Taipei is a modern and fascinating city in Taiwan. It is the capital of the country with a metropolitan population of over 2.5 million. One of the easiest ways to travel around the city is by subway (MRT), which runs from 6am to midnight.
The accommodation in the city is not very expensive, especially when compared to other capitals in developed nations. Finding a Taipei service apartment or a hotel room isn’t hard to do as the options are many.
In this article, we’d like to present 5 major attractions well worth visiting when staying in Taipei.
1. Taipei 101
This is, by far, the tallest building in the city. From its top, the entire city as well as surrounding mountains can be seen. The views are nothing short of spectacular. The elevators used to get people to the observation deck are one of the fastest in the world with a speed of 1010 meters a minute. The building itself stands over 500 meters (1600 feet) in height, and is among the highest in the world.
2. Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zoo is home to one of the rarest and most loved animals: the Panda Bears. This fact alone places this zoo among the top attractions in the city. Still, Taipei Zoo has much more to offer. A variety of animals such as penguins, amphibians, reptiles, rhinos, hippos, and lions can be seen there.
3. National Palace Museum
This museum is a place for those looking to learn more about Chinese arts, history, and culture. It is also a place to learn about Taiwan’s specific history and its place within broader Chinese sphere of influence. National Palace Museum will definitely appeal to those visitors interested in Chinese paintings and imperial wares.
4. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-shek is a man who led to Taiwan’s separation from China after the Communists took over the Middle Kingdom. He’s the founding father of this nation. This memorial hall has been built in his honour and memory. The hall itself is an architectural beauty, and it is surrounded by ponds and a garden.
5. Mengjia Longshan Temple
This temple was built nearly 300 years ago. It is the city’s historic Buddhist as well as Taoist place of worship. In its history, it has been destroyed on more than one occasion, but the Taiwanese people rebuilt it every time.
Taipei is a fascinating, clean, and safe city. It has many places to visit, eat, and party, while being easy to travel around.