Taipei is the capital city and a special municipality of the Republic of China. The city took some time shedding its 300-year-old cover and leap towards modernity and transform into a comfortable, dynamic and liveable city. One can see drastic Japanese, Chinese and Western influences on the culture, art, architecture and food of Taipei, turning it into a multicultural hub. Today, Taipei is the political, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Taiwan and one of the major hubs of the Chinese-speaking world. It is considered to be a global city with high-tech industrial areas, railways, high-speed rail, highways, airports, and bus lines. The best way to take in the most of a city, one can consider some of the best tours in Taipei, which include a tour to the top of Taipei 101, a 101-floor landmark skyscraper and one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and a tour of the National Palace Museum which is a vast art gallery and museum built around a permanent collection centered on ancient Chinese artifacts.
For the ones looking for a rejuvenating experience, one can take a tour to the tea fields of Maokong or take a safari through Yangmingshan National Park famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulphur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes, and hiking trails, including Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano, Seven Star Mountain. For a peaceful and meditative experience, a tour to the beautiful and colourful Dalongdong Baoan Temple which is a wooden temple with several shrines to discover, parks, ponds and fountains is a must. Another thing to look forward to in the city is the food, which is at the heart of the Taiwanese culture offering delicacies ranging from stinky tofu" and "pearl milk tea" to fried crickets and chicken testicles. Taipei’s true beauty lies in the hidden corners of the city, waiting for it to be explored and visiting this multicultural hub is a once in a lifetime experience.