Zhongshan, the best area to stay in Taipei
The neighbourhood of Zhongshan is one of the most popular areas in the city as it is incredibly diverse, which can’t be said for the majority of the districts in the city. There are many beautiful temples in the area with Bao’an, Confucius amd Xingtian being the most popular sites. Bao’an is dedicated to the Taoist God of Medicine and showcases some of Taiwan’s most wonderfully preserved detailed temple architecture. The Confucius Temple is one of the biggest temples in the city and is used as a centre for students and therefore means it is usually quite busy, yet is a must-see due to the sheer grand of scale.
If you are lucky enough to be in the city on September 28th, then head to the temple where you will see the planet’s largest Confucian event of the year. Xingtian can get exceptionally busy and this temple is dedicated to the God of War, which has beautiful detail carved into the exterior as well as exterior and has wonderful gardens. Another moving religious site is the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine, which was erected in memory of the people who died in the war of the Republic of China. Zhongshan is made up of various recreation parks and these include Rongxing Garden Park, Meiti Riverside Park and Daija Riverside Park and all of them have great open spaces to chill and have a picnic in as well as many woodland areas. The parks have good scenic views and some parks have facilities like tennis courts, golf courses and football fields, which will keep the sport enthusiasts happy. Another major attraction in Zhongshan is the Shilin Night Market, which is said to be the largest and most famous of its kind in the country, let alone the city, as it has a huge amount of stalls that sell various things like electronics, food, clothes, jewellery and lots of other goods, which is a stunning spectacle.
The district is home to a variety of museums and includes the Suho Paper Memorial Museum, Museum of Jade Art and the Fine Arts Museum, with all having fine pieces of art and other similar items that are all worth a look. Shopaholics will be in heaven as Zhongshan District has many shopping centres and a lot of streets have shops along them and one of the most famous areas for shopping is the Zhongshan Metro Mall. The mall also has many pubs and bars as well as restaurants though these can be found everywhere and there are many traditional eating places where you can try local food. There is no shortage of hotels either, and there is a great range of places to stay at from low budget to top end accommodation.