Taipei is the capital of the R.O.C. (Republic of China) and is located in Northern Taiwan. The city itself is home to around 2.6 million people with about 6.9 million residing in the areas surrounding Taipei, including: New Taipei City and Keelung.
Some of the city’s top attractions include:
Originally known as the Taipei World Financial Center, the massive structure was completed in 2004 and was named as the tallest building in the world.
Today, with its 101 floors above ground and 5 below, Taipei 101 is the third largest building in the world. It is built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons that often frequent the region.
National Palace Museum
This museum has one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artworks and artifacts in the world.
With over 600,000 artifacts and displays rotated every three months, it would still take more than 12 years to see all of the artifacts!
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial
One of the most famous monuments in Taiwan, this structure was built to preserve the memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the ROC.
Located in New Taipei City, the Longshan Temple is home to worshippers of the Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits.
Every 1st and 15th days of each lunar month, regular guests will visit the temple to worship.
Maokong Gondola & Taipei Zoo
The Gondola is a lift transportation that runs up through the Taipei Zoo to Maokong. Beautiful views of the city can be seen throughout the lift and at the top of Maokong.
Yangmingshan National Park
The national park, located right outside of the city of Taipei, is a collection of peaks with numerous hiking trails, breathtaking scenery, and even some hot springs for those who want a break from the city life.
Beitou Hot Springs
The hot springs are located at the last stop on the red line of the Taipei MRT. Because of the constant rise of steam, the original people that live in the area named it “paktaaw” meaning: witch.
Today, however, it is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the natural springs.
Considered to be one of Taipei’s largest shopping districts, Ximending also encompasses a mixture of the city’s fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture.
Shilin Night Market
Taiwan’s most famous and possibly largest night market, the Shilin Night Market has an extensive array of food, clothes, and other fun shopping activities.
This mountain is one of the most popular and famous of the “Four Beasts Mountains” of Taipei.
It’s only about a 15-minute hike up a steep set of stairs to reach the main lookout point that overlooks the city and Taipei 101.