Fort San Domingo The port town of Tamsui 4 [map] , where the MRT Tamsui Line terminates, has a rich historical heritage. This was the main point of contact in northern Taiwan between the Chinese and foreign traders during its heyday as the island’s major port in the late 19th century. Even before that, the […]

National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum An imposing complex of beige brick buildings, topped with green and imperial-yellow ceramic tile roofs, houses the National Palace Museum 1 [map] (Guoli Gugong Bowuguan; www.npm.gov.tw ; daily 8.30am–6.30pm). The main building is impressive, the treasures within unimaginable. Beside is a small but perfectly styled recreation of a Song dynasty Chinese garden […]

Beitou Hot Spring

Beitou Hot Spring Museum North of Shilin, easily reached by the MRT Tamsui Line and then short MRT Xinbeitou Line, is the enclave of Beitou, nestled snugly in a valley between lush green hills. Beitou started out as a hot spring resort established by the Japanese administration, but the World War II and Vietnam War […]