During my recent travels in Taiwan I spent about one week in Taipei. Before researching the trip I imagined that Taipei was another large, ugly Asian city. There are, truth be told, a lot of these – for example, while Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok are endlessly fascinating no one would call them beautiful. As I read up on Taipei though I learned about the large number of nature areas in the city (including a big national park), endless cultural attractions, a world class zoo and lots of promising markets.
My growing impression that Taipei (and the rest of Taiwan) had much more to offer than I expected was the major reason I decided to travel there this fall instead of returning to Nepal, and the trip easily exceeded my expectations. Far from being an ugly Asian city, Taipei was quite clean and well organized and you could easily spend a week or two doing nothing but hiking in Yang Ming Shan National Park and the city’s many other nature preserves. I shared photos from my first day in Taipei in this post. Here are the best photos from the remainder of my time in the city.