Taipei City, Taiwan travel tips

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Check out the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the first museum of modern art in Taiwan.

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Art and history lovers must visit the National Palace Museum, considered a major repository of Chinese art and culture.

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One of the best places to stay in the city is Le Meridien Taipei.

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Take in a performance at Taipei Eye, where you may find traditional opera or puppet theater.

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Although it can become rather crowded on the weekends, you don't wan to miss Sanhsia Old Street, one of the most well-preserved historic districts in Taipei.

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One of the most popular destinations in Taipei is the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, which is dedicated to those who died for Taiwan in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War.

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If you're traveling with children, be sure to visit the Taipei Zoo, Asia's largest zoo.

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For a lovely walk or bicycle ride, follow the Dan Shui Riverside Cycle path. The scenery is exotic and beautiful, and the path leads to a mangrove swamp.

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The oldest and most well-known temple in Taipei is the Longshan Temple, which was built in 1738.

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It you feel a little adventurous, visit "Snake Alley," or Hua Xi St, where you'll find snake blood drinks, dishes made from snakes, and snake performances.

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For tasty and affordable meals, eat from street vendors, and be sure to try the local specialty, oyster omelettes.

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For more traditional souvenirs, be sure to try the Chinese handicraft market on Syujhou Road.

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Opportunities for shopping abound in Taipei. But if you're looking for a bargain or a more authentic Taiwan experience, try the night markets.

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If the city gets to be a bit much for you, head to Daan Forest Park, filled with flowers and bamboo trees and guaranteed to relax you.

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For a serene, spectacular taste of Taipei, take a glass-bottomed gondola to the top of the mountain, where you'll be rewarded with stunning views. Tea shops and food stalls await you at the top.

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For a bit of twentieth century history, visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

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