There is a reason behind Taipei being one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. Packed with temples, museums, parks and markets, you have a wide range of things to do in Taipei.
The National Palace Museum houses the most exquisite collection of Chinese artifacts and is one of the best museums in the world. To understand the culture and history of the city, you should visit Discover Center of Taipei. The oldest and most beautiful temple in Taipei is Mengjia Longshan Temple which is popular for the dragon poles, sculptures and ancient poems. It has been so well-preserved in spite of all the damage done by natural calamities and bombs dropped by the Americans in 1945.
Another tourist fascination is the Taipei 101 which is the world’s second tallest building and a pride of the country. It even has 5 floors below the ground. You can eat in one of the restaurants and enjoy the amazing view of the city. Taipei Botanical Gardens is another place which is an interesting sight with its Chinese Zodiac themed gardens and ponds.
You can take pleasure in the hot springs that this city has to offer. Beitou Hot Spring Museum is the most popular one while there are others like Wulai and Yangmingshan National Park. If you have a go, you will probably stay in there for so long that you won’t want to leave. Do be careful not to stay in for too long, as there have been problems with overheating and dehydrating.
Taipei has a lot of night markets in every district. The most popular one is Shihlin Night Market which not only offers cheap goods but amazing street food. It is pretty crowded so it is better to stay alert of pickpockets. The Core Pacific Living Mall is reputed to be the biggest shopping center in Asia with most of the stores open for 24 hours and very good night clubs to offer. Guanghua Digital Plaza will be a place of fascination for computer and electronic buffs.
Your trip to Taipei will be sure to last long in the memory. There is so much to do here, and although it is known to be a foodie paradise, don’t for one second think that there isn’t anything else to do other than eating! Make sure that you spend as much time as possible visiting the different facades of Taipei, and you will have one of the best trips you can think ever imagine.
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