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View of National Theater and Guanghua Ponds in Taipei, Taiwan.

City at a Glance

Taipei, Taiwan
Location Northern Taiwan
City type Megalopolis
Population 8.6 million
Official language(s) Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese
Climate Subtropical
Average temperatures January: 58° F, July: 81° F
Landscape Urban, coastal lowlands
Factoid In addition to a Hello Kitty café, Taipei boasts Hello Kitty-themed beer, airplanes, and hotel rooms.

About Taipei

Relaxing and laid-back, Taipei is a hidden gem in Asia with a classic island vibe. Surf beaches are plentiful, many restaurants and shops close during the afternoon, and late-night markets compete with karaoke bar performances. Sporting droves of bicycle and scooter riders, the affordable university town boasts a large population without feeling overcrowded. The friendly and forward-thinking Taiwanese people welcome the rich mix of expatriates and international visitors to their shores. Vast parks and open spaces reflect the citizens' efforts to balance an urban lifestyle with a commitment to green living.

Where is Taipei

25.0329694, 121.5654177

What to do in Taipei

  • Maokong Gondola: Take to the skies in a cable car and watch the scenic mountain views through its glass bottom.
  • Beitou Hot Springs: Dip into the warm, mineral-rich waters that flow into a hot creek running through the park.
  • Guanghua Digital Plaza: Satisfy your inner gadget geek with the latest must-have technology at the six-story market.
  • Raohe Night Market: Experience traditional Taiwanese dishes and the dynamic nightlife of one of Taipei's oldest street markets.
  • Huashan 1914 Creative Park: Spark your imagination at the urban venue's exhibits of photography, animation, and product design.