What we love

We dig the Japanese colonial lanes. The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper. Get the rapid elevator to the top and check out the observatory. The views are killer. The street food and night markets are really cool. Check out the beaches. They're gorgeous.

What we wish we'd known

You need an EasyCard. It's like a Taiwanese Oyster Card but you can use it in shops as well as on transport. The 7-Elevens here have pretty much everything you need. Take an umbrella. There’s a reason most people carry one everywhere: Taiwan is both intensely sunny and rainy. An umbrella has you (literally) covered for all eventualities.