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Started as the ugliest city
Becoming center of business and beauty
Once upon a time Taipei was probably the ugliest city in the whole planet, dirty streets, side walks mixed up with people and trash, the buildings were ugly and there was nothing special or event cute about this city. One day the citizens realized that they are living and raising their children in materially rich city, but with a very poor quality of life. The buildings, shrines, churches all messed up, making no city soul whatsoever in this place.
So people decided to make a change, they started to build beautiful buildings and making Taipei looking as a city, turning from ugly duckling into a one of the Asia's most most dynamic, comfortable and liveable cities. Nowadays Taipei is a city who manages to handle both, business and beauty, chaos and convenience. Most of the cities can not have both, Taipei is also a fun city, it has become a fascinating city with countless sights and activities. The flower of Taipei is finally blossoming, mixing old world charm with a very modern and vibrant night life.
Taipei surprised the world in 2003 with Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world, They were working on this building from 1999 until 2004, designers were C. Y. Lee & Partners, the multiuse steel-and-glass skyscraper echoes a traditional Chinese pagoda with its soaring podium base, eight tiers of eight stories, that's a number, which is a homophone for prosperous growth in Chinese.
Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. It was created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition. Designed also to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, with hundreds of fashion stores, multi level shopping mall.
Great food is another reason to visit Taipei, food culture here represents the country, showing itself to the world. Thanks to its great ethnic diversity, it includes already mantioned magic number, so eight main cuisine categories: Holo, Hakka, Hunan, Jiangzhe, Hong Kong, Sichuan, vegetarian food and China, showing its ethnic , geographic, economic, and other cultural influences.