The capital, largest city and most populous, the main economic hub, political and cultural center of Taiwan is Taipei, a city where tradition and modernity blend harmoniously, to the delight by hundreds or thousands of tourists who visit each year and for its 2.6 million inhabitants. The center, located at the northern end of the island of Taiwan, is one of the capitals most advanced in all of Asia and central Europe, and boasts a spa rivaling those well established in Japan and other major Chinese cities. The contrasts may appear initially jarring, but getting to know the city better you will end up, in the end be stunned, tie the ancient temples to skyscrapers, spacious streets to the sidewalks crowded with people dressed up with dresses most famous international brands.
Even before the eighteenth century, the region was inhabited by the tribes Ketagalan, while the Chinese began to settle on the island only since 1709. In the last years of the nineteenth century the area of Taipei began to increase its importance in the economy, with the led that hauled the town to make an important point of reference for many ships to the West. In 1895, after being defeated in the Sino-Japanese War, China was forced to cede to Japan the entire island of Taiwan. Over the years of Japanese occupation were built numerous buildings that still animate the main streets of Taipei, even as early as 1945, as a result of negative developments of World War II, Japan had to withdraw from the country, he returned briefly in the aegis of China.
Although overlooked by many tourists visiting Taiwan, Taipei is a city that can amaze, astound, first to the cosmopolitan atmosphere that permeates the main streets, and then as a treasure chest of secrets to uncover a deeper knowledge of the main attractions. The first thing you notice when you arrive in Taipei is the mixture of tradition and modernity, in the form of architecture, but also to everyday customs of the inhabitants. The elements of both component blend harmoniously, respecting each other. So you can see ancient temples flanked by modern buildings of glass and steel, you can meet people in suits and other exotic least adorned with expensive full of the most famous international brands, you can live very different situations depending on the neighborhood in which you are located. This, but not only, is Taipei.
The city is divided into 12 administrative districts, some of which you can not really ignore. Wanhua, extended on the banks of the river Dan Shui is the oldest part of Taipei, one in which you focus the majority of Buddhist and Taoist temples, but also the most leisure tourists, with restaurants and bars that line the main streets. In the district of Wanhua are the Lungshan Temple, the oldest place of worship in the city, the Temple of Kuantu, dedicated to marine Divita Matsu, and the Confucian Temple, one of the more sober lines, in which, every 28 September, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the great philosopher. Overcoming the enchanting temple of Longshan you come to Huaxi, the “way of snakes”, where once the restaurants served delicious meat of reptiles. To the east of Wanhua is Da An, the shopping district and lively nightlife, and therefore one of the most expensive in the city, although to stay in the historical and artistic should go to Da Tong, a district characterized by long avenues curvilinear on lined with old colonial homes. The best shops in the area are located along the course of Hua Di, where there are the colorful traders miraculous potions, one of the gems of Taipei. A few hundred meters to the east, in the district of Zhongshan, are concentrated the most beautiful parks in the city, ideal for spending a relaxing afternoon in the shade of a cypress tree or an oak. Area museums, Shi Lin, is north of the center, where there is also Beitou, the district is famous for its hot springs. The weight and importance in the political sphere are tangible in Taipei Zhongzheng, the government district, where stand the palace of the President of the Republic, the Parliament and the Supreme Court of the state.
Attraction that deserves a separate chapter is the Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world until 2007. This huge palace, built in just six years, it is 508 meters high, but this does not pose a risk related to the high degree of seismic activity in the area, because the structure has been designed with the most modern building techniques and has already endured two major earthquakes in 1999 and 2002. The project, designed by architect CY Lee Taiwan, is clearly inspired by Chinese architecture and is presented entirely based on the number 8, as is clear overall height (508 m), the highest coverage (448 m) and from that of the final slab walkable (438 m).
To round off your stay in Taipei you can indulge in a night at the theater to see one of the famous puppet shows, one of the more appreciated by tourists and residents, a show that will involve the whole family with special effects totally unexpected.
The autumn is the best season to visit Taipei, as the rains are very rare, the thermometer is almost permanently stable at around 20 degrees and the humidity is oppressive as in other times of the year. To avoid the period between February and April, when the sunny days are very few, but the summer months, very hot, muggy and rainy. The typhoon season is between May and October, although the worst months in this sense, are August and September.
The main airport of Taipei and in general of Taiwan is the Chiang Kai Shek, an international airport from which pass through several millions of travelers each year. Getting around town is cheap and convenient thanks to the service provided by public transport, with the Taipei Metro every day carries tens of thousands of people along its 8 lines.
Originally posted 2012-09-13 06:21:11.