Zhongshan District Walking Tour, Taipei

Taipei is the business, commercial and cultural heart of Taiwan. It's Zhongshan District, situated in the western part of the city, takes it's name from Sun Yat-sen, also known as Sun Zhongshan. This area has a lot of interesting attractions to offer curious tourists. The following tour will provide you with a fascinating walk through Zhongshan District.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Zhongshan District Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Zhongshan District Walking Tour
Guide Location: Taiwan » Taipei (See other walking tours in Taipei)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: irenebo
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Taipei Fine Arts Museum

1) Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Being the only museum in Taipei to display modern art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum is one of the largest museum in the city. It has 24 galleries with exhibits changing every month. In front of the museum there are lots of interesting and creative sculptures. It was the first purpose built museum in Taiwan to host modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The architecture is a local adaption of the Japanese Metabolist Movement.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lin An Tai Ancestral House

2) Lin An Tai Ancestral House (must see)

Built from stone and brick, Lin An Tai Ancestral House represents the most intact example of historical architecture in Taipei. This spectacular house was constructed in 1783 and originally stood on Sihwei Road. Public outcry saved the building from demolition in the 1970s and it was moved to its current location instead.

Whilst the current setting, in the shadow of an Expressway, is not ideal, it does not detract from the beautiful architecture. There are some exquisite details to admire and more than 30 rooms to explore and visitors can learn a great deal about how wealthy Taipeiers would have lived 200 years ago.

Why You Should Visit:
Lovely spot to get away from the hustle and bustle, as the house lies in a charming ground with a pond and a number of annex buildings.
It is free to enter and they provide a beautifully done brochure for visitors with detailed info and maps. Restrooms are clean and the culture is rich.

Tip:
Make sure you cross the street and have coffee/tea in the Pavilion of Angel Life for an extra unique local experience.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm
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Rongxing Garden Park

3) Rongxing Garden Park (must see)

Rongxing Garden Park is and always crowded with tourists and locals. The first European landscape garden in Taipei, complete with flowers, lotus ponds, separate kids play area, steam and sauna rooms, a fitness gym and even a swimming pool nearby, it seems to be a small island of nature and relaxation in the midst of the city's busy bustle and huge architectural creations. The garden is open to the public year-round, 24 hours a day.

Tip:
Make sure you watch the fireflies at night during certain hours in summer.
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Xingtian Temple

4) Xingtian Temple (must see)

Xingtian Temple was built in 1967 and is among the youngest, but busiest, temples in Taipei. Devoted to Guan Yu, the patron god of businessmen, it is situated on a street corner near the center of the city and covers over 7,000 sq meters. Sculptures of dragons feature prominently in the temple's design.

Why You Should Visit:
Renovation completed and very well maintained. A seriously good place for prayers and meditation.
To prevent particle air pollution, they do not allow the burning of incense here, so there's a cleaner atmosphere.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5am-11pm
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Ten Shang's Tea Company

5) Ten Shang's Tea Company

Ten Shang's Tea Company was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Shang more than 25 years ago. Now, it is known all over the city as the best place to buy any type of tea imaginable and everything you need to prepare it using traditional methods. The shop offers a fantastic collection of delicious Taiwanese oolong tea and the Oriental beauty tea sold here is organically grown.
Hours: Mon - Sun: 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

6) Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan was founded in 1997. It has a variety of thematic collections, which include objects made by Chinese and European craftsmen. The museum also organizes classes for children, giving them an opportunity to create tiny figures on their own.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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SuHo Memorial Paper Museum

7) SuHo Memorial Paper Museum

SuHo Memorial Paper Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to learn many interesting facts about a simple object we are all familiar with- paper. Visitors of all ages may try their hand at producing paper and will learn all the secrets of paper-making and its developmental history.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Walking Tours in Taipei, Taiwan

Create Your Own Walk in Taipei

Create Your Own Walk in Taipei

Creating your own self-guided walk in Taipei is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

Taipei, the largest city of Taiwan, lies in the northern part of the island, on the Danshui River. It is a city devoted to cultural history and the arts, which can be seen in the many galleries it is home to. If you wish to get acquainted with some of Taipei's contemporary art, don't miss the galleries featured in this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Taipei without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Taipei, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Taipei without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Taipei, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

The city of Taipei is surrounded by mountains on three sides and is Taiwan's most-frequented city. With twelve distinct districts, Taipei has a lot to offer visitors in the way of entertainment, education, dining, etc. The Zhongzheng district has a great list of attractions, which you will find highlighted in this next tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

One of the world's leading international cities, Taipei is the educational, political, economic and cultural core of Taiwan. Within the city, you will see a number of great galleries, museums, shopping centers and so much more. If you want to become more familiar with the cultural life and history of Taipei, visit the fabulous museums highlighted in the next walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Taipei City greets visitors with a great variety of tourist attractions. Being the commercial and cultural heart of Taiwan, it has a tons of sites with international significance. The following tour will take you to some of most important and well-known destinations in Taipei.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Taipei, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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