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Taipei tops Buzzfeed’s ‘solo travel’ list

Staff writer, with CNA

Taipei tops a list of 26 “remarkable places for solo travel” compiled by BuzzFeed, a US-based social news and entertainment Web site.

Taipei was highlighted mainly for its night markets, as well as for its reputation for hospitality.

“Just imagine hundreds of street-food carts and pop-up stores all in a 10-block stretch. Experience the food, the fashion, the culture — all for a pretty decent price,” the article says.

It describes Taipei as “a very large city with things in nearly every price range.”

While prices in Taipei may be a little more expensive than in China, they are still cheaper than in Japan, it says.

The city is commended for being a safe city for lone travelers.

“While the general crime rate in the rest of Taiwan is said to be increasing or staying the same, the crime rate in Taipei is actually decreasing,” the article said.

“Taipei has a reputation of being very friendly and helpful to tourists of all kinds,” it added.

It also recommends the nation’s intercity bus systems, both public and private.

Other places on the Buzzfeed list include Portland in Oregon, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Dublin, Bangkok, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, San Jose City in Costa Rica, Reykjavik, Brussels and Johannesburg.

Other Asian cities on the list include Haiphong, Vietnam, Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Seoul. Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, are on the list, as are Stockholm, Zurich, Cardiff, New York and Valparaiso in Chile.

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