Exhibitions & change-of-guard ceremony at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
On a huge stretch of land frequented by local people and tourists alike, the memorial hall project includes a main structure flanked by quaint, a similarly stately National Theater and National Concert Hal, besides a square, an avenue, a corridor, ponds and an enchanting Oriental garden.
The towering Taipei 101
Architect Li blends the elements of modernism into the chinoiseries elements of Taipei 101, a fashion-forward shopping mall and skyscraper that boasts the world’s fastest static-pressure elevators (which move from the 1st to 89th floor in only 37 seconds at the speed of 1,010 m/min) and the largest wind-damper. At least 370 meters taller than the neighboring buildings, this 508-meter-high skyscraper - with 101 stories above the ground level - commands a breathtaking view of urban landscape.
An antiquities extravaganza at the National Palace Museum
Collected over the span of 7,000-year period, the museum’s 650,000-item Chinese artifact trove, which consists of calligraphy, paintings, literatures, relics, imperial documents from the Qing dynasty, copper ware, jades, ceramics, embroideries, among others, is an emperor’s collection inherited and replenished by the Qing court. The museum is ranked in the world's top 4 and the largest in terms of Chinese artifacts.
Delicacies at the Shilin Night Market
Surrounded by Wenlin, Dadong, Danan Roads and Xiaoxi St., Shilin Night Market is the largest of its kind in Taipei City and mostly offers students inexpensive food and clothing.An impressive array of snacks (double-layer pastry, tapioca tea, cuttlefish in thick soup, fried chicken, Shilin giant sausages, milk donuts, herbal soup, etc.) .
Nightscape-viewing from the Grand Hotel
The palatial, 14-story Grand Hotel was ranked among the world’s Top 10 for architectural highlights and excellence, including the red columns, the ubiquitous dragon carvings that gave it the nickname of “Palace of Dragons”, among other Chinese ornamental patterns.