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Taipei – Promising a Memorable Holiday!

There are some wonderful places in Taipei that make it a popular tourist destination. Being the capital city of Republic of China (ROC), Taipei receives thousands of tourists every year.  Taipei’s scenic spots, historical buildings, architectural splendour and numerous shopping options make it an ideal holiday destination.

Accommodation Options
Taipei buzzes with a variety of accommodation options. From luxury hotels to youth hostelsguesthouses, from rented apartments to bed and breakfast lodgings, Taipei has all. Budget travellers can look for a comfortable stay in budget hotels, youth hostels, etc.

History of Taipei
Prior to eighteenth century, the region of Taipei basin was home to Ketagalan tribes. In 1886, Taipei was declared as the provincial capital of Taiwan, which was proclaimed a province of China. Taipei became the official capital of Taiwan much later in 1894. The city clinched the status of a province on July 1, 1967.

Popular Places and Attractions
The Presidential Office Building located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei is a must see place. A classic example of traditional Taipei architecture, this building has been the executive branch of government of Taiwan since 1950. National Chian Kai-shek Memorial Hall is another interesting place bordered by a wonderful park and a square that houses National Theatre and the National Concert Hall.

The National Palace Museum, a favorite place of many, houses a huge number of artefacts and owns compilations of Chinese relics. There are more than 700,000 items available for the tourists and locals to see and enjoy. Located in the south-west region of Taipei, Botanical Gardens are a perfect place to enjoy and relax with family. Other exciting places worth a visit in Taipei are Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Martyr’s Shrine, Chungsham Building, Lugshan Temple, etc. Taipei 101, world’s tallest building, is a joy to watch.

Getting Around in Taipei
Taipei Metro, also known as MRT, is said to be one of the best public transport system in the world. Taipei is connected with the west coast cities through the system of Taiwan High Speed Rail. Consult a travel guide for practical advice and valuable tips.

Places of Entertainment
The dazzling night markets of Taipei are a perfect source of entertainment for the tourists. The most popular night market in Taipei is the Shilin Night Market. Ximending also promises great shopping venues and loads of entertainment. For water and boating sports, one can head to Bitan. The nightclubs and discos in Taipei play rocking music and make evenings more fun and ecstatic.

Currency
The New Taiwan Dollar denoted as NT$ is the currency used in Taipei. Do go through the latest news before stepping into a currency exchange centre.

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