Impressions of Taipei
I recently had the chance to stopover in Taipei on my first trip to Eastern Asia. What I found was an energetic metropolis firmly rooted in traditional culture while still embracing modernity with a global sensibility.
While I know the language of Christian churches and have more recently explored Turkish mosques, Taiwan gave me the first opportunity to visit Taoist and Confucius Temples. I was surprised not only by the abundance of temples and shrines but by the elaborate detail of the art and shear scale of the decoration in each.
Taipei also has grand parks and civic monuments which give the city its relaxing open spaces.
Taipei shopping ranged from hipster craft markets to incredible food carts to international luxury brand flagship stores that rivaled Las Vegas in scale.
Most importantly in a city of 2.6 million people, Taipei is filled with memorable corners and fantastic moments.