With over 2.6 million people, Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan. Far from the usual Asian megacity, Taipei is a slow-paced capital and probably one of the less populated of Asia. Not primarily known for being an architecture jewel nor a top travel destination, Taipei’s history is quite complex with early Western influences and late Asian ones. In a city that is no older than 300-year-old, recent occupations of Chinese and Japanese have led to a blend of an old communist architecture and modern neon sign streets.
Sightseeing and the cultural scene are quite limited to a few non-outstanding spots. Some nearby cities can be explored on a day trip such as Jiufen.
The real deal of Taipei is the richness of its food heritage and food culture. With numerous night markets spread across the city (Shilin, Raohe, Ximending, Shida or Ningxia), Taipei stands out as the food capital of Asia. Food places are literally popping at any street corner with delicious food specials such as the beef noodle soup, the daikon pancake, the spicy hot pot, the pork pepper bun, the braised pork rice, the fried chicken or the oyster noodles). With the introduction of tapioca pearls by Liu Han-Chieh back in 1983, Taiwan’ new fad was to add tapioca pearls into cold infused tea. After the tea and flavour got shaken, tapioca pearls were topped leading to what is today known as The Bubble Tea.