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Taipei is a big, bustling city where you’re sure to find something interesting to do. But there are a few attractions worth noting in your planning as “must see” features.
Taipei 101 is a relatively new financial center in Taipei. What makes it interesting for visitors is its height. When built, and until Burj Khalifa was completed in 2009, it was declared the tallest building in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The building, located in Taipei City, is 101 stories and sits 1,671 feet tall. It also has the fastest ascending elevator – fasten your seatbelt, because this one goes 37 miles an hour.
To see the largest collection of Chinese artifacts in the world, head for the National Palace Museum. This museum was established in Beijing in 1925 but was moved to Taipei City in the 1940s. Just the building alone is worth viewing, as the interesting Chinese-style architecture sets the mood for what’s inside.
Taipei's Museum of Fine Art often has interesting exhibitions (eg in December 2009 the ground floor was dedicated to a display of the work of Cai Guo) and is close to the site of Taipei's 2010 Floral Expo. Both are readily accessible from the Yuanshan MRT station. This is on the MRT line to Danshui; if the weather is good, Danshui is a pleasant place to watch the sun set over the sea, and then explore the boardwalk alongside the water's edge.
Many visitors to Taipei head to Yangmingshan National Park, where you can enjoy hot springs, cherry blossoms, hiking trails and viewing an extinct volcano. The park was originally named Grass Mountain because much of the area is grassy, but in 1950, Chiang Kai-shek changed the name to Yangmingshan to honor Chinese scholar Wang Yingmang.