars and armed conflicts, to honor their brave spirit. Every year on Youth Day and Armed Forces Day, the president of Taiwan leads the civil and military officials to pay floral tribute to the martyrs.
The changing of the guard ceremony is performed hourly from 09:00 to 17:00 every day, which attracts large numbers of tourists from overseas.
The last stop on your tour is the world-famous National Palace Museum, which is also one of the world’s largest museums.
With a collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, the museum showcases 8,000 years of Chinese art history spanning multiple dynasties. Two of the most famous artworks on display are “the Jadeite Cabbage” and “the Meat-Shaped Stone”, which are the must-sees in National Palace Museum.
At the end of your half-day tour to Taipei and National Palace Museum, you can choose to disembark at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station or Ximending Shopping District.
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