Taipei, is a bustling metropolis with a variety of abundant cultural activities. It also boasts an excellent infrastructure, convenient transportation system, and high-quality communication services. It also has accomplished, in the face of several international energy crises and economic downturns, a remarkable record of economic development and democracy by virtue of the perseverance and unremitting efforts of its people.
From the world's tallest building (2004-2010) to the biggest collection of Chinese art, Taipei invites you into a world of fascinating contrasts - a mix of the modern and traditional, with a generous dash of energy and friendly smiles to make this one of your most memorable trips to Asia.
The cultural kaleidoscope of Taiwan's capital city pulses wherever you go. Incense - veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era. Taipei has dozens of world - class restaurants where gourmets can sample the best regional Chinese cuisine; and for the gourmand, there are plenty of night markets serving up scrumptious evening snacks in an environment of chaotic excitement and fun.
The polarities of Taipei are vividly present as well in the joining of the urban and natural. Just a few minutes from the heart of the city you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral - rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin. And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.
Whether you're just stopping over an route to another Asian destination, or planning a longer stay, Taipei is a many-faceted treasure that will call you back again and again.
The Best Coexistence of Nature and The City
You will be amazed at the diversity of ancient species this beautiful and relatively young island has to offer. Come and explore its numerous mountains, forests, wetlands and oceans, and find an incredible collection of natural ecosystems. When you visit Taipei, you can spend your time in Yangmingshan National Park with its volcanic craters and lakes, Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf with its beautiful and chill waterfront as well as Yehliou Geopark for its distinctive terrain and sea-eroded rock formations scenery.
Miniature of East Asian Cultures and Arts
Taipei has a rich and varied culture composed of elements taken from many different ethnic groups. Including the indigenous peoples, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Japanese, the Han Chinese (bringing traditions from Mainland China and creating their own in Taiwan), as well as more recently the Americans due to its unique historical and geographical background. Consequently, the customs and traditions that make up Taipei's culture as we know it today are extremely vivid and mix different cultures.
Taipei City's northernmost district, Beitou began to rise as a hot spring destination in 1896, when a Japanese businessman named Hirada Gengo opened the area's first hot spring hotel Tenguen. Three distinct types of spring can be found here, including green sulfur, white sulfur, and iron sulfur.
Typical Taiwanese snacks are found everywhere. But more various in Taipei's night markets in particular, each night market having its own traditions and characteristics, are the places where these snacks can be found in abundance.
Any food you think of can virtually be found in this dazzling city. Due to rapid industrial and commercial development, other than traditional oriental food places, chain stores have emerged, making dining culture in Taipei more complicated. Such culinary diversity makes Taipei a gourmets’ heaven.
Welcome to join our festivals on flowers, music, fireworks, lanterns, dragon boats, hot springs, hungry-ghost worships, round-the-island cycling tours, international marathons and more. These festivals are held one after another throughout a year. No matter you visit Taipei in what season, there are always fun events to be enjoyed.
The Platform of Modern Arts
You can find expressions of the country's rich and varied arts on every street and lane, and in the lives of the people. And every part of Taiwan - north, center, south, and east, and even the offshore islands - presents its own unique local characteristics, profoundly different yet centered on a common cultural core. This is the source of Taiwan's magnetic allure.