Taipei, capital city of Taiwan, is a 300-year-old city, filled to the brim with exciting cuisine, culture, architecture and arts. With Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, the city is a thriving metropolis of diversity.
Travellers can explore the Minnan-style temples, gourmet cafes, beautiful hidden walkways and sample the delicious street food dotted throughout the city. Those who like to venture further afield, are spoilt for choice. Day trips could revolve around tea fields, hot springs, river parks, colonial towns or treks in the mountainous national park. The options are endless!
It is quickly becoming the must-visit city and region for travellers ‘in the know’.
For those that enjoy absorbing history and culture, The National Palace Museum is a must-visit. It is one of the world’s largest and finest collections of Chinese art, ranging from jade and ceramics, to calligraphy and paintings.
Alternatively, if you want to admire the sights and sounds of Taipei from a height, visit Taipei 101. Towering above the city, the skyscraper, designed like a bamboo stalk, is impossible to miss. The famous landmark once held the title of ‘world’s tallest building’ and, at 508m, offers some of the most memorable views of the city. Not only is it beautifully designed and synonymous with the Taipei skyline, it is also eco-friendly.
The Longshan Temple is one of the city’s top religious sites, and a prime venue for exploring both Taiwan’s vibrant folk faith and its unique temple arts and architecture. Its bronze pillars, colourful decoration and elaborate carvings make it one of Taipei’s architectural gems.
Time to Shop
For those that like to shop until they drop, the Wu Fen Pu clothing market is the place to be! It encompasses several blocks of lanes and alleys and is packed with locals and tourists alike looking out for a bargain.
The Jianguo Holiday Jade and Flower Market is one of the largest markets for jade in Asia. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind trinkets and gifts to take home, this is a popular choice.
If you’d like to venture outside the city, the National Centre for Traditional Arts showcases the best the region has to offer when it comes to culture and folklore. It provides an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in traditional music, art, dance and theatre.
When You Get Hungry
Taiwanese cooking is influenced from all over China, mixed with a Polynesian base. There is something for everybody, whether you are a fan of spice or not! Taipei is a hotbed of culinary talent, ranging from authentic street food to elegant restaurants.
The world famous Din Tai Fung is enduringly popular and serves delicious dumplings. There are daily queues down the street for their signature steamed pork dumplings. A must-visit for any foodies on holiday!
If you’re not afraid to try something new, Taipei has some eclectic specialties to test out your taste buds. The quintessential dish is stinky tofu, a fermented tofu served in night markets with pickled vegetables, soy sauce, garlic and chilli. Or if you have a sweeter tooth, Pineapple cake is also a favourite among locals and is often used in Taiwanese weddings.
The Thing You Never Knew
Taipei is home to one of the world’s coolest bookshops! The Eslite Dunnan Store is open 24 hours a day and stocks books and magazines in multiple languages over 10 floors. Ideal for business and leisure visitors seeking a quiet moment or a book to enjoy on their travels.
Subtropical monsoon climate with an average temperature of 22°C
7 hours ahead of Scotland in the summer and 8 hours ahead in the winter
New Taiwan Dollar
A Turkish Airlines destination
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