Taiwan's vibrant and sophisticated capital is an intoxicating infusion of traditional culture and 21st century living. Situated in the North of the Island, Taipei was home to the first permanent Chinese settlers over 300 years ago and this heritage can be seen in many of the temples and old streets throughout the capital. The other side to the city is that of stylish modern architecture, a state of the art public transport system and a range of culinary delights to rival any other city in Asia. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of sights in Taipei to keep the visitor occupied. Marvelling at the huge collection of Chinese Art at the National Palace Museum, strolling through beautiful botanical gardens, and travelling on the world's fastest elevator to the observation level of Taipei 101 (until recently the tallest building in the world) are but a very few things that are recommended doing when you visit Taipei.