Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is located in the Taipei Basin to the north of the island of Taiwan. It is completely surrounded by New Taipei City and is the political, economic, cultural, commercial, and communications center of Taiwan.Taipei features the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall with its indelible history, the former tallest building in the world, and the world’s highest density of convenience stores.Taipei is the information superhighway for all kinds of new things. Getting to know Taipei is the first step in getting to know Taiwan.
Shilin Official Residence
The Shilin Official Residence is located on Fulin Road, Shilin District, Taipei. It was the residence of Chiang Kai-shek, the former president, and is also Taipei’s first ecological park.There is currently only one private villa in the Shilin Official Residence, and all the other areas are open to the public. It boasts natural landscapes which are a great place to be close to nature and relax surrounded by greenery. You can find lots of animals and plants in the park.
Address:Fulin Road, Shilin District, Taipei. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the Fresh Water Line to Shilin Station Exit 2.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall was built in 1976 as a group of buildings commemorating President Chiang Kai-shek. It spans an area of about 15,000 m².It is composed of the memorial hall and memorial archway, a park, a concert hall, and an opera house.The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of the city. It is an extraordinary monument built in the style of a pyramid with a roof reminiscent of the Temple of Heaven, adorned with blue tiles and white walls.
Address:No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei. Take the subway to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and then walk to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
The Taipei 101 tower was formerly named the Taipei International Financial Center during the early planning stages. In 2010, it was the second tallest building in the world.It is located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It has the fastest elevator in the world (38 seconds to the observation deck on the 89th floor), and features in the Guinness World Records. It also has the largest, heaviest, and only wind damper system that can be visited.The Taipei 101 tower is lit up at night. The lights are in the seven colors of the rainbow and a different color is lit up each day of the week. For example, the lights are red on Monday, orange on Tuesday, and so on. The lights are turned on at sunset each day and turned off at 10:00 pm.On special holidays, the exterior walls are adorned with festival lights displaying special characters or graphics.
Address:No. 7, Section 5 Xinyi Road, West Village, Xinyi District, Taipei. Take the Bannan Line to Taipei City Hall, and then walk from exit 2 toward Xinyi Road for about 10 minutes.
If you want to experience luxurious shopping in Taipei, the Xinyi Commercial District is the destination for you.The Zhongxiao commercial district is another good shopping destination for buying high-quality goods. Here, you will find the popular Breeze Center and SOGO department stores.Ximending, often spoken of on TV, is another fashionable destination.Wufenpu is a district in Taipei known for its wholesale market, where you can buy affordable clothing in a wide range of styles.
When travelling to Taiwan, you must pay a visit to Ximending. Ximending is a busy shopping mall with lots of history, and it is said that many stars have been discovered here.The stores in Ximending are in the Japanese style, like a miniature version of Harajuku in Japan. You can find all kinds of stores here such as clothing stores, shoe stores, boutiques, and record shops.
Address:Chengdu Road, Zhonghua Road, Wuchang Street, Xining South Road, and other streets in Wanhua District, Taipei.Take the subway to Ximen Station and leave through exit 6.
Xinyi Commercial District
The Xinyi Commercial District is the heart of Xinyi District, with the Taipei 101 tower as its landmark. The Taipei 101 tower, Warner Village Cinema, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, ATTfun, World Trade Exhibition Hall, and the Living Mall come together to form the most fashionable shopping and leisure district in Taipei.During the day, the Xinyi Commercial District is a fast-paced business and financial center. In the evening, it becomes a trendy hot-spot. On weekends and holidays, it transforms into a huge stage for all kinds of holiday activities and celebrations.It combines prosperity, fashion, and entertainment, and as a result is also known as the "Manhattan of Taipei."
Address:Area surrounding the Taipei 101 tower, Xinyi District of Taipei. Take the subway to the City Hall station and transfer to a shuttle bus or walk to the various attractions. You can also take a bus to the City Hall, World Trade Center, Xinyi Administration Center, or Grand Hyatt Hotel station.
Taipei offers a wide variety of snacks, including pig blood cake, deep-fried chicken pieces, fish soup, Taiwanese sausage with sticky rice, taro balls, and oyster omelet. To try these enticing delicacies, you must visit one of Taipei’s night markets.You can sample all these snacks and more at any of the famous Taipei night markets including Shilin Night Market, Shida Night Market, Raohe Street Night Market, and Huaxi Night Market.
Pig blood cake
This is one of the most unique Taiwanese snacks. It is usually made from fresh pig’s blood, mixed with sticky rice, salt, and other ingredients. It is then steamed to form firm pieces. It is firmer than most other sticky rice cakes.Most pig blood cakes sold at snack stalls are peanut pig blood cakes. You dip a steamed pig blood cake into soy sauce and then add sweet chili sauce or hot chili sauce and coat it with peanut powder and some coriander. You insert a bamboo stick into the cake to eat it. It is a tasty delicacy.
Recommended restaurant:Xiaoli Pig Blood Cake
Address:Gongguan Night Market, Section 4 Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei.
Deep-fried chicken pieces
Although chicken pieces are common snacks, it is hard to find a city that loves chicken as much as Taipei.You will frequently see people holding golden, crisp, and tender pieces of chicken in the streets of Taipei.Whether fried or grilled, the chicken in Taipei is always crisp and tender.You can only appreciate the locals’ dedication and passion for chicken once you have tasted it yourself.
Recommended restaurant:Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken
Address:Shilin Night Market, near Wenlin Road and Dadong Road in Shilin District, Taipei.
The Taiwan bus and Ubus systems run throughout the main towns in western Taiwan and Yilan.San Chung, Taipei, Fresh Water, Hsintien, Guide and Fuhe passenger transportation companies also run between neighboring Keelung and the New North.At present, there is a non-contact smart card (EasyCard) that can be used universally across the metro system, bus systems, and designated public parking lots. With the Easycard, you can enjoy a privilege for two-way transfer between the bus system and the metro system.
In Taiwan, high-speed rail is the preferred mode of transportation between cities and counties since it takes the least time.Fares are NT $ 1190 for a standard class ticket from Taipei to Juo In from Monday to Thursday, and NT $ 1560 for business class.On weekends, holidays, and days preceding holidays, the fare for a standard class ticket from Taipei to Juo In is NT $ 1490, and for business class it is NT $ 1950.
In Taiwan, the subway is called the MRT.Taipei was the first metropolitan area in Taiwan where the MRT system was built.The MRT system in Taipei serves all the city’s administrative areas and certain areas of the New North.
Currency: Taiwan New Dollar (TWD)
Voltage: 110 V/60 HZ
Telephone area code: +008862
Taipei has a subtropical monsoon climate and is warm all year round. It has an annual average temperature of about 22 ℃ and a lowest temperature of around 12 ℃, making it attractive to tourists.Taipei receives an average annual precipitation of about 2000 mm. It is rainy for more than half the year. The rainiest month is October.