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Three Taipei spots for a leisurely stroll

Ella Fitzgerald famously sang “Summertime and the living’s easy.”  But the combined heat and humidity in Taiwan’s capital city can sometimes make leisure of the outdoor variety a chore, and unless you plan to spend your daylight hours underground (totally possible in Taipei; the mall under Taipei Station heads north for about a mile), you’ll have to face the heat. But fear not – here are three options for urban summertime strolls that will get you out of the urban heat while still keeping you within walking distance of Taipei’s super-convenient MRT. Bitan Scenic Area Xindian District (Green Line, Xindian Station) Way on the city’s southern end, this pleasant riverside park is a five-minute walk from Xindian station. On the river’s west bank you’ll find shaded cafes, stalls and restaurants, and on the western bank you’ll find a small neighborhood that’s rather nice for an afternoon stroll. Connecting the two…