|Best Time to Visit:
||October to November
||Taipei 101, Lungshan Temple, Presidential
Building of Republic of China & Grand Hotel
|Major Entertainment Centers:
||Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, The National
Palace Museum, Botanical Gardens, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall,
Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei Zoo
||Dinghao Market, Zhong Xiao East Road, Shilin
Night Market, Kuanghua Market, Chungshan North Road, Tihua Street &
|Near by Places (Excursions):
||Sun Moon Lake, Jinshan & Wulai Hot Spring,
New Jinshan Beach, Fulong Beach & Man Yueh Yuan National Forest
|Famous Food & Beverages (Gourmet's Delight)
||Dumplings, Seafood, Tofu & Noodles
|Foreign Embassies & Consulates:
||Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Chad, Central
African Republic, Costa Rica, Fiji, Gambia, Haiti, Jordan, Korea
(South), Liberia, Palau & Panama
|History & Evolution
Taipei was a large lake thousands of years ago that eventually dried up and
became a dry basin with grassy lowlands. Soon the area was occupied by
several tribes migrated from different regions who took fishing as their
livelihood. Only a few hundred years after Han Chinese came to settle in the
region who again used the waterways to fish. But with the coming of a farmer
from Fukien Province in 1790, a farm was established at Takala, what is now
This period was the beginning of a large-scale migration to the area, which
led to the formation of several settlements. In the late 19th century, the
region became one of the designated foreign trade ports especially for tea
exportation and therefore, gained major economic importance.
In 1875(during the Qing Dynasty), the Taipei Prefecture (judiciary office)
was separated from Taiwan where many government buildings were erected.
Until the beginning of Japanese rule, Taipei remained a temporary provincial
capital before it officially became the capital of Taiwan in 1894. After the
Japanese take-over, Taihoku (Taipei in Japanese) emerged as the political
center. The Japanese contributed much of the architecture of the city
including the Presidential Building that was the Office of the Taiwan
With World War bombings, the infrastructure and economy of Taiwan were in
ruins and the country again came under Chinese rule. Subsequently, a
temporary Office of the Taiwan Province Administrative Governor was
established in Taipei City.
In 1949, the Communists forced Chiang Kai-shek government to flee mainland
China and Taipei was established as a provisional capital of Republic of
China (ROC). The city was also capital of Taiwan Province until 1960s, when
the provincial administration was moved to central Taiwan. However, Peoples
Republic of China (PRC) does not recognize this move and still regards
Taipei as the provincial capital of Taiwan.
Beneath the modern facade of Taipei lies the age old and much celebrated
Chinese culture. Not just an ideal stage for free play of economic
activities, this beautiful city also provides the world many colorful mixes
Famous for friendly and welcoming nature of its inhabitants, 5,000 years
old rich cultural heritage of Chinese history and high level of development
created by Taiwan's economic miracle makes Taipei a cosmopolitan city that
attracts large tourist traffic every year.
Originally known Taipei Financial Center, Taipei got its current name from
the number of floors it has. Presently the worlds tallest building,
Taipei 101 is 2004 recipient of the Emporis Skyscraper Award.
Having world's fastest double-decker elevator running at a speed of 16.83
m/sec, the building for many reasons can be referred as the most
technologically advanced skyscraper constructed till date. Standing 508m
(1,667 ft) tall, the tower has an outdoor observatory at 91st floor and an
indoor observatory at 89th floor.
A prominent skyscraper of the city and lying next to World Trade Center,
Taipei 101 is a new international financial center of Taipei.
Xin Yi (Hsinyi)
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (CKS Memorial Hall):
Shrine to Taipeis most famous leader Chiang Kai-Shek, the Memorial
Hall is an imposing tomb. The museum located on its ground floor exhibits
photos and personal possessing of the late president. While an impressive
bronze statue of Chiang can be found on the upper floor of the hall.
Its large ground houses citys main venues for the performing arts
like National Theater and National Opera House. Furthermore, its
imposing architecture and open green spaces, makes it a favourite spot for
Taipeis residents to spend their leisure time.
Zhongshan S. Road
Lungshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple was originally built in 1738, but has
been leveled many times by earthquake, typhoon and the US army.
Dedicated to Guanyin (the goddess of mercy), it is one of the
most colourful and atmospheric Taoist temples of Taipei decorated with
dragons. The Temple serves both as religious and community center for locals
where several different deities are worshipped. There are also many lively
festivals held here during course of the year.
The National Palace Museum:
Considered one of the three top museums in the world, National Palace is
home to over 6.5lakh worlds largest collection of priceless Chinese
Besides displaying imperial collections of several dynasties, the Museum's
collections particularly cover the complete 5,000 years of Chinese culture.
Shilin Night Market:
There are six major night markets in Taipei, out of which Shilin Night
Market has been the largest and most popular in Taiwan. A favorite focal
point for Taipei's nightlife among residents and visitors alike, Shilin is
famous for its variety of seafood dishes.
This biggest and oldest night market of the city has a carnival-like
atmosphere round the year.