Not a place many people visit, but I’d agree with Rough Guide when they call Taipei Asia’s most under-rated city. It’s where the IT press go every year for Computex; I’ve been there three years (2006, 2007, and this year). Here’s some photos not of motherboards or netbooks, but of the place where they’re born.
Close-up detail of a painted door, temple, Taipei.
Entrance to a temple, crammed in between shops and newer buildings.
Two things Taipei is never short of: rain and scooters.
Amazingly, I saw this guy directing traffic every morning, so he seemed perfectly able to survive the regular onrush of scooters.
Despite the fact it rains a lot – at least when Computex is on, in June – it’s always warm and humid.
A scooter zipping towards Taipei 101, until very recently the world’s tallest building.
Two views of the city from 101.