Taipei is the core
Taipei is an informational and cultural city.
Taipei is a city with the old and the new.
Taipei is a green park with numerous tall buildings.
¡@¡@Taipei is the capital and also the political, economical
and cultural center of Taiwan. The ever-changing Taipei throws
surprises at you everyday. It has eye-catching landmarks such
as Taipei 101 and the Ferris Wheel, art districts built upon
past historical sites, hundred- year-old old streets and city
river banks and city parks, museums
with abundant resources, numerous night markets, and the Yang-Ming
Mountain trails and old springs.
Taipei¡¦s New Landmarks¡XTaipei 101 and The Ferris
¡@¡@ The world's tallest skyscraper is now in Taipei! With an
altitude of 508 meters, Taipei 101 has 101 stories above ground
and 5 stories below. The imposing Taipei 101 Financial Center
stole headlines, and Taiwan now has the world¡¦s tallest building.
The building has many unique characteristics. The exterior
of the building resembles bamboo segments, with eight stories
to each segment because the number "8" signifies
prosperous growth. Each segment is shaped like a scepter,
with ancient coins on the exterior of the 26th floor to give
the modern building a Chinese flair. In the building, you
can see a condensed version of Taipei metropolitan life. Taipei
101 also has financial, commercial, and industrial functions,
stocks and securities, entertainment, and a living and shopping
complex. On the other side of Taipei, Miramar Entertainment
Park in Dazhi has the world¡¦s second largest Ferris wheel,
which glitters against the sky. The wheel takes 17 minutes
to make one revolution and offers stunning vistas of Taipei
City. In the evening, the wheel ride allows the visitor to
enjoy a different type of beauty with a dazzling array of
lights illuminating from the park. This place has added another
exclamation mark to Taipei.
Chicken Soup in the city¡XReborn Art Districts
¡@¡@ In 2003, the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei
City Government inaugurated a series of renaissances of ancient
sites. The purpose is to renovate them and turn them into
cultural sites. For example, the Yuan-shan Villa was turned
into the Taipei Story House. This British villa used to be
owned by a permanent merchant from Dadaocheng, and now it
is a cultural center. Also, the Red House hidden in the Ximen
commercial district is an octagonal, two-story Western-style
structure built of red brick and is a Class 3 historical site
with more than 9 decades of history. Originally used as the
public market of the Ximen area, the Red House was home to
a ¡§Red Theatre" in the past. After the renovation, this
area was designated as a culture and leisure center in Taipei.
Other sites include the Taipei Artist Village, Spot Taipei,
The Mayor¡¦s Residence Art Salon, etc. Each one of them has
installed fresh blood to Taipei¡¦s culture.
¡@¡@The Hua Shan Cultural and Creative Industry Center is built
upon the old Taipei Winery Buildings. It is one of the most
significant cultural projects initiated by the government.
After the reconstruction, the deserted winery became an important
site for artists to freely express their imagination and creativity,
and it is also the playground for avant-garde art and the
most precious resource for the cultural industry.
Chinese New Year Market at Dihua Street
¡@¡@Dihua Street is an ideal place for taking in some of Taipei's
old street charm. The north-south street can be divided into
three sections: cloth, Chinese herbal medicine, and other
goods from China. It is located in Taipei's Dadaocheng District.
Strolling down the streets, visitors enjoy the architectural
beauty of Dihua Street and purchase snacks and sweets for
Chinese New Year festivities. It isn¡¦t hard to imagine how
busy and crowded the street used to be in the past. Recently,
to promote the development of Dadaocheng district, the Taipei
city government has been holding the ¡§Dihua Street New Year
Culture Tour¡¨ every year since 1996. The 2005 Chinese New
Year is right around the corner, and the festive ¡§Dihua Street
New Year Culture Tour¡¨ will start on February 1. Don¡¦t miss
out on this premiere venue to buy traditional holiday foods
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