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Discovering Taipei: A Safe and Savorous Adventure

 

A woman standing in front of an asian food cart.
Taipei Photos by Angela Fairhurst

In the vibrant heart of Taipei, I embarked on an unforgettable journey that unfolded like a meticulously crafted symphony of sights, sounds, and flavors.

A sculpture of two circles in the middle of a park.
Zhongzheng District

From the moment I set foot in the Zhongzheng District, the city’s pulse surged through me, igniting a sense of wonder and excitement that would shape my every step.

A busy street with people walking and shopping.

Exploring Taipei’s eclectic neighborhoods was like embarking on a treasure hunt, each alleyway revealing hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

A group of people sitting around in front of a building.
Lungshan Temple

The Lungshan Temple, the oldest temple in Taipei, in the Wanhua district, was first established in 1738. Originally intended to serve the locally based settlers that had moved to the area from the province of Fujian, visitors now flood the Buddhist temple where the scent of incenses mingle with the soft murmur of prayers. Its intricate architecture, adorned with ornate carvings and delicate sculptures, speak volumes about Taipei’s rich cultural heritage and deep-rooted spiritual traditions.

A group of people walking down the street.

The night markets of Taipei beckoned with their kaleidoscope of colors and aromas, each stall offering a tantalizing glimpse into Taiwan’s culinary heritage. From the sizzle of skewers on the grill to the fragrant steam rising from bowls of beef noodle soup and Taiwanese Pepper Buns, every corner was a culinary adventure waiting to unfold.

A woman standing in front of an asian restaurant.
Angela at at Xing Fu Tang Flagship store

And then there were the culinary adventures that were unforgettable-the infamous queues at Xing Fu Tang Flagship store in the Wanhua District for its popular Brown Sugar Boba drink and Ay-Chung’s legendary Ramen. Each swallow a revelation of flavor and texture and worth every minute spent waiting in line.

A person holding a bowl of noodles and meat.
Ay-Chung’s legendary Ramen

The most well-known night market is in the Shinlin District. I found myself lost in the maze of bustling night market stalls. The vibrant energy of Shilin Night Market pulsed through the streets, drawing me in with its endless array of vendors selling everything from trendy fashion finds, trinkets, savory street snacks, and sweet treats. Amidst the throngs of people, I sampled local delicacies like stinky tofu, scallion pancakes, each bite a symphony of flavors that danced on my taste buds and bought inexpensive gifts and clothes.

A crowd of people walking down the street at night.
Shinlin Night Market

No visit to Taipei would be complete without marveling at the iconic Taipei 101, its towering silhouette dominating the skyline like a modern-day colossus. Granted, it’s filled with all the same high-end stores found everywhere, but ascending its dizzying heights, I was rewarded with a panoramic view that stretched to the horizon-a patchwork quilt of lights that danced in the night.

A tall building with a large sky background
Taipei 101

But beyond the sights and flavors, it was the genuine curiosity, the shared passion for life’s simple pleasures and the safety I felt among the strangers exploring the treasures of the town that left an indelible impression.

A market with many different types of food.

As I bid farewell to Taipei, my heart was heavy with the weight of memories that would stay with me forever. For in this city of endless surprises and hidden gems, I had found not just a destination, but a place where the past and the present converged in a timeless embrace, and where every colorful street corner held the promise of a new adventure.

 

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