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Whether you have a month or only a couple of days to spend in Taipei, there are plenty of things to do. Here are our top picks:
1. Shilin Night Market. One of the most famous bazaars in Taiwan, the Shilin Night Market is the place to be as dusk settles. When you smell the stinky tofu, you’ll know you’re close. At this nightly fair of vibrant foods, shopping and socializing, you’ll satisfy both your taste buds and your sense of adventure.
2. National Palace Museum. For the history buff in us all, this national treasure is home to thousands of years' worth of artifacts dating as far back as the 10th century. From Chinese art to underground vaults full of jade, the museum is one of the best in the region. And if you’re really studious, check out the 2-28 Memorial Museum for a closer look at Taiwan’s historic Feb. 28, 1947, massacre that acted as the catalyst toward democracy.
3. Taroko Gorge. Surrounded by forests and mountain peaks, the marbled Taroko Gorge is one of the most picturesque visions in all of Taiwan. From waterfalls to cliffs, hidden temples to hot springs, a stop in this national park is a must for intrepid travelers. Take a one-hour trek on the Shakadang trail to see some of the highlights. It's a great day trip from Taipei.
4. New Bei Tou Hot Springs. Taiwan is famous for its hot springs, scattered throughout the country. Some of the easiest-to-access springs are located at New Bei Tou. Here, you can explore the history museum, which explains how the hot spring culture evolved. Note that it’s no longer acceptable to take a dip au natural.
5. Taipei 101. On a clear day, the world’s second tallest tower possesses the best panorama of Taipei. Standing at 1,671-feet tall and heads above the city’s otherwise modest buildings, the skyscraper is a sign of the city’s ambition and tech-savvy nature. Take the elevator 91 floors up to the observation deck, where you can marvel at the hand-carved coral and peer through floor-to-ceilings windows at the city below.