Sunday, July 15, 2012

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Shilin 士林區, Taipei

7/15/2012 Taiwan Explorer
1. Introduction

• Known for: night market, hiking
• Population: 289,000 (2012, source)
• Wade-Giles: Shih-lin
• Pinyin: Shìlín
• Romaji: Shirin
• Map: My map of Shilin

Shilin 士林區 is one of Taipei's northern districts, bordering on Beitou and several other districts. Shilin is famous for the popular night market and for being one of Taipei's early centers for scholars. After WWII, a lot of high-ranking politicians moved to Tienmu, which is now considered a fancy neighborhood, where rich reside and young ones love to shop. Most of the district is green and mountainous and includes the famous Yangminshan Mountain. Shilin is probably one of Taipei's most scenic areas. Here are the must see buildings and parts of Shilin (my personal recommendations): Shilin Night Market and Former Presidencial Residence and Yangminshan Mountain.

2. Points of interest

Below are selected points of interest of Shilin District. The ones I have already blogged about are linked in • bold, check them out. The ones without link are on my list to visit. Tip: To open links in new tab, hold down Ctrl or ⌘ while clicking on the link.

▷ INTERESTING AREAS

• Tianmu 天母
• Yangmingshan National Park 陽明山國家公園

▷ SIGHTS

• Chinese Culture University 中國文化大學
• Chungshan Building 中山樓
• Grass Mountain Chateau 草山行館
• Koxinga Shrine 鄭成功廟
• Lin Yutang House 林語堂故居
• Shilin Official Residence 士林官邸
• Xinhai Guangfu Building 辛亥光復樓

▷ MUSEUMS

• National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院
• Shung Ye Museum Formosan Aborigines 順益台灣原住民博物館

▷ TEMPLES

• Tsz Hsien Temple 士林慈諴宮

▷ NIGHT MARKETS

• Shilin Night Market 士林夜市

▷ RESTAURANTS

• Modern Toilet 便所主题餐厅
• Shin Fa Ting 辛發亭冰品店

▷ PARKS

• Shuangxi Park 雙溪公園
• Zhongzheng Park 中正公園
• Zhishan Gardens 至善園

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