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Introduction
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Taipei is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — consider printing them all.

Taipei is the national capital of the Republic of China, otherwise known as Taiwan. It is in the northern part of the island in a basin between the Yangming Mountains and the Central Mountains. The largest city of Taiwan, it serves as its financial and governmental center.

The Taipei of today is a confident city of about 2.5 million inhabitants (about seven million including suburbs), and is characterized by its friendly people and safe streets. While it is not usually high on the list of tourist destinations, it is a fascinating place to visit and live. Furthermore, despite its size, Taipei does not have any rough areas that are considered unsafe, even at night - which in itself is attractive.

The downtown area is culturally divided into East and West. The West side, with its narrow streets and road side vendors, is considered the bastion of old Taipei life, whereas East Taipei, with its classy malls, chic boutiques, and stylish restaurants and cafes, reminiscent of those found in Hong Kong, Paris or New York represents the city's metamorphosis into a modern and international city.

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Climate

Taipei has a semi-tropical climate characterized by hot and humid weather. The most comfortable season to visit is the fall, when the rainfall is at its lowest and the temperatures average a pleasant mid 20°C. February to April are particularly damp with little sunlight, while the summers can be very hot, but often punctuated by heavy thunder showers. Taipei is prone to typhoons from May to October, though the highest concentrations are in August and September. Winters can be quite chilly, with temperatures occasionally falling below 10°C at night, though snowfall has never been known to occur.

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Dining


Taipei offers the finest Chinese cuisine in the world. There are good restaurants with fair prices on almost eveery street, and tourists can find a good meal without difficulty. For gourmets, every major hotel boats excellent Chinese restaurants. For budget travelers, there are numerous fast-food outlets, countless snack centers (generally in the basemants of department stores), and a variety of light meals available at night markets.

As a tourist destination and international business center, Taipei also has restaurants offering European and American cuisines, as well as non-Chinese Asian fare.

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Shopping

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In Taipei you can buy almost anything you can think of, from designer names, to antique curios, up-to-date eletronics, original jewelry, hand--painted scrolls, fragrant tea, and quality childrens' toys.

Departmant stores, boutiques, and small stores all offer quality at reasonable prices. Night markets are fun to shop in, accept cash only, and vendors rarely speak English, but shoppers can often bargain. That's where the best selections and prices for souvenirs, gifts, casual clothing, and traditional handicrafts can be found. Taipei's notable shopping districts offer a good selection of shops where visitors can get good buys.

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Attractions
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Confucius Temple Pao An Temple

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

A majestic marble monument surrounded by gardens and ponds, the Memorial contains a statue of late President Chiang Kai-shek. A ground-level library displays photos and mementos of the late president's life. Adjoining the Memorial are the National theater and National Concert Hall, both built in a traditional Chinese palace style.

Confucius Temple

In contrast to many other temples, the Confucius Temple is a tranquil place which comes to life only at dawn on September 28. On this day every year rites are perforned, some of which date back nearly 3,000 years, by school children in ancient costume to honor Confucius on his birthday.

Pao An Temple

A short walk from the Confucius Temple is the 230-year-old Taoist Pao An Temple. The three main deities worshipped here are Pao Sheng, God of Medicine; Ju Lai Fo, God of Luck; and Chu Sheng Niang Niang, Goddess of Birth and Fertility

Hsing Tien Temple

Home to the God of War and other deities, an interesting place to see people worship and intricate temple architecture.

Lung Shan Temple

Built in 1738, this is one of the best temples to see in Taipei.. Examine the intricately carved stone dragon pillars, roof and caves. Watch the devout worship a variety of ancient gods. Visit the nearby Huahsi Street Night Market.

Martyrs Shrine

An excellent example of classical Ming dynasty architecture, dedicated to the fallen heroes of China's wars. A majestic archway, tranquil paths, and a ceremonial changing of the guards. Changing of the Guards: every hour, 10 minutes to the hour.

National Palace Museum

Taipei’s National Palace Museum, located in the Waishuanghsi neighborhood of the Shihlin District, is the pride of Taiwan. It ranks as one of the four best museums in the world, in a class with the Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Presidential Office BuildingPresidential Office Building

The large plaza is where huge annual parades are held to celebrate the Oct. 10 National Day. The Presidential Office Building faces the massive East Gate, one of five built as part of Taipei's original city wall.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

The memorial to the father of the Republic of China houses an impressive bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and photos from his life and times. See the half-hour English multimedia show about his life. Popular gathering place with a fountain, and a man-made pond with pagoda.

Taipei City Zoo MuchaTaipei City Zoo Mucha
Taipei's huge new zoo, in the rolling hills of suburban Mucha, is one of the largest in Asia. Its Butterfly House and Garden show exotic native species.

World Trade Center

The heart of Taiwan's international business world which comprises an exhibition hall, international convention center, office tower, and a 5-star hotel. The ground floor of the exhibition hall hosts domestic and international trade shows while upper floors have permanent showrooms for both exporters and importers.

Yangmingshan National Park

This massive mountainous park on the outskirts of Taipei has waterfalls, volcanic craters, hot springs, and abundant wildlife. Cherry and azalea blossom in spring, and cool, fresh air in the summer are added attractions. Hiking trails, picnic and recreation facilities available.

National Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts AcademyTaipei Fine Arts Museum

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is a museum in Taipei, Taiwan. The museum first opened on December 24, 1983 at the former site of the United States Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC, dissolved in 1979). It was the first purpose built museum in Taiwan to host modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The architecture is a local adaption of the Japanese Metabolist Movement. .

National Museum of History & Botanical Garden

The National Museum of History, in a corner of the beautiful Botanical Garden, hosts a collection of priceless treasures


Miramar Ferris Wheel

Miramar Entertainment Park is most notable for it’s Ferris Wheel. Besides all of the shopping attractions the Miramar has regular movies, Imax, and Imax 3D movies. Movie and Ferris Wheel combos are available.

Miramar Ferris Wheel opened in the year 2004, 110 m at its highest point and 70 m in diameter, Taipei Ferris wheel is an experience not to be missed.

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Transportation


Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport is the primary international gateway for visitors to Taiwan, but it also serves as a major hub for transport to the eastern region of Asia. Flights to and from this facility connect Taipei with destinations across Southeast Asia, Europe, the Pacific Islands and North America. There is also a strong current of domestic traffic routed through the airport.

Airlines operating flights at Taoyuan International include Taiwan's two biggest contenders: China Airlines and EVA Air. All Nippon Airways, Dragonair, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines also operate here. Weather usually isn't a problem for flights in and out of Taipei, though seasonal typhoons may lead to cancellations.

The New Taiwan High Speed Rail Link runs north-south from Taipei to Kaoshiung. The link has made it possible to travel in comfort from one end of Taiwan to the other in less than three hours at speeds of up to 300kph.

Transportation links throughout Taiwan are thorough, and it is possible to reach Taipei directly via public transportation from a number of cities across the island. The major bus companies are United Highway Bus and Kuo Guang Bus, both of which ply multiple routes island-wide. Most of the major bus companies operate from the main bus terminal.

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