Taipei, a journey to the future
Taiwan's capital city charms with a lust for life in a modern setting, devised by innovative architects and shaped by the volcanos' natural wonders.
Taipei keeps evolving. One projects after the other, the metropolis inspires the best out of most major architects, with spectacular sites like Rem Koolhaas' concert venues, and Vincent Callebaut's twisted and green tower, the Agora Garden. Although at the cutting edge of all technologies, the city has retained its traditions. At the close of day, as the bustle gradually gives way to a more relaxed and easy-going atmosphere, it is a pleasure to wander around the alleyways leading to old markets, and discover historical neighbourhoods away from the city's uproar.
As a fertile ground of culinary experimentation for starred chefs and sophisticated food lovers, Taipei has witnessed the burgeoning and explosion of street food into a mass phenomenon, way before it took over the other big cities on the planet. You will discover the true origins of street food, prepared on unstable stands by modest but proud servants of a solid culinary heritage.
The city also stands out thanks to its intense and unfettered cultural life, giving free rein to all kinds of creative art. From live performances to fine arts, the young local art scene is blooming with unprecedented dynamism. Artists from all over Asia – some from even further away – make the trip to get a better sense of this open air gallery. In order to really grasp the complexity of this fascinating city, visit the numerous green spaces in the area, exceptional natural gems. Preserved parks and hot springs will lure you into a spiritual and sensory getaway. The island of Taiwan is full of immaculate sites, deserted beaches, thick tropical forests filled with various species. An hour by train or car is enough to take you to the heart of sensational panoramas to enjoy wild landscapes and live a few privileged moments, away from everything.
Between profuse architecture and preserved nature, welcome to Taipei!