Wanhua is where Taipei first started out as a trading centre, growing rich selling tea, coal and camphor. Over time the area lost its importance, and it is now mostly thought of as an ageing community. This does, however, give you access to history through temples and heritage buildings.
In Wanhua's north is the Ximending (西門町; Xīméndīng; Ximen) pedestrian district, an eight-branched intersection chock-full of young couples, fast food and shops selling novelties, cosmetics and select designs. There's an entire street (Wuchang) devoted to cinemas, and a lane devoted to tattooing and nail art (Lane 50 Hanzhong).