After spending time in the south and east of Taiwan. I went north to go to the capital Taipei. Although Kaohsiung the southern city is as populous as Taipei. I found a real difference between Kaoshiung and Taipei. Taipei has a much wider transportation network, and the transportation network is much more used. It’s very easy to get around the capital. The transport network is very well organized, one can easily find one’s bearings. Some neighborhoods look like Japan in smaller.
There is a lot to do in Taipei and many areas to discover. The bonus of the city, 30 minutes by tram you can have access to a wonderful view of the bay and the ocean. The walk along the bay is really amazing. The view is beautiful especially at sunset.
One of the main place of interest is the tower Taipei 101. Visiting the Taipei 101 Tower site should be on the list of things to do in Taipei. Beautiful in spirit and design, one notices immediately that its spire is architecturally influenced by the bamboo plant, native to China. Taipei 101 Tower was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010, when it was surpassed in height by Burj Dubai. The size is more than 500 meters.
There is the trendy Taipei district called Ximending. This district looks like the trendiest district of Japan and Tokyo, but smaller. This pedestrian shopping haven is one of the city’s culture centres, hosting a massive variety of fashion clothing shops, eclectic restaurants, clubs, and bars.
Located just west of Taipei Main Station in the historic Wanhua District, Ximending was founded during the Japanese colonisation era as a recreation district, and today has grown into a cultural icon with inspiration drawn from its Japanese roots.
Tamsui is a smaller city to the north of Taipei that was the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city boasts many historical attractions, and is a popular location for viewing the sunset. Due to its close proximity to Taipei City, Tamsui has become a favourite destination for city dwellers to take a stroll and enjoy a coffee along the riverside. In recent years, Tamsui has given new energy to the city through the cuisine on its historical street, the bicycle path on the Gold Coast and the blue waterway. On weekends and holidays, tourists crowd in to enjoy excellent food and scenery. Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunsets, seafood, and, more recently with young people, its high amount of party boats.