A local’s guide to Taipei, Taiwan

May 5, 2017

Nelson Low, general manager
 of Singapore Airlines’ Taipei office, highlights the Taiwanese capital’s draws, from night markets to national parks.

Top of Taiwan

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Taipei 101 offers 360-degree views of the city. Aside from visiting the observatory on the 89th floor, head to Starbucks on Level 35. Inside, sip coffee while admiring the city’s breathtaking landscape.

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Strawberry fields

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Taiwan is rich in agriculture and the vicinity of Yangmingshan National Park, a 50-minute drive north of Taipei, has tangerine and strawberry farms you can visit. If time permits, Taroko National Park (above), almost three hours south of the city by car, is also a refreshing experience.

After dark

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A walk through Taipei’s bazaars is a great way to experience the city’s vibe. They include the night markets in Shilin (above), Raohe Street and Liaoning Street (Zhongshan District). Each offers local dishes, such as vermicelli with pig intestines, accessories and apparel, and most run beyond midnight
 on weekends. Karaoke is another favourite Taiwanese pastime. The karaoke joints are affordable and serve food and beverages.

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