Taiwan Taoyuan International airport abbreviated TPE is located 25 miles (40km) west of Taipei and is the largest airport in Taiwan. The airport sees approximately 30,701,987 passengers each year. It's the world's 13th busiest international airport. Taipei itself is the capital of Taiwan. The summers here are hot and humid with heavy rain and typhoons. Winter here is warm and foggy. From June to October Taipei is affected by the Pacific Typhoon.
Where to Eat
In Taipei almost on every street or alley you'll find something to eat. Like many populous cities you'll find a good mix of international delicacies. In East Taipei, you'll pay a hefty price tag but you'll also dine with the rich and maybe even the famous. In West Taipei you'll find great food that packs a smaller price tag. Among all the restaurants you'll also find several night markets; some are even open during the day. A night market will have stores and restaurants set up in a sort of flea market style. There you'll find a huge variety of food. A tourist favorite is Shilin Night Market. While you're there try: oyster omelets, tianbula, stinky tofu, mango ice, and pearl milk. Don't worry if all of this sounds too taboo, you'll also find a mix of things you're used to like spare ribs, fried fish fillets, sweet and sour chicken, and fried rice.
Where to sleep
If you are on a budget you'll find a number of hostels in Taipei. There's the Homey Hostel I in Downtown, Taipei Backpackers Hostel which is near an area famous for its shopping. If money is no object in East Taipei you'll find many luxurious hotels like the Grand Hyatt, Sheraton Grande, and the Shangri-La's far Eastern Plaza.
Things to do
There is so much to see and do in Taipei. First on the list is the Hot Springs. There are free public hot springs in the city but you have to remember your etiquette. The hot springs are segregated by sex and you are required to disrobe. No clothing is allowed and make sure you put your hair up so that it does not touch the water. Also if you have a health related issues where saunas, Jacuzzis, or extremely hot water is not permitted you'll want to skip this one. Another popular destination is to hike Elephant Mountain. There are also many festivals, events, temples, museums, and even a few theme parks like the Taipei Zoo.