In recent decades, Taiwan has transformed itself into one of Asia's premier travel destinations. It's easy to fall in love with this city. The aroma of street food fills the air. Scooters and bicycles rule the streets. And surrounded by nature, tranquility is never more than a bus ride or hike away. Start your day at the Longshan Temple, the spiritual heart of Taipei. Taiwan's political heart is the district of Zhongshan, home to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, 228 Peace Park and the National Taiwan Museum. Hop on Taipei's excellent MRT and head to the National Palace Museum, home to the world's greatest collection of Chinese art and antiquities. Taipei's streets are a treasure trove too. Enjoy the blooms at the flower markets. Hunt down bargains in giant department stores and cruise the restaurants in Yong Kang Street. Rocket to the heavens aboard the high-speed elevators of Taipei 101 and enjoy the spectacular views from one of the world's tallest skyscrapers. There are plenty of natural vantage points around the city too, such as Elephant Mountain, Maokong Mountain and Mount Qixing. At sundown, head to the Shilin Night Market to feast, shop and simply enjoy this incredible city.