Taipei

Taipei Travel Guide

Travel to Taipei to experience Taiwan's capital city, a cultural and financial hub teeming with scooters, skyscrapers and ancient temples. The Republic of China's capital has reaped the financial rewards of democracy since its 1949 split from the mainland, and it is now one of the most prosperous and thriving cities in Asia. Visit Taipei, where Chinese, Japanese and Western cultures collide and the old worlds meets the 21st century.

Consult Travel + Leisure's Taipei travel guide to experience the very best of Taiwan's capital city.

Things not to miss in Taipei

• The National Palace Museum – an awe-inspiring look at Taiwan's remarkable past
 • Longshan Temple – One of Taiwan's many beautiful Buddhist temples in the heart of Taipei
 • Night markets – eat, shop and people watch at one of the city's buzzing night markets
 • Taipei 101 – the former tallest building in the world is still an impressive behemoth of architecture
 • Maokong Gondola – take in panoramic views of the city from the top of Maokong Mountain

When to Go to Taipei

The best time to visit Taipei is from late October to January when the weather is cooler and the sky clear. The rainy season begins in April and latest through early October. It is is also the most humid time of the year with the odd cyclone coming through the city during the summer months.

Articles about Taipei

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