48 Hours in Taipei

In Taipei, Anthony Bourdain visits the second-tallest building in the world. There he discovers pork carved out of jade, learns he can't have a plan in a bar scuffle and sees why scantily-clad women attend ...

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Kuoli Kukung Powuyuan

Tony explores the National Palace Museum of Taiwan. It is considered the Louvre of Asia and has the largest and best collection of Chinese art in the world. There, Tony finds a statue of what he calls, “the pork of his dreams.”

No. 221, Section 2, Zhìshàn Rd, Shilin District
Taipei City, Taiwan 111

 
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Mengjia Longshan Temple

Taipei has some of the most beautifully preserved temples in China, and Longshan Temple is one of the most stunning.

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Miaokou Night Market

Tony and Calvin explore the lights, sounds, sights, smells and foods of the market. They try everything from Taiwanese meatballs to sea urchin.

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MRT Taipei Zoo Station

One of the best places to visit in Taipei is Maokong -- accessible by a small mountain road or gondola. Maokong has some great hiking trails and teahouses overlooking forested valleys and tea plantations.

Wenshan District Taipei City, Taiwan 116

 
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National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a famous monument, landmark and attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China.

No. 21 Zhongzheng District
Taipei City, Taiwan 100

 
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Ningxia Night Market

Ningxia Night Market is famous for gourmet snacks. Try the mouthbreeder soup, stirred satay beef, pork liver soup, Tainan savory rice pudding, braised pork rice, oyster omelet, chicken rice and oyster noodles.

Níngxià Rd, Datong District
Taipei City, Taiwan 103

 
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Shilin Night Market

People come from all over to try their special Hu Jiao Bing, a fried-pepper bun filled with peppered pork and spring onion filling. The bread is freshly cooked in a tandoori oven and stays crispy while the filling is light and fluffy.

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Taipei 101

Tony rides the fastest elevator in the world to the observation deck of Taipei 101. The top of Taipei 101 has a breathtaking and unobstructed view of the city and its surrounding mountains.

45 Shifu Rd, Xinyi District
Taipei City, Taiwan 110

 
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Tong Hua Night Market

Tong Hua Night Market is a great alternative to Keelung’s more popular night market. This market has a lot more clothing stalls then Keelung, but still boasts great food.

Línjiāng Street, Daan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 106

 
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Xinglong Park

Tony meets up with professor and linguist Gabriel at Xinglong Park. He watches people practice “push hands,” a type of martial art that’s rooted in tai chi. The training is aimed at self-defense and focusing the mind.

Wenshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 116

 

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