I spent five days in Taiwan and never left Taipei. There is more to do but after a month in China I was glad to relax in a sitting with lots of cafes and dining options.
INTRODUCTION: Taipei - the third of three Chinese cities that aren’t part of China - has parts of both Hong Kong and Singapore but is a bit quieter and more relaxed without the shopping and skyscraper glitz.
TRIP BACKGROUND: Five day visa run to Taiwan; I spent all five days in Taipei.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Quieter hostels with a higher volume of students/teachers vs. backpacker types.
- Xia Long Biao, NIght Markets, Themed Restaurants (Modern Toilet, Hospital, Airplane, etc.), Taipei run restaurants serving Western food
- Vibrant cafe culture throughout the city
- Three Cultural Sites that indicate Taiwan’s connection with mainland China: National Palace Museum (lots of vases, china pottery), Sun Yat Sen memorial, Chang Kai Shek Memorial
- Taipei 101
- Eslite Bookstore / Mall - just north of Taipei 101
- Elephant Mountain - short hike overlooking the Taiwan skyline
- ***Tamsui*** - the New Jersey shore meets Asia - standout location that’s a different river/ocean side environment than anywhere else in Asia
- Buses connect the airport with the city center area - a metro line is being extended but seems to be a few years away from being completed.
- Metro covers the city reasonably well but there are times when you’ll need to hop on a bus to cover the longer distances