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Bishan Temple
N 25.097296, E121.587663

Located on Mt. Bishan in Neihu District, Bishan Temple is dedicated to the hero Chen Yuan-kuang and his generals Li Po-yao and Ma Ren. Chen developed the Quanzhou area of Fujian Province. Among the people of Quanzhou, he is worshipped as the patron saint Kaizhang Sheng Wang. Bishan Temple is the biggest temple in Taiwan dedicated to Kaizhang Sheng Wang. The popular temple also commands a bird`s-eye view of the scenic surroundings, including the Taipei Basin, the winding Tamsui River, Liyu Mountain, and terraced fields.

Transportation
  • Other:
    Bus: 220、240、247、21、222、256、267、278、28、284、287、287、521、551、552、617、620、630、677
XUE XUE INSTITUTE
N 25.077898, E121.567873

The Neihu-based XUE XUE INSTITUTE regularly offers an array of lectures on arts, culture and lifestyle that range from_ hands-on programs to related conceptual projectss, allowing those interested in taking culture-oriented learning programs to their liking. In the modernist spatial design of Xue Xue Stage on the ground floor, performances and exhibits are curated according to three core concepts: creativity, culture and aesthetics. After a lecture or a show, visitors can enjoy meals at the riverside-park-facing ECOH ECOH XUE Kitchen Lab on the second floor, where the cozy wooden furniture offers a dose of tranquility in downtown Taipei. The arts-filled XUE XUE INSTITUTE demonstrates Taipei’s and Taiwan’s capacity for renovation and creativity through a creative combination of current trends, lifestyle, arts, music and exhibitions.

Transportation
  • Public:
    Take MRT Neihu Line, alight at Xihu Station, travel through Exit 2 and turn right at the traffic light into Lane 288, Sec. 1, Neihu Rd., walk ahead until you hit Lane 583, Ruiguang Rd., turn into Lane 548, Ruiguang Rd., turn left onto Tiding Blvd., and you will see the main entrance (an approx. 10-minute walk).

    Transfer to a bus at an MRT station (get off at Renbao Building):
    MRT Bannan Line: Blue 27 from_ Taipei City Hall Station, or No. 902 from_ Zhongxiao Dunhua Station;
    MRT Danshui Line: Red 31 from_ Minquan W. Rd. Station; Red 3 or No. 902 from_ Jiantan Station; Red 3 from_ Shilin Station.

    By Bus:
    Get off at Renbao Building (recommended) and walk for 5 minutes:
    from_ the bus stop, walk to Videoland Building, move southward along Lane 478, Ruiguang Rd. until Tiding Blvd., turn right and walk ahead for 1 minute.
    Recommended buses: No. 286 (Subline), 645 (including Subline), 902 (including Shuttle), Red 3, Red 31 and Blue 27.
     Bus No. 286 (Subline) stops at Renbao Building on
Taipei Zoo
N 24.998347, E121.581036

The Taipei Zoo is one of the ten largest municipal zoos in the world and the largest in Southeast Asia. Getting there is easy: just take the MRT Muzha Line southbound all the way to the terminal station. As the zoo is home to more than 400 animal species, rest assured there’s plenty to see! The zoo includes 7 indoor exhibits, each with different themes.At the Insectarium you’ll meet several butterfly species unique to Taiwan. Next, you won’t want to miss the hugely popular Koala House and Penguin House.

There are also two giant pandas from___ China! These animals are the Zoo’s resident celebrities, so be sure to check them out! The star of the zoo used to be the Asian Elephant “Grandpa Lin Wang,” who lived to the ripe old age of 86. Lin’s longevity—20 years older than most Asian Elephants—was hailed by zoologists as a miracle. After his death, Lin was stuffed and put on display, and now enjoys the distinction of being the world’s largest stuffed Asian Elephant! You can see him on display in the Education Center.

Apart from___ the indoor exhibits, the Taipei Zoo also features 8 outdoor exhibit areas. The latter are divided according to geographical environment, and possess educational value both as exhibits and ecological environments. The “Children’s Zoo,” “Formosan Animal Area,” and “African Animal Area” are the most popular, according to Internet voting. The Formosan Animal Area includes endemic species like Formosan sika deer, Taiwan macaque, and Swinhoe’s pheasant. These animals can only be found in Taiwan—definitely worth a look!

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Zhinan Temple
N 24.979845, E121.586632

Zhinan Temple is located at the foot of Zhishan Mountain in Taipei`s Wenshan District. Built in 1890, the temple is dedicated to the Daoist immortal Lu Tung-pin, better known as Xiangong or Luzu. A scholar of the Tang period, Lu loved poetry and books. He successfully passed the provincial level imperial examination and became a county magistrate.

Because of his pious devotion to the Dao, Lu`s path crossed with that of the Daoist immortal Zhong Liquan, who showed him the way to enlightenment. Many mysterious and noble deeds were attributed to Lu, making him one of the best known and most-loved of the Daoist immortals in Taiwan.

Transportation
  • Public:
    MRT Station:Take the Muzha Line to Muzha Station and transfer to the Brown 5 bus. You can also take the MRT to Taipei Zoo Station and continue by the Maokong Gondola to Zhinan Temple Station.
    Other:
    1.Bus: Zhinan 530 bus (from___ Gongguan)
    2.Parking is available at the Zhinan Temple plaza.
Xinyi Public Assembly Hall
N 25.031793, E121.562120

At a corner in Taipei’s high-end Xinyi District, a few low-rise houses sit closely together. These somewhat crowded buildings chronicled the tears and joy of veterans who migrated to Taiwan in the early days. This is the former site of Taipei City’s Military Dependents’ Village, called the “Sisinan Village”. With the increasingly fast economic growth and the rising living standard, these old houses no longer serve the needs of the residents. The City Government initially planned to rebuild them in 1999. However, through persuasion from_ the cultural circles, the City Government designated this premise as the Cultural Hall and Cultural Park of Xinyi District, and started operation in 2003.

The Hall consists of four symmetrical buildings. The houses that sat tightly next to each other have been converted into an open space for events and exhibitions. The premise now consists of an exhibition hall, Military Dependents’ Village Exhibition Hall, performance hall and community hall. The exterior still retains the unique low-rise and the simple, rustic style of the Military Dependents’ Village. The narrow alleys and footpaths will take the visitors down memory lane. It is a fascinating contrast to the neighboring towering Taipei 101 and surrounding modern buildings, a compelling testimony of Taipei’s urban development.

Transportation
  • Public:
    1. By Bus: Take Bus No. 202 (sub-line), 207, 647, 650, or Xinyi Main Line, and alight at Xinyi District Administrative Center Stop; or take Bus No. 1, 22, 33, 37, 38, 226, 265, 266, 288, or Blue 5, and get off at Jinxin Village Stop; or take Bus No. 20, 22, 33, 37, 38, 226, 292, or Xinyi Main Line, and alight at Xinyi-Guangfu Intersection Stop.
    Car: 2. Parking: Exhibition Hall car park of the Taipei World Trade Center
    Or the Sanzhangli underground car park (No.81, Songping Road, Xinyi District)
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
N 25.043708, E121.559325

The 6.6-hectares Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei’s Xinyi District was completed in 1937 as the Songshan Tobacco Factory, which was one of the seed companies of a monopoly system mandated by the Taiwan Governor-General Office. The premises were one of Taiwan’s pioneers of modern industry, as well as the first professional tobacco plant. A gracefully simple Japanese modernist structure, the factory features meticulously crafted face cams, glasswork and bronze nails that made it arguably a “model factory” at that time. When Japan lost the war in 1945, the Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau took over the factory and renamed it, Songshan Tobacco Factory of Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau. The factory ceased production of cigarettes in 1998 for concerns over urban planning, regulatory changes in the tobacco and liquor marketing system, as well as shrinking demand. It became a relic of the past after being merged into the Taipei Cigarette Plant. In 2001, the Taipei City Government named the tobacco factory the city’s 99th historic site and converted it into a park comprising city-designated historic sites (namely the office building, the 1st to 5th warehouses, cigarette plant and boiler room), historic structures (the inspection room, a machinery repair shed and a nursing room) and architectural highlights (the Baroque-style garden, an ecologically landscaped pond, a public bath and a multi-purpose auditorium).

For more efficient reuse of space, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was built on the historic site as a production base for designers and cultural & creative businesses, as well as a venue for performances and exhibitions. The park introduced to its premises a Taiwan Design Museum and TMSK through partnerships with the Taiwan Design Center and prestigious Taiwanese glasswork label LIULI GONG FANG, respectively, besides a snack bar that was converted from____ the machinery repair shed.

Transportation
  • Public:
    1.from_______ MRT Taipei City Hall (Exit 1): approx. 400 m by foot
    2.from_______ MRT Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (Exit 5): approx. 500 m by foot
    Other:
    Bus: 212 (incl. nighttime bus), 232 (Express, Red, Green), 240 (incl. nonstop), 270, 299, 919, 1800, 1815, 5500, Zhongxiao New Main Line: alight at United Daily News Building
Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Trail
N 25.027074, E121.575170

Xiangshan derives its name from_ its external shape (“xiang” means elephant in Chinese) and is located at the south-eastern section of Xinyi District. Its composition is mainly sandstone, akin to that of Hushan. The tawny cliffs and giant rocks along the path, coupled with numerous natural life forms and birds, make the entire mountain resemble a natural ecological paradise.

It’s a great place for the general public to enjoy outdoor leisure time and bask in the beauty of nature. Along the trail there are explanatory sign boards providing information to visitors concerning the environment. The diversified cliff and slope terrains form a great nurturing ground for fern-family plants. In particular, the quantity of Taiwanese Cibotium (Cibotium taiwanianum) and Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern (Cyathea lepifera) ranks top in Taipei City. Back in the days when medicine was not as advanced as it is today, Taiwanese Cibotium was commonly used to stop bleeding. The Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern, on the other hand, is the most valuable ecological feature of Taipei City.

Standing on the top of Xiangshan, the entire Taipei Basin is right under your eyes. The extension of the ridge reaches into Zhongqiang Park of Xinyi District, and therefore has become the best evening stroll venue for local residents. It is also a great vacation spot for people to relax and relieve stress. The Six Giant Rocks “Laolaixia” is the name given to Xiangshan’s landscape of peculiar giant rocks. On top of these rocks, the entire view of the bustling Xinyi District is captured; it is a popular spot for photo-taking. The rising sun juxtaposed with Taipei 101 and the slumbering Xinyi District skyscrapers provide endless pictures of enjoyment throughout the day and night.

Transportation
  • Public:
    By MRT: Alight at Taipei City Hall Station and walk toward Zhongqiang Park located on Sec. 5 of Xinyi Rd. It takes about 30 minutes on foot to reach the trail entrance at Alley 22 of Lane 150. Or, alight at Yongchun Station and walk toward Yongchun High School located on Songshan Rd. It`s a 25 minute walk to the Yongchungang Park.
    By Bus:
    Take Bus No. 33, 46, 207, 612, 621 or 277 and alight at Xinyi Administration Center Stop; or Bus No. 33 or 299 and alight at Yongchun High School Stop; enter Lane 150 of Xinyi Rd.
    Return journey: Take Bus No. 299 at Yongchun High School Stop to MRT Yongchun Station.
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