A district of two halves lying next to Datong, Zhongshan, and Songshan (east), is Taipei's CBD and is the sophisticated part of town. It has shiny skyscrapers, mega hotels and some of the best shopping. Zhongshan North Road runs through the middle and splits up the two, with the business end to the east (Songshan) and the shopping to the west (Zhongshan).
Xinyi is below Songshan and holds most of the interesting sights and attractions in town, including the lofty Taipei 101 building and the must-see Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. There are also many large shopping malls in Xinyi.
Daan is in downtown Taipei near Xinyi and Songshan and is another of the city's popular commercial areas. The shopping here is particularly good along Zhong Xiao East Road, with its boutiques and coffee shops, while late-night bars, clubs and restaurants can also be found here.
Zhongzheng is in the thick of it, hemmed in as it is by Daan, Wanhua and Datong, and is the political center the Taiwan capital. This area has high profile parks, museums and theaters and is a nice place for the family to visit.
Located up in the northwest, Beitou is the most rural Taipei district and has the bulk of the hot springs and spas. There are several superb hotels and resort spas up here and you can hike in Yang Ming Shan National Park and check out the hotels sulfur pits in Hell Valley.
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