Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is famous for its attractions and food variety. It has developed into a modernized city but is still quite traditional. Its growing tourism industry has definitely attracted more travellers and has opened more opportunities for tourists to immerse themselves in the Taiwanese culture. Here are some activities you can do in Taipei:
Gastronomic Delights in Taipei
You must have heard of how Taiwan became famous for its xiao long bao and milk teas. But one of the things you must definitely try when in Taiwan are the night markets. Taiwan’s night markets are considered one of the best in the world. You will see stalls set up by vendors selling authentic Taiwanese food and some exotic dishes. Loud, upbeat music and friends gathered for some beer and good food are a common sight in the night market.
Taipei has a number of night markets. It’s easy to find a night market close to where you are staying. Some of their best night markets are Shilin, Ningxia Huaxi, Raohe and Linjiang. Some of the local specialties you must try are their sausages, stinky tofu, oyster omelette, and Taiwanese fried chicken. If you are the more adventurous type, you can try the peanut-powdered pig’s blood rice cakes and other snacks with pig’s intestines.
As for attractions, don’t miss Taipei 101, a supertall skyscraper which was once the tallest building in the world. You can go up the observation deck on the 88th and 89th floors using a very fast pressure-controlled elevator. There are also shops and restaurants on the first floor.
If you love cultural activities and places, visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the National Palace Museum. The monument built in honour of the authoritarian leader, Chiang Kai-shek, is picturesque with its fine architecture, while the museum houses the largest and finest collection of Chinese art.
For the kids and kids at heart, you can go to the Taipei Zoo, where you can also find the Maokong Gondola. On clear days, you can get a nice view of Taipei and the Zhinan River. There is also the Yehliu Geopark, famous for its unique rock formation. There’s Shifen, a quaint village where people usually go to fly sky lanterns, and Jiufen, an isolated gold mining town.
Whether it is your first time or not in Taipei, this bustling city surely has a lot to offer. What is nice about it is it’s a small city and everything is accessible. This makes getting around easier and more fun.