“People” is the core of urban design. Accordingly, citizens’ needs and experiences shall be attended to in urban development. World Design Capital Taipei 2016 sets out to be“ a movement redefining design.” By publishing Taipei, the City of Design, it takes people to visit the design and creative spaces in Taipei, in the hope to enhance people’s understanding for Taipei’s distinctive culture and design strength.
For sharing more travel information to global tourism, “Taipei, the City of Design” introduces 70 design destinations in Taipei. They are presented in 6 topics as follows: “Architecture Stroll” illustrates Taipei’s development, arts and culture; “Select Shops” shows the temperature of life through storeowners’ taste for products; “Original Taste” allows readers to experience every delight Taiwan has to offer; “Old Houses” flashes the surprises embedded in the blend of old and new; “Handicraft Fun” discovers little pleasure in life; and “Design Hotels” explores Taipei’s alternative scenery.
In addition, 12 routes are provided to demonstrate Taipei’s design capacity. It shows design-inspired city landscapes and takes readers to appreciate the beauty of design from various aspects.
"Taipei, the City of Design" e-brochure
Taipei, the City of Design introduces 12 themed routes for visitors to experience an in-depth design travel in Taipei, aiming to promote cultural tourism and drive economic growth through design industry. With a rich design culture, Taipei will be known to the world as the WDC along with global cities like Seoul, Helsinki and Cape Town.
A City on the Go
Taipei, one of Asia’s youngest cities, is a place renowned for its rapid development. Blessed with pleasant natural scenery, Taipei is just a 30-minute ride from the mountains and the sea thanks to its convenient public transportation system. As Taiwan’s leading city, Taipei also provides a very convenient lifestyle: for example, for every square kilometer it has more than five 24/7 convenience stores that offer over 2,000 types of goods and services. Taipei welcomes some 7 million tourists annually. Total international visitor numbers and visitor spending have been growing at 15.1% and 20.5%, respectively – ranking Taipei second in the Asia Pacific in both categories by MasterCard’s 2012 Worldwide Index of Global Destination Cities. These and other figures underscore our city’s potential to rise further as a major Asian destination for global tourism.
Taipei’s streamlined transportation infrastructure makes getting to and from the city easy. Taipei Main Station sits at the center of sophisticated city and national transportation networks that link together the MRT (light rail / subway), high-speed rail, railway and highway systems. Over half a million people transit here each day. Taipei’s Songshan Airport, located in the heart of the city and serviced directly by the MRT, puts residents within two hours’ reach of many similar downtown airports in the region such as Tokyo Haneda, Seoul Gimpo, and Shanghai Hongqiao. Taiwan’s main international airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, is less than a one-hour bus or car ride from Taipei’s city center.
Foreign travelers may obtain tourist visas if they hold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six months in the Republic of China for purposes of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or training, medical treatments, or other legitimate activities. Visa requirements included one completed application form, incoming and outgoing travel tickets, one photo, documents verifying the purpose of the visits, and other relevant documents. The Visitor Visa Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The completed form should be submitted to an overseas mission of the Republic of China for visa issuances.
Visa-free privileges are afforded to citizens of 43 countries and landing visas are afforded to citizens of more than 2 countries. For any further information, please visit the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Taipei’s position at the crossroads of the Asia Pacific allows the city to support a high concentration of world-class business and travel services. Within the city’s 272 km², 379 hotels provide over 25,000 rooms at every service level and price point. Taipei meeting and event accommodations have responded accordingly, offering modern amenities and convenient services for all forms of business gatherings.
Other Useful Links
Combining the cultural sites, events with Taipei’s Map, now you can search the tourist spots and activities around you via the Colorful Taipei APP.
Culture Express is a publication which compiles fine arts information in Taipei City, published by the Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.