The Mandarin Oriental group opened this new address in 2014 which will delight travelers from all over the world with its high quality standards. It is on one of the main arteries of the city's business district, on Dunhua North Road, not exactly in the heart of the bustle nor of all the city's sites of interest - from the Shilin night market to the famous Taipei 101 tower - since it takes a 15-minute cab ride to get there that Mandarin Oriental Taipei opened its doors in a majestic and historic building. We stayed there for 48 hours, here is our review.
Formosa Island, Formosa or La Belle, these names don't tell you anything? And yet it is none other than Taiwan! A preserved and unknown destination with a certain charm, this small island, 180km from the Chinese coast has been in the news recently thanks to, or rather in spite of, its burning issue with its Chinese neighbor. Just like in Japan, what is most striking is the mix of authenticity, tradition, modernity and technology. In Taipei, the capital situated in the north of the island, you can visit an ancestral temple just a few steps away from a 100-story building. At nightfall, hundreds of vendors fill the streets of Shilin Market, the largest in the city. Discover a kaleidoscope of local culture: gift stores, food stalls and games of skill under neon lights. Shopping enthusiasts can also find fashion boutiques such as Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, among other prestigious brands. But behind the image of Taipei, its modern and cosmopolitan capital symbolized by the 101 tower, one of the highest skyscrapers in the world, is hidden a wild island where nature is still intact. In Taiwan, admire beautiful landscapes, discover breathtaking peaks such as Jade Mountain, enjoy boat rides on the Sun and Moon Lake, hike in the wild Taroko Gorge, experience total immersion in the Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Taiwan is also beaches and diving for a truly complete stay! You will have understood, Taiwan is the perfect destination if you like on one hand the excessiveness and on the other hand nature and serenity.
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