Discover the Delightful city of Taipei
The most populous city in the country, Taipei has been the political and financial center of the island for a long time. It may have started life as a small trading port some 200 years ago but it wasn't long before the city's potential was realized and it was made the countries capital under the Qing Dynasty. While it no longer serves in this administrative capacity, it is still a booming metropolis - a great holiday adventure for those who love discovering new places but enjoy busy cities and a never ending variety of shops.
One such place where shopping can be enjoyed is at the Shilin Night Market. Popular with both tourists and locals, this night market in the Shi Lin valley is Taipei's largest. Besides enjoying the authentic feel of the market, you might stop by the world-renowned National Palace Museum. The Jao Ho Street Night Market is another popular night market you might consider visiting.
Besides shopping, you might indulge in a bit of sight seeing. There are many natural attractions and activities to enjoy and there are a host of temples and shrines that make for an interesting visit. The Confucius Temple, the Bao An Temple, the Xing Tian Temple, the Ching Shui Yan Temple and the Ching Shan Temple are all excellent and worth a visit. If you prefer to head out into the sunshine, the Yang Ming Shan National Park provides a variety of hiking trails to be enjoyed at your leasure. Nei Hu is also popular with hikers and nature lovers and offers a chance to hike to the Pi Shan Temple and absorb some of the local culture. Yet another great way to enjoy the landscape is to take advantage of the sulfur springs in Bei Tou. It is situated right by the Yang Ming Shan National Park and offers the opportunity to relax in the very popular Hell Valley sulphur pits.
Other attractions in Taipei include the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Lin An Tai House, the Taipei Children's Recreation Center and the Asiaworld Shopping Center. You can picnic or stroll through the Botanical Gardens, take in some theatre at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial hall, or see a movie at the Warner Village movie complex. The Taiwan Provincial Museum and Fort San Domingo are two great places to learn more about the country's history. Or you can make your way to one of the many nightlife districts where you can while your nights away. There is so much to do in Taipei, you might well wonder how you will be able to find time to see the rest of Taiwan! Start making your travel arrangements now.