Not too long ago, the valley of the Danshui River was home to rice and vegetable farmers. Today it's the site of Taipei, the bustling centre of Taiwan's commerce, government and culture. Barely a century old, the capital is frenetic, energetic and busy, busy, busy; oh how it's made up for lost time!Over the last 20 years or so, Taipei has gone from being an ugly duckling of Asia to one of the region’s most dynamic, comfortable and liveable cities. Most important to the intrepid traveller, Taipei is also fun. If you take some time to explore, you’ll find that Taipei is a city that’s managed to strike a fine balance between business and beauty, chaos and convenience.
Recommended things to do & see
Our top picks for Taipei
Longshan Temple: Work on your inner peace at Taipei's most beautiful temple
National Palace Museum: Take in the world's best collection of Chinese art
Dintaifung: Join the satisfied crowds at this Shanghai-style dumpling palace
Shilin Night Market: Taipei's best bargain shops and snack shacks
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