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The capital of Taiwan is a cosmopolitan metropolis, home to towering skyscrapers such as Taipei 101 as well as temples, markets, and attractions like the National Palace Museum, showcase for a premier collection of Chinese art and artifacts.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Taipei 101 is currently the tallest building in the world with 101 above-ground stories. (But be sure to say "I saw it when," as it will only carry this distinction until the completion of the Burj Dubai in 2008.) It was built to withstand earthquakes above a seven on the Richter scale and is considered by many to be the world's most technologically advanced skyscraper. Make sure you visit the world's highest outdoor observatory, which you can access by taking one of two elevators that will get you from the main floor to the 89th floor in under 39 seconds.
Where better to experience Chinese food than in the capital of the Republic of China? Since Taiwan is surrounded by the ocean, seafood is central to the Taiwanese diet. Oyster, smoked squid and stir-fried crabs abound. Fruits are prominent in Taiwanese desserts, such as the famous mango shaved ice. The Chinese tea houses on the surrounding mountains offer a nice change of pace, offering a wide range of locally grown teas and breathtaking views of Taipei below.
The cash-only night markets offer clothing, gifts, souvenirs and a wide selection of handicrafts at great prices. But if you're looking for electronic gadgets, computers and software, the place to visit is the Kuanghua Market.
Taiwan's unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), which has five denominations in paper money (NT$2000, NT$1000, NT$500, NT$200 and NT$100) and five denominations in coins (NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5 and NT$1). The official English word for the currency is dollar; in Mandarin it's known as yuan. Subdivisions of a yuan are rarely used, since almost all products on the consumer market are sold at whole units of yuan.
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The capital of Taiwan is a cosmopolitan metropolis, home to towering skyscrapers such as Taipei 101 as well as temples, markets, and attractions like the National Palace Museum, showcase for a premier collection of Chinese art and artifacts.