Taipei has been the capital of Taiwan (or Republic of China) since 1949. This huge megapolis is located in the northern part of the island. It’s the largest city of the country and one of the most densely populated urban area in the world. Tainan, in the south, also used to be Taiwan’s capital.
Travelers to Asia have been neglecting Taipei for the past four decades because of many misconceptions like:
- it’s only a big, polluted, industrial city,
- it’s too dangerous (China might attack),
- there is no good sightseeing in town,
- Beijing and Shanghai are much better cities.
I don’t actually live in Taipei (I’m in Taichung, central Taiwan) but I’ve had the chance to spend a lot of time sightseeing Taiwan’s capital and I can guarantee that these misbeliefs couldn’t be further from the truth.
Don’t believe me? Let me convince you… Check out The Taipei Way, where you can see 30 pictures of the capital.
Here are some facts about the capital of Taiwan:
Estimated population of Taipei: 2.6 million.
Population density: 9649 people / sq km
The city covers an area of 271 sq km.
City mayor: Hau Lung-bin (KMT)
Taipei’s area code: (02)
10 Most Popular Attractions in Taipei
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Yangmingshan Hot Springs
Taipei Travel – The Temples: The capital is littered with religious buildings, colorful shrines and places of pilgrimage.
5 Favorite Taipei Museums:
Museum of Water
228 Memorial Museum
Su Ho Paper Museum
National Taiwan Museum
Visit Museums in Taipei City: Visit the top museums around the capital now! Colorful pictures, maps, and more…
The city is divided into twelve districts:
Chungcheng Dist. (Zhongzheng)
Ta-an District (Daan)
Chungshan Dist. (Zhongshan)
Wen-shan District (Wenshan)
Nan-kang District (Nangang)
Nei-hu District (Neihu)
Wan-hua District (Wanhua)
Ta-tung District (Datong)
Pei-tou District (Beitou)
Sungshan Dist. (Songshan)
Shih-lin District (Shilin)
Hsin-yi District (Xinyi)
You might also want to have a look at:
Taichung: Located in the central part of the island, it’s the country’s third largest city, nice art museum, lots of green parks, temples, hiking, international restaurants, good weather…
Kaohsiung: Taiwan’s second biggest city, located in the southern part of the island, enough attractions to keep you busy for a week, beautiful beaches close by, very hot and humid weather, best shopping after Taipei…
Note: Taipei is often misspelled Taipai, Teipei and Tapei.
More Taipei Information:
- Cheap Hostels– Find budget accommodation in Taiwan’s capital.
- Facts About Taipei – More information about the city.
- Temples – Taipei is a city of temples, gods and festivals. Check out the best shrines in town.
- Museums and Memorials – Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Fine Arts Museum and so many more…
- Taipei Restaurants – Where to eat in Taiwan’s capital.