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10 reasons to visit Taipei
City of Lights in Taiwan
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Taipei is the 15th most visited city in the world. In this short article, we give you 10 reasons so many people are choosing to visit Taiwan's city of lights - and why you should too.
1. Presidential Palace
The exterior of the President's office building is in itself a striking example of the baroque style, but venture inside and you may also learn the history of the building and Taiwan itself with a free guided tour.
2. Longshan Temple
Almost as old as Taipei itself, Longshan Temple is the most well-known temple in the country and offers a greater insight into the region's religious and spiritual practices.
3. Taipei 101 Tower
Until recently the tallest building in the world, this olympian, bamboo-shaped skyscraper continues to offer unparalleled views from its highly placed observation deck.
4. Yangmingshan National Park
Taipei's only national park is a haven of over 114.55sq km of scenic beauty. Look out for plenty of the famous cherry blossom.
5. Shilin Night Market
Offering a wide range of traditional foods, the Shilin Night Market is the perfect opportunity to experience the region's cuisine while also imbibing the local culture.
6. Taipei Zoo
The largest zoo in Asia, Taipei zoo boasts organisms of every kind from all over the globe, including three giant pandas.
7. Miniatures Museum of Taiwan
The first of its kind in Asia, the Miniature Museum of Taiwan is the second-largest such collection in the world with almost two hundred items.
8. National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is home to the largest collection of Chinese art works and antiques in the world, containing over half a million objects which span a period of over ten thousand years.
9. Maokong Gondola
Almost three miles long, the Maokong Gondola allows passengers to travel to the peak of Maokong, offering breath-taking views on the way. From there, why not sample some of the area's renowned tea?
10. Beitou Hot Springs
Unwind from your sight-seeing with a visit to the Beitou hot springs, powered by geothermal energy from the nearby active volcano Yang Ming Shan - and treat yourself to a massage afterwards; you've earned it!