Let's travel to: Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei stimulates each of your senses with its scenic, mountainous views and delectable foods. With its fusion of Western and Asian culture, Taipei offers an abundance of temples, hiking trails and street night markets, making it a traveller’s paradise.
- Taiwan is an island.
- From 1895 to 1945, Taiwan was ruled by the Japanese and made Taipei their capital, establishing both their economy and infrastructure.
- In 1945, Taiwan became a dictatorship after the Chinese Nationalist Party ruled Taiwan in World War II.
- Taiwan is not politically recognized as a sovereign nation. Instead, it is recognized as the Republic of China.
- Today, Taipei serves as the political and economic center of Taiwan.
- Taipei has no public garbage cans, so you’re forced to bring the trash along with you, or, be green and REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE!
What to do
- Eat delicious pork and potato kabobs while simultaneously shopping at trendy urban fashion stores at Shilin Night Market (Taipei’s largest and most famous night market!)
- Take a scenic, amateur-level hike at Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail. Be sure to stop at the viewpoints to take pictures of Taipei’s modernized skyline, featuring the famous Taipei 101 tower.
- Give your body a break and release some stress by soaking in the sulfur public baths at Millennium Hot Springs. See if you can endure the hottest bath at a scorching 45 degrees Celsius!
- Visit Longshan Temple for its impressive mosaic decoration and elaborate woodcarvings. You may be lucky enough to catch a ceremony!
- Hit up Taipei 101 for high-end shopping and take a trip up Taipei 101 Tower to get a breath-taking view of the entire city.
- On a budget? Shop for souvenirs and thrifty threads at K Underground Mall. Be sure to try the delicious Chinese Pizza in the center of the mall.
What to eat
- Restaurants? HA! Taipei is mostly famous for its night markets and street vendors who offer a variety of mouth-watering dishes and snacks for anytime of the day. That’s not the best part. It’s SUPER CHEAP too!
- Eat potato kabobs, stinky tofu, cheese rolls, pork dumplings (my absolute favourite!) at Shilin Night Market. Each food item is no more than $1 CAD!
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with brown sugar buns at Shida Night Market
List by: Chelsea Brady
I am a blogger and teacher from Toronto, Canada, who thrives off spontaneity and adventure. After studying abroad in the Netherlands, travelling throughout Europe and working abroad in Asia, I have experienced both the highs and heartbreak of wanderlust. While currently teaching English in South Korea, I can be found Korean BBQ hopping and vlogging my adventures. Embark with me on my journey at www.chelssology.com and take a peak into my everyday life on Instagram: @chelssology.