Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
The Best of Taipei
Local Sightseeing, All
USD USD USDPrice between $101-$150
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Approximately 8 Hours
Take in Taiwan's incredible history with this visit to some of Taipei's most extraordinary sights.
Your journey commences with a relaxing drive from Keelung City, Taiwan's second-largest port, to the slopes of the Qing Mountain. Here you will visit the Martyrs' Shrine -- a stately monument constructed in 1969 to honor the 330,000 brave men who sacrificed their lives in key battles. With a style reminiscent of Beijing's Taihe Dian Imperial Palace, this stunning shrine is surrounded by more than eight acres of grass and features a bright red main gate guarded by white-uniformed officers. Back on the road, head through the bustling city of Taipei, where taxis, buses and motorcycles zip along the busy streets. Explore the Lungshan Temple, built during the Ching dynasty and devoted to worshipping the Goddess of Mercy. Marvel at the serene temple's beautifully-crafted wooden doors and its stone and bronze beams and dragon-shaped poles.
Enjoy a feast for the senses at the palatial Grand Hotel, which was built in 1952 in the decadent style of classic Chinese architecture. Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower both stayed here. Today it's your turn to relax here and savor a traditional Asian-style lunch.
At the National Palace Museum, take in one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese objects and art in the world. Spanning more than 8,000 years, the impressive collection includes bronze, paintings, jade, ceramics, and precious objects amassed by ancient emperors and more from the Sung, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Next, head to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall -- a regal monument paying to tribute to the former President of Taiwan. With its brilliant blue glazed-tile roof, gold apex, white marble and natural red cypress ceiling, the shrine is designed to convey sacredness, solemnity, hospitality and peace. Inside, discover valuable artifacts related to the late president's life, including photographs, cars and historic documents. Before returning to port, browse through the handicraft center for locally made clothing, art and charming souvenirs that capture the spirit of this incredible place.
You will stop at Taipei 101 for photos before returning to the ship.