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Two days in Taipei

Taiwan's capital is a tough but increasingly liveable city where Chinese culture is given a curious twist with Japanese, Southeast Asian and American influences. Make it the first stop on an exploration of the island
Taipei 101 seen from atop Elephant Mountain
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW AND RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM DINAH GARDNER. PHOTOGRAPHS: MATT MUNRO, FORRAY DIDIER/SAGAPHOTO.COM/ALAMY

SIGHTS

Bao’an Temple

(baoan.org.tw/english; 61 Hami St)

Founded in 1760 by immigrants from China’s Fujian province, this exquisite temple is loaded with prime examples of the traditional decorative arts, and the yearly folk festival (March to June) is a performance-arts showcase. The main resident god is Baosheng 'DGL 6DLQW :X D ÀJXUH UHYHUHG for his medical skills.

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Summer's here and this month we'll be showing you how to make the most of the season. In the June issue, we're trying colour therapy, reflecting on our friendships, building up our resilience, channelling our imagination with creative writing, making our own soap, cooking with edible flowers, stargazing in La Palma and much more.