Taipei ranks 12th among 52 must-go destinations worldwide

London-Taipei has been named one of the 52 must-go destinations in the world by Fodor's Travel Guide, the world's largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information.

On Fodor's "2018 Go List," Taipei was ranked 12th and described as one of Asia's most progressive and flourishing cities, striking a "balance between nature and modernity, past and future."

"Taipei is a city that honors tradition, as is evidenced by the temples that dot the urban landscape, some, such as Longshan Temple, date back centuries, but it also looks forward," Fodor's said.

Listing some of the upcoming attractions in Taipei, the travel guide mentioned the 2018 Taiwan Cycling Festival that is scheduled for late September to early November and is expected to give participants an insightful look at Taipei's hundreds of kilometers of riverside bike paths.

There is also the Guandu Flower Expo, which runs until the end of next February, offering a full display of Taipei's natural beauty, Fodor's said.

Meanwhile, for visitors with a different taste, Fodor's recommended the annual Taipei International Tattoo Show and Music Festival, which are scheduled for August 2018.

"Though still off the usual Asia backpacker trail, Taipei does boast a relatively modest flow of tourists through its varied districts, from the glitz of Xinyi to the grit of Wanhua, to the seaside beauty of Danshui and the natural splendor of the mountain trails that surround the coastal metropolis," the travel guide said.

It also focused on Taipei's street food and night markets, highlighting some of the smaller ones like Lingjiang Street Night Market where there are fewer tourists but the same local culinary choices.

Fodor advised that the best time to visit Taipei is in fall after the intense summer heat and in time for the traditional outdoor barbeques during Moon Festival.

Marrakesh in Morocco topped the 2018 list, followed by the Cook Islands in New Zealand, Salar de Tunupa in Bolivia, Split in Croatia, and Kuwait.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel