(image credits to travel.taipei)Besides viewing 508m tall Taipei 101 up close at Taipei 101 station, take one stop further to XiangShan, Exit 2. Walk along the edge of the park, and take a left at the end of the road. Continue the path till you reach the starting point of Xiangshan Hiking Trail. A distance of 650m consist of mainly steps, you ascend uphill and an amazing birds’ eye view of the spectacular skyscraper awaits you. You can try to catch the sunrise or sunset view for a different skyline. After which, make your way back to Taipei 101 mall, where you can find some upmarket shopping, Agnes B cafe and most important to check out theirFood Court! It is definitely one you shouldn’t miss if you’re looking for a cheap yet good meal with variety. Digest your food by venturing into the corner of Xinyi Shopping District or along Songzhi Road with malls like ATT 4 Fun or international brands like Forever 21, GAP or renting a uBike to travel around the heart of city!
Wu Fen Pu (Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area)
Where will be the best shopping with the best bargains in Taipei? Everyone will tell you it is Wufenpu! It is undeniable that it houses a lot of fashion clothing, bags, caps etc. It is really a big area with different segments, some segment are filled with cheap bargains as low as NT100, while some are of better quality and not as much bargains, but still considered reasonable, and some are selling at much higher price which are comparable to outside shopping malls. I don’t deny it has loads of goodies to choose from, but still it all depends if it suits your dressing style.
FengJia Night Market
Taiwan is famous for its night markets and good bargains. Fengjia Night market, Keelung Miaokou Night Market, Jiufen Old Street and Shilin Night Market and Ximendingin Taipei are some of the other popular local style markets spread over Taiwan. Keep your eyes open for a good bargain in clothes, shoes and bags. Look out especially for Made in Taiwan products, you will want to make a trip again only for shopping!
Ningxia Night Market
There are just too many night markets all around Taiwan i could name you but do you know some of the different night markets are distinctive by their unique offerings? For instance, Ningxia Night Market is the market full of FOOD! If you need to satisfy your dinner, this is one of the place to go! Remember to join in the queue for their Yam or Salted Egg Yolk Golden Balls and Oyster Omelette! Or one of the bigger Shilin Night Market that spans around a wide perimeter with FOOD (Seafood fiesta, Herbal Duck Soup, Fried Chicken) & SHOPPING (Clothing, Cap, Bags, Laptop Bags, Handphone Accessories)! Another comparable to Shilin Night Market will be Raohe Night Market, though of smaller scale, but the amount of good food (Pan-fried Pepper Bun) and shopping there should not be missed too!
The Pier-2 Art Centre
When visiting the area, you must visit the Pier 2 Art Centre. An abandoned warehouse, it is now a famous art hub. Interested art lovers can also buy art and art inspired wares to carry back. For the other shoppers, there is the Shinkuchan shopping area which offers great bargains. But then this is only a start.