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Three Days In--and Around--Taipei

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103, Taiwan, 台北市大同區朝陽里
Tucked in a narrow alleyway lined with dimly lit offices and industrial workshops, Ri Xing Type Foundry houses one of the world’s last sets of traditional character molds for lead-type printing. Arrange a tour to watch owner Chang Chieh-kuan...
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No. 68, Section 2, Chang'an East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
The Suho Paper Museum may not be one of the most well-known museums in Taipei, nor is it the largest by far, but its well-curated, educational collection and a DIY papermaking experience offered on the peaceful rooftop make it a destination worth...
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929, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Liuqiu Township, 屏東縣琉球鄉
Black Dwarf Cave (also known as Black Ghost Cave) is located on Xiao Liuchiu's west coast. It's more of a walkway through a maze of precipitous lava rock formations than a tunnel into a cliff like one normally expects of a cave. The cave has a...
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11656, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wenshan District, 新光路2段32號
Maokong 貓空 is a mountain of sorts, a tourist attraction located in Taipei's Wenshan District. It's popular with visitors due to its stunning views and fields which yield famous tea. The top of Maokong is connected with a gondola station which...
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No. 18, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
This beautiful 1920s colonial-style home was once home to the American consulate and later embassy until diplomatic ties were severed in 1979. The stately residence has been revived though and today is home to one of the most innovative theaters...
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No. 54號, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Though the bagels here are hands down the best in Taipei, Good Cho’s is so much more than just a bagel joint. Housed in a ramshackle military veterans' housing complex tucked in the shadow of Taipei 101, the shop's quirky, DIY vibe marks a cozy...
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No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
When the typical restaurants and cafes in Taipei put me in the foodie blues, an impromptu visit to Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) is the perfect cure. Located within the decades-old Taipei Fish Market, AAD is the latest venture of the Mitsui...
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No. 2, Nanmen Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
This historical site was Taiwan's first academy, built in 1655, for the purpose of continuing classical Chinese teachings and training civil servants on the island, which was at political odds with Mainland China. The building is prized for it's...
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Wulai District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 233
Wulai is a pretty little town in Taipei county. It's picturesque and famous for its hot springs (they are wonderful!) and its aboriginal history. Many locals and tourists alike flock to Wulai to bathe in the springs and take a dip in waterfalls...
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No. 3, Shuishalian Street, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
This picturesque temple, which overlooks Sun Moon Lake, is a great place to lean about the history of Tripitaka; the monk who is immortalized in the novel Journey to The West and is credited for helping spread Buddhism into China. From Taipei...
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No. 63, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
The Wenwu Temple is worth a stop if you're in the Sun Moon Lake area. The architecture is highly detailed and the landscaping is gorgeous. The temple has three halls and I found the first one (the lowest level) to be the most interesting. It is...
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No. 12, Zhonghua Street, Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
Visited this hidden gem of a mountain village sans lantern festival but it was still bustling with enchanting energy. Upon departing from the train, the walk along pavement from the train station into this village isn't long and features beautiful...