The West side of Taipei was once the hub for economic and political activities back when Taiwan's modern development was at its peak. With this tour, you will walk back in time through Taiwan's rich history and culture - learn about traditional beliefs during the Qing dynasty, the cultural change when it was under Japanese ruling, to the political landscape during the arrival of the Nationalist government in the 1950's. The 3 hour guided tour will take you to all the essential attractions in West Taipei such as the Longshan Temple, Bopiliao Historical Block, Ximen Red House, and more! It's a great way to get a glimpse of how Taipei was shaped by multiple cultures and historic events. It's perfect for those who want to leisurely explore the best of Taipei with fellow travellers around the world.
With a history as rich as Taiwan's, it's no wonder that their cuisine comes with a lot of flavor. Sample variations of traditional kitchen fare in this food tour of Keelung's night markets! Immerse yourself in the local culture as your foodie guide takes you to the craziest night markets in the city. See full spreads of specialties and delicacies, laid out for visitors to consume. Bite into dumplings, noodles, and steamed buns, or savor the broth of a classic beef noodle soup. Munch the night away as more and more visitors crowd the streets just for a taste of authentic Taiwanese grub. Relish the distinct rich flavor of the local cuisine - a perfect blend of sweet and savory that floods your tastebuds with undeniable deliciousness. Let your guide do the complicated menu scanning and help out with the ordering - a shouting match that will give you culture shock for days to come. Chaotic, fun, and lively - these are just the few things you'll remember Keelung's night markets by. Get your fill now through Klook!
For the most comprehensive overview of Taiwan's capital, come along on this 3-hour city tour. Gain a deeper insight into Taiwanese religion, history and culture with stops at five famous sightseeing spots. See the impressive Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall, watch the hourly changing of the guard and discover more about the former leader of the Republic of China. A visit to the world's largest and most impressive collection of over 650,000 Chinese art, artifacts and curios is on the cards at the National Palace Museum. You'll swing by the Presidential Office Building, the highest seat of government then get an insight into traditional Taiwanese culture at the Martyrs' Shrine, a dedication to fallen war heroes and set in luscious countryside surrounds. A jam-packed itinerary, but the perfect way to dive into your visit.
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What people are saying about History Tours in Taipei
Meet up with guide at Long Shan Temple, although I've been here several times it is interesting to know the little fun facts presented by guide. 2nd stop is to Popiliao Historical Site where buildings of older days were being showcased. The guide also brought us to an old school ice cream for break (at own cost). Then proceed to Ximending, The Red House. Move on to Presidential Office and last stop is to C.K.S. Memorial Hall. Before that we passed through East Gate, which is one of the gate preserved from old town Taipei. 3 hour walking tour and I clocked 13,654 steps 😃 Overall is an interesting tour.
I had the best time on this tour. Ruth was fun and shared so much knowledge about Taipei and the places we visited. I’m thankful to her for such a great time! She was also a master photographer! Even though I was the only participant, they continued with the tour. It’s comprehensive and includes a lot of the main sites even several changing of the guards.
It was a very nice experience we went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and we're able to witness the changing of the guards, Grand Hotel Taipei the roof makes the hotel a visible showcase of Chinese architecture and culture. National Palace Museum most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by China's emperor's, very nice painting and artifacts.
I would like to say thank you to our tour guide he's so passionate to his work and he explain briefly every tourist spot that we're going to.
Absolutely loved this tour! We were running on caffeine as my friends and I went straight into this tour landing from a red eye flight, but the young guides' enthusiasm and knowledge more than made up for our lack of sleep and
the relentless Taipei heat. Pack a bottle of water and put your caps, sunglasses, and sunblock on — it's extremely hot and humid as the tour could stretch to around an hour after noontime when the sun is scorching.
TAIPEI Historical Walking Tour
It's always a wonder seeing architectural attractions, moreso when you get to see them for the first time. It's a visual feast! But knowing the history - the story behind those great buildings takes the admiration to a different level. You get to know a city and how it is shaped by multiple cultures through architectural designs.
For our second day, we embarked on a walking tour together with other nationalities under the scorching, summer heat of Taipei. Our guide is Lo, a young Taiwanese local, who generously shared his knowledge of Taiwan's history.
First stop: LONGSHAN TEMPLE
A famous temple in Taipei built during the Qing Dynasty. If I remember it right, the temple houses four Gods. One is the God of Love, which our guide identified as the Old Man from the Moon. Travellers all over the world pray infront of this Love God and seek answers to their love questions. Two moon blocks (crescent shape) are thrown into the floor - one flat and one round side means yes. Of course I tried this tradition, and I got a yes! For a yes, I got a red string I have to keep. Our guide told us that this string in theory will bind you with your loved one forever.
Second stop: Bopilao Historical Block
Once the busiest and most successful commercial block, it was relegated to a back alley during Japanese occupation.
The streets are quite curvy, our guide says it was designed that way because people back then believed that blind curves can slow down hordes of zombies.
Third stop: Ximen Red House
Built by the Japanese, it now houses a theater, teahouses and exhibits. Beside this landmark is a line of bars and restos which is the LGBT spot in Taipei. Our guide reminded us that Taiwan is the first ever country in Asia where same-sex marriage has been legalized. It is also the same country to grant same-sex divorce a little over three weeks after the resolution.
Fourth Stop: Presidential Building
It is here I got a little sad and affected. This landmark currently houses the President of Taiwan, a small lady who bravely opposes China's aggression and stands up for their country's sovereignty and democracy. All I can do is sigh and wishfully hope that my own President to regain back his own balls (which I presumes he already sold to China).
Fifth Stop: Peace Memorial Park
Our guide continued his history lesson to us with a more detailed account between the struggle of People's Republic China (PRC) and Republic of China (ROC). He discussed the separation between PRC and ROC and Chiang Kai Shek's rise to power. He added the brutality under the time of Chiang Kai Shek and how local Taiwanese were mass slaughtered. ROC soldiers identify if you're a local if 1. You don't know Mandarin 2. You know Japanese.
And all of those dead people? They are commemorated in this Memorial Park.
Last Stop: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
So, why is there a grand palace built as CKS' memorial after all the killings? Our guide says this lavish memorial was built during CKS' son regime in the country. Moreover, as much as there are lots of anti-CKS in Taiwan, there are also those who love and rever him and also treat him as a God.
I can compare him to Marcos in our country. Either you despise him or love him like a fanatic does.
Well, it was a hot day for all of us in the tour but we didn't mind. Taiwan is beautiful, and having scratched a little bit of it's history, the country has become alive right before me.
"To know nothing of what happened before you were born, is to forever remain a child." - Cicero
Me, my friend and my sister had a wonderful stay in Taipei, Taiwan because of this historic route tour by walk. It was good to walk during early at night, we visited some important and historic places and our tour guide was so great even they are still your and I think they were still students that time, I will probably go back in Taipei with other sets of friends or family and other related companions. This was good experience to all of us.