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Taipei is the national capital of Taiwan, representing the largest urban cluster nationwide with nearly seven million people. Taipei serves as the island’s financial, cultural and governmental centre. The city attracts many tourists each year for its mix of old and new, traditional culture of the Chinese, Japanese, Confucianism and introductions of the West.
Taipei was established in the eighteenth century and become an important trading centre for contemporary overseas in the nineteenth century. Taipei officially became a province of Taiwan in 1886 (Qing Dynasty) and was occupied by Japanese troops in 1895 after the Dynasty’s defeat. Republic of China regained the control over the island in 1945 and declared Taipei as the capital of Taiwan in December 1949.
Taipei's official language is Chinese Mandarin. English is not widely spoken.
Taipei's currency uses Taiwan dollar (TWD).
Taipei belongs to the time zone of UTC+8 (01 hour ahead from Vietnam).
Taipei's religion has Buddhism, Chinese religion and Confucianism in majority.
Taipei has a subtropical climate with typical hot and humid characteristics. The best time to book flight tickets to Taipei is autumn, when rainfall is the lowest. The wettest months last from February to April while summer is particularly hot. Winter is pretty cold, sometimes there is snowfall.
Taipei is famed for its high densities of restaurants in the world. Food can be found almost every street and alleys. Some snacks are best tried and found such as Oyster omelet (ô-á-chian), Tianbula (one kind of tempura), stinky tofu (choudoufu), mango ice (mangguobing), pan fried pork busn (shujianbao), Taiwanese sausage (xiangchiang), pearl milk tea, braised soy bean and tea eggs.
Taipei's landmarks are surprisingly beautiful. Some tourist places should not be missed are the National ChiangKai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101, National Theater Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the National Palace Museum, The Grand Hotel, Yehliu Park, Peitou Hot Spring and many more.
Taipei is famed for its nightlife shopping, some markets open until 1 or 2 in the morning, sometimes until 3 or 4 with all kinds of goods and local’s hospitality. The most famous night markets one should visit during his Taipei trip are Shiluna and Raohe.
Taipei has Eva Airways and China Airlines that have operated direct flights for travellers from Vietnam to Taipei. Other major airlines like China Southern Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Qantas Airways also sell transit flight tickets to Taipei.