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Taipei: Classic Landmarks Day Tour

1. Taipei: Classic Landmarks Day Tour

Discover Taipei on this guided tour of the city and learn about the city's rich history, both past and present. After the pickup, visit the Grand Hotel, the first five-star hotel in Taiwan and learn why it has a secret channel. Then, head to the National Palace Museum, one of the world’s largest museums with a rich collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks through 8,000 years of Chinese civilization. Continue on to visit the fascinating neighborhood of Dadaocheng, where streets and alleys present you with a mix of history and present, tradition and modernity. Then, marvel at the atmospheric Dihua for its chic cafés, traditional shops, and mini art galleries. Move on to the monument Cheng-en Gate, which was built hundreds of years ago and is one of the five historic gates in Taipei. Have a lunch break at Taipei's most robust Ximending Commercial District, where you can find Michelin-starred food, street performance, and unique Taiwan goods. After the lunch break, experience Taiwan’s religious practice and culture in Lungshan Temple, where the locals pray and ask for God's blessing by tossing the divining blocks. Later, go to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, an impressive monument honoring the former President Chiang that can’t be missed. Watch the guard-changing ceremony in the hall, and see their impressive movements in front of Chiang Kai-shek’s giant statue. End the tour with a visit to Taipei 101 Mall. The skyscraper beside it is one of the tallest buildings in the world. Go to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of Taipei city from the observatory deck.

Taipei: National Palace Museum and Taiwan Aborigines Museum

2. Taipei: National Palace Museum and Taiwan Aborigines Museum

Begin your educational adventure with a visit to Taipei’s Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, where you can redeem your entrance tickets for the day. Inside the museum, learn fascinating facts about Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, as well as their cultures, way of life, colorful clothing, festivals, and religions. You can also watch films shown in the auditorium which provide a deeper understand of the present conditions for aborigines in the country. Take a short walk from the museum to adjacent National Palace Museum, home to over 700,000 pieces of Chinese art including calligraphy, ceramics, and paintings. Go on a journey through an impression 5000 years of Chinese history, culture, and life, as you learn how this has influenced Taiwan’s own culture. With your entry tickets, enjoy the freedom to explore both museums at your own leisure, and focus on the areas that interest you most. Wander through the variety of exhibitions on offer to broaden your knowledge of these two impressive countries, as well as their unique cultures and traditions.

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What people are saying about National Palace Museum

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 121 reviews

This half day tour was the perfect length to visit a lot of the main sights in Taipei. I was amazed at how many spots we saw in such a short period and I learned a lot about Taiwan’s history. The timing was good because we got to see the changing of the guards in two of the locations. I felt that we spent enough time at each place though one could spend hours in the National museum. (The tour included entry to the National Museum as well, which makes it a good deal..) Note that The tour eliminated the visit to the handicraft place, which a few of the older reviews complained about. Highly recommended introduction to Taipei.

For our small group of six (three with mobility issues), it was pleasant and enjoyable half-day tour of Taipei. The points of interests presented gave a unique overview of Taipei’s history. The experience was made all the more special by our quite knowledgeable & helpful guide, Felix. His wry sense of humor was nice touch.

Very convenient and a good place to go with kids

There are guided tours as well on GYG that you should try and get but they go out fast. There are ones also done by the museum but the English tour is not so great because the lady's English was average and hard to hear what she said sometimes.

Jenny and Tony were our guides this morning, and they were both knowledgeable, and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed their company. They could answer all our questions; it was clear they knew Taipei very well. We recommend them highly.

It was good and good places to see. Tour guide was very good as well and good explanation for all the info regarding the places.