Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Taipei's Suburbs

Museum of World Religions

Though founded by a Buddhist order, this museum aims not to promote Buddhism, but to build harmony by showing the communality of all religions. Highlights include detailed scale models of the world's great religious…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Tamsui

Yinshan Temple

This dainty two-hall temple was constructed in 1822 by Hakka immigrants from Dingzhou in Guangdong province. The resident deity, the Dingguang Buddha (the guardian of Dingzhou), is only worshipped by the Hakka and o…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Beitou

Guandu Temple

Dating back to 1661, this gawdy, grand, multistorey temple (one of Taipei's oldest) is built right into the side of a mountain. In fact, a 100m-plus tunnel runs through the mountain itself. Take either flight of ste…
Top Choice Fort in Tamsui

Hobe Fort

About 1km beyond Fort San Domingo on Zhongzheng Rd is the turn-off for Hobe Fort, built in 1886 when then governor Liu Ming-chuan was attempting to shore up Taiwan's defences to protect it against foreign invaders. …
Cable Car in Maokong

Maokong Gondola

This 4km-long, 30-minute gondola ride is as much an attraction as a mode of transport. On clear days and nights the views across Taipei and up the lush Zhinan River valley are enchanting; on foggy days they are drea…
Area in Beitou

Thermal Valley

Throughout the Japanese era this geothermal valley was considered one of Taiwan's great scenic wonders. The area has been much altered since, so it isn't quite that special any more, but the stone-lined basin filled…
Historic Building in Tamsui

Aletheia University

At the end of Zhenli St is Aletheia University, the first Western university in Taiwan, founded by George Leslie Mackay. The university's original building, Oxford College, was built in 1882 and fronts a Chinese-sty…
Buddhist Temple in Beitou

Puji Temple

This Japanese-style wooden temple was built in 1905 and is dedicated to Guanyin. To get here ascend the steps opposite the Bank of Taiwan Dormitories and go in through the small latched gate on your right. The templ…
Buddhist Temple in Tamsui

Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple is one of five Longshans in Taipei, and as such is devoted to the Guanyin Buddha. Built in 1738 and then rebuilt in the 1850s, the temple retains much of its southern architectural roots. The swallow…
Bridge in Xindian

Bitan Suspension Bridge

This 200m-long swaying pedestrian bridge was built by the Japanese in 1937. It offers a great vantage point from which to gaze south towards the forested hills of Taiwan's northern mountain range, or back up the riv…