World's Greatest Places 2021
Part of the Taipei Performing Arts Center.
Courtesy Chris Stowers—OMA
July 20, 2021 6:37 AM EDT

This year’s slate of openings further burnishes Taipei’s credentials as a cultural capital. Spring saw the debut of the city’s National Center of Photography and Images, an institution dedicated to the research, preservation and exhibition of Taiwan’s photographic history. Meanwhile, the Taipei Performing Arts Center—with its striking architecture, defined by a giant silver sphere protruding from one side of the building—seems set to become a city landmark when it opens in 2022. Another new arrival: Hilton’s 175-room Hotel Resonance Taipei, which boasts a boxy black-and-white exterior designed to evoke frames on a film roll. Visitors looking for a respite from the fun and fast pace of the city can visit nearby Yangmingshan National Park, which was named the World’s First Urban Quiet Park in June 2020. —Dan Q. Dao

Correction, July 20

The original version of this story misstated when the Taipei Performing Arts Center will open. It will open in 2022, not 2021.

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