A long weekend, or a semester break, always calls for a family or friend’s trip. Among the various appealing destinations, Taiwan is one unexpected, uncharted haven loaded with street food, creative activities, legendary memorials, cultural elements as well as natural wonders.
Taipei is a vivacious capital that gave no worries to navigate around even on the first visit – thanks to the efficient Metro Taipei that connects all the city corners together. Start with a visit to one of Taipei’s landmarks, Taipei 101, and take a ride up to the observation deck for the astounding city views. The revered and resplendent Longshan Temple is another top-notch landmark. Enshrined in the splendid Chinese traditional temple are statues of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian deities, as well as delicately carved sculptures and woodcrafts.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is not only a monument with historical significance, but also a popular gathering area both for locals and visitors. The octagonal main hall houses a large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek, and the square in front with nearby garden allows people to spend time watching the world go by as well as the spectacular hourly changing of the guards.
Another family-oriented public community area is Huashan Creative Park. This former wine factory was restored to become the current retro-chic venue which hosts live music performances, innovative shops, stylish cafés and art exhibitions – your children will definitely be kept entertained here all day.
And last, but not least, the globally-renowned Taiwanese night markets like Shilin Night Market and Ximending Night Market will take your whole family on an exploration of local life through their vibrant streets lined with never-ending varieties of traditional snacks and delicacies, crafts and locally-made products.
This is just a brief glance at coming-of-age Taipei. There are many more places and activities that you family will adore. The island is there, just waiting for your discovery.
Stay tuned with lifestyleandtravel.com for an exploration all around Taipei soon!
Text and photos by Goongging Thanisara