Taipei was ranked 38th place among the world’s 50 most inspiring cities selected by the American magazine, GOOD, for its 2014 GOOD City Index.

It’s the second year GOOD has presented the index, which it said was made based on the “possibility” of a city.

The magazine says many on the list may be far from perfect, but it rates cities based on “inspiration”, created the mixture of creativity, hustle, and civic engagement.

Hong Kong was on the top of the list with an iconic Umbrella Movement.

The other top five cities are Johannesburg in South Africa, Mexico City in Mexico, Delhi in India and Nairobi in Kenya.

Apart from Taipei, other Asian cities on the list include Seoul, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.


cover image via Eason Lin Ladaga