Taipei (Keelung)

The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn't until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland.

Taipei is one of the world's most important commercial centers. Despite its turbulent history, Taiwan today boasts an economy that is the envy of the world. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past.

The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea.

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Points of Interest

  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • Lungshan Temple
  • National Palace Museum
  • Martyr's Shrine
  • Confucius Temple
  • Pao An Temple
  • Taipei 101
  • Yehliu Geographic Park
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  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

    Situated in renowned Liberty Square, Taipei's impressive monument honoring the former President of the Republic of China features a blue tile roof with a gleaming gold apex and fascinating artifacts pertaining to the late president.

  • Lungshan Temple

    Built during the Ching dynasty, Taiwan's ornate Lungshan Temple is devoted to worshipping the Goddess of Mercy. Marvel at the serene temple's beautifully crafted wooden doors and its stone and bronze beams and dragon-shaped poles.

  • National Palace Museum

    Discover one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese art and artifacts at the Republic of China's national museum whose amazing collection spans over 8,000 years and includes precious objects amassed by ancient emperors.

  • Martyr's Shrine

    Over 350,000 square feet of grass surround this stately shrine to the 330,000 brave men who sacrificed their lives during historic Chinese battles. Stoic military officers trained to remain absolutely composed guard the main gate.

  • Confucius Temple

    The Taipei Confucius temple modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, China was constructed in 1925 at the initiative of two of Taipei's leading citizens along with donations from others. The temple is renowned as a home for the scholarly in the past, with a distinctive history, cultural conservation, and sightseeing value as well as a vital site of Confucian learning.

  • Pao An Temple

    Dedicated to the God of Medicine, the striking Pao-An Temple, completed in 1830 and fully restored in 2002, amazes with intricately carved dragon pillars, imposing stone lions and historic tablets inscribed by famous Chinese scholars.

  • Taipei 101

    The world's second tallest skyscraper wows with its bold postmodern design that seamlessly marries high-tech and traditional elements. The landmark features 101 floors aboveground, 5 below and a chic multilevel mall off to one side.

  • Yehliu Geographic Park

    Yehliu Geographic Park is known for its otherworldly rock formations.

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Escorted in Japanese: Taipei On Your Own

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-189
  • Taipei 101

Create your own adventure during this remarkable full-day excursion to Taipei that leaves the exploring up to you. Start with a picturesque drive from Keelung City to bustling Taipei, where you'll have five hours to explore whatever your heart desires. Begin near the world's second tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, which marries high-tech style with traditional design elements. Explore this impressive structure and the chic shopping mall nearby. Continue on to see one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts at the National Palace Museum. Venture to Liberty Square, part of a lush park, to see Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, a splendid shrine honoring the former president or visit Taipei's awe-inspiring Confucius Temple. Eventually, rejoin your group at the starting point to enjoy a relaxing return trip to port.

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Taipei On Your Own

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-185
  • Taipei 101

Create your own adventure during this remarkable full-day excursion to Taipei that leaves the exploring up to you. Start with a picturesque drive from Keelung City to bustling Taipei, where you'll have five hours to explore whatever your heart desires. Begin near the world's second tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, which marries high-tech style with traditional design elements. Explore this impressive structure and the chic shopping mall nearby. Continue on to see one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts at the National Palace Museum. Venture to Liberty Square, part of a lush park, to see Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, a splendid shrine honoring the former president or visit Taipei's awe-inspiring Confucius Temple. Eventually, rejoin your group at the starting point to enjoy a relaxing return trip to port.

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Guided in Japanese: City Drive, Lungshan Temple & Handicraft Center

5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-209
  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • Lungshan Temple

Feel the rush of Taipei during this excellent adventure that begins with a narrated drive through Taiwan's verdant countryside. In the distance, spy the splendid Grand Hotel, an imperial establishment designed with classic Chinese architecture in mind. In Taipei, listen as your guide points out amazing sights, including the ornate Presidential Building where the president holds office. Visit Lungshan Temple, a serene Ching dynasty landmark featuring elaborate wooden doors, stone and bronze beams and dragon poles. In luxuriant Liberty Park, explore Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a regal monument honoring the former president, which wows with its glossy blue-tile roof and serene, white marble. Shop for souvenirs at Taipei Handicraft Center, a lively market featuring over 40,000 handmade items, including furniture, art and jewelry. Snap photos of Taipei 101, the world's second tallest skyscraper, which seamlessly marries modern and traditional design elements. Afterward, enjoy a picturesque drive back to Keelung.

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City Drive, Lungshan Temple & Handicraft Center

5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-205
  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • Lungshan Temple

Feel the rush of Taipei during this excellent adventure that begins with a narrated drive through Taiwan's countryside. In the distance, spy the splendid Grand Hotel, an imperial establishment designed with classic Chinese architecture in mind. In Taipei, listen as your guide points out amazing sights, including the ornate Presidential Building where the president holds office. Visit Lungshan Temple, a serene Ching dynasty landmark featuring elaborate wooden doors, stone and bronze beams and dragon poles. In Liberty Park, explore Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a regal monument honoring the former president, which wows with its glossy blue-tile roof and serene, white marble. Shop for souvenirs at Taipei Handicraft Center, a lively market featuring over 40,000 handmade items, including porcelain, wood carving, art and jewelry. Snap photos of Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers, which seamlessly marries modern and traditional design elements. Afterward, enjoy a picturesque drive back to Keelung.

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Guided in Japanese: Chiufen Walking Tour

4.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-384

Visit the quaint, old village of Chiufen - once the center of gold mining in Taiwan. Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, explore the crooked alleys and steep cobblestone streets lined with closely packed houses that cling to steep mountainsides. Marvel at Japanese-style architecture. Stroll Old Street lined with paper lanterns and crowded with vendors selling an exotic variety of foods and crafts. Have your cameras at the ready as you take in amazing and romantic views of the countryside that are unparalleled. Stop at a traditional teahouse for a snack, a pot of tea and a lesson on the art of preparing and pouring tea.

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Chiufen Walking Tour

4.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-380

Visit the quaint, old village of Chiufen - once the center of gold mining in Taiwan. Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, explore the crooked alleys and steep cobblestone streets lined with closely packed houses that cling to steep mountainsides. Marvel at Japanese-style architecture. Stroll Old Street lined with paper lanterns and crowded with vendors selling an exotic variety of foods and crafts. Have your cameras at the ready as you take in amazing and romantic views of the countryside that are unparalleled. Stop at a traditional teahouse for a snack, a pot of tea and a lesson on the art of preparing and pouring tea.

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Guided in Japanese: National Palace & Chiang Kai Shek's Memorial Hall

5.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-204
  • Martyr's Shrine
  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • National Palace Museum

Experience Taipei's amazing culture and heritage during this tour that begins with a journey through the lush, green countryside with the imperial Grand Hotel visible in the distance. Arrive at Martyr's Shrine, a majestic monument honoring 330,000 brave men who fought in historic Chinese battles. Snap photos of the stoic military officers as they perform their ceremonial changing of the guard. Head through vibrant Taipei to visit the National Palace Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts including rare objects prized by emperors. Snap pictures of the world's second tallest skyscraper, Tapei 101, whose design evokes important symbols in Chinese culture. Head to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a regal monument dedicated to the former president. This serene white marble shrine features a bright blue-tile roof and an engaging museum inside. Scan the gift shop for souvenirs before savoring a relaxing ride back to port.

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Guided in Japanese: Nature Wonder of Yehliu Geo Park

4.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-124
  • Yehliu Geographic Park

Your air-conditioned motorcoach takes you to Yeliu Geo Park, famous for its spectacular rock formations. Walk along its lunar-like landscape that abuts a pounding sea. Have your cameras ready, as you encounter a bizarre array of rock formations, including mushroom rock formations and Yehliu's most iconic landmark; the Queen's Head Rock. Then, drive to Bisha Fish Market as the representative of local touristic fish market. Afterwards, go to visit Heping Island Park. Walk alongside the scenic track, you can see the unique rocks shaped by the sea erosion and even see the Keelung Islet from far.

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National Palace & Chiang Kai Shek's Memorial Hall

5.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-200
  • Martyr's Shrine
  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • National Palace Museum

Experience Taipei's amazing culture and heritage during this tour that begins with a journey through the lush, green countryside with the imperial Grand Hotel visible in the distance. Arrive at Martyr's Shrine, a majestic monument honoring 330,000 brave men who fought in historic Chinese battles. Snap photos of the stoic military officers as they perform their ceremonial changing of the guard. Head through vibrant Taipei to visit the National Palace Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts including rare objects prized by emperors. Snap pictures of the world's second tallest skyscraper, Tapei 101, whose design evokes important symbols in Chinese culture. Head to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a regal monument dedicated to the former president. This serene white marble shrine features a bright blue-tile roof and an engaging museum inside. Scan the gift shop for souvenirs before savoring a relaxing ride back to port.

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Nature Wonder of Yehliu Geo Park

4.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-120
  • Yehliu Geographic Park

Your air-conditioned motorcoach takes you to Yeliu Geo Park, famous for its spectacular rock formations. Walk along its lunar-like landscape that abuts a pounding sea. Have your cameras ready, as you encounter a bizarre array of rock formations, including mushroom rock formations and Yehliu's most iconic landmark; the Queen's Head Rock. Then, drive to Bisha Fish Market as the representative of local touristic fish market. Afterwards, go to visit Heping Island Park. Walk alongside the scenic track, you can see the unique rocks shaped by the sea erosion and even see the Keelung Islet from far.

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Guided in Japanese: Sky Lantern & Chiufen Tour

7.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-144

Experience the tradition and beauty of a bygone era with a day-long excursion to the old mining towns of Shih-Fen and Chiufen. After boarding a train in the Ruifang District, you'll travel to the 100-year-old mining town of Shih-Fen, where you'll learn about the centuries-old history of sky lanterns. These small, hot air balloons are a beautiful expression of people's prayers, wishes and dreams. A message is written on the rice paper lantern and then released, with hopes that it reaches the heavens. During your tour you can make a wish and set your own sky lantern off before venturing along Old Street. Then, you'll head to Chiufen for lunch and a little exploring along the maze-like alleyways. Here, you can sample wonderful delicacies, shop for crafts, and marvel at the sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant market. Then, you'll travel back to the harbor.

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Guided in Japanese: TAIPEI 101, TAIPEI CITY WALK

5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-139
  • Taipei 101

Taipei is a shining example of a modern city. Feel its lively pulse as you travel from the pier into downtown and on to Taipei 101, one of the world's must stunning skyscrapers. Completed in 2004, this architectural marvel that resembles a stalk of bamboo features 101 floors above ground, five below and a luxurious shopping center. For eye-popping views, take an elevator to the 89th floor and step out onto the observation deck. From this unique perspective, you can look out over the city and Taipei Basin. Photos taken, you'll return to the coach and continue on to the Presidential Office Building. Originally built in 1919 to serve as the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period, it's one of the most recognizable buildings in Taiwan. Admire the traditional Asian and European design before enjoying free time to shop for souvenirs.

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Guided in Japanese: National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai Shek & Temples

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-109
  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • National Palace Museum
  • Martyr's Shrine
  • Confucius Temple
  • Pao An Temple

China's rich past comes to life during this breathtaking full-day tour that begins with a journey to Qing Mountain to view Martyr's Shrine, a stately monument honoring 330,000 brave men who fought in historic Chinese battles. Visit the magnificent Pao-An Temple, which is brimming with ornate dragon pillars, stone lions and tablets inscribed by eminent scholars, and Confucius Temple, whose majestic architecture earned it Level Three National Cultural Relic classification. Here, marvel at the "imperial way," a special entrance designed for the emperor and gods alone. Savor an Asian-style lunch buffet at the palatial Grand Hotel before visiting the National Palace Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts. In Liberty Park, visit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, a regal shrine to the former President of the Republic of China. Peruse the Handicraft Center for charming clothing, art and souvenirs before returning to port.

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Yang Ming Shan Hot Springs & Yehliu Geographic Park

7.5 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-130

Your air-conditioned motorcoach takes you to Tienlai Hot Springs Resort - nestled among the verdant slopes of Yangmingshan National Park. Spend two hours soaking in the soothing, milky waters of the mildly alkaline, sulfuric, hot springs pool there. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served to you at the resort. Drive to one of Asia's most unusual landscapes: Yehliu Geo Park, famous for its spectacular rock formations. Walk along its lunar-like landscape that abuts a pounding sea. Have your cameras at the ready, as you encounter a bizarre array of rock formations, including honeycombed rocks, rocks in the shape of ginger roots, mushroom rock formations and Yehliu's most iconic landmark; the Queen's Head Rock, resembling the profile of an Egyptian Queen.

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Guided in Japanese: Taipei Life Style

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-129
  • Lungshan Temple

The motorcoach will take you from Keelung port to visit Taipei and experience the local life style in the full-day tour. Long Shan Temple is one of the Buddhistic religious centers in Taipei. Grass Lane is near by it, it is the center of traditional herbal market in Taipei. Visit the Nan-Men traditional market, the Taiwanese farmers market. Drive to Taipei 101 to enjoy lunch at a local dumpling restaurant. Visit tea house and experience the tea-making process. Drive to Dihua street, visit the old town, the commercial center of a hundred years ago.

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Taipei Old & New

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-115
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • Taipei 101

On this tour you will visit Lin Family Mansion, Taipei 101 and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and enjoy lunch at a Peking Duck Restaurant.

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Taipei Life Style

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-125
  • Lungshan Temple

The motorcoach will take you from Keelung port to visit Taipei and experience the local life style in the full-day tour. Long Shan Temple is one of the Buddhistic religious centers in Taipei. Grass Lane is near by it, it is the center of traditional herbal market in Taipei. Visit the Nan-Men traditional market, the Taiwanese farmers market. Drive to Taipei 101 to enjoy lunch at a local dumpling restaurant. Visit tea house and experience the tea-making process. Drive to Dihua street, visit the old town, the commercial center of a hundred years ago.

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National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai Shek & Temples

8 hours | Taipei (Keelung) | KE1-105
  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • National Palace Museum
  • Martyr's Shrine
  • Confucius Temple
  • Pao An Temple

China's rich past comes to life during this breathtaking full-day tour that begins with a journey to Qing Mountain to view Martyr's Shrine, a stately monument honoring 330,000 brave men who fought in historic Chinese battles. Visit the magnificent Pao-An Temple, which is brimming with ornate dragon pillars, stone lions and tablets inscribed by eminent scholars, and Confucius Temple, whose majestic architecture earned it Level Three National Cultural Relic classification. Here, marvel at the "imperial way," a special entrance designed for the emperor and gods alone. Savor an Asian-style lunch buffet at the palatial Grand Hotel before visiting the National Palace Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts. In Liberty Park, visit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, a regal shrine to the former President of the Republic of China. Peruse the Handicraft Center for charming clothing, art and souvenirs before returning to port.

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