I found Taipei to be a bustling and culturally unique city. It retains much of its older traditions and ways of life while still offering most conveniences of modern life. The subway system crisscrosses the city and allows for ease of transport, and main thoroughfares are filled with lines of motorbikes, taxis, and cars. However, you can find little alleyways right off the main streets, filled with street vendors, and people's homes.
|This photo is a view of the city from 26th floors up: alive with lights! I like this view because it contains a more human scale than the perspective from a major skyscraper like Taipei 101.|
|This is the Shilin Night Market, one of the most famous and "touristy" night markets.|
|One of the lesser crowded alleys in Shilin. You can see the major crowds up ahead.|
|At the Shilin Market, this vendor sells pan fried pork buns - one of the great street foods you can find in Taiwan. Juicy minced pork is wrapped inside a chewy dough bun, which is then fried to a crispy texture.|
Besides night markets, there are also upscale malls and shopping districts which maintain a lively presence.
|This is a fancy mall right beneath Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in Taiwan (and was tallest building in the world for a number of years).|