Taipei city is the capital of Republic of China. It is Taiwans center of politics, commercial and mass media, education and pop culture.
Taipei is a boisterous and expensive city, and it lets you know it. It's packed full of people, cars and smog - a real hotbed of renao, or liveliness. It's not a relaxing stopover, but the food is excellent, the people are friendly and there are some top-notch sights. There are many yearly festivals that commonly are held in Taipei including the Lantern Festival and Double Tenth Day. A common location for festivities in Taipei is the square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

The area in which Taipei is now located was once a lake in an area that was full of swamps and grassy lowlands, but a lot has changed since then. Taipei is a city that developed around a river culture. It is located in the Taipei Basin in northern Taiwan. It is bordered by the Xindian River in the south and the Danshui River in the west. The northern districts of Taipei extend north of the Keelung River and border Taipei s famous Yangmingshan National Park. The city is surrounded by mountains.

What to see

Lin Family Mansion & Garden
This picturesque prime example of a Qing-period mansion, with receiving halls, library and performance stages.

Longshan Temple
Longshan (dragon mountain) temple was originally built in 1738, and has since been levelled three times by an earthquake, a typhoon and the US army. It is dedicated to Guanyin, the goddess of mercy, and is one of the most colourful and popular temples in Taipei.

National Palace Museum
This extraordinary collection was begun during the 10th century, when Chinese emperors began to annex art treasures. In the 20th century, thousands of artworks were ferried in crates from city to city, and finally to Taiwan, to escape invading armies. Miraculously, most of the collection survived.

Postal Museum
This museum showcases around 80,000 stamps from over 120 countries, postal uniforms, hardware and signage from around 30 countries, plus models of Taiwanese mail-delivery methods of yore.

Taipei 101
The world's tallest building, Taipei International Financial Centre 101 is 101 storeys, 508m tall and built to resemble a stalk of bamboo with graceful ropes tied around the bamboo's nodes.

Where to eat

Popular place for Shanghai-style treats made fresh to order.

Green Leaf
Serves everything Taiwanese

Serves traditional Taiwanese treats, but especially the popular seafood dishes are a must to try.

Where to party

Living Room
For low-key lounging

Taipei Eye
This new venue showcases Chinese opera together with other rotating performances, including puppet theatre and aboriginal dance

Warner Village
Taiwans largest cinema

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