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A Trip to Taipei

The Facts
Where to Span
Far Eastern Plaza Hotel 201 Tun Hwa South Rd., Section 2; 800/942-5050 or 886-2/2378-8888, fax 886-2/2377-7777; www.shangri-la.com; doubles from $264.
Grand Hyatt 2 Sungshou Rd.; 800/233-1234 or 886-2/2720-1234, fax 886-2/2720-1111; www.hyatt.com; doubles from $187.
Le Petit Sherwood 370 Tun Hwa South Rd., Section 1; 886-2/2754-1166, fax 886-2/2754-3399; doubles from $152.
Sherwood Taipei 111 Min Sheng East Rd., Section 3; 800/525-4800 or 886-2/2718-1188, fax 886-2/2713-0707; www.lhw.com; doubles from $230.
Spring Resort Hotel 178 You Ya Rd., Peotou; 886-2/2897-5555, fax 886-2/2897-3333; www.springresort.com.tw; doubles from $213.

Galleries and Museums
Chang Foundation 63 Jen Ai Rd., Section 2; 886-2/2356-9575; open daily 10:30 a.m.‚4:30 p.m., except Mondays and the first two weeks of July.
Fine Arts Museum 181 Chungshan North Rd., Section 3; 886-2/2595-7656; www.tfam.gov.tw; open 10‚6, closed Mondays.
I. T. Park 41, 2f I-Tong St.; 886-2/2507-7243.
National Palace Museum 221 Chih Shan Rd., Section 2, Wai-shuang-hsi; 886-2/2881-2021; www.npm.gov.tw; open 9‚5 daily.
Shunyi Taiwan Aboriginal Museum 282 Chih Shan Rd., Section 2; 886-2/2841-2611; open 9‚6, closed Mondays and Jan. 20‚Feb. 20.

Memorials, Temples, Diversions
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 21 Chung-Shan South Rd.; 886-2/2343-1100; www.cksmh.gov.tw; open 9‚5 daily. A huge white-marble hall with a statue of Chiang Kai-shek upstairs and a museum tracing his life below. The National Theatre, National Concert Hall, and gardens are on the grounds.
Paoan Temple 61 Hami St.; 886-2/2595-1676; www.paoan.org.tw. Taipei's oldest temple, built in 1765.
Lungshan Temple 221 Kuangchou St.; 886-2/2302-5162; open 5 a.m.‚10 p.m. daily. The most famous and popular temple in Taipei. Dedicated to Kuanyin, goddess of mercy. Jammed with worshipers and thick with smoke from incense. Near Snake Alley. Snake Alley (Huahsi Night Market) Wanhua area; open 7 p.m.‚midnight. Long gone are the brothels that once surrounded this market (snake meat is believed to be an aphrodisiac). But the allure of snake soup and snake-bile wine lives on. Packed with tourists, but lots of fun.

Restaurants
Fu Yuan 17 Lin Yi St.; 886-2/2321-0289; dinner for two $150. Superb food in a handsome, traditional house.
Chung Fu Yuan 106 Why-Ning St.; 886-2/2371-4933; dinner for two $40. Popular beef noodle soup restaurant.
Shou Lan Gourmet 5-5 Lane 198, Shin-Yi Rd., Section 2; 886-2/2394-3905; dinner for two $25. Home-style mainland Chinese and Taiwanese dishes.
Dintaifung 194 Shin Yi Rd., Section 2; 886-2/2321-8927; dinner for two $25. Considered Taipei's best dumpling restaurant.
Shihlin Night Market Northwest of the Grand Hotel; best between 7 and 10 p.m. Hundreds of food stands surrounded by clothing, jewelry, and shoe stalls.

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