Four days touring Taipei, it was totally clear to me that the capital of Taiwan is a great city with a thousand things to do and hundreds of places to see and visit.
It is conveniently and easily traveled by public transport (MRT), it has dozens of temples, night markets and street stalls. A city with a lot of life, where we even lived for the first time what an earthquake is (actually 2). Personally, it’s hooked me from the first moment I set foot in it. Are you coming to meet her?
What to see in Taipei?
This huge and elegant skyscraper had the title of the tallest building in the world from 2003 to 2010, according to Wikipedia it is now the eighth tallest, but we had read on many websites that it was currently the fourth.
It has the fastest elevator in the world and it costs 1,500 Taiwanese $ to go up to its 89th floor, we did not go up. The office where to buy tickets is on the fifth floor of the luxurious shopping center that is attached to the building.
SUNSET AT THE ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINT
The climb to the viewpoint is a few stairs, which will take you to climb between 15 and 30 minutes, the views are totally worth it.
I recommend buying water before going up. There is no entry fee. If you are going to see the sunset go up in time because there are usually quite a few people and it is best to see it from one of the 3 or 4 giant stones that are scattered around the viewpoint.
If you do not find a place that convinces you there, I recommend you go along a path to the right, after walking for about five minutes there is a viewpoint where there is usually nobody. We were in both.
MONUMENT IN MEMORY OF CHIANG-KAI CHEK
This is a huge monument in memory of President CHIANG-KAI CHEK, he was ruled Taiwan from 1949 until his death in 1975. The history of Taiwan seems very interesting to us, only 30 countries recognize it as an official country. If you are going to visit the country, it will be interesting to know a little about its history and how this president influenced it.
This monument is located in a huge square that bears the same name and there you can also see the national theater and the national concert hall. The closest subway stop is CHIANG-KAI CHEK Memorial.
This park does not stand out as an important site on the tourist map of the city, but personally we loved it. From there you can walk to the CHIANG-KAI CHEK Memorial Monument and the National History Museum. It has several temples and we found it a great place to rest for a while.
In Taipei there are night markets to bore, I could name them all, but I’d rather tell you about my favorite. The Shillin Night Market is huge. It is full of people, food stalls and recreational stalls, where people sit for example to fish Prawns! Yes, fishing for shrimp is almost a national sport.
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