Taipei, Taiwan. The exciting capital of Taiwan is considered to be a global city for a good reason: Taipei embraces heritage from Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese cultures, that blends with the modern lifestyle nowadays.
Due to these cultural influences, the various architectural styles can be found here. From Spanish and Dutch dwelling houses to Japanese temples – the city is a unique mixture of European and Asian cultures. The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a monument for the former president of China and is a tourist attraction. Taipei 101 is a 101 floor (509 m) skyscraper, which used to be the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. The impressive panorama opens from it.
Massage is popular everywhere, but try this: get your hair washed in Taipei, which goes with a relaxing head massage like nowhere else. Taipei also has a very busy nightlife. Besides bars and clubs, shopping at the night markets is a popular activity. And if you are tired of urban hustle and bustle, go hiking to the mountains, that are located next to the city.
Taipei is a crowded city, but people are said to be very friendly, careful of the tourists and more laid back than in other Asian cities. So once here, just go with the crowd, experience the local atmosphere and don’t be reluctant to ask for help. One suggestion: notice the long lines, that indicate the best bars and restaurants. Speaking of cuisine: Taipei is known for a great fresh food, variety of cuisines, many markets and places to eat. Food travelers will love it.
Lead photo by Chia Hsien
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