The city of Taipei (台北市 Táiběi Shi, literally “Northern Taiwan City”) is the island capital of Taiwan. Taipei is the political, economic, educational and cultural centre of Taiwan and one of the main hubs of the Chinese-speaking world. Taipei is a modern cosmopolitan city with large high-tech industrial areas. The well-developed infrastructure with subways, railways, high-speed trains, spacious freeways, airports and bus routes connect Taipei perfectly with all parts of the island.
Residents & city life
An estimated 2,700,000 people live in the heart of the city. The metropolitan region of Taipei-Keelung, with the newly incorporated region of “New Taipei”, even has 8.5 million inhabitants. This makes it one of the most populated urban areas in the world. About one-third of Taiwanese residents live in the metropolitan area of Taipei. The name “Taipei” can refer to either the entire metropolitan region or the city centre itself. Despite the very urbanized area and the very high population density, the metropolis has clean air and environmental problems are solved very progressively in the city.
Parks & Museums
The Maokong Recreational Area (猫 空 Māokōng, literally: “Cat’s Sky”) is located in the Wenshan District of Taipei. The area was once the largest tea growing area of northern Taiwan. There are many intertwined trails that were once used to transport the tea – today, they are expanded for hiking. Even today, it is still a popular place to discover and enjoy the ancient tea culture. In addition, the view of the city centre is breath-taking. In Maokong, they still produce tea today, especially the esteemed Tieguanyin tea (铁 观音 tiěguānyīn). Many restaurants here offer good teas as well as excellent food. A combination of traditional tea culture, food and landscape are the main reasons why the area has become a popular tourist destination.
The Maokong cable car was put into operation on July 4, 2007, and offers a sweat-free and nice way to get up the Maokong Mountain. The cable car is located next to Zoo of Taipei (動物園 立 動物園 Táiběishìlìdòngwùyuán), which is also worth a visit. The zoo sometimes referred to as the “Muzha Zoo”, is Taiwan’s most famous zoological garden and a prime example of animal conservation and zoological research and education. With a total area of 165 hectares, it is one of the largest zoos in Asia.