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Design destination: Taipei

Taipei is fast becoming a must-see destination: the Taiwanese metropolis has been named World Design Capital for 2016.

Aug 27, 2014 | By AFPRelaxnews

taipei 101

 is fast becoming a must-see destination: the city has been named World Design Capital for 2016, thanks to its recent infrastructural overhaul.

There’s plenty for design lovers to feast on in this urban Eastern hub — here are a few of our suggestions.


The Grand Hotel is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, thanks to its neo-palatial Chinese architecture. Offering views of the city and Keelung River, the hotel offers a range of luxury suites.

grand hotel taipei

For a hipper holiday, check into the slick W Taipei, featuring a wall-mounted vertical garden, light installation and pool deck, or the Hotel Quote Taipei for a minimalist aesthetic.

w hotel taipei

For a design-oriented out-of-town experience, camp out in the modernist retreat Villa 32, where each room features its own geothermic bath.


First up is the National Palace Museum, home to one of the most comprehensive and valuable collections of Chinese art in the world.

National Palace Museum

For something more contemporary, move on to MOCA Taipei, housed in a 1920s building, before checking out the colonial Japanese architecture at Dadaocheng.

Get some air into your lungs by taking the high-speed pressurized elevators up the Taipei 101, which was the world’s tallest building for six years at 509 meters.

Taipei 101 Fireworks

Hold on to your hat — traveling at 1,010 meters per minute, the elevators take just 37 seconds to get to the observatory on the 89th floor.


Taipei has no shortage of luxury stores — check out Taipei 101 if you’re looking to flash the cash. Or for something a bit different, head to Yongle Market for an incredible variety of textiles and fabrics.

Red House Market Taipei

The Red House Market for Artists and Designers is also great place to find unique pieces from new designers.



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