Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a big city lying in a valley in the north of the Taiwan island. The city is arranged around a grid structure, with wide roads running from north to south and east to west. While it lacks an significant historic core (probably all old buildings were distroyed in WW II or simply torn down to make place for new buildings), in recent years Taipei has mutated into a modern and fashionable Asian metropolis. Prior to the arrival of Chinese settlers from Fujian in 1709 the Taipei area was settled by Ketagalan tribes. Taipei became the capital of Taiwan in 1886, initially as a provincial capital, then in 1894 as the official capital.

Taipei 101 photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Taipei 101
Taipei 101 by night photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Taipei 101 by night
Zhongshan photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Zhongshan
Xinyi photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Xinyi
17 photos of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in Taiwan
11 photos of the Taipei 101 skyscraper at night
17 photos of Zhongshan, the central district of Taipei around the central train station
24 photos of Xinyi, a trendy and modern district of Taipei with malls, cinemas and restaurants
Taipei 101 Shopping Complex photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Taipei 101 Shopping Complex
Longshan Temple photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Longshan Temple
Baoan temple photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Baoan temple
Confucius temple photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Confucius temple
10 photos of the shopping complex in the Taipei 101 skyscraper
15 photos of the Longshan temple which was built in 1738 by Chinese settlers from Fujian.
12 photos of the Bao-An temple in Datong, one of the older and more frequented temples of Taipei
14 photos of the Confucius temple in Datong
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
Guandu temple photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Guandu temple
North taipei photo gallery  - 18 pictures of North taipei
Markets and malls photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Markets and malls
16 photos of the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which was inaugurated in 1980.
19 photos of the beautiful Guandu temple in Danshui, northwest of Taipei
18 photos of the area north of Taipei with the Martyrs's shrine and the National Palace Museum
17 photos of night markets, malls and shopping complexes in and around Taipei
Panorama views photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Panorama views
Taipei Airport photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Taipei Airport
19 panorama views of Taipei, the valley and the hills surrounding it
9 photos of the Taipei international airport
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