November in Taipei, Taiwan
If you’re planning to go further east in 2018, forget hectic Hong Kong and smoggy Shanghai and head to Taipei instead. November is the perfect time of year to visit, with relatively low rainfall and mild temperatures. It’s an ideal time to explore venues in the Taiwanese capital’s art district, like Fish Art Center which was founded in 2003, the first gallery to take up residence at the Dazhi Redevelopment Zone, showing mostly Chinese and Taiwanese artists. Taipei’s MOCA meanwhile is the only museum for contemporary art on the island nation, hosting events like the Taipei Art Awards, with an exhibition that begins in November. Taipei is known for its night markets: you could head to the one around Shida Road for gourmet Taiwanese chocolate truffles, an incredible selection of vintage and art books at local institution JXJ Books and Renoir, a chain specialising in puzzles, including a 1,000 piece version of Egon Schiele’s Seated Woman With a Bent Knee. Next Christmas sorted.