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Taipei: Capital of Taiwan
The Eastern Surprise
Places to Visit in Taiwan
Taipei: Capital of Taiwan by John Hacking
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan,
has evolved through many stages since its founding in the eighteenth century.
Rice fields have yielded to skyscrapers, and a modern, commercial city
of millions has grown out of once quiet settlements.
|After climbing 508 metres
up the Taipei 101 tower, the highest structure in the world, it can be
seen easily from anywhere in the city, one can look down on the genuine
Taipei amidst all the modern buildings: temples, markets, the National
Palace Museum and in between them, the many old streets and lanes where
everyday life in Taipei actually happens.
There was a swamp at the
site of Taipei about 300 years ago, right where one of Asia's most modern
cities now stands. Only the Pingpu, the original people of Formosa, who
lived in the higher lying regions around the Taipei Basin, were able to
reach this area by canoe.
Han Chinese from China came
later to fish and trade, but they stayed on the banks of the Tarsui River
and did not venture into the area of modern Taipei. In 1709, a Chinese
farmer named Chen Lai Chang from Chuanchou laid the foundations of a farm
house in Takala, which is now central Taipei. From that point onwards,
the number of settlers continually grew. The original settlement was known
From Manka to Tataocheng
The administration of Manka
and the surrounding area was mainly handled by immigrants from various
parts of mainland China. Because of differing views regarding the future
of the administrative structure, tensions between the residents soon escalated.
The violent confrontations that resulted came to an end in 1823.
One of the groups that was
defeated fled from Manka, on the bank of the Tamsui River, to Tataocheng.
There they began to make the land farmable land laid the foundations for
a flourishing community. Tataocheng surpassed Manka in the nineteenth century,
and became the centre of Taipei Prefecture in 1875.
When the Japanese colonised
Taipei in 1895, they built their main district in Taipei, and the city
continued to develop steadily thereafter, even after the departure of the
occupiers in 1945 and after the break with mainland China. Within a hundred
years, the once rural district had developed into the administrative, economic
and cultural centre of Taiwan.
Manka, Tataocheng and Chengnei
have all lost their original appearance, but a number of historically important
sites have been preserved, including the Lin Family Villa and Garden, once
the home of a very powerful clan in the nineteenth century, as well as
the Peace Park and the 1919 Presidential Palace.
Modern city with established
Today, all glass office high
rises, luxury condominiums and modern shopping districts are situated along
wide, tree lined boulevards. Elegant restaurants, stylish nightclubs and
appearances by international stars are all part of people's lives. Yet
the traditional culture and way of life carries on below the contemporary
Everywhere you go, you stumble
on timeless scenes: believers praying to their gods in ancient temples,
long religious processions winding their way through the streets to the
accompaniment of firecrackers, and little shops offering herbal medicines
that have been relied upon for millennia. Clearly, this is one of the oldest
cultures in the world.
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A city of many shrines, monasteries
and places of worship, Taipei has a rich cultural history behind it and
a bright future ahead. Blessed with a friendly local population and sub
tropical climatic conditions, this treasure trove of a city is a haven
for adventurous globe trotters who fancy a taste of Asia.
|Known for being a city that
has one of the highest densities of restaurants in the modern world, Taipei
is a wonderland for those of us who actually appreciate the finer things
in life. Cuisines from all over the world can be found here, with absolutely
no discriminative boundaries.
While a gourmet restaurant
would show you the more tender side of the city by serving a myriad of
delectable meals one after the next, the ever popular night markets of
Taipei will take you on a rollercoaster ride where mouthwatering treats
enlighten your taste buds to sensations never felt before. Rest assured
that choosing either of these options will not disappoint the food critic
Most food items served in
these little market stalls and open air eating joints are safe to eat so
travellers need not be too wary about what they sink their teeth into.
Local visitors to these markets often carry around a little foldable stool
because most shops do not have the luxury of offering dining spaces. Some
of the most popular night market delicacies are oyster omelets, tianbula,
stinky tofu, mango ice, pan fried pork buns, Taiwanese sausages on a stick,
pearl milk tea and braised soy bean with tea eggs.
|On top of these sumptuous
delights you can also sample a host of other dishes from Japanese, Korean,
Chinese and even Indian cuisines which invariably come with that unmistakable
Thai touch which in turn adds extra zest to the experience.
Shangri-La's Far Eastern
Plaza Hotel, Taipei is another place where you can have the luxury of sampling
some local cuisine. Boasting magnificent views of the city, this outstanding
hotel in Taipei also promises many conveniences to the traveller. This
elegantly appointed Taipei hotel offers a range of amenities and comforts
which will make your stay a memorable one.
|About the Author: Pushpitha
Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes
in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel
hospitality industry. Taipei
for more Taipei hotels
FEATURED HOTELS, TAIWAN
browsing Taipei hotels
Ambience Hotel is the first
offbeat and contemporary boutique hotel designed to breathe style and excitement
into Taiwanís capital city. Ambience Hotelís 60 avant-garde guestrooms
and suites feature a unique décor blend of polished steel, glass,
white granite and calf-skin leather upholstery. Completed with free high
speed wireless internet access, Video-on-Demand movie system, in-room selection
of ambient CDs, and luxurious Botanicus bath and body products, Ambience
Hotel provides the service and amenities of a luxury hotel within a strikingly
modern yet intimate environment.
Hotels - Hsuanmei Boutique Taipei
This business hotel prioritizes
itself on ensuring every guests' safety and privacy. Conveniently positioned
on the corner of JianGuo N. Rd. and ChangAn E. Rd. of Zhongshan business
district, guests are a few steps away from legion of banks, department
stores, cinemas and restaurants. Wake up to mouth-watering international
breakfast buffet from the hotelís restaurant. The business center is equipped
with modern facilities, enough to satisfy any business man. For leisure,
venture out to the city and stop by local landmarks like the Chiang-Kai
Shek Memorial Hall and Peitou Folk Art Museum. Furthermore, there's a complimentary
shuttle service to MRT, five minutes drive. To unwind after a long day,
head to the spa and indulge in the blissful massage therapy.
Across the street from the
Daan Park, the Dolamanco is a hotel of aesthetic design, bright and airy
landscape windows, exquisite Spanish décor, and warm hospitality.
We look forward to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
Our comprehensive hardware setup, thoughtful caring services are guaranteed
to meet the needs of every guest, in town for business or on vacation.
The lovely displays outside too, be it the spectacular city lights at night
or bursting street scenes during the day, are the choice attractions for
you to relish watching through the landscape windows.
Situated in Shilin District,
Grandee Taipei Hotel is a fashionable business hotel featuring comfortable
beddings, contemporary architecture, and elegant interiors. Located near
MRT Jiantan Station, it only takes an eight minute walk from exit 2 to
the hotel. Since the hotel is located right in Shilin Night Market, it
is very convenient for guests to shop, dine, and experience local culture.
The hotel uses sound proof windows and sound proof materials, so guests
will not hear any noise from the night market. The main colors of the hotel
are cream, green, and light brown, which create a calm and comfortable
atmosphere. With the excellent location, this Taipei hotel is one of great
options for shopping lovers.
Luxury Taipei Hotel near
Business and Cultural Districts. In a city bustling with life, The Regent
Taipei hotel offers an elegant blend of traditional decor and contemporary
comfort. Situated in the Zhongshan District in the heart of the business,
shopping and cultural districts, our luxury Taipei hotel's location is
a short five minute walk from Chung Shan MRT station, connecting you to
all the attractions of Taipei. Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool,
the world-famous Wellspring Spa, boutique shopping, meeting facilities,
business services and a variety of luxurious room and suite choices - all
ensuring a memorable visit to Taipei.
Located near Ximending,
Taipei Garden Hotel is a modern and trendy hotel with easy access to both
business and shopping districts. It is the only five-star hotel and the
most conspicuous building in western Taipei with luxurious decorations
and fine services. The hotel enjoys a convenient location; it only takes
a 3 minute walk to the MRT Xiaonanmen Station, a 5 minute walk to MRT Ximending
Station, and a 5 minute drive to the Taipei Main Station as well as the
Taipei Bus Station. Since the Carrefour Market is near the hotel, it is
very convenient for guests to buy commodities. With convenient transportation
and perfect location, this fine business hotel will ensure an enjoyable
and unforgettable stay for both business and leisure travelers.
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