"101", formerly the highest house of the world, can be seen in the background. Photo of Taipei taken from my company's roof.
Background info: currently Taiwan (formally called "Republic of China") is a multi-party democracy with free speech and free elections, not being controlled from Peking. Current president Ma however is busy handing the independent island over to China.
Ma is taking the country on a hell ride towards fast union with China, seemingly stationing police officers from China in little democratic Taiwan is being planned, see HERE.
Taipei is in the North of Taiwan and below it, people feel Taiwanese, but not Chinese, but they are hardly able to stop this pro-Chinese quest which will soon put them under jurisdiction of Peking. Reason is, the big "Southern" Taiwanese-independence movement (a movement which wants to PRESERVE the already existing independence of Taiwan) had a front-runner independence hero, former lawyer Chen Shui-Bian, who became Taiwan's president 2000-2008. Unfortunately he was extremely corrupt and is in jail in Taiwan now. So he kind of killed the independence movement and had even pro-independence voters vote for pro-Chinese Ma in the 2008 presidential election.
Chen likes to call himself "the son of Taiwan", but in this case, the son has stabbed the mother.
Taiwan would really need a vital opposition now with president Ma running towards Peking at incredible speed, but corrupt Chen has practically disabled his old party which advocates independence.
So the island will soon be part of the People's Republic, no doubt about that. Originally I thought Taiwan might achieve a "improved Hong Kong status", but with Ma's fast pace towards union with China this seems out of the question.
He behaves towards Peking like a habour whore all dressed up for the Friday night battle with the sailors who are waving their money in front of her face. If you excuse the emotional closing.
Further reading: China slowly sneaking in