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Top five destinations inside Taipei

At 508m tall the Taipei 101 building dominates the city's land. Photo / Getty Images1: Themed restaurants

Apparently novelty dining are a "thing" inside Taipei. Unfortunately, the hospital-themed joint, where ale is served inside drip bags, shots administered through syringe plus waitresses are dressed because nurses, is not any longer inside surgery (pun intended), nevertheless try Modern Toilet (where we sit about closed loos plus eat themed food - think poo-inspired icecream - from lavatory-shaped meals at sinks or baths with glass tops), the A380 In-Flight Kitchen (modelled found on the Airbus superjumbo, complete with food served about plastic trays, waitresses dressed because flight attendants plus boarding passes for those whom should wait for a table), or the car-themed P.S. Bu Bu Restaurant (where you are able to dine inside an iconic auto like a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, a la the restaurant inside Pulp Fiction).

2: Great eating

Like various Asian nations, Taiwan is famed for the cuisine, with Taipei very popular for the fabulous street food - from delicate scallion pancakes to chou doufu, recognized by Westerners because "stinky tofu". There are seafood dominates restaurant selections here plus it happens to be great, within the freshest sashimi to plates of vibrant prawns plus complete, fragrant steamed fish.

Ginger, garlic plus spring onions are typical elements thus the food is not especially spicy, yet should you fancy anything hotter there are a lot of Szechuan Chinese dining inside the key cities, like the great Szechuan Court atop the Ambassador Hotel inside the Zhongshan District.

3: Taipei 101

The claim to fame of the impressive structure, that dominates the Taipei cityscape, is the fact that, at 508m, it held the title of tallest building inside the globe from 2004 till Dubai opened its Burj Khalifa inside 2010. The two quickest elevators about Earth shoot silently plus impressively to the 89th floor (there are 101 floors nevertheless just 88-91 are observation decks), inside an ear-popping 37 seconds. That functions out at 1010m a minute. The bamboo stalk-inspired tower has been specifically built to withstand typhoon winds plus earthquake tremors prevalent to the area plus you are able to see the world's largest "wind damper" - a big gold iron ball that assists keep it steady - found on the 88th floor.

4: Night markets

The city's plethora of evening markets are furthermore globe distinguished, every 1 providing anything somewhat different. The largest plus ideal recognized is Shilin, that has it all - food, entertainment, games, massages, tattoos, pet plus mobile telephone accessories plus buying. Pop music blares from every narrow store coating the market's sprawling streets plus alleyways, that are closed to vehicles however not scooters. It's remarkably clean, the wares appear of fair standard plus, ideal of all, nobody hassles we to purchase. The sizeable crowds, that you will find about any evening of the week, are polite plus calm, plus wandering alone I felt completely secure.

(NB: Unlike many Asian street markets bartering looks to be a no-go zone, with products marketing for set costs.)

5: The sights

Taipei has had an interesting plus tumultuous past plus there are numerous famous spots about the city value a see. Top of the list is the National Palace Museum, that houses the world's biggest assortment of Chinese art, liberated from mainland China by past Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek, that later became President of Taiwan. There is a grandiose memorial to Chiang inside Liberty Square atop 89 methods - his age whenever he died - and inside the square are the stunning National Theatre plus National Concert Hall buildings. Nearby is the relaxing 2-28 Peace Park, that houses a museum plus memorial focused on those that died throughout an anti-government uprising that started about February 28, 1947.


Getting there: China Airlines fly through Sydney plus Brisbane to Taipei.

Shandelle Battersby travelled to Taiwan because a customer of the Taipei Economic plus Cultural Office inside New Zealand.By Shandelle BattersbyEmail Shandelle