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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.
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).
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 Wanhua, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Longshan Temple, Snake Alley, and Taipei Botanical Garden. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and National Taiwan Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Zhuwei Fishing Port, Gloria Outlets, and Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. Jungli Night Market and Republic of Chocolate are also within 20 mi (32 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.
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).
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 Zhongshan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Liaoning Night Market and Taipei Arena. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Taipei World Trade Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).