Taipei is Taiwan’s economic, political, and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversified face. Taipei is situated in a basin in northern Taiwan that was inhabited by aboriginal peoples until settlers from China moved into the area about 300 years ago. The polarities of Taipei are vividly present as well in the joining of the urban and natural. And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.