Welcome to Taipei

Located 100 miles off the coast of China, the Taiwanese capital of Taipei is a city of extremes. Both chaotic and comfortable, it harbours age-old traditions while fuelling cutting-edge ideas from culture to computing.

Distinctly Taiwanese at its core, the influence of Japan and China is palpable. The small, winding streets of Ximen with its neon-lit shops are thanks to the Japanese legacy, as are the many traditional hot springs of the city's north. The Republic of China took over the island after World War II, and the influx of mainland Chinese has seen rapid development of glittering high rises and hotels, such as in the eastern Xinyi district.

Once an overcrowded, polluted city, when business thrived they started a process of regeneration, which has revolutionised the image and vibe. They have maintained a delicate balance between natural wonder and cosmopolitan Asia. The bustling metropolis beckons vistors and expats alike, yet weary city slickers need only travel 45 minutes in any direction to be transported to idyllic hamlets. Situated in a valley, Taipei is surrounded by the majestic Yangming mountain in the north - home to the wealthy - and the lush tea plantations in the south.

From world class restaurants to rickety street carts of daring and delicious snacks, or high-fashion department stores to urban box shops crammed with homegrown designs, Taipei is a renaissance city with a Taiwanese spirit all of its own.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in China:
  • Inhabitants in Taipei:
  • Official language
  • Currency
    Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
  • Time zone
    UTC +8 hours
  • Emergency number
    Emergency - 119, Police - 110
  • Constitution
  • Country phone code
  • Country code
  • Local transportation
    Subway, Taxi, bus, bicycle. Taxi and public transportation might be non-user friendly for the non-Chinese speaker.