The Grand Hotel
Situated near Yuanshan, The Grand Hotel opened in 1952 as the last word in luxury. It’s famous for its Pavilions and restaurants and, decades later, is still the crown jewel of Taiwan’s tourism industry.
It’s also known for the 70-metre whirling slide underneath, which was made famous in 2012 when a local news reporter tried it out on live TV and her distinctive scream was heard echoing all the way down. The hotel was opened at a dangerous time in Taiwan’s history, and the slide was part of one of two escape tunnels built to enable important guests to evacuate in case of air raids, with the slide ensuring that disabled dignitaries did not have problems with the long spiral staircases. Despite rumours that the tunnel exits into the Presidential Office, the end is actually in Jiantan Park. Members of the public can visit the tunnels, but only with a pre-booked tour. Read More...
- Location: No. 1, Section 4, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City 10491, Taiwan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2886 8888
Enjoy the performing arts
When it comes to seeing plays and performances, you're spoilt for choice in Taipei. The schedule features regular local and international shows, ranging from Russian ballet and Broadway musicals to traditional music and dance.
The choice of venues is just as varied. The National Theatre and Concert Hall is located at Taipei’s Liberty Square and showcases a number of attractive events and performances from artists all over the globe. Zhongshan Hall and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall are located near Taipei 101.
Walk the Road to Heaven
Taipei has an impressive collection of temples, shrines, mosques and churches to see, particularly around Xinsheng South Road – known as the ‘Road to Heaven’. This area of the Da’an District is especially devoted to what you could call “foreign” religions, with the Catholic church and Islam both having extravagant homes over the road from the Da’an Park.
Around the city, you’ll find plenty of places devoted to Buddhism, Taoism and the old Chinese gods. The variety of looks is especially remarkable. Highlights include the Baoan Temple, Xiahai City God Temple and Confucius Temple, all dating back to ancient times.
- Location: Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106