Taiwan & Taipei Part two
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Taipei does have, of course, a big new showcase that is Taipei 101, as I mentioned currently the tallest building in the world and one that I was really taken with and think it was almost visiting the city for.
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One thing I soon did find out is that it seems that Taiwan and Taipei is not really on the "tourist" circuit, and it is not really geared very much for tourists, and has a surprisingly under developed tourist scene and structures.
Again it took me a while for this to sink in as I am so used to visiting other cities in Asia like Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the like which are very much "on the tourist circuit" and everyone from the hotels, taxi drivers, tour operators and even in stores are used to and ready for tourists.
As an aside, having been educated in a more European based history and the First and Second Wars related to the European battlefields, I have only come to realize the last few years as I have been traveling through more of Asia just how far Japanese influence and territory extended prior to the 2nd World War.
There did seem to be very few western visitors in
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I had also been looking for tours as often when going to a new place I like to, and recommend to others, to go on one of those bus tours where a taped or real guide takes you all round the major attractions and sights in a few hours and helps you grasp the layout of the city and decide where you want to invest the time you have best. I did not really find anything.
At the time I found that strange and so posted on a very helpful site called travbuddy.com where travelers post reviews and such and you can ask for help. I asked and eventually got only one reply from someone from Taiwan saying, there is not a lot to do as a tourist, listing 4 places (National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, Lung-Shan temple and Shi-Ling Night Market), and saying I would love the city and they were pleased I was coming!
In Part 3: My top 10 tips for visitors to Taipei and Taiwan!