Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan and is famous for its colonial Japanese lanes, large shopping areas, and the Taipei 101 skyscraper that towers over the city. Highlights of the city include the view from the top of Taipei 101, the lively street food scene, and the National Palace Museum. The best time to visit is between September and November when the rainfall is at its lowest and the temperature is cooler.

01See the Views from Taipei 101

Taipei 101 tower GoranQ / Getty Images

Taipei 101 is the tallest tower in Taipei and is a sign of the growing economy and modernity of Taiwan. Take a trip to the observatory on the 83rd floor of the tower to get a birds-eye view of the city and surrounding area. The tower was once the tallest building in the world and is a great source of pride for Taiwanese people. While you are there check out the golden-colored mass damper that keeps the building upright during earthquakes.