Taipei has an urban population of around 6.8 mill. with a total population in the metropolitan area of ca. 10 mill. Taipei is famous for its night markets, most famous is the Shilin Night Market in the Shilin district of the city. The surrounding streets by Shilin Market get extremely crowded during the evening. Most night markets in Taiwan open around 4 pm, crowds reach their peak between 8 and 11 pm. Business continue operating well past midnight.
Ximending has been a famous area for shopping and entertainment since the 1930s. Historic structures include a concert hall and a historic cinema. The pedestrian area is especially popular with teens. The Xinyi District is popular with tourists and locals alike for its many entertainment and shopping venues, as well as being the home of the Taipei 101 building, a prime tourist attraction famous for being the tallest completed skyscraper in the world.
Taipei is rich in beautiful, ornate temples housing Buddist, Taoist and Chinese folk religion deities. Besides large temples, small outdoor shrines to local deities are very common, and can be spotted on road sides, parks and neighborhoods.