TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei 101 is the spot in Taipei which Universiade athletes would like to visit the most.
The 2017 Taipei Universiade enters its second week on Friday. Taiwan News visited the athletes' village in Linkou District, New Taipei City, this week and interviewed athletes from different countries to learn about their impressions of Taiwan so far.
When asked about their feelings about Taiwan, most athletes admitted that they are now focusing on the sports event and do not have enough time for sightseeing. Therefore, they still don't know Taiwan very well. Zimbabwe's track and field player Gerren Muwishi said he and the other athletes from his country are planning to visit many Taipei tourist attractions after they finish competing on August 27.
The athletes were later asked to vote for the place they would like to visit the most in Taipei from the five most popular Taipei spots: Taipei 101, Shilin night market, Ximending, National Palace Museum and Jiufen old street. Unsurprisingly, Taipei 101 ranked first of the most attractive places for the athletes and won 36% of the votes, followed by Shilin night market and Ximending in joint second place (18%), and Jiufen old street in third (12%).
Czech athlete Kristyna Mikulcova chose Taipei 101 because it is the most famous spot in Taipei. Botswana's Malobela Boago Kabo mentioned that he has already been to the Taipei 101 and was very impressed with the building.
Zimbabwe's Tsitsidzashe Goto voted for Shilin night market and said it is her top one must-go place in Taipei. Dumezweni Dube, also from Zimbabwe, voted for Jiufen old street after he heard that there are also a lot of Taiwanese restaurants at the place.
Canadian athlete Sebastian Lethbridge decided to visit all of the places and voted for all of them.
The 2017 Summer Universiade is taking place in northern Taiwan from August 19 to August 30. Over 73% of the tickets were sold out as of August 24 at 4 pm, which has surpassed the box office from the 2015 Universiade held in Gwangju, South Korea.