Beitou Museum in Full Bloom

As the spring break and long weekend approaches many of us turn our thoughts to the possibility of short trips within Asia; a sneaky beach getaway following what is now beginning to feel like a long and chilly winter, or perhaps delighting in the cherry blossom season and a little shopping in Japan. But what of those of us who find ourselves in Taipei for the holidays?

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join a morning of cultural activities at Beitou Museum. The old Japanese style building dates back to the 1920s and is surrounded by cherry blossom trees in full bloom, gorgeous stone gardens and courtyards, offering up a moment of Zen and a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Taipei. The lovely people from Yes!Mandarin had organized an introduction to Chinese calligraphy, a tea ceremony, delicious Kaiseki lunch, and a tour of the Museum complete with tales of film stars, geisha, Japanese nobility and kamikaze. There’s also a great little gift shop that just hit the spot on the way out.

In discovering Beitou Museum I really felt that I’d stumbled upon a hidden gem, tucked into the mountain side, just a stone’s throw from Xin Beitou MRT station. For a good few hours I felt that I’d escaped to Osaka, without the fuss and expense of taking a flight. A perfect little getaway for when you can’t quite get away.

Bookings are recommended for lunch on the weekends and public holidays. For more information, please visit their website