We, at Jetset Times, have agreed on several occasions regarding how difficult it is to write about our own cities. Simply because it’s just too darn personal. Although I call many cities “mine” (salut Paris,) my roots and traditions will always stem from Taipei which is carried with boundless pride. After all, not only was I born in this fast-paced capital, I’ve also collected sweet memories of growing up here until 10 years old.
A fellow traveler arrived in the capital of Taiwan from India last week and said, “I don’t know why anyone in Taipei would ever want to leave this city. There’s everything here.” And it’s true. My hometown has been floating under the radar for too many years. Right now is Taipei’s moment defined by the expansion of MRT (Taipei Metro), Taiwan-based EVA Air’s entrance to Star Alliance, and the iconic architectural wonder of Taipei 101 which held the torch of world’s tallest building for many years until Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was completed in 2010.
Situated between China and Japan, Taiwan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world but since 1971, it hasn’t been a member of the United Nations. Despite rocky political climate against China, Taiwan boasts some of the quirkiest cultural anecdotes including: news broadcasts displaying more YouTube videos than any Google search results or the amazing things you can do at a local 7-Eleven spans from getting your dry cleaning done to renewing a driver’s license.
Taipei is located in the north of Taiwan and proudly serves as the nation’s capital. As you’ll see, there’s much to discover on this beautiful island, from soaking in the hot springs to devouring the best soup dumplings in the world (literally!) Start the slideshow, and welcome to Taiwan!