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Taipei Introduction


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Taipei (pronounced TIE-bay) is where East meets West. In this capital city of Taiwan, you'll find an explosion of neon lights, designer goods (both Chinese and Western), noise and smog—all new to a city where a few decades ago rice paddies and fields covered the landscape.  Click here to see the full Taipei travel guide on Travel42 »

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Taipei Geography


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Located in the northern part of Taiwan, dynamic Taipei is the island's largest and most modern city. In Mandarin, the name Taipei means "north Taiwan." Surrounded by mountains, the city rests in a basin of four rivers—the Sindian, Danshui, Dahan and Keelung, which form natural borders.  Click here to see the full Taipei travel guide on Travel42 »

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Taipei History


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Aboriginal tribes originally inhabited Taipei, and it was not until the beginning of the 18th century that migrants from China started settling in the area. The Dutch and Spanish briefly colonized Taiwan in the 17th century before Koxinga, a Chinese pirate prince born in Japan, became a legend by defeating the Dutch.  Click here to see the full Taipei travel guide on Travel42 »

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Taipei Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Sadly, most of Taipei's historical buildings have been destroyed to make way for more modern architecture. There are, however, a few areas that have managed to preserve the beauty of the original city, such as the lanes in Datong district. Wandering the streets of Datong—notably Dihua Street, which is lined with old textile shops and traditional Chinese pharmacies—is a refreshing change from the commercial, concrete jungle of Xinyi's financial and shopping district. From there you can also walk to several of Taipei's noteworthy temples and museums.  Click here to see the full Taipei travel guide on Travel42 »

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Taipei Nightlife


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People call Taiwan the land of convenience because you can find anything or do anything at just about any time of the day. Although locals work or study during the day, nighttime is for play. Whether it's cocktails in a trendy lounge bar, dancing in a club, or live music at one of the city's venues, there is plenty of nightlife. For family entertainment, there are the night markets, some of which don't get started until after dark.   Click here to see the full Taipei travel guide on Travel42 »

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Taipei Restaurants & Dining


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Food is a core part of Taiwanese society and culture, much more so than in the West, and most local Taiwanese eat out, so there are thousands of restaurants, cafes and food stalls. A large number of Western fast-food chains are also available, as are a number of Western eateries. The increase of Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese workers has led to a welcome variety of Asian cuisines available.  Click here to see the full Taipei travel guide on Travel42 »

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