28 Reasons To Love Taipei (Taiwan)│ 28個愛上台北的理由

13 Aug
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Taipei 101 at Night

Taipei 101 at Night

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As I am travelling in my hometown Taiwan, I found there are more and more foreigners who are falling in love with the city of Taipei!  The city is growing in its population, cultural diversity, as well as tourists from around the globe. In my opinion, Taipei is one of the most functional cities for human beings to live in, as it’s so convenient to travel from point A to point B with its well developed MRT (subway system) & taxi’s, affordable cost of living, delicious food, low crime rate, as well as the people! You will have to experience it on your own.
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Taipei MRT Map

Taipei MRT Map

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If you are curious to know, please check out this YouTube video to know what I mean by it’s the friendly “people” who bring you warmth that makes Taiwan so special and unique:
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The 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit TAIWAN!! 老外非來台灣不可的5個理由

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In addition, please enjoy reading this re-posted blog from BuzzFeed written by Kevin Tang on some of the reasons why he thinks people would love Taipei! I am sure you will… I visit Taipei every time I am in Taiwan, and it still surprises me!
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28 Reasons To Love Taipei

A toast to Asia’s most laid-back capital city.
BY:  Kevin Tang  |  BuzzFeed Staff

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1. 7-Eleven has everything.

Where else can you pay your college tuition, eat dinner, print Mayday concert tickets, send express mail, and buy a handle of Johnny Walker at 4:30AM?

7-Eleven has everything.

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2. Before every election, the streets look like this:

The perils of democracy and advertising.

Before every election, the streets look like this:

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3. Taipei has the coolest cafes.

Eat it, Seattle. Boomers worry that today’s Taipei kids don’t want to conquer the world — they just want to open cafes with their friends. Coffee shops are basically bars in Taipei. Check out Sugared n Spiced for some choice spots.

Taipei has the coolest cafes.

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4. Eslite Dunnan is the world’s only 24-hour bookstore.

Saturday night people-watching at Eslite Bookstore Dunnan is never a bad way to sober up. Time Magazine named it Asia’s best bookstore in 2004.

* Tommy’s note: there are actually more than just one 24-hour bookstores in Taiwan, but Eslite is for sure the largest bookstore chain in Asia.

Eslite Dunnan is the world's only 24-hour bookstore.

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5. Karaoke is a 24/7 sport too.

A 12-floor palace devoted to karaoke? Sure. Cashbox Partyworld does brisk business on typhoon holidays.

Karaoke is a 24/7 sport too.

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6. Shrimping’s also 24/7.

Possibly the weirdest gastro-sport ever. Time to bust out your jorts and six pack (of delicious Taiwan Beer).

Shrimping's also 24/7.

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7. You won’t recognize 50% of the things sold at your local market.

Is that a crab or a cursed alien slipper? Why is that chicken blue?

You won't recognize 50% of the things sold at your local market.

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8. Beef Noodle Soup is Taipei’s official religion.

Taipei hosts a Beef Noodle Soup Festival every year. Everyone swears a blood oath to their favorite shops. If you don’t like beef noodle soup, you are a disgusting pervert and I don’t want to know you.

Beef Noodle Soup is Taipei's official religion.

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9. Yonghe has the best breakfast.

Sweet soy milk and fried Chinese donuts forever.

Yonghe has the best breakfast.

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10. There’s a great bar called That Fucking Place.

“You have checked in to That Fucking Place on Foursquare.”

There's a great bar called That Fucking Place.

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11. There’s a toilet-themed restaurant.

Please kindly invite your friends to eat shit. Modern Toilet offers enticing fare like “baby’s explosive diarrhea” (actually just green curry) served in mini toilet bowls.

There's a toilet-themed restaurant.

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12. You can also dine at prisonBarbie, and hospital-themed restaurants.

Keep Taipei weird, yall.

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13. Yongkang Street is a great place to get your Asian retro-chic on.

Antiquing central. And James’ Kitchen’s arguably the best Taiwanese restaurant in town.

Yongkang Street is a great place to get your Asian retro-chic on.

Via Kevin TS Tang and cebusmile.com
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14. Zhongxiao has all the modernity you can want.

Zhongxiao has all the modernity you can want.

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15. Taipei is the Chinese pop/indie music capital.

From C-pop megastars to symphonic metalhip-hoppost-rock and folk singer-songwriters, Taipei exports the best Mandarin pop music in the world. You’ll also catch bands like Neutral Milk Hotel at surprisingly small venues (The Wall and Legacy). For schedules, check GigGuide Taiwan.

Taipei is the Chinese pop/indie music capital.

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16. There’s always some design or music festival.

FormozSimple Life, Huashan, Hohaiyan beach festival. Tizzy Bac speaking their minds.

There's always some design or music festival.

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17. The clubbing scene’s no slouch either.

Decidedly less douchey than clubbing in many other big cities. Every year there’s a new club du jour, but Luxy was your first fake-ID love.

The clubbing scene's no slouch either.

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18. There’s a whole street devoted to wedding photographers.

Chungshan North Road Section 2. I have never seen this in any other city. Keep. Taipei. Weird.

There's a whole street devoted to wedding photographers.

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19. Yangmingshan National Park is a bus ride away.

On the rare occasion the sun’s out, you can take day-hikes on a whim.

Yangmingshan National Park is a bus ride away.

Via Kevin TS Tang
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20. Ximending is cosplayers and otakus galore.

Get your gothic loli on.

Ximending is cosplayers and otakus galore.

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21. The garbage trucks sing to you.

 
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22. If you piss off the students, you WILL hear from them.

Flawed democracy is still democracy. Read.

If you piss off the students, you WILL hear from them.

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23. GuangHua is basically a Tatooine junkyard of electronic bargains.

Brave the clouds of nerd-sweat at GuangHua for a steal on a new computer. Bring your haggling A-game. (Also, RIP old GuangHua).

GuangHua is basically a Tatooine junkyard of electronic bargains.

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24. Nightmarkets. All of them.

Imagine hundreds of street food carts and pop-up stores crammed in 10 city blocks. Everyone goes to Shilin, but Shida has the coolest stuff. Too bad the government’s scaling it down.

Nightmarkets. All of them.

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25. Beitou has great hot spring spas.

The northern suburbs appeal to the geriatric in us all.

Beitou has great hot spring spas.

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26. Sick of the rainy north? You can get to Kenting Beach in 4 hours…

Sick of the rainy north? You can get to Kenting Beach in 4 hours...

…On a Cartoon Network-themed bullet train.

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27. Taipei 101 has the best New Year’s fireworks.

Camping out at a park near Taipei 101 with your friends, drinking 7-Eleven whiskey, watching fireworks, then seeing the flag-raising ceremony at sunrise at the Presidential Palace = best way to start a year.

28 Reasons To Love Taipei

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28. F O O D

Food is good. I like food. Everyone and their mothers’ dogs has a food blog in Taipei. A Hungry Girl’s Guide To Taipei is a good place to start. Anthony Bourdain agrees.

* Tommy’s note: YES, food food food! From street vendors, cafes, restaurants to night markets, you can eat non-stop all day long! The world famous restaurant Din Tai Fung (Dumpling House that is picked by CNN Travel as the #2 Best Golden Chains for travelers) and your favorite Bubble Tea drink are all originated from Taiwan!

F O O D

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One Response to “28 Reasons To Love Taipei (Taiwan)│ 28個愛上台北的理由”

  1. John August 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM #

    Can I get the high res image of tapei with the❤ taipei text? I love it!!

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