I enjoy casually walking into this local Italian restaurant in the evening, greeting Mr. Antonello, the chef, and Mrs Antonello, followed by Mrs Antonello's indication to sit at a table.
I enjoy Ciao Bella's authentic Italian home-style flavor, simply handmade pasta, good stewed tomato sauce, handmade bread, homemade rich chocolate cake with ice cream. It's all about Italian food – just simple and good quality ingredients.
Join the crowds strolling through Taipei's Flower Market on Sundays. It's good for people watching even if you're not buying, and in summer all that vegetation keeps temperatures surprisingly pleasant in the shaded market.
“Food is one arena where Taipei — the world’s most underrated capital city, according to Monocle magazine — blows Beijing away. Its food incorporates more influences, spans street food to haute cuisine with greater aplomb and is out and out more delicious”, according to The New York Times.
Just a couple of hours flight from the noisy, stressful streets of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Bangkok, Taipei has natural hot springs to relax your body amidst natural mountain landscapes that sooth your mind.
Who would dare to ride a bicycle in Taipei, with its busy roads full of traffic? Actually, if you want to ride a bicycle without worrying, there are more than 100 kilometers of beautiful, peaceful cycle paths along the three rivers that flow through Taipei. They are only for bicycles - no cars or scooters are allowed. Bicycles are available for rent at low prices at several locations along the bike paths.
Taiwanese people have a remarkably high percentage of eyesight problems, particularly short-sightedness. The reasons aren't clear, although it could be because students usually spend too much time reading, studying or watching TV. Many young people start wearing glasses at an early age.
If you've ever wandered around in the busy center of Taipei, feeling bored of shopping, or tired of meetings. Elephant mountain is a different experience. It's almost like Central Park in New York. You would imagine that mountains would be far from the city center, but Elephant mountain is only 5 minutes walk away from the Taipei center, the tallest building, Taipei 101.