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Taiwan: A Different Sort of China

Published: 4.2.2019
Taiwan is a relatively small island on the southeast coast of China. In spite of its turbulent history, when the island fought Japan and China, the status of Taiwan is not yet clear. The People's Republic of China (PRC) considers it to be a failed province. Taiwan itself is called the Republic of China and keeps its distance from the Communist PRC, but it claims to be part of it, despite the fact that it has never gained its territory.

Taiwan is roughly half the Czech Republic, but there is a double population. Mostly only on the west side of the island. The eastern side is made up of beautiful mountains and national parks, which we will also visit. Now, let's take a look at the capital of Taiwan, Taipei.

Taipei is a busy city

Taipei is a busy and vibrant city where you will definitely not be bored. Taipei 101 is the main landmark in the city to which you can get by subway. But be prepared to push with other tourists here. If you want to make a nice photo with this skyscraper, take one stop further, at Xiangshan Station (yellow line).

A short walk will take you to the Elephant Mountain. Output is more demanding, many stairs are waiting for you. Either you can just make a beautiful photo with Taipei 101 as if on your palm, or you can go on hiking trails. This place is sure to visit even in the evenings, when there is a magnificent view of the illuminated city.

the vista from Elephant Mountain over the city

Taipei 101 skyscraper is the safest building on the island. It was specially designed to withstand frequent earthquakes and typhoons. From the top of the skyscraper you can look at the city and surroundings, but because the countryside is not very interesting, rather spend money at the stands that offer endless variety of local delicacies. Taipei is famous for its night markets.

Taipei at night from Elephant Mountain

Follow the red subway line to CKS Memorial Hall. It is a memorial that was built as a reminder to General Chiang Kai-shek. He stood at the birth of the Republic of China. In the area you will find Freedom Square, where the already mentioned monument is located, where you can watch guarding every hour. You will also find the National Theater, National Concert Hall and relax in the adjacent park.

the entrance gate to the memorial   CKS Memorial Hall

honor guard at the memorial   the national theater

There are plenty of temples that are mostly in the concrete buildings of a modern city. Still, on the outskirts of the city, you can dive into a completely different world, in a mangrove reservation that shelters many species of animals and plants.

mangroov reserve does not hold much water in summer either

Taipei is a modern city with everything. The renowned nightlife, lots of shops, capsular hotels and friendly residents are the main reasons why the city is so popular. And if you want to go out into nature, just sit down on the bus and in a few dozen minutes you go for example in the Yangmingshan National Park. So do not hesitate to go to a land where greenery is green and the sea is blue and where there is not yet mass tourism.

night markets are very well known and popular activity   you can try here whatever you can dream of

na kapslové hotely zde narazíte na každém kroku

GPS: 25°01'59.6"N 121°34'12.9"E

Text and photos: Jana Hejlová

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