Japanese favor NPM, Americans like Maokong
By Lauly Li, The Chins PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Japanese and Chinese tourists like to visit the National Palace Museum (NPM), while European and American tourists favor Maokong (貓空), according to research released by the Taipei Department of Information and Tourism (DOIT).
March 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The DOIT conducted a survey on foreign tourists who traveled to Taipei in 2012. According to the results, the most popular tourist attractions are night markets, the DOIT said.
The DOIT said that Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂) and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館) are the top five spots for foreign travelers.
The DOIT said tourists from different countries apparently have different preferences in Taipei. Hong Kongers and Macanese prefer Taipei Zoo, Miramar Entertainment Park (美麗華百樂園) and Beitou (北投).
Singaporeans and Malaysians favor the Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area (五分埔商圈), the DOIT said, adding that the Shilin Main Presidential Residence (士林官邸) is also one of the favorite locations of Chinese tourists.
The DOIT said most tourists were impressed by Taipei's night markets, delicious local vendor food and the friendliness of citizens.
6.41 Mil. Visit Taipei in 2012
The DOIT said according to the survey, in 2012 6.41 million foreign travelers visited Taipei, an increase of 28 percent compared with 2011.
From 2011 July to December, 87.74 percent of the foreign tourists who came to Taiwan had visited Taipei, which was a new record, the DOIT said.
According to the research, a foreign tourist in Taipei will stay four days on average, and spend US$251.27 daily, the DOIT said. The city government estimated in 2012 tourists spent nearly NT$200 billion in Taipei.