Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, with upscale shops at the base and a rapid elevator to an observatory near the top. Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including expansive Shilin market.
You can eat very well—and very cheaply—in Taipei. The restaurants may not look posh, but the quality of the food is superlative. And there’s a huge variety of restaurants—in addition to local Taiwanese specialties, you’ll find regional cuisines from all over China, as well as great Indian, Japanese and even Italian options. Just make sure to leave some room for snacks—street-vendor food here is addictive.
Attractions near Taipei
Towering above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss. At 508m, Taipei 101 held the title of ‘world’s tallest building’ for a number of years.
This former ‘Centre Street’ has long been known for its Chinese medicine shops, fabric market and lively Lunar New Year sundry market.
Recipient of a Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for both its restoration and its revival of temple rites and festivities, the Bao’an Temple is a must-visit when in Taipei.
Miniatures Museum of Taiwan
Whimsical, wondrous and fantastically detailed are the creative works at this delightful private museum located in the basement of a nondescript tower block.
Get An Even Better View From Elephant Mountain
The best part about Elephant Mountain, only one MRT stop past Taipei 101, is that you get to have Taipei 101 in your panoramic view.
This is the classic postcard shot of Taipei.
In only takes about 30 minutes to hike up to spots with great views, but if you want to get away from the crowds, you can continue on to the other three “beasts”: Tiger Mountain, Leopard Mountain, and Lion Mountain.
Sunset is the most popular time, and don’t even dream of getting a spot for the fireworks show on New Year’s Eve!
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