Set in the heart of a vast natural basin on the island of Taiwan, with the Tamsui and Keelung Rivers meandering throughout it, is the jewel of Taipei. A bustling burg of 2.9 million people, the city is well known as a center of Asian commerce and culture, where energetic nightlife opportunities and colorful markets abound. Taipei cheap hotels are found throughout the city, especially in Zhong Shan, at its center, close to museums and historical sights such as the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Xian Tian Temple. Also in the heart of the city is the Zhong Zheng area, site of the Taiwan Provincial Museum, Botanical Garden, the Presidential Palace, and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
Off the Beaten Path
The Da-An district is a busy urban neighborhood that is a little less tourist-oriented. From your Taipei hotel, visit the area's shopping district, known as a place of boutiques, coffeehouses, and energetic nightlife. In the northeast section of the city is Bei Tou, home to natural hot springs and small guest houses perfect for a more relaxing visit. And if you want to get even further away from the frenetic pace of the city's core, Taipei cheap hotels in Shi Lin, covering both banks of the Keelung River and the surrounding mountains, supports an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, and is a great place to experience the island's natural beauty with a backpacking adventure.
Those seeking to uncover the historic heart of this island nation should book a hotel in Taipei in the Da Tong District, a former European trading center replete with old lanes and tea companies amid European-style architecture and numerous religious sites, the most famous being the Confucius and Bao An temples. One of the most popular attractions in Da Tong is Di Hua Street, a main trading center of the 19th century which still boasts traditional shops selling dried goods and herbal medicines. One more must-do for those seeking an altitude adjustment is a visit to Taipei 101 in the Xinyi District in eastern Taipei, where you'll rise to 1,671 feet via the world's fastest elevator.