A Rebirth Extending From Old Urban Areas to Waterfronts Discover Taipei is back with a new name! For over 18 years since its debut in September 1997, Discover Taipei has accompanied countless domestic and international tourists on their Taipei journeys. Together, we have witnessed the city’s development as history has continued to unfold. With an all-new atmosphere felt in today’s Taipei, we decided that it was time to switch names, and we chose something simple and direct: TAIPEI. We will cover municipal administration, culture and tourism as we share with you the wonders of the city.

This quarter’s issue of TAIPEI is centered on Datong, a district in western Taipei. Blessed with an accessible harbor, Datong was the earliest part of the Taipei Basin to be developed. By the 19th century it had begun its rise as a bustling commercial area which was rich in culture and education. In later years, however, as industry and commerce spread throughout Taipei, rapid decline beset Datong. In order to reverse this trend and bring about a new era of revitalization and regeneration in Datong, the Taipei City Government is using waterfront recreation and green transportation as core strategies for regeneration. As government-led urban renewal sparks local change, culture, tourism and specialty commercial districts are changing the overall contexts of entire districts.

Urban aesthetics can be expressed on a micro-scale, as can be seen in paintings of stone lions and incense burners on transformer boxes. The Taipei City Government recruited five artists to undertake this transformation of transformer boxes in Dalongdong commercial district in Datong, by adding local religious and traditional cultural pictures to what had been stark gray public works. In addition to describing these changes, we also introduce centuryold shops, regenerated spaces and popular temples so that you can witness the charm of the city’s old streets.

We also suggest some great activities, such as heading to one of the city’s parks or riverside areas and laying down a mat for a picnic! Picnicking is especially fun if you have children, who will love the chance to enjoy the outdoors as you relax and take in the beauty of the city. Also, do you know where the cultured youths of Taipei like to hang out?

In Gongguan in southern Taipei there is a strip of unique cafés and secondhand bookstores, such as Ryou Café, Kishu An Forest of Literature and Jiu Xiang Ju, which are rich in culture and highly worthy of exploration.

If you are preparing to make a trip to Taipei and wondering where to stay, remember that cheap short-term rental apartments and B&Bs in the city are illegal. In order to avoid potential building and fire code violations as well as possible consumer disputes, we recommend that you check either the Travel.Taipei or the TaiwanStay websites to find legal accommodation that can ensure a great stay. Meanwhile, the Universiade Taipei 2017 will not only raise the bar for athletic quality and culture in Taiwan but also serve as an important milestone in the promotion of the Taipei brand. In this issue, we have exclusive interviews with the CEO and the deputy CEO of the Universiade, so you can join us in watching the transformation of the city take shape.

On this note, I would like to extend a warmhearted welcome to Taipei!

Taipei City Government is pushing Taipei forward into the 21st century. Since September 1997, the Department of Information and Tourism has published an English quarterly magazine—'TAIPEI.' The magazine's goal is to furnish foreign residents and visitors worldwide with complete information about Taipei City. 'TAIPEI's contents highlight Taipei's history, culture, customs, artistic events, daily goings-on, as well as her relationships with other cities.

台北市政府向前推台北進入二十一世紀。自1997年9月,新聞部和旅遊出版英文(日文)雙月刊,該雜誌的目標是提供外國居民和遊客提供有關台北市的完整信息世界各地。 “發現台北”硫含量台北突出的歷史,文化,風俗,藝術活動,每天的事情上,以及與其他城市的關係。2015年改為季刊'TAIPEI'。

  • Cover Story(第4頁)
    • Consolidating Community Strengths – Datong District Regeneration Plan(第4頁)
    • Achieving a Better Life – Government-Led Urban Renewal in Lanzhou-Siwen Village(第7頁)
    • Old Urban Districts Become New Urban Highlights Through the Revival of Local Industry(第12頁)
    • The YouBike System Weaves a Friendly, Smart Green Transit Network(第15頁)
    • Abundant Cultural Treasures Aid the Pursuit of Cultural Tourism(第20頁)
  • What's New(第24頁)
    • Exclusive Interview With Universiade CEO Chen Ming-shiun(第24頁)
    • Exclusive Interview With Universiade Deputy CEO Hung Chia-Wen(第26頁)
    • With So Many Legal Hotel Options, Why Risk a Short-Term Rental?(第28頁)
    • Taipei Welcomes the Council for Promotion of Tourism in Asia – The Start of a Bright New Future for Tourism(第30頁)
  • Fun Taipei(第32頁)
    • Picnics Are Easier and More Fun Than You Think(第32頁)
    • Cafés.Used Book Stores.Old Buildings – A Bohemian Single-Day Journey in Southern Taipei(第38頁)
    • Century-Old Shops.Rebirth of Old Spaces.Popular Temples – Taking a Stroll Around Dihua Street(第42頁)
  • All About Cuisine(第48頁)
    • The Soul in Food Storytelling Q&A with Pei-Ru Ko(第48頁)
    • Fashionable Leisure Learning How to Brew a Great Cup of Joe(第51頁)
  • Looking for Art(第55頁)
    • A Makeover for Transformer Boxes and Bridge Piers – Blending Local Culture Into a New Aesthetic(第55頁)
    • Shezidao Artist Hong Yawpin – Painting a History of Home(第57頁)
    • Travel Information(第62頁)
    • Attractions in This Issue(第64頁)
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