In 2005, I was visiting Hong Kong, so I made a side trip to Taipei, Taiwan. One of the most iconic buildings was Taipei 101.
“The Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a supertall skyscraper designed by C.Y. Lee and C.P. Wang in Xinyi, Taipei, Taiwan. This building was officially classified as the world’s tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2010 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.“—Wikipedia
I only remembered visiting the vast book store in this building…..
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This is a famous national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei.— Wikipedia
Spa Spring Resort
The hot springs in Beitou region were developed under the Japanese rule.
“The first mention of Taiwan’s hot springs came from a 1697 manuscript, Beihai Jiyou, but they were not developed until 1893, when a German businessman discovered Beitou and later established a small local spa. Under Japanese rule, the government constantly promoted and further enhanced the natural hot springs. The Japanese rule brought with them their rich onsen culture of spring soaking, which had a great influence on Taiwan.“—- Wikipedia
Shenkeng Old Street （深坑老街）
Street food was and still is quite famous in Taiwan. My favourite would be the tofu skewers, especially the stinky tofu skewers. This place sold the deep-fried, fragrant version, not the stinky one. Still, it was very tasty!
Another stall sold assorted skewers of vegetables and meats that you chose to heat up and go!
How I wished that I had more photos, as pre-smartphone times meant I only had a feeble digital camera. Still grateful!