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For many years Shanghai was the first port of call for those that wanted a true taste of Chinese culture in a modern city. But in recent years Taipei has emerged as a popular tourist destination for those wishing to visit Asia. With its rich Chinese heritage and an ultra-modern standard of living, Taipei should be top of your list of Asian cities to visit and here’s why.
While the winter months in Shanghai can get quite chilly, and sometimes drop below freezing, winter in Taipei isn’t too bad at all. The temperatures rarely drop below 16°C which is pretty balmy in comparison. Chances are you won’t need gloves on your trip to Taipei.
Taiwan’s Lantern Festival is known the world over as one of the greatest and most fun festivals of light in Asia. Floats line the streets, with many local companies trying their best to outdo their business rivals with the most outlandish floats and lanterns of the year.
Of course many other countries have night markets and bazaars but in Taiwan and Taipei in particular, the night market is a way of life. No area is without one, and there are many to choose from throughout the city. They are a great place to find some incredible bargains and delicious food which brings us to our next point.
Taiwanese is a paradise for street food lovers. There are stalls throughout the city’s many night markets and seemingly on every street corner. From fried chicken to delicious waffle-like sweets on sticks, in Taipei, there’s something for everyone.
Taiwanese people are famed for their welcoming nature, and in Taipei, the locals will go out of their way to help out their foreign visitors. Stop and ask for directions on the street and within moments you’ll have a team of local helpers eager to get you to your destination making it one of the best cities to visit in Asia.