By Claire Tyrrell Translated
by Liu Fang Ru
There's something for everyone
in Yuanshan--history, education, good food
and good fun. Jump on the MRT, get off at
Yuanshan and wander through the history of
Start at the two temples--Bao An, one of the
oldest and most stunning, and the neighbouring
Confucius Temple. Don't just look, enjoy,
with Bao An's upcoming festival (third lunar
month--check the website) the most breathtaking
I have seen, and the Confucius Temple offering
regular calligraphy classes, teachings and
Nan Guan music.
Next, move to a jewel of
Yuanshan, the Lin Antai Historic Home, a delightful
old Chinese compound from the 1700s. Admission
is free, the displays are informative and
the many small rooms and courtyards perfect
for a quick game of hide and seek!
Five minutes away is the Taipei Story House,
which brings us to 1914, when it was built
by a prominent tea merchant during the Japanese
colonial period. For NT$30, it is worth taking
a peek at the exhibitions inside this intriguing
little building. It also holds live performances
and activities, especially on weekends (contact
them for an events calendar). And, while you're
at it, why not sample French cuisine at the
While tea merchants strolled
the lawns here, opposing forces on the mainland
were battling it out. Continue to the Martyrs'
Shrine and read detailed accounts of these
struggles around the back courtyard. Then
catch the changing of the guard, performing
feats with pomp that any baton twirler would
be proud of.
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum (NT$30, concessions
available) brings us to present times. No
doubt you've seen it and you've, probably
been there, but I guarantee you've forgotten
how thought-provoking it can be, not to mention
perfect cover for the odd rain shower!
With the kids in tow, head
from "The World of Yesterday" and
on into the future, at the Children's Recreation
Center (NT$30) and Space Theatre (NT$100).
And, finally, what's for dinner? I recommend
that you head for some historic grandeur and
enjoy the traditional fare of the magnificent
nearby Grand Hotel.
_Bao An Temple
61, HaMi Street; (02) 2595-1676
275, DaLong Street; (02) 2592-3934
8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
_Lin An Tai Historical Home
5, BinQiang Street; (02) 2598-1572
9 a.m.-9 p.m.(Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
181-1, ZhongShan N. Rd., Sec. 3; (02) 2587-5565
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (restaurant 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.)
_Fine Arts Museum
181, ZhongShan N. Rd., Sec. 3; (02) 2595-7656
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays
_Childrens Recreation Center
66, ZhongShan N. Rd., Sec. 3; (02) 2593-2211
9 a.m.-5 pm