07 Sep '11, 9pm

Is there more to Taipei than street food and night markets?

Taiwan will always be known for its raucous night markets and their higgledy-piggledy plethora of crisp, steaming street food - and rightly so. The street food scene here is as riotously colourful as it is varied. But anyone who has braved the too-famous Shilin will know that it requires stomachs of a certain strength to battle the throngs, sample four disappointing snacks for every yummy one, and fish someone else's elbow out of your oyster mee sua. And all in the sweltering heat of the summer. So when I visited the city this summer, I was determined to discover that there must be much more to Taiwan than two-a-penny street food. A stately pleasure-dome If we were going to experience the high life in Taipei, we had to do it right. After checking into the elegant Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, we guzzled a cup of fruity welcome tea, trashed (figuratively, not literall...

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