In the morning, make your own way to the MRT Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station to meet your guide. Start your walking tour by following your guide across the plaza to view the massive Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument to the first President of the Republic of China. Watch the changing of the guard and hear about Chiang Kai-Shek’s life and his contributions to Taiwan. Next, stroll over to the nearby Nanmen Market, one of the oldest public traditional markets in Taipei. Take in the range of fresh and prepared foods at the market, and try samples of specialties made by different vendors. Have lunch at the market (own expense); your guide can explain the food options and offer recommendations. After eating, hop on the metro to go to Longshan Temple, the most famous temple in Taipei. There, learn about temple architecture, and Buddhist and Taoist religious traditions in China. Continue by metro to Ximen Station where you explore the cultural diversity of the Ximending district, where the youth of Taiwan come to see and be seen. Stop into the 270-year-old Tianhou Temple, which is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Then meander along Japanese Street, America Street, and Movie Street, and browse the artist boutiques at the Red House, a historical red brick building that serves as a cultural center for live performance and art exhibitions. Top off your walking tour with dinner at an all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant. Afterward, your guide accompanies you to MRT Ximen Station where you can make your way to your next destination.
MRT Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station - Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - Nanmen Market - Starbucks Mankah Branch - Longshan Temple - Grass Lane - Bopiliao Historic Block - Ximending District (Taipei Nishi Honganji Temple, Red House, Tianhou Temple, U.S.A. Street and Movie Street) - Dinner (All You Can Eat Hot Pot) - MRT Ximen Station
Mengjia Longshan Temple is considered by many to be an archetypal example of classical Taiwanese architecture. Built in 1738 by early settlers from Fujian, China, the temple serves as a place of worship and gathering for local residents. Like most temples around Taiwan, there is a mixture of worship to Buddhist and Taoist deities.
【Bopiliao Ancient Street】
Located near Longshan Temple, the Bopiliao Old Street is recently one of the most popular attractions in Taipei City.
The Bopiliao Old Street is full of art crafts and creative wall paintings.
Taipei's Tian Hou Temple, which is also known by locals as the "Ximending Mazu Temple" is one that is easy to miss as it sits in an obscure and almost hidden location in the bustling Ximending shopping district.