THE BEST OF TAIPEI
Cultural, Meal included
Leaving the port you will drive to the National Palace Museum. Famous for it's rich antique collection, which amounts to nearly 700,000 pieces and has an age range covering almost the entire five thousand year old history of China; including pottery, porcelain, bronze & jade ware; sculpture, embroidery, calligraphy as well as paintings with each piece a true curio.
Next you will visit the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. This is the FORMER Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The great building has become a landmark of Taipei City. There are places for international art performances such as the National Theatre and National Concert Hall. World famous musicians (such as the great cello performer Yo Yo Ma and the great violinist Shao Lian Lin) and renowned playgroups have conducted performance here. The place is enriched with the beauty of traditional Chinese gardens.
Last stop you will drive to the Lungshan Temple; a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is renowned for worshiping the Guanshiyin Buddha and other divine spirits. It's architecture is a three-section design with a front hall, a rear hall and right/left dragons protecting the middle hall. There is a pair of bronze dragon poles in the front hall and four pairs of dragon poles in the middle hall. All these sculptures are delicate, exquisite wood sculptures. The temple has many Chinese poems, verses and lyrics. These add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value.
Chinese set dinner will be served before returning to port.
Please note. This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. When visiting the temple shoes should be removed and socks should be worn. The order of the itinerary may vary. A sunhat, sunglasses and bottled water are recommended. Space is limited, so please reserve early. Suitable clothing is recommended for entrance to places of worship.
What we will see
• National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine
• National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall
• National Palace Museum
• Lungshan temple
• Restaurant dinner
What we will do
• We leave the port of Keelung and a short transfer takes us to the city of Taipei, the main economic, political and cultural centre of Taiwan and a lively metropolis where modernity and tradition coexist in perfect harmony.
• Our tour starts with the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, built in 1969 as a homage to the 330,000 men who sacrifices their lives during the revolution before the Republic of China was established and to those killed during the Sino-Japanese and the Chinese Civil Wars. * The magnificent imposing architecture is reminiscent of the Beijing Imperial Palace in continental China and represents the martyrdom of brave spirits.
• We then move on to the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall dedicated to Chiang Kai-Shek and a symbol of Taipei. The white marble building has a bright blue roof and is surrounded by gardens and lakes in the typical Chinese style. It is home to the National Theatre and a concert hall where many international artists have performed.
• Afterwards, we visit the National Palace Museum, set up in a grandiose building with pagoda roods and famous for its vast collection of Chinese artwork. Its almost 700,000 items cover approximately 5,000 years of history and include ceramic, porcelain, bronze and jade objects, interesting sculptures, embroideries, ancient ideogram texts and paintings.
• It is then the turn of the magnificent Lungshan temple, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Guanyin, female personification of mercy for Buddhists, as well as to other deities including Taoist ones.
• The temple is *finely decorated with wooden carvings, gilded incisions and Chinese dragon statues complete with poems, verses and lyrics adding literary value on top of the religious and artistic one.
• After we are done exploring the city, we enjoy an excellent restaurant lunch, the perfect end to such an enchanting day, and head back to the port.
What you need to know
• This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. • Footwear must be removed and socks must be worn to enter the temples. • The itinerary may be subject to change. • Do not forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a bottle of water. • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. • Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended. • There is limited availability of English-language guides.
There is limited availability of English-language guides.