Taiwan-Taipei, brief city guide.

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Taipei is the current capital of the Republic of China, and as that, it is vivacious blend of traditional Chinese culture and cosmopolitan life. It is the center of politics, economy, education and recreation of the country and offers a wide selection of sights. Taipei city is located in the northern basin of Taiwan, taking the Dan Shui river, Hsin Dian river, Keelung river and Taipei Province as boundaries. It was originally inhabited by native people until populations from China moved in and settled there. Areas where the first permanent settlement took place contain remains of architecture, sculpture and ceremonial activities that took place in the temples and old streets. The population of Taipei city alone is around 3 million. Transportation in Taipei couldn't be easier: trains, buses, taxis and many other means of transportation. Taipei city is divided into 12 areas, 80% of those could be reached by MRT, which is one of the sign of a modernized city.

As I have mentioned, Taipei is a mixture of old and new cultures. In order for us to remember and learn about Chinese culture, The National Palace Museum was built in the city to house hundreds of Chinese antique and art works. Numerous musicals, theaters and dance performances are held each year at the National Concert Hall, National Theater, Taipei Municipal Social Education Hall and the Sun Yat Sen. Also, the Taipei City Government organizes traditional arts, music and theater festivals annually. And of course there are celebration activities during the Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Lantern Festival and the Double Tenth National Day. Temples would then be so crowded as people flow in to enjoy the atmosphere of Chinese tradition.

Eastern Taipei was underused fields until the 1970s when the city started to develop into a financial...