Taiwan's culture is a blend of its distinctive Chinese heritage and Western influences. The capital of Taiwan, Taipei holds 1,000 years of priceless Chinese history in its hillside vaults. The historical treasures of mainland China were transported piece by piece to caves to preserve them during wartime. 620,000 of these pieces are now exhibited in the National Palace Museum on a rotating basis, with the others remaining in storage. The beautiful temples are the setting for colorful folk festivals. The Lungshan Temple is a center of worship for deities from several faiths. The front court is devoted to the Buddhist goddess of mercy, the rear court to the Taoist sea goddess, and niches throughout the temple to many others.
Also, the Hsiyuan Road is filled with stalls selling religious images and goods. The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is bordered by extensive gardens, areas for rest and contemplation, and fish ponds. It is a gathering place for walks and for kite flying. Taipeiís nightlife is vibrant and entertaining. The Night Market, with its myriad stalls, offers everything imaginable. Fine restaurants, classical music performances, modern art, traditional Beijing opera, and lively nightclubs all operate in harmony.