If you are into food, Taipei will ensure a satisfying eating experience at affordable cost. In this capital of Taiwan, while the restaurants may not have premium decoration, the food quality will make you yearn for more. The variety of cuisine is also great, ranging from local Taiwanese food, to other regional options like Japanese, Italian or China. The city is also peppered with historical sites and contemporary buildings. National Palace Museum, Taipei Zoo and Shilin Night Market Taipei are some of the top sightseeing spots. If time allows, taking a walk around the mountainous site for a refreshing experience.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JUN 8: The historic President Office Building on June 8, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan. It is the Office of the President of the Republic of China (gary yim / Shutterstock)
Taiwan, Taipei – June 10, 2015: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei tourists. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a popular tourist destination among tourists visiting Taiwan. (CHENALLEN / Shutterstock)
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan (Copyright: NH)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN-JUNE 22: The large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek on JUNE 22, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan. The statue in the main hall of the CKS memorial hall. It is one of the hot spot to visit (Charlesimage / Shutterstock)
Taipei,Taiwan – Oct 9,2013: Soldiers stand guard at the Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. (caoweiphoto / Shutterstock)
Fort Santo Domingo in Taipei, Taiwan (Copyright: Richie Chan)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JULY 17 : A view to Taipei 101 on July 17, 2013 in Taipei City, Taiwan. At 509 meters, it is the world’s tallest and largest green building of LEED Platinum certification since 2011 (Ronnie Chua / Shutterstock)
Taipei, Taiwan – SEP 30, 2015: ferris wheel in The Taipei Children’s Amusement Park (PhotonCatcher / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – JANUARY 22, 2015: Wulai street market in Taipei County, Taiwan. Its famous for hot springs and aboriginal culture. It is popular among local & tourists. (tristan tan / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN-JULY 1: The parade of Xiahai City God in Taipei, Taiwan on July 1, 2012. (123Nelson / Shutterstock)
Taipei, Taiwan – October 3, 2015: Bamboo Lake at the famous yangmingshan with blue sky at Taipei, Taiwan (Jung Hsuan / Shutterstock)
New Taipei City,Taiwan – March 15, 2015: Mushroom rocks in Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan.People can seen exploring around it. (gracethang2 / Shutterstock)
New Taipei City,Taiwan – March 15, 2015: Honeycomb weathering and honeycomb rocks in Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan.People seen exploring around it. (gracethang2 / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI TAIWAN-APRIL 19: Two young girls ride bike passing though Long Mon bridge at northeast coast of Taiwan on April 19, 2014, riding bike is a very popular activity in Taiwan. (Sphinx Wang / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI – JULY 4th : Lobby of Taipei Station with tourists and tickets vending machine in 4th, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. (elwynn / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JUly1 : Passengers enjoy using smart phones on MRT on July 1, 2014 in Taipei. The Taipei MRT Subway is one of the best way to go ground Taipei city (Charlesimage / Shutterstock)
TAIWAN – MAY 02 : public rental bicycle for resident and tourists for traveling. The public bicycle are located at MRT stations in Taiwan. Best way to travel around town, on 02 May 2015 in Taipei. (Paza / Shutterstock)
New Taipei City, Taiwan – August 1, 2015 : A local train painted with beautiful colors approaching to the famous Pingxi station in New Taipei City, Taiwan on August 1, 2015 (Richie Chan / Shutterstock)
Taipei, Taiwan – May 22, 2014 : Street view of Taipei with metro train on the rail on May 22, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. the Taipei MRT is one of the best way to travel around the city. (Richie Chan / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – MARCH 2015 : Locals and tourists walking at the Ximending street market in Taipei, Taiwan on March 21, 2015. This street is full of food stalls, shops, cafes, restaurants. (themorningglory / Shutterstock)
NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – SEPTEMBER 11, 2015: Shoppers walking past vendors and stores at Danshui riverside shopping area (Images By Kenny / Shutterstock)
NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – SEPTEMBER 11, 2015: Street vendors and shoppers at Danshui shopping area (Images By Kenny / Shutterstock)
NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – SEPTEMBER 11, 2015: Another photo showing street food vendor doing business at Danshui shopping area. (Images By Kenny / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI,TAIWAN MARCH 22: Matsu Rao in Pingtung County border on March 22, 2014 in TAIPEI,TW. Female worshippers, dressed as prisoners sitting in ancient times on the tumbrils, pray to cleanse sins (twospeeds / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI- TAIWAN, 28 FEBRUARY 2014:Taiwan has many large department stores, a lot of people will come to this holiday shopping to buy things to spend a day off, 28 February 2014 in Taipei,Taiwan (Wayne0216 / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN -JANUARY 26: East Taipei has many large department stores. It is one of the best place to go and shop in Taipei, January 26, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan (Charlesimage / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI -TAIWAN,NOVEMBER 28 2013: Taichung famous department store facilities and people, November 28 2013 in Taipei (Wayne0216 / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JULY 5: Ice Cream shop at a shopping mall on July 5, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan. East Taipei has many large department stores. It is one of the best place to go and shop. (Charlesimage / Shutterstock)
NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – AUGUST 30, 2015: Shoppers walking around traditional market at Bali Left Bank Park. (Images By Kenny / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI CITY, TAIPEI, TAIWAN. DECEMBER 17, 2014. Vendor making cartwheel pies at Shida night market (Images By Kenny / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JULY 14: Hungry crowds eat at the Shilin Night Market food court in the Shilin District of Taipei July 14, 2013. Shilin Market is the most popular and largest night market in Taiwan. (Ronnie Chua / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – OCTOBER 26: Taipei 101 Skyscraper October 26, 2013 in Taipei, TW. It is the second tallest building in the world. (HTU / Shutterstock)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – May 3,2015 : Crowds in Ximending District May 3, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan. The district is a center of fashion culture and movie center for young people. (brize99 / Shutterstock)
Taipei, Taiwan – November 24, 2014: People walk pass the east entrance of Raohe Street Night Market in Songshan district. (Rayman Cheuk Wai-man / Shutterstock)
Visiting Taipei – Tips for the Tourist
By Kevin Delbert
Taipei is the capital city of the Republic of China also known as Taiwan. It is within the Central Mountains and between the northern parts of the island. It has a total population of about 2.6 million and it spans the fourth largest governmental area of Taiwan, after Kaohsiung, Taichung and New Taipei. As the biggest Taipei urban area, it comprises the main Taipei City along with the surrounding Keeling and represents the major metropolitan group with almost 7 million people. Taipei stands as the island’s center for cultural, financial and governmental activities.
In 1884, Qing dynasty’s ruler Liu Ming chuan, thought to shift the state capital to Taipei. Soon with the construction of the administration office and the arrival of civil servants, Taipei’s days as a dull market town were over. When Taiwan gained provincial status in 1885, Taipei became the provincial capital. Since Taipei is in the north of Taiwan (the area adjoining with Japan), the town continued to succeed until 1895 when Taiwan was given to Japan. Through the Japanese phase of majestic rule, some well-known buildings were built. National Taiwan University and the Presidential Palace are among the legendary buildings of the place. However, the architect planning of the city came under the attack of the KMT government that came from the mainland of China in 1945.
Taipei has a semi-tropical atmosphere, which is sticky and warm. The calmest time to come here is the fall season when the temperature highs are normally around 20�C and after the rainy season is almost finished. The summer season can be extremely warm and months from February to April are specifically humid with little sunshine. From the months of May to October, Taipei is likely to face typhoons, the highest attentiveness being in the months of August and September. Months of winters can be moderately cold, with temperature often dropping below 10�C at night; however, snowfall is not a known phenomenon here.
The intercontinental airport of Taipei is the Taiwan Tao Yuan International Airport. It got a new name in September of 2006 although the previous title Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (often known as CKS), is still in use. There are several airlines to Tao Yuan International Airport; the best one being Air Asia (the low-cost flight). The airport is around 30 km from the city and there are expressway buses for the route. These buses conveniently pick up and drop off travellers at their destinations including the most luxurious hotels. Moreover, it also stops at the Main Stations of Taipei together with the Song Shan Airport (the local airport), which is in the central city of Taipei. There are ample transportation services available between the airport to close by areas of the city and Taichung in central Taiwan. Travellers to other destination need to alter transportation in Taipei.
Mainly, there are four transportation choices available in the airport: high-speed rail, bus, taxi and predetermined sedan. An MRT line is still on construction and it will not be complete until June of 2013. All forms of transportation options are available to the following popular destinations:
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the representation of Taipei as well as of Republic of China. It is at this place that the flag hoists every morning. In addition, there is a big courtyard facing the monument, which works as a place for both a stage to raise a voice to criticise the government as well as nationwide celebrations and events. The monument consists of a Chiang Kai-shek’s bronze statue, guarded by two stable honour security guards, changed every hour in a ceremony of rifle twirl.
The Sun Yat-sen monument Hall was built in the memory of the founding father of the Republic of Chin, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The structure of the memorial starts in 1965 in concurrence with the Sun Yat-sen’s 100th birth anniversary.
The National Palace Museum features the world’s finest collection of Chinese chronological artifacts and antiquities. This museum is in Shilin. The adjacent MRT station is in Shilin, with numerous buses from Shilin coming for the National Palace Museum.
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