Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Xinyi 信義區, Taipei

7/10/2010 Taiwan Explorer
1. Introduction

• Known for: shopping, Taipei 101
• Population: 193,000 (2012, source)
• Wade-Giles: Hsin-i
• Pinyin: Xìnyì
• Romaji: Shingi
• Map: My map of Xinyi

Taipei is a huge city. You can find some old parts such as around the Longshan Temple, but most parts were built after 1945, when Taipei grew the fastest and became the nearly 7 million people ihabiting metropolis it is today. However, since the 1990s a completely new part became the central business and shopping district of the city. It's called Xinyi (信義, pronounced as Shìnyì and meaning honesty in Chinese). I have no idea why this name was chosen, but for me Xinyi is honestly the best place to shop in Taipei and most likely in Taiwan. Not only is Xinyi home to Taipei 101, which is one of the most impressive skyscrapers in the world, you also have numerous shopping malls connected with overpasses, which are separated by big avenues. In between some of the huge department stores you have large pedestrian areas. All that makes Xinyi the number one shopping destination in Taipei.

2. Points of interest

Below are selected points of interest of Xinyi District. The ones I have already blogged about are linked in • bold, check them out. The ones without link are on my list to visit. Tip: To open links in new tab, hold down Ctrl or ⌘ while clicking on the link.

▷ TRANSPORTATION

• Taipei City Hall Bus Station 市府轉運站

▷ INTERESTING AREAS

• Elephant Mountain 象山
• Wufenpu 五分埔
• Images of Xinyi Shopping District
• People in Xinyi Shopping District

▷ TAIPEI 101

• Love in Taipei 愛在台北
• Taipei 101 台北101
• Taipei 101 supersized photo
• Taipei 101 at day photos
• Taipei 101 in summer
• Taipei 101 vegetable garden
• Taipei 101 Mall 台北101購物中心
• Taipei 101 in various seasons
• Taipei 101 compared to Petronas Twin Towers

▷ OTHER SIGHTS

• Kelti Center 克緹辦公大樓
• The Grand Hyatt 台北君悅大飯店
• Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall | Inside the hall 國立國父紀念館
• Taipei City Hall 台北市政府
• President International Tower 統一國際大樓

▷ NIGHT MARKETS

• Yongji Road Night Market 永吉路夜市

▷ RESTAURANTS

• Diamond Tony's Observatory Restaurant 隨意鳥地方義大利餐廳

[My TAIPEI TRAVEL page][No. of my posts: 20][All photos by MKL, 2012]