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  • Taipei is the Yin and Yang of cities.

  • Where new meets old.

  • meets old.

  • Modern, high built living apartments

  • and sustainable towers

  • stand next to smoky temples and old grid covered apartments

  • which were built in the 70s.

  • It´s beauty is born from a blend of chinese , japanese, southeast asian and american influences,

  • seen from its architecture, cuisine and courtesy of its people.

  • Depending on where you start you can reach within 40min georgeous waterfalls, tea plantation hills

  • phenomenal lake views , mountain ranges with ocean views

  • or sand sculptures and beaches to chill out.

  • Arriving in Taipei is special.

  • You can literally land in the city.

  • The Planes fly close to buildings, strive temples

  • and fly over your headbefore touch down safely.

  • Located within Taipei city limits, Songshan airport is a medium-sized airport

  • Taoyuan International AirPort located about 40km west of the City is Taiwans largest and

  • busiest airport.

  • Getting into town is easy.

  • The airport mrt is currently the fastest way.

  • In just 35minutes you reach Taipei city Centre.

  • Taiwan has over 23.7 million people and is very densely populated, at about 650 per square

  • kilometer it has more people than the Netherlands which is the most densely populated country

  • in Europe in a smaller area.

  • It is more densely populated than any US state.

  • The metropolitan City of Taipei has a total population of 7.8 mio. people - 2.6 mio live in the city center.

  • Furthermore Taiwan has the highest scooter density in the world by far

  • With 15 mio registered scooters statistically each adult own one scooter.

  • There is an excellent scooter infrastructure.

  • Parking spots are plentiful and marked, and everyone find its own way to deal with it

  • the roads and intersection design have accounted for scooters - like nowhere else in the world.

  • Having a scooter the pole position is guaranteed in front of every traffic light.

  • Street cleaning, park tickets or police patrol - all done by scooters.

  • My personal concern in this matter are unhealthy noise pollution and exhaust gases which are

  • caused by internal combustion engines.

  • China for example prohibited all those oil powered motorbikes.

  • Since 2015 only electric scooters are allowed.

  • But Taiwan is on their way..

  • Gogoro is reinventing urban transportation with an ecosystem of sustainable energy solution.

  • The Network manages over 200,000 battery swaps a day at more than 1700 GoStations® in Taiwan,

  • locate across convenience stores, supermarkets and parking lots, they are always on your way.

  • The company released its 3rd generation battery.

  • Enjoy longer riding distance of up to 170 km with every swap.

  • This place is warm all year around.

  • And it rains a lot.

  • Taipei has a Monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate.

  • Summers are hot and humid with typhoons and thunderstorm, while winters are short,

  • foggy and also warm.

  • Basically you can say, doesn't matter what kind of weather, rainy, sunny, just cloudy

  • here its all about having an umbrella.

  • Always.

  • For everything!

  • Out of 191 countries Taiwan was ranked as the 17th richest country in the world by Global

  • Finance Magazine based on per capita income and adjusted for purchasing power.

  • Taipei,is known for its large number and variety of shopping streets, markets and malls

  • and has been known to tourists as one of the main "shopping city" in Eastern Asia along

  • with Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore- malls like the breeze complex, tapes 101 or Sogo

  • offering everything you need.

  • And way more.

  • An avarage monthly net salary after tax is around 1300 US dollar.

  • Basic incomes starts at 800 US dollar Renting an apartment is quite expensive

  • in relation to the income.

  • Spending around $400-550 is pretty average for a basic 10-15 Square Meter room in a shared

  • apartment in Taipei City Center.

  • It is possible to find cheaper places, but these tend to be outside the city.

  • An apartment at the DNA-shaped, carbon-eating Tao Zhu Yin Yuan residential

  • complex has a prize of 66 million US Dollar making it the most expensive housing in Taipei

  • How safe is it to live or travel in Taipei?

  • Hands down, Taipei is one of the safest cities in all over the world with one of the lowest

  • crime index rates.

  • The people except the rules, braking them is a no go.

  • Situated in the urban center, Da'an Forest Park is a highlight.

  • You can find here a huge variety of animals and plants.

  • Taiwanese love Acitivties.

  • Old or young - the people know - Movement keeps you healthy.

  • And they also love food.

  • A perfect combination of that you can find daily at Taipei's night markets.

  • They are world famous.

  • My personal favorite are Dumplings.

  • They come with different fillings - from mushroom truffle to shrimps - there is something for

  • every taste.

  • Tea comes in most restaurants for free.

  • For all fish lovers - Taipei fish market is the way to go.

  • Like a gigantic Bamboo . Taipei 101 is impossible to miss.

  • With 508m this tower was worlds tallest building from 2004 till 2010.

  • The ultra high speed elevator is able to run at a speed of 60 kilometer per hour.

  • It lift you up in 37 seconds to the top.

  • Until today it is the third fastest elevator worldwide after the Shanghai Tower and finance

  • center in Guangzhou, China.

  • This building has also the world's largest and heaviest wind damper.

  • It reduces the building's movement by up to 40 percent during strong wind and earthquakes.

  • Best views on Taipei 101 you can get from Elephant Mountain.

  • It is a popular spot for locals to exercise and tourists for hike.

  • If you're in a good shape you can do this steep hike in 15-20minutes.

  • Enjoying sunset here - is simply marvelous!

  • The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a famous national monument, landmark and

  • tourist attraction, surrounded by a park, flanked on the north and south by the National

  • Theater and National Concert Hall.

  • A wonderful plaza to spend time and relax.

  • When it comes down to the transport system There is to mention within the city a car is basically no needed.

  • Except you want to show off a bit

  • Public transport is safe, clean, cheap and easy to use.

  • I recommend to buy an Easy Card.

  • It can be used on the MRT, buses, taxis, for renting you-bikes or convenient shops

  • paying by a simple touch.

  • Exploring the city by bike is a lovely and my favorite way.

  • Most MRT stations and sights have you-bike stations.

  • the service is priced at NT$10 per 30 minutes of usage, Easycard users getting 30 minutes

  • of each trip for FREE when originating in New Taipei City to encourage wider use of

  • energy-efficient, zero-carbon vehicles.

  • Most streets provide extra bicycle lanes and you're allowed to use both sides of a road.

Taipei is the Yin and Yang of cities.

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