Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Zhongzheng 中正區, Taipei

1. Introduction

• Known for: Colonial architecture
• Population: 289,000 (2012, source)
• Wade-Giles: Chung-cheng
• Pinyin: Zhōngzhèng
• Romaji: Jouchū (城中)
• Map: My map of Zhongzheng

Zhongzheng 中正區 is one of the central districts in Taipei City, covering the area that was formerly surrounded by a wall during the Qing dynasty in the 19th century. Zhongzheng today could be seen as one of Taipei's most important centers (the other one would be Xinyi). Unlike the latter, which is full of modern architecture and department stores, Zhongzheng is full of government buildings, banks and museums, most of which are a legacy from the Japanese colonial times (1895-1945). If you come to Taipei you have to visit this part. Here are the must see buildings and parts of Zhongzheng (my personal recommendation): Office of the President, Liberty Square, the Old gates from the Qing dynasty, the National Taiwan Museum and the 228 Memorial Park.

2. Points of interest

Below are selected points of interest of Zhongzheng 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.

▷ TRANSPORTATION

• Taipei Main Station 台北車站

▷ INTERESTING AREAS

• 228 Peace Memorial Park 二二八和平紀念公園
• Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文創園區
• Liberty Square 自由廣場
• Taipei Botanical Gardens 台北植物園

▷ SIGHTS

• Bank of Taiwan 台灣銀行
• Beimen: North Gate of Taipei 北門
• Beimen Post Office 台北郵局
• Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 國立中正紀念堂
• Chienkung Shrine 建功神社
• Control Yuan 監察院
• Donghe Bell Tower 東和禪寺鐘樓
• Dongmen: East Gate of Taipei 東門
• Former National Taiwan Science Education Center 原國立臺灣科學教育館
• Futai Street Mansion 撫台街洋樓
• Gate of Taipei 台北雙子星大樓
• Guest House 臺北賓館
• Jinan Presbyterian Church 濟南基督長老教會
• Judicial Yuan 司法院
• Land Bank of Taiwan 臺灣土地銀行
• Nanmen: South Gate of Taipei 南門
• Nanmen Park 南門園區
• National Concert Hall 國家音樂廳
• National Theater 國家戲劇院
• NTU College of Social Sciences 國立臺灣大學社會科學院
• National Taiwan University Hospital 國立台灣大學醫學院附設醫院
• Office of the President of the R.O.C. | Inside the Office 中華民國總統府
• Shin Kong Life Tower 新光摩天大樓
• Sun Yat-sen Memorial House and Park 國父史蹟紀念館
• Taiwan Cooperative Bank 合作金庫銀行
• Taiwan Indigenous People's Story Castle 台灣原民故事館
• Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation 台灣菸酒公司
• Xiaonanmen: Little South Gate of Taipei 小南門
• Yamen 布政使司衙門
• Zhongshan Hall 中山堂

▷ MUSEUMS

• Herbal Museum, Botanical Garden 植物園臘葉館
• Museum of Drinking Water 自來水博物館
• National Museum of History 國立歷史博物館
• National Taiwan Museum 國立台灣博物館

▷ TEMPLES

• Shandao Temple 善導寺

▷ NIGHT MARKETS

• Gongguan Night Market 公館夜市

▷ RESTAURANTS

• Chen San Ding 陳三鼎黑糖粉圓專賣店
• Former Mayor's Art Salon 官邸藝文沙龍
• Hangzhou Xiaolong Tang Bao 杭州小龍湯包
• Jianguo High School Black Sugar Shaved Ice 建中黑砂糖刨冰
• Snow King 雪王冰淇淋

3. My Taipei resource

Transportation | Museums | Shopping malls | Parks | Restaurants | Night markets | My Taipei guide

[My TAIPEI TRAVEL page][No. of my posts: 44][All photos by MKL, 2012]

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