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About Taipei

Taiwan is located in between the southeastern coast of the Asian continent and the East Asian islands distributed among the western Pacific Rim. It is also known by the name of “Ilha Formosa” when discovered by the Portuguese traders. Taiwan is a long and narrow island stretching from north to south. The island is about 395 km long vertically and about 144 km in width with a total land area of around 36,000 square kilometers (about 14,400 square miles). Since mountain areas cover the majority of the island, Taiwan’s ecological resources are abundant. The plains of Taiwan are relatively narrow and found only in the western region and the longitudinal valley along the east coast. These also happen to be the most densely populated areas in Taiwan. Taiwan belongs to tropical and subtropical climate zones, the island is coldest from January through March with temperatures dropping to around 10°C. From June to August, hot weather prevails with temperatures rising up to 38°C. More moderate temperatures follow in the months between, with an average temperature of 25°C.

Taiwan has a population of about 23 million people which consists of various ethnic groups. The aborigines who have inhabited the island for around 8,000 years make up 2.3% of the total population; the Han Chinese who migrated to Taiwan in the seventeenth century constitute the rest of the population. The diversity of Taiwan’s culture and heritage formed with the integration of different ethnic groups and illustrate the harmony and prosperity possible among various religions, architecture, languages, lifestyles, and cuisines. Seventy percent of the population are concentrated in the five western metropolitan areas (Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung), among which the Taipei metropolis harbors Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan, and New Taipei City, the largest city in Taiwan. Every year, travelers from all over the world come to Taipei to experience the beautiful culture and warm hospitality.

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Longshan Temple

Mengjia Longshan Temple, built in 1738, worships a mixture of Buddhist and Taoist with over 100 Gods and Goddesses. With the most complete characteristics of Taiwanese temple, it serves not only as a place of worship for the local people, but a famous historic monument where visitors always get impressed by the beauty of ancient art treasures.

Taipei 101

Being the landmark of Taipei City, Taipei 101 was once the tallest buildings in the world. For refined food and views, visitors may enjoy fine services and cuisines at the restaurants located from the eighty-sixth to the eighty-eighth floor.


Surrounded by mountains and facing the Pacific Ocean, Jiufen has the best and spectacular view of sunset. Developed from gold mining town during the Japanese Colonial Era, most of the Japanese style residences are still perfectly preserved. Beside the old-time delights, its local food such as meat ball with red vinasse (hongzhao), Hakka glutinous rice cakes, and yam balls, also make Jiufen a thriving tourist resort that attracts visitors from all over the world.


The National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall was built in 1987. It is the first national-level cultural venues in Taiwan, and consists of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, National Theater, and National Concert Hall. With the traditional Chinese palace style, CKS Memorial Hall is also the other major Taipei landmarks, where visitors and tourists can have themselves enjoy the world-class performances and exhibitions as well.


Specialising in Xiaolongbao (Chinese steamed buns), DinTai Fung is an award-winning restaurant originating from Taiwan. Outside its native Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has branches in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Thailand.


Tamsui, a sea-side city in New Taipei City, is about an hour from Taipei by car or MRT. It is named after the Tamsui River. The name means “clear water”. The city is popular as a site for viewing sunset into the Taiwan Strait. The Tamsui Old Street is home to many traditional Taiwanese cuisines.

The Fisherman’s Wharf was a very important fishing harbor in the early history of north Taiwan. The Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is well known by its beautiful sunset and fresh seafood. While having sightseeing and leisure facilities, it still holds its functionality as a harbor for fishing boats.