Taipei, March 7 ( CNA) A prestigious airline magazine has selected Taipei as one of the cities for a trip of"three perfect days." The inflight magazine, Hemispheres, which is published by the U.S. air carrier United Airlines and has a monthly circulation of 7 million copies, noted that Taipei has emerged as a global incubator for technology, design and cuisine and that the Taiwanese capital"still has plenty of surprises for those willing to explore." The magazine chooses a best destination every month. Taipei was featured in the cover story in the magazine's March edition. The story said that in addition to such attractions as the skyscraper Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, there are many places that are worth visiting. As examples, the article recommended Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, a neo-industrial complex on the grounds of an abandoned tobacco factory. Recently declared the 2016 World Design Capital, Taipei is a hotbed of bleeding-edge art and design, and the warehouses of Songshan are the place to see it, the magazine noted. Particularly compelling is the Red Dot Design Museum, where all sorts of objects, from elephant-inspired fire extinguishers to twisted steel table lamps, are displayed in chrome-walled halls, it said. The article also introduced the bustling Yongkang Business Circle and Flower and Jade Market. Tourists are advised to visit Ice Monster, the legendary shaved-ice eatery near Zhongxiao Dunhua subway station. Visitors can also sample the famous Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, snacks at the Shihlin Night market as well as popular local treats at a soybean milk eatery, the magazine suggested.
The eatery, Fu Hang Dou Jiang, located on the second floor of the otherwise unremarkable Huashan Market, is known to attract lines that snake all the way around the block, the magazine pointed out. It is often filled with people eager to try the shao bing (stuffed roasted flatbread) and crullers (fried twisted dough sticks) before the doors open at 10 a.m. "The wait is a small price to pay for a foot-long savory cruller, a spring onion omelet and hearty sesame bread, washed down with sweet, warm soy milk, all of which combine to help tame your still-boogieing belly," the article said.
(By Angela Tsai and Lilian Wu)