It possesses the population of 2.62 millions.
Taipei is in fact a basin, with two rivers running through it - the Tamsui and the Keelung - and surrounded by mountains.
Mandarin Chinese is Taiwan's language of government, education and the media. It is widely spoken anywhere you go in Taiwan, as well as in mainland China. It is the dialect used to learn written Chinese characters, and the one most studied by foreign students.
Don't miss out on a traditional Chinese breakfast. Steaming hot soybean milk, egg pancakes and a wide assortment of warm buns are the way to start your day. don't miss out on a traditional Chinese breakfast. Steaming hot soybean milk, egg pancakes and a wide assortment of warm buns are the way to start your day.
The recorded history of Taipei begun with the Han Chinese settle in the Taipei Basin in 1709, and lead to the current High-tech capital that is nowadays Taipei City. Notable others dates are the annexation of Taiwan by Japan, which made Taipei start its rapid growth, and in the 1950s USA provided financial help to the ROC's dictatorial but efficient government, which allowed the city to start a fast structural and industrial growth, leading to the current high-tech world leadership.
From 1895 to 1945, Taiwan was a colony of Japan. People were trained to communicate in Japanese and copying the Japanese ethics. In 1915, a businessman named Xian-rong Koo bought the Tamsui Theater from a Japanese owner, had it renovated, and changed its name to Taiwan Novel Hall. Inviting Chinese operas from Shanghai and Ge-zi Operas from Fu-Jian Province and local productions, Mr. Koo turned Taiwan Novel Hall, the first performing venue in Taipei, into a most important venue for Chinese traditional arts and a home for Chinese values and aesthetics.
The Rebirth In 1989, Dr. C.F. Koo, son of Xian-rong Koo and a well-respected business leader established the Koo Foundation in Taipei with the objective of promoting Chinese Opera. The Foundation has been joined by Bao - chun Li, a well-accomplished Chinese Opera singer/actor/director from a distinguished Chinese Operatic family. A small company called Taipei Li - yuan Chinese Opera was founded to perform domestically and to tour the world. The results till this date have been fruitful with ovations from all continents.
Taiwan holds rich and diverse cultures and precious heritage of performing arts. Today Koo's Cultural & Educational Foundation is privileged to invite you and your lovely guests to get familiar with traditional culture and experience the beauty of art. Taipei Eye will be performing every Friday and Saturday at Taiwan Cement Hall, Taiwan Cement Building from the beginning of February, 2004. Performers and artists with international reputation will be invited here and present you fantastic performance, such as Puppet Fun, Renowned Scenes of Dances and Martial Arts in Chinese Opera, Folklores, Tribal Dances, Nan-Kuan, Pei-Kuan Pa-Yin, Acrobatics. There is even a space at the front hall where you can watch and film make-up demonstration.
Its primary attraction is Tihua Street. Running parallel to the Tamsui River, it was once the off-loading point for boats carrying goods back and forth from the sea. A little ways east of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, you'll come to Yungkang Street, long known as a haven of gourmet dining. A block east of Yungkang Street, you'll find the biggest and newest park - Ta-and Forest Park in downtown Taipei. South and west of the Ta-an Forest Park, you'll find Shihta Road, a cool little strip with a market, plenty to eat and lots of coffee shops for whiling away the time. Further on south from the Shihta area is the Kungkuan district, dominated by National Taiwan University (NTU).The Weekend Market, which draws in everyone - the trendy and the traditional, socialites and bumpkins.