Travelling to Taipei is easy and practical and it’s the first thing in mind for all the travellers who want to spend just a weekend abroad. If you’re backpacking Asia, do not miss the opportunity to spend some time in the marvellous capital of Taiwan. In this splendid city, a fusion of Asian-cultures, architecture, and beauty entice even the novice of travellers.
Taipei is one of the best cities to have fun on the weekend and you can do a lot of things to make your time memorable. Whether walking down narrow alleyways of the marvellous old town, hiking through one of the Four Beast Mountains, or indulging in local eats at the night markets. All these are doable for a weekend trip to Taipei. Here’s a brief overview of the historical, cultural, and culinary highlights of Taipei.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The most popular activity to do in Taipei is to visit the enormous and impressive Memorial Hall monument. Located on large grounds that also house the National Concert Hall, as well as the massive National Theatre. The hall was built in the honor of the great leader and General of the Chinese Nationalist Party from 1925, Chiang Kai-shek. The 89 steps of this hall depict Chiang’s age when he died. Chiang’s sculpture along with his two guards are placed inside for viewing.
The landmark skyscraper is a must place to visit. This tallest building has a contemporary and striking architecture with a traditional twist of bamboo structures which stands to reach above the skyline. Taipei 101 was once the world’s tallest building in 2011.
Go Rock Climbing in Long Dong
Taipei is an exciting city for rock climbers and bouldering fanatics alike. They can enjoy the thrill of climbing the breathtaking Long Dong also know as Dragon Cave.
This unique and bustling street has many tremendous shops, bistros, and eateries. A whole afternoon could be spent just walking around and taking it all the smells and sights. Down Yongkang street, you can find the best restaurants and authentic street food as it is the origin of Taipei alley culture. Be sure to get a big bowl of beef noodles, too.
For the perfect accompaniment to any trip, Hanna-Travel recommends Lonely Planet Pocket Taipei (Travel Guide)