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The Hotel That Features 250,000 Dragons (Images)

The Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)
The Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)

The dragon is commonly regarded by Chinese people as a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. Therefore, the Grand Hotel has used it as the motif to construct and decorate the five-star hotel in Taiwan, which was once rated as one of the world’s top 10 hotels by U.S. Fortune magazine.

Grand Hotel, Tapei

The century-old gold dragon at the Grand Hotel. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)

It is estimated that there are about 250,000 dragon carvings or drawings used to decorate the hotel inside and outside the building, earning it the reputation of “The Dragon Palace.”

Grand Hotel, Taipei

One of the hotel’s 250,000 dragons. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)

Due to its striking appearance, not only is it a splendid landmark of Taipei City, but it is also representative of contemporary palatial architecture.

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The red supporting columns. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)

Supported by red columns and having golden roof tiling, the Grand Hotel stands midway up Yuanshan (“round mountain”), much like a majestic 14-story palace.

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The red columns and golden roof tiles. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)

Equipped with 500 rooms that offer a panoramic view of Taipei City, the hotel was once the most extravagant hotel in Taiwan.

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It is believed that the hotel was established after Chiang Kai-shek‘s wife Soong Mei-ling (Madame Chiang) suggested that a modernized hotel be constructed to accommodate international dignities.

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The Grand Ballroom. (Image: Vision Times)

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The magnificent golden dragon ceiling motif. (Image: Vision Times)

Though there are many more luxuriously five-star hotels in Taipei nowadays, the Grand Hotel remains one of the most striking hotels in Taiwan, and many tourists from other countries often mistake it for the famous National Palace Museum.

Grand Hotel, Taipei

The hotel’s front gate. (Image: Seed Goan/Vision Times)

The Grand Hotel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taipei today.

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