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20 thoughts on “Taipei: Highlights of the City of Contrast”

  1. I miss travelling but at least I can read about it on your blog 😀 My favourite thing to do in Taipei is eating and shopping my way through the night markets, it is so lively and it gets you excited!

  2. I really enjoyed my trip to Taiwan back in 2013. I remember for a capital city of an industrialized nation, Taipei felt very slow-paced. The National Palace Museum was also amazing! I’m glad those treasures were saved and transported to Taiwan.

    1. Fortunately indeed! It would be ashamed if those masterpieces got lost forever. Can you remember which item do you like most? 🙂

      1. I remember I was really impressed by the Jadeite Cabbage because it looked so convincing as a cabbage.

      2. Totally agree! It looks so real and fresh. But I must admit that I was a bit dissapointed because of its tiny scale 🙂 Had the same feeling when I saw Mona Lisa haha.

      3. Ha! That was exactly what James told me about the cabbage and Mona Lisa comparison. 😀

  3. Super interesting post, Len!! And great photos too! I love that mix of modern and tradition in the same city. How traditional buildings coexist with modern skyscrapers and how even these maintain symbology from their culture. Looks like Taipei is a destination to add to my wishlist!!

    1. Absolutely! The island nation is also safe at the moment. They did a great job in containing the pandemic. How is the situation in Switzerland? Did they lift movement restrictions? I would love to see some summer photos of Zurich 😀

  4. Len, reading this post and looking at the photos brought back some fond memories of my own (very short) visit to Taipei some years ago. I stayed in Ximending just a short walk from the Red House Theater, but I had no idea you could go upstairs and get that lovely view of the historic building. Your account also reminds me of all the things I didn’t have time to see and do then, like visiting Taipei 101, going to Lungshan Temple, and trying the famous pepper buns at Raohe Street Night Market. Also, how did you manage to take photos inside the National Palace Museum? I think they weren’t allowed when I was there. Lucky you! 🙂

    1. I think they only ban flash light. Otherwise, I would have been kicked out by the staff. There were more personnel than visitors on Friday evening 🙂

  5. That’s nice you are finding Covid-free places to travel. Very innovative. 😊
    I haven’t been up 101, it’s one of the few regrets, but it seems like your photos of the surrounding areas are just as pretty as the top of the building itself. The night markets are AMAZING! Foodies’ heaven! What was your fave dish?

    1. Hm… a difficult choice. I would say the beef noodle and pineapple cakes are my absolute favourites. In fact, I ate too much cakes that I gained some weight 😛

    1. As an architectecure lover, I’m sure you’ll love Taipei. And Taiwan 😉 I’ve only visited 3 buildings. But I’m impressed by their subtle architecture.

    1. I don’t want to sound like a promoter for Taiwan tourism. But the island is definitely worth visiting. Many things to do, see and eat 🙂 It’s also a safe destination at the moment.

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