観光スポット

  • 台北101ショッピングセンター

    住所:
    No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111 .

    紹介

    今までの狭いスペースのショッピングモールとは違い、台北101ビルは広々とした空間によって、お客さんにショッピングの楽しみを与えてくれます。フロアーの高さは5メートル、4階からは高さ40メートルもある吹き抜けとなっており、美しい風景とゆったりとした空間を楽しみながら、お食事もしていただくことができます。

  • 象山歩道

    住所:
    Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 象山步道 .

     

    紹介

    四獣山は台北市松山、信義区エリアに最も近い山です。中でも象山は四獣山歩道の中で最も高い山であり、前方に障壁がなく、頂上からの眺めは素晴らしいものとなっています。信義エリアが隈無く見渡せ、台北101、世貿センター、華納威秀(ワーナー・ビレッジ)、新光三越などのランドマークがいくつも目に入ってきます。台北盆地の風景を眼下に収められます。

    象山の範囲は大きくないですが、景観スポットは少なくありません。中でも、山頂を占拠する「六巨石」は象山のシンボル的存在です。ここは巨石が林立し、特殊な景観をなしています。象山に出かけたら、ぜひこの巨石を登ってみましょう。頂上からの眺めも格別で、四方を遮るものが何もないので、撮影地としてもおすすめです。

    台北盆地を俯瞰するのにベストな地点としては、稜線上の視野が開けた「超然亭」です。この「越然」という名前は、ここからの眺めが象山の中で一番ということで付けられました。この超然亭に立つと、近くには信義計画区、遠くには圓山や北投の焼却炉、観音山および大屯火山群などの各地景観スポットが眺められます。かつて国慶節に花火が打ち上げられた際には、大勢の人々がここまで足を運び、その美を堪能しました。このことからもここの魅力が十分に分かります。

    巨石公園の階段付近に行くと、大きな石塊があります。この巨石は石階段が彫られており、これを登ると台北盆地が眺められます。さらに進むと、左側の山の中腹から山の尾根を通り、右側の山の中腹まで下りていけます。異なる角度から台北盆地の美しさを俯瞰できる象山の魅力は尽きることがありません。

    歩道沿いには解説板があり、行楽客は山全体の特色を理解することができます。ここは最も人気がある自然の教室で、ガイドさんがいなくても心配はいりません。図を見て探すことで、自分自身が山林の解説員になれます。

    象山では稜線、岩壁、上り坂、谷間など、規模は小さいですが、さまざまな異なる自然環境を見られます。ここには70種類あまりのシダ植物が生育しており、象山の到るところで見られます。特に樹木の幹や岩石、坂道、湿った林の下などに密集しています。中でも、金狗毛蕨族群は膨大な数で、台北市でナンバーワンと言われています。これは医療がまだ発達していなかった頃、民間において止血用の最良の薬でもありました。

    そのほか、広々として日当たりがよく、かつ湿り気もある谷間では、ジュラ紀時代に存在した古代のシダ植物「ヒカゲヘゴ」が棲息しています。ヒカゲヘゴは台北市で最も珍しい植物で、ヒカゲヘゴの群生は全世界でも台湾北部だけにしか見られません。

    また、湿った環境の中では珍しいカタツムリの群れも見られます。斯文豪氏大蝸牛(スイホウマイマイ)や煙管蝸牛(キセルガイ)などは山全体で見られます。

    象山は海抜181メートルしかなく、高い山を登るのが好きな方には物足りないかもしれません。象山を登った後、体力が余っている、もしくは筋骨を伸ばしたいという方は、歩道両側にある体力や肺活量のための遊具を利用しましょう。山頂の逸賢亭では大勢の人々が休息したり、運動したり姿が見られ、エネルギーのあり余った子供たちが走り回っています。運動とレジャーを兼ね備えた、ファミリー向けのハイキング歩道です。

  • 信義公民会館

    住所:
    Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songqin Street, 四四南村簡單市集 .

    紹介

    台北市信義区の一隅に数軒の平屋が密集しています。いかにも狭そうなこの建物は、かつて台湾に移り住んだ人々の歴史-退役兵たちの笑いと涙の物語を記憶する、台北市の眷村(軍人村)「四四南村」の跡地です。

    経済の発展と生活水準の向上に伴い古びた家屋は住居に適さなくなったため、市政府は1999年に住民の転居と土地整理を予定していました。しかし、有識者らの呼びかけにより信義区の文化会館と文化公園に改造され、2003年にオープンしました。

    敷地内には、かつて住民たちが緊密な生活を送った4軒の向き合う家屋が残され、今では、特別展示館、眷村展示館、上演館、コミュニティ館としてイベントや展示が催されるオープンスペースとなっています。外観は眷村特有の素朴な平屋の風貌を保ち、昔ながらの狭い通り道がレトロな雰囲気。台北のランドマークである台北101ビルや周辺のモダンな街並みと対峙して描き出される明確なコントラストから、台北の発展が実感できるでしょう。

  • 臨江街夜市

    住所:
    Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Alley 1, Lane 40, Linjiang Street, 臨江街夜市 (通化夜市) .

    客家文化を有する臨江街夜市は大安区の住宅街にあります。台北市では数少ない合法に開設した夜市で、約8年の歴史があります。各種B級グルメの屋台が200近くあり、常に地元の人々で賑わっています。夜市付近の会社員の中にはほぼ毎日ここで晩ご飯を食べる人もいます。リーズナブルかつ、美味とされています。

    営業時間は午後6時から深夜2時まで、夜更かしの人たちにはぴったりのスポットです。有名な屋台料理も数え切れないほどあります。昔懐かしい味わいの「乾伴麺加肉羹湯(麺入り肉とろみスープ)」、なめらかな食感の「蚵仔麺線(カキ入り台湾風そうめん)」、ピーナッツの粉がたっぷりとかかった「豬血糕(豚の血を固めたもの)」、柔らかな豚の角煮が入った「石家刈包(台湾風バーガー)」、あっさりとした風味の「米粉湯(汁入りビーフン)」、子供が大好きな「鶏蛋糕(ミニカステラ)」など、ありとあらゆるグルメが揃っています。ここで食べたり遊んだりすれば、お腹も心も満たされるはずです。また、文昌街沿いを歩いていると、しゃれた中華式、洋式の家具屋が目に入ってくるでしょう。新しく独特なデザインの家具は、眺めているだけでも楽しいです。

  • 和興炭坑

    住所:
    Alley 471, Lane 150, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110 .

    紹介

    「和興炭坑」は台北慈恵堂側に隠れている廃棄された旧炭坑にあり、旧埤渓に隣接しています。早期には石炭の採掘により大量の燃え殻があり、地質的にはかなりもろかったのですが、整地を行い、旧埤渓側の旧炭坑区に合わせて全体の環境造営を行い、現地の自然景観と炭坑文化の特徴を合わせて地域の一押しスポットとして打ち出し、新しいレジャースポットとなりました。

    園内に歩き出すと、レンガ畳とトロッコのレールのモチーフに沿って「タイムトンネル」の中に入ることができます。道の途中には本物を模倣して作られたトロッコが炭坑を出てくるモチーフと、練炭の生成から製品を製造されるまでの様子を描く「煤の一生」のタイル画を楽しむことができます。終りに設置されている「螺旋階段」では、運がよければ旧炭坑のスラグ口に逆さに止まって休んでいるたくさんのコウモリを見ることができるかもしれません。

    レールモチーフの歩道を歩くと、現地の文化や歴史を感じられ、時空を超えて日本統治時代に迷い込んだかのようです。途中の炭坑採掘の解説とそれらのモチーフを見ると、まるでかつての光景が目の前に広がってくるように思えます。休日を利用して「和興炭坑」を散策して、信義区の旧炭坑区の特徴や風情を感じてみるのはいかがでしょうか。

  • 信義商圈

    住所:
    Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 信義威秀商圈 .

    紹介

    信義計画区には台北市政府(市役所)、世界貿易センター展示館、国際会議センター、新舞台、威秀影城(シネマコンプレックス)、新光三越信義新天地、君悦飯店、台北101ビルなど重要なランドマークが数多くあります。ここは人通りが多く、商業とレジャー活動が密集しており、「台北のマンハッタン」と称せられています。

    ここには海外の大都市のような広々としたきれいな道路や、流行のものが飾られたショーウィンドウ、大型の広告看板も見られます。映画館、レストラン、デパート、展示会など、買い物とレジャースポットが多くの人を惹きつけています。台北101ビル落成後はさらに知名度が上がり、外国人観光客の姿も頻繁に見かけます。台北という国際的大都市を活気づけているエリアです。

    また、信義商圏内のデパートは建物と建物の間が空中歩道で繋がっています。階段を上り下りしたり、信号を待ったりすることもなく、ショッピングがさらに便利になっています。休日にはイベントが随時行われ、デパート広場でもプロモーション活動が頻繁に開かれています。街頭芸人の屋外パフォーマンスや芸能人やタレントのイベントなど、非常に賑わっています。

  • 微風南山

    住所:
    臺北市信義區松智路17號 .

    微風集團2019年初開幕於信義區的百貨公司,是棟商場與辦公大樓結合的建築,內部商場集結了不少知名精品、各國美食料理及高樓景觀餐廳,同時也引進i-Ride Taipei飛行劇院,使微風南山成為了信義區流行時尚、血拚玩樂的必遊之地。

  • 幾米月亮公車

    住所:
    臺北市信義區信義路五段100號 .

    為響應臺北市政府所推行「2016 世界設計之都」的理念,房仲企業與插畫家幾米合作,以繪本《月亮忘記了》為主題,設計出幾米月亮公車。「幾米月亮公車」由熊熊司機領航,從「遺忘站」開往「記住站」,裡頭搭載了抱著圓月的小男孩,車廂中充滿五彩繽紛的魔法書與活潑有趣的小角色,公車後方還有一顆顆反射出週遭景象的微笑星球,而車頂站著一個可愛的藍色小童,他雙手高舉著黃澄澄的微笑月亮,用溫暖撫慰了黑暗中孤寂的人心。

     

    幾米月亮公車鄰近台北101,不但交通便利,附近也有許多景點相鄰,且溫柔清新的幾米風格吸引眾多的觀光人潮,成為台北101附近最可愛的必遊新興景點之一。開放時間為每天的9:00到21:00,不論是白天或夜晚,都可以感受到幾米月亮公車所帶來的溫暖。

  • National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    住所:
    No. 505, Sec. 4, Ren-ai Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    Designed by local architect Wang Da-hung, this memorial hall was established in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the father of the Republic of China. The hall also serves an educational and research role, hosting various cultural and art events throughout the year, including the Golden Horse Awards, Golden Bell Awards, and Culture Awards. The hall is surrounded by a large park, further making it a popular weekend escape for city residents.

  • Tiaomi Historic Trail

    住所:
    Tiaomi Historic Trail, Rice Trail The end of Alley 100, Lane 600, Wuxing Street, Taihe Village, Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    “Tiao” in Tiaomi means “selling grains” in Chinese and “Tiaomi” means “peddling rice”. During the period between 1821 and 1850 (Emperor Daoguang’s reign), in a move to reduce time spent on transportation and labor, farmers in the Sanchangli area built this narrow mountainous trail as an alternative route to the smoother - yet longer - foot path. There are a total of 500 stone steps on this trail to facilitate quicker transportation of rice in regions like Nangang, Muzha, Shenkeng and Jingmei, and support more frequent trade activities. Since there is a Tiaomi Temple along the trail, the trail becomes its eponym, Tiaomi Historic Trail. “Tiaomi” also means “shouldering rice” in Chinese. Legend has it that due to the steep, treacherous steps, carriers at that time had to rest by the Temple when travelling across the region. To express their gratitude to the God of the Earth for blessing them with a safe journey, they would leave a bowl of rice while resting. As time passed by, the residents built a simple temple using stones to show their respect for the God. After several reconstructions, it became the current “Tiaomi Temple”. There is also the “Dexing Coal Mine Entrance” near the trail. Dexing Coal Mine started its operation about 1897, and reached its operating prime between 1946 and 1948. This was followed by the exhaustion of the coal vein. The site was abandoned, leaving only the mine entrance as a tourist attraction. The stone steps on Tiaomi Historic Trail resurfaced in 2011 along with the establishment of an arch bridge, wooden path and tourist signposts for the Trail.

  • Yue Yue Company

    住所:
    No. 133, Guangfu S. Rd, Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    Yue Yue Company has changed from the past nursery room of Songshan tobacco factory to a place where ideas and creations are nurtured. It is not only a bookstore and a cafe, but also an art exhibition space. 

    Located in the busy city of Taipei, Yue Yue Company is quietly hidden among the large tree clusters in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. In addition to various types of publications, the bookstore also offers various meals. With an order of a drink, a sandwich, or some desserts, you can have a seat and enjoy the relaxing reading environment without burden.

  • Songshan Cihui Temple

    住所:
    No. 33, Ln. 251, Fude St., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    As the Chinese poet Liu Yuxi had famously contemplated, “Mountains are prestigious for the presence of immortals, not for their height; seas are sacred for the inhabitance of dragons, not for their depth”, the Songshan Cihui Temple in Taipei’s Fushou Mountain was founded, and is currently operated, by Guo Ye-zi, a devoted and virtuous Taoist priestess who insists on a career of universal relief through a facility that educates, inspires and purifies its followers. In other words, the temple was constructed out of the founder’s ultimate compassion that urged her to extend self-help to others. Dedicated to “Wuji Yaochi Dasheng Xiwang Jinmu,” or “Mother of the Infinite Jade Pond,” this awe-inspiring, gracefully landscaped temple is nestled amid verdant hills to evoke religious sentiments. That explains why it is a mythical sanctuary for Taoist deities and immortals, a Mcca for Taoists seeking peace of mind, and an intriguing must-visit for tourists. Occupying an area of approximately 33,000 m2, the towering Cihui Temple comprises a group of elaborately structured, five-story buildings flanked by pagoda-style bell towers for an imposing and magnificent effect. The patio outside the temple’s 2nd floor main hall commands a panoramic view of downtown Taipei, which is exciting and unforgettable enough to make you want to linger longer. Patterned after traditional Chinese temples, the main structure is a quaint mixture of the distinctive palatial arts from the Ming and Qing dynasties and modern architectural techniques, ingeniously accentuating the mountain area’s luscious pine woods with its red bricks and yellow rooftops, in a dazzling manner, like a green cocktail garnished with a red cherry.

  • National Palace Museum

    住所:
    No. 221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    The Taipei National Palace Museum is a world-class museum that hosts an eclectic collection of treasures kept by generations of Emperors ruling from the Forbidden City. In WWII, Nationalist troops seized the most important pieces in order to prevent invaders from ransacking China's national treasures. A twist of fate eventually brought these treasures to Taiwan.

    The Taipei National Palace Museum is designed in the style of a Northern Chinese palace. The museum is home to hundreds of thousands of historical relics that make up the world's most comprehensive and precious collection of ancient Chinese artifacts. The entire collection covers 5,000 years of China's historical and artistic achievements.

    The museum provides Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Korean language guides and museum-related literature. The museum is a must- see on any visitor's itinerary.

  • Wufenpu- the garment district

    住所:
    Aly. 9, Ln. 443, Yongji Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    If someone ask where the center of Taipei's garment wholesale area is, it is believed that everyone's first response would be "Wufenpu", a place that hundreds of garment wholesale stores gather near Songshan Railway Station. 

    The Wufenpu shopping district originated from the gathering of early central and southern people who made a living in Taipei in Wufenpu. With the remaining rags or unsaleable fabrics of export clothing, they simply processed and sewn them into underwear, children's clothing or rough work clothes and provided them to roadside vendors and retail stores for sale, which gradually made the name of Wufenpu popular.

    Hundreds of garment companies are gathering here. Inexpensive clothing attracts retail traders here to shop for wholesale or retail, and many young people also come to shop because of vivid styles and fashionable design.

  • Raohe Street Tourist Night Market

    住所:
    Raohe St. and Sec. 4, Bade Rd. and Fuyuan St., Songshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    Specialties:oyster vermicelli, spare ribs stewed in herbal soup, pepper meat buns, duck meat, stinky tofu.

    The Raohe Street Night Market covers various kinds of booths for general merchandises, accessories and yummy snacks, all at low and affordable prices. By looking at the booths with queues of people, it is not hard to find out the most popular snacks. You absolutely don't want to miss snacks like: Stew Ribs in Chinese herbal Medicine, Crispy Pepper Pastry Cake, Steamed Bun, Oyster Noodles, and all kinds of cold drinks. You can't forget the Spicy Stinky Tofu, Beef Noodle, and Tempura. In addition, Wufenpu is the largest garment wholesale marketplace in Taipei.

  • National Taiwan University

    住所:
    No.1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Da'an Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    Historic monuments and buildings can be seen everywhere on the campus of National Taiwan University. The overall campus planning follows a clear,east-west axial design. Royal Palms are planted along both sides of the Royal Palm Boulevard, and next to them are the azaleas. Camphor trees and dragon junipers are planted between two sides of the boulevard and the school buildings. While walking along Royal Palm Boulevard with the green shade of both sides arching the sunrise, one experiences a feeling of heading on a broad and open road to a bright future. It is a very special sunrise attraction in the City. Near the College of Agriculture, there are many aquatic plants, vegetables, fruits and vanilla gardens. Some interesting observations of ecological restoration can also be made in the experimental farm. The alleys near the campus are surrounded by mainstream bookstores and smaller independent bookstores, as well as the coffee culture, transforming the NTU neighborhood with a strong cultural element.

  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

    住所:
    No. 21, Zhongshan S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away. Design by C.C. Yang, who was also the architect for The Grand Hotel, the memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC flag; while the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) adorns the vaulted ceiling. A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. The front plaza of the hall is also a major venue for democratic assemblies.

  • Taipei Grand Mosque

    住所:
    No. 62, Sec. 2, Xinsheng S. Rd., Da'an Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    The Taipei Grand Mosque is a center of worship for Taipei's Muslims community. Designed by the renowned architect C.C. Yang, the mosque was built in 1960 with funds donated from Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. The main distinguishing feature of the mosque is its enormous domed roof. The dome is 15 meters high, 15 meters in diameter and is supported entirely without beams. The mosque is adorned with handmade Persian rugs and chandeliers presented by kings of countries allied with Taiwan. The mosque also has two minarets that rise impressively to over 20 meters. When visiting Taipei Grand Mosque, please be sure to follow the mosque rules. Only Muslims are allowed to enter the main prayer hall and second floor prayer hall for women.

  • 228 Peace Park

    住所:
    103, Huaining Road, Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    228 Peace Park occupies a city block bordered by Gongyuan Road, Xiangyang Road, Huaining Road and Ketagalan Boulevard. The park is built in a traditional style, with Japanese garden landscaping and ponds, arched bridges, walking paths, and an amphitheater. The Taipei 228 Memorial Museum and 228 Memorial Monument are also located in the park.

  • Thermal Valley

    住所:
    , Beitou Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    Located beside Beitou Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake.” The springs here have the highest temperatures of any in the Datunshan volcano group. With its surreal sulfuric atmosphere, it’s no wonder Thermal Valley was considered one of the “12 great sights of Taiwan” during the Period of Japanese Occupation!

    The “Beitou rocks” (aka Hokutolite or Anglesobarite) in Thermal Valley contain the radioactive element radium. Out of the many thousands of minerals existing in the world, they are the only ones named after a place in Taiwan, and can be found in only two places: Beitou and Tamagawa, Japan. In recent years, the “Beitou Rock Conservation Area” has been established to ensure the protection of these natural rarities. Thus, when visiting Thermal Valley, you not only get to experience “hell” but also gain insight into some rare radioactive rocks!

    Water temperature in Thermal Valley’s hot springs ranges from 80-100℃. The sodium carbonate springs tend to be corrosive, and have come to be known as “Green sulfur springs” and “Sulfur heads.” Visitors used to boil eggs in the hot springs, but the practice has since been prohibited—not only to protect the water quality but to keep tourists from falling in and boiling themselves!

  • Maokong Gondola

    住所:
    No.8, Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    With a total length of 4.03 kilometers, the Maokong Gondola is the first gondola system in Taipei City. One-way travel time on the gondola is about 20 to 30 minutes. The gondola ride includes four stops, namely the Taipei Zoo Station, Taipei Zoo South Station, Zhinan Temple Station, and the Maokong Station. It is very easy to ride the Maokong Gondola; after getting off the last stop of the Metro's Wenhu Line—Taipei Zoo Station—walk to the Maokong Gondola's Taipei Zoo Station to take the gondola.

    The three most beautiful times to take the gondola are in the midst after rain, when the sun is setting, and when the lights of the city are shining at night. As the gondola passes over the undulating terrain, you can glimpse moving Metro trains, the park along the Jingmei River, and the "giraffe" incinerator. When you reach the second stop, the gondola takes a big turn, and you will get a panoramic view of the landscape, including vehicles moving along the freeway below. After passing the Zhinan Temple Station, you will enter a steep V-shaped gully; this is the climax of the gondola ride, and is an unforgettable experience.

    The final stop is at Maokong, where numerous tea plantations and tea shops are located. Many visitors specially make the trip here to have tea and chat. Make sure to visit a tea shop and order the famous “Muzha Tieguanyin” or “Wenshan Pouchong tea” when you visit Maokong. The trip will be worth your while when you taste the delicious specialty tea and meal combo, and view the stunning scenery of Taipei Basin.

  • Nangang Mountain System: Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant) Hiking Trail

    住所:
    Xiangshan (Mt. Elephant), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    Xiangshan derives its name from its external shape (“xiang” means elephant in Chinese) and is located at the south-eastern section of Xinyi District. Its composition is mainly sandstone, akin to that of Hushan. The tawny cliffs and giant rocks along the path, coupled with numerous natural life forms and birds, make the entire mountain resemble a natural ecological paradise. It’s a great place for the general public to enjoy outdoor leisure time and bask in the beauty of nature.
    Along the trail there are explanatory sign boards providing information to visitors concerning the environment. The diversified cliff and slope terrains form a great nurturing ground for fern-family plants. In particular, the quantity of Taiwanese Cibotium (Cibotium taiwanianum) and Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern (Cyathea lepifera) ranks top in Taipei City.
    Back in the days when medicine was not as advanced as it is today, Taiwanese Cibotium was commonly used to stop bleeding. The Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern, on the other hand, is the most valuable ecological feature of Taipei City.
    Standing on the top of Xiangshan, the entire Taipei Basin is right under your eyes. The extension of the ridge reaches into Zhongqiang Park of Xinyi District, and therefore has become the best evening stroll venue for local residents. It is also a great vacation spot for people to relax and relieve stress.

    The Six Giant Rocks
    “Laolaixia” is the name given to Xiangshan’s landscape of peculiar giant rocks. On top of these rocks, the entire view of the bustling Xinyi District is captured; it is a popular spot for photo-taking. The rising sun juxtaposed with Taipei 101 and the slumbering Xinyi District skyscrapers provide endless pictures of enjoyment throughout the day and night.

     

  • Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

    住所:
    No. 133, Guangfu S. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C .

    The 6.6-hectares Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei’s Xinyi District was completed in 1937 as the Songshan Tobacco Factory, which was one of the seed companies of a monopoly system mandated by the Taiwan Governor-General Office. The premises were one of Taiwan’s pioneers of modern industry, as well as the first professional tobacco plant. A gracefully simple Japanese modernist structure, the factory features meticulously crafted face cams, glasswork and bronze nails that made it arguably a “model factory” at that time. When Japan lost the war in 1945, the Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau took over the factory and renamed it, Songshan Tobacco Factory of Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau. The factory ceased production of cigarettes in 1998 for concerns over urban planning, regulatory changes in the tobacco and liquor marketing system, as well as shrinking demand. It became a relic of the past after being merged into the Taipei Cigarette Plant.

    In 2001, the Taipei City Government named the tobacco factory the city’s 99th historic site and converted it into a park comprising city-designated historic sites (namely the office building, the 1st to 5th warehouses, cigarette plant and boiler room), historic structures (the inspection room, a machinery repair shed and a nursing room) and architectural highlights (the Baroque-style garden, an ecologically landscaped pond, a public bath and a multi-purpose auditorium). For more efficient reuse of space, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was built on the historic site as a production base for designers and cultural & creative businesses, as well as a venue for performances and exhibitions. The park introduced to its premises a Taiwan Design Museum and TMSK through partnerships with the Taiwan Design Center and prestigious Taiwanese glasswork label LIULI GONG FANG, respectively, besides a snack bar that was converted from the machinery repair shed.