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The capital of Taiwan, Taipei shares the basin of an ancient lake with New Taipei City. The Tamsui River runs through the cities, which are separate administrative entities.
Just to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, Tapei enjoys hot tropical summers and warm winters.
The democratic nation Taiwan claimed independence after World War II and is now a prospering island. Taipei is easy to get around, has a computer-savvy population and a unique and interesting culture.
6 million people visit Taipei each year. Many head straight to the city’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and the glorious Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall downtown.To the southeast, the Maokong tea-growing area is another favorite destination. Learn more about the cultivation of the world’s favorite drink, then jump aboard the Maokong Gondola for panoramic views over Taipei.
The gondola stops at the huge Taipei Zoo, which featured in the Oscar-winning movie The Life of Pi in 2012. Signs tell you which real-life animals starred in this animated 3D spectacle and you can come eye-to-eye with the Formosan black bear.
Visit the Shilin Night Market to hear the vendors shout out their specialties in Mandarin and order delicious Chinese food such as roast duck or noodle soup. Of course, a temple tour should be on your itinerary too. Admire the buddhist dragon sculptures in Longshan Temple and see how the sober interior of the Confucius Temple embraces the philosophy of being content with little.
Taipei hosts many festivals and in the 5th lunar month, around the time of the dragon boat festival, you can photograph traditional races.
The dolphin-shaped island of Taiwan in the North Pacific Ocean is just a short flight away from Hong Kong. From Taipei, it is easy to take a plane to anywhere on the island.
Accommodation in Taipei
With 604 Taipei hotels featuring on Expedia's hotels guide, you can select a Taipei hotel that has the features and guest services that suit you best.
Two examples of the more upmarket Taipei places are the Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort, at No.176,Sec. 5, Xinwu Rd, and the Westin Taipei, at No. 133, Nanjing East Road, Section 3. The Grand View Resort Beitou and the W Taipei may also be worth researching. The address of the Grand View Resort Beitou is No. 30, Youya Rd, Beitou Dist, while the W Taipei is located at 10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist.
Taipei 101 is on the to-do list for almost every visitor to Taipei and staying within easy walking distance can be a great way to make sure you enjoy it. the Westin Taipei can be found only 3 kilometres (2 miles) away. Another popular choice is the W Taipei.
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zhongshan Hall, Red House Theater, and National Taiwan Museum. Presidential Office Building and North Gate are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tianhou Temple and National Taiwan Museum. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Snake Alley are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Gate, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and National Taiwan Museum. Taipei Botanical Garden and Snake Alley are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This Taipei hotel is above an MRT rapid-transit station and across from the Taipei Railway Station. The Shin Lin Night Market, Taipei World Trade Center, and Taipei 101 are all about 4.8 km (3 mi) away.
Opened in 2006, the Royal Seasons Hotel Taipei is in the bustling Western district, a 5-minute walk from the NingXia Night Market and the shops of Dihua Street. An MRT station is about 10 minutes by foot.
This Taipei hotel is 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from Breeze Center shopping and a five-minute walk from an MRT station. The Taipei World Trade Center and the Taipei 101 skyscraper are both about 3.2 km (2 mi) away.
Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. National Palace Museum and Confucius Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Daan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cathay General Hospital and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Taipei 101 and Taipei World Trade Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).