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Top 5 things to do in Taipei

Taipei is not really visited by tourists – more popular Asian cities such as Bangkok and Hong Kong are picked over the capital of the sweet-potato-shaped island of Taiwan. However, if you do find yourself in Taipei, here are 5 things you should do.

5 things to do in Taipei

1. Night markets

Taiwan has fantastic food – it is a mixture of influences from southern Mainland China, Japan, Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan and Shanghai and Guangdong (among others) and there’s no better place to try it out – cheaply – than at a night market. Some night markets sell clothes and souvenirs, but there are food-dedicated ones, like Shilin, that offer all of Taiwan’s culinary influences in bite-sized morsels.

Where: Shilin Night Market, Shilin – take the MRT to Shilin

2. Karaoke

Karaoke is one of Taiwan’s biggest hobbies. Unlike in the West, lots of Taiwanese people enjoy doing karaoke stone-cold sober.

Where: Party World, Ximending – take the MRT to Ximen station
The red light district of Taipei is in Wan-Hua District

3. Taipei 101

Once the tallest building in the world, the Taipei 101 offers some pretty vertigo-inducing views from its top floor.

Side note: There’s a great food court at the bottom of the building, where you’ll find Jason’s, an upmarket grocery store that sells, among other exotic products, rooibos tea.

Where: Xinyi District – take the MRT to Taipei City Hall Station

4. Themed restaurants

The themed restaurants in Taipei include an airplane, hospital (where alcoholic shots come in syringes), and a Hello Kitty palace.

Where: Modern Toilet, Xi-Ning South Road, Ximending – take the MRT to Ximen Station

5. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

The hall has become a landmark of the city, with its grand, imposing architecture and historic symbolism (Chiang Kai-shek was the former president of Taiwan). There are often performances taking place in the square by artists and musicians, and groups of teenagers practising their choreographed dance moves. In the landscaped gardens, tai chi and kung fu lessons take place.

Where: Zhongzheng District – take the MRT to CKS Memorial Hall Station and take exit 5 out of the station

Photo credit: taiwan.net.tw, lonelyplanet.com/taiwan

 

TAIPEI, A CITY WORTH VISITING

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place occupy in the word.”- Gustave Flaubert

I always enjoy watching movies produced by Taiwan and the deepest impression one is named “Etudes”. It tells a travelling story about a disabled boy who did the cycling around in Taiwan. At that time, I admired how brave he was to do this cool thing. Finally, I have got chances to travel there lots of times. Taipei, as the capital city of Taiwan, it obviously has got more fun to visit.

As a landmark, Taipei 101 attracts your attention all the time. With the world’s fasted elevator, at the platform in 89 floor you could have a panoramic view of Taipei city. It is amazing, especially at night.

Do you like reading? Eslite can meet all your fantasy about the bookstore. Opening 24 hours and owns the books and CD from all over the world. It is more than just a bookstore but also the combination of Cafe and creative culture centre. With a cup of coffee and spend all your time here, such a wonderful day!

Danshui District, as a place has got a long historical background, it is totally worth to visit. Along with both sides of Danshui old street all covered by some of the old-fashioned restaurant, where you can eat the most authentic Taiwanese snacks. Besides, if you are a fan of Jay Chou, of course, the middle school of Danjiang is the necessary place for you to have a look. It is not only Jay Chou’s old school but also the filming location of his movie Secret. Only when you come here and feel it, can find the reason why Jay could have so many romantic inspirations.

Jiufen, a town maybe you are not that familiar with when compared to other places. But have you ever watched Spirited Away before? If you do, you must know the place Chihiro works in. Well, Amei Teahouse is the place when the author Miyazaki Hayao got the inspiration.  It attracts thousands of Japanese tourists go there every year.  Moreover, Jiufen still has a lot of Japanese architecture houses.  Choose a sunny day and set next to the window with a sea view, starting your day in Jiufen.

In short, only when you come here, you will have a deeper understanding of how this city looks like and start loving this place.

Let me know if you are planning a trip and I will provide some more tips for a great time.

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Fiona