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Wude Martial Arts Center

El Centro de Artes Marciales Wude

El Centro de Artes Marciales Wude

Wude Martial Arts Center (36 Dengshan Street, Gushan District, Kaohsiung City) — is a tall and magnificent Japanese-design brick building located across from Gushan Elementary School in Kaohsiung. During Taiwan’s Japanese occupation era, martial arts halls were built in major cities to promote traditional Japanese martial arts. They were used as places for training and competing.

Currently, Wude Hall offers visitors a view into Japanese culture through four main means: instructional performances, experience learning, a performance hall, and cultural studies, all of which revolve around Japanese martial arts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging, and calligraphy. Admission free. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday) (closed on Monday).

 

Thermal Valley

Thermal Valley

Thermal Valley

Thermal Valley (Zhingshan Road, Beitou District, Taipei) — Located beside Beitou Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake.” The springs here have the highest temperatures of any in the Datunshan volcano group. With its surreal sulfuric atmosphere, it’s no wonder Thermal Valley was considered one of the “12 great sights of Taiwan” during the Period of Japanese Occupation.

The “Beitou rocks” (aka Hokutolite or Anglesobarite) in Thermal Valley contain the radioactive element radium. Out of the many thousands of minerals existing in the world, they are the only ones named after a place in Taiwan, and can be found in only two places: Beitou and Tamagawa, Japan. In recent years, the “Beitou Rock Conservation Area” has been established to ensure the protection of these natural rarities. Thus, when visiting Thermal Valley, you not only get to experience “hell” but also gain insight into some rare radioactive rocks!

Water temperature in Thermal Valley’s hot springs ranges from 80-100℃. The sodium carbonate springs tend to be corrosive, and have come to be known as “Green sulfur springs” and “Sulfur heads.” Visitors used to boil eggs in the hot springs, but the practice has since been prohibited—not only to protect the water quality but to keep tourists from falling in and boiling themselves!

 

Taipei Zoo

Zoológico de Taipei

Zoológico de Taipei

Taipei Zoo (Section 2, Xinguang Road, Taipei) — the Taipei Zoo is one of the ten largest municipal zoos in the world and the largest in Southeast Asia. As the zoo is home to more than 400 animal species, rest assured there’s plenty to see! The zoo includes 7 indoor exhibits, each with different themes. At the Insectarium you’ll meet several butterfly species unique to Taiwan. Next, you won’t want to miss the hugely popular Koala House and Penguin House. There are also two giant pandas from China. These animals are the Zoo’s resident celebrities, so be sure to check them out!

Apart from the indoor exhibits, the Taipei Zoo also features 8 outdoor exhibit areas. The latter are divided according to geographical environment, and possess educational value both as exhibits and ecological environments. The “Children’s Zoo,” “Formosan Animal Area,” and “African Animal Area” are the most popular, according to Internet voting. The Formosan Animal Area includes endemic species like Formosan sika deer, Taiwan macaque, and Swinhoe’s pheasant.

Admission: NT$60 (adult), NT$30 (children under 18 years and students). Free for pre-school children and the disabled. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (daily)(closed on Chinese New Year’s Eve). Note: indoor exhibits are closed on Mondays. See the zoo website for more info: http://english.zoo.gov.taipei/

 

Taipei Eye

Taipei Eye

Taipei Eye

Taipei Eye (No. 113, Section 2, Zhongshan N. Rd., Taipei) — Taipei Eye is a performing troupe showcasing traditional theater. Various performances in Chinese, English and Japanese are scheduled every week. Theater goers can watch the actors put on makeup before each show.
The approximately ninety minutes of performances will provide the foreigners in Taiwan with an abundance of visual, sound, touch, smell, and even taste experiences. The show includes the folklores and the local skills, the folk music (South tube, North tube, Eight Sounds etc..), the aboriginal dance and music, the Chu-Yi ( Ping Tan etc. the story telling accompanied by music), and the traditional opera (including Taiwanese folk opera, Peking opera improved by new scenes of dances and martial arts, Kun opera, Li-Yuan opera, Kau-Jia opera, and puppet fun etc. ). Tickets prices are NT$550 per person (for performances on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), and NT$880 (Saturday). See Taipei Eye’s website for details: www.taipeieye.com

Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

Parque de atracciones para niños de Taipei

Parque de atracciones para niños de Taipei

Taipei Children’s Amusement Park (No. 55, Section 5, Chengde Rd, Shilin District, Taipei) — built by the Taipei City Government, this is a family theme amusement park in the Taipei metropolitan area — with 13 rides, including the brand new Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Ocean Carousel (musical carriage), Dancing Fly (dragon boat), Wave Swinger, Monorail and Spinning Tea Cups, Roller Coaster, Crazy Bus, Drop Tower, Pirate Ship, Telecombat and Spinning Chairs.

There is also a children’s theatre operated by the IF Kids Theatre Company, where an exciting program of skits and shows is staged during weekends and holidays. With an indoor car park for cars and scooters, and an indoor play area for families, a playground of buoy balls and slot machines, visitors can enjoy themselves in the amusement park, rain or shine. See the amusement park’s website for more info: http://english.tcap.taipei/