culture & heritage

One-day Cultural Tour of Taipei

Longshan Temple

Manka, now Wanhua District, is the most valuable and important area with its old temples, old streets, academies, narrow gates and traditional industries that offer a diversity and variety of historical archives for research and study. In this district, a number of traditional industries such as Chinese Medicine stores, papery stores (selling paper products for the deceased, it is a rite for Chinese people to buy properties for the deceased.) Besides, you may also adventure in person the production of Buddhist sculptures and embroidery in various Buddhist products stores and embroidery pavilions on "Xindiantou Street", which boomed according to the set-up of various temples, a representation of thriving tourist industry of Longshan Temple.

Longshan Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits. Longshan Temple is facing the South. Its architecture is a three-section design in shape. There are the front hall, the rear hall and the right/left dragons protecting the middle hall. The layout is square and serene. The temple was built in Qianlong 5th year in Qing Dynasty. Due to natural disaster and damages caused by men, the temple was restored for several times. The doors, beams, and poles are beautifully decorated. There are a pair of bronze dragon poles in the front hall, four pairs of dragon poles in the middle hall. The sculptures are delicate. There are also exquisite wood sculptures. Among them, the well and Budda setting in the main hall are highly appreciated. The temple has many Chinese poems, verses and lyrics on signs. These add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value.

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Two-day tour of Taipei City

National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum, with its antique collection amounts to nearly 700,000 pieces whose age range covers almost the entire five-thousand-old Chinese history, has made itself the greatest and priceless treasure house regarding Chinese art on earth. Among the collection, you may enjoy Chinese earthen ware like pottery, porcelain, as well as bronze, jade ware, sculpture, embroidery, calligraphy and paintings, each piece is a true curio. For having been renowned for its abundance and artistic value world widely, the collection at Palace Museum is one of the main attractions to a considerable number of visitors everyday.

After admiring all those ancient treasures, you could stroll out of the Palace gate, take a rest at the lovely Zhishan Garden right ahead. The garden was planned and constructed based on " The Foremost Running Script" by Wang Hsi-chih, so as to show the best part of elegant beauty in Chinese gardens.

Danshui used to be called Huwei. It is a derivation from the ancient tongue Hoba. It means the river outlet. Danshui is located in northwest of Taipei basin. Danshui is surrounded by mountains and rivers and the scenery is beautiful.

About a 15-minute walk from Guandu MRT Station is the Guandu Temple. The temple, first built in 1661, is dedicated to Matzu, goddess of the sea. Beside the temple is a kind of Buddhist chapel dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Guanyin of Thousand Arms and Eyes. Outs