Taipei Travel Trip Guide
Taipei City Introduction
Taipei City is located in northern Taiwan and has a total area of over 2,000 sq.km. The northeastern, northern, and western district all border the sea with a combined coastline 120 kilometers long. The city’s 29 districts are home to over 3.9 million residents, making it the most populous of Taiwan’s administrative regions.
New Taipei is an expansive area generously endowed by nature; from the peaks of Yangmingshan, the Datun Mountains and the Hsueshan Mountains, to the breathtaking northeastern coast ocean views and rock formations like “Queens Head” on the northern coast. Other attractions include the sunsets of Fisherman’s Wharf in Tamsui and a high-quality bikeway system connects Linkou, Bali, Jinshan, and Yeliu.
*It is recommended for using their MRT transportation system which is convenient and relatively cheap traveling anywhere you want around the city.
Sightseeing & Popular Landmarks
As a first-timer visit to Taipei city, there are too many scenic spots which is worth a visit along the way while among them, a few “Must Visit” attractions on the list that you must go in order to tell the tale!
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum has approximately 690,000 cultural treasures in its collection, most from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, including paintings, sculptures, books, and other precious artifacts.
Be sure not to miss the very famous “Meat-Shaped Stone” and “Jadeite Cabbage” which is located on the 3rd level floor of the exhibition!
Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
A dazzling work of Tang Dynasty palace-style architecture, this multifunctional complex has a national-caliber performing arts auditorium, art gallery, exhibition room and lecture halls. The hall has a rich program of shows and exhibitions.
Best event to expect in S.Y.S Memorial Hall is the “guard changing ceremony” which occurs once every hour from 9am-5pm.
National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
The C.K.S Memorial Hall is well known for its blue and white interior. It hosts regular cultural arts exhibits and a popular hourly changing of the guard ceremony. On its two sides are the National Theater and National Concert Hall.
The best place to learn history & lifestyle about former President of the Republic of China – Chiang Kai-Shek
Wanted to visit more Taipei Best Attractions? Consider taking A Day Trip into Jiufen and Shifen Old Street!
Shopping & Food Paradise
Taipei Shopping & Food Haven
Taipei is known for its street food haven and night market attractions, out of many of those fine places you wouldn’t want to miss these few (most popular) listed below.
Shilin Night Market
The most famous night market street in Taipei City generally sells every type of snacks that you could ever think of from bbq sticks, seafood grill, taro desserts, quail eggs, takoyaki, shabu-shabu and many more.
Do not miss the well known “Zhong Cheng Hao Oyster Omelette” which is a must try in Shilin Nightmarket!
The “Harajuku” of Taipei, this pedestrian shopping haven is one of the city’s cultural centers, hosting a massive variety of fashion clothing shops, eclectic restaurants, clubs, and bars.
Ximending is also the place to enjoy the famous “Hotstar Fried Chicken” and “Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle“.
Curious about bubble milk tea culture in Taipei? Do read our Top 10 Most Popular Beverage in Taiwan Guide!
Lifestyle & Culture
Taipei Lifestyle & Culture
Taiwan is considered an advanced country in Asian while 80% population of Taiwanese are consists of Buddism, thus, it is not hard to find out that there are at least one temple and park at each subway station.
Dalongdong Bao’an Temple
Dalongdong Bao’an Temple is a Taiwanese Cultural Heritage Site which was renovated and reconstructed numerous times, leading to a 2003 induction into UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation.
The temple has an old and unique wooden architecture which is definitely worth a glimpse at it!
Longshan Temple is one of the oldest temples around Taipei city, with residents that have continuously renovated and improved the temple and the surrounding grounds up till date.
It is said that the temple includes every god which is stated the goddess list which definitely worth a visit if you wish to worship on any of them!
228 Peace Memorial Park
Taipei Expo Park
Previously the home of the Taipei International Flora Exposition, Taipei Expo Park is a large, multipurpose park situated just north of the Taipei city center and home to various different attractions such as Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Taipei Story House.
You can also enjoy signature foods from numerous countries (food court) and visit the Taiwanese Indigenous Cultural Centre which is also located right inside the park!
Love Taipei Park sightseeing? Yangmingshan National Park or Beitou Hotspring is definitely the next best destination on the list!
Taipei City Transportation Information
Taipei MRT EasyCard
Similar to the Octopus Card in Hong Kong, the Taipei Easycard, or 悠遊卡 (Yōuyóu kǎ), allows passengers to conveniently ride the Taipei MRT or bus systems without the need to constantly search for loose change. 7-11, Family Mart, and other convenience stores and supermarkets also accept the Easycard for payment. The standard card is called ‘adult’ (普通卡), and student cards (學生卡) and concessionaire cards (優待卡) allow for discounts for some services.
Where can I purchase an Easycard?
Easycard can be purchased at all MRT stations and convenience stores such as 7/11 or FamilyMart generally for NT$100, with the exception of limited issue cards with special designs which will be more expensive. The card is issued with no balance, so be sure to recharge the card with some credit after purchase. All credit can be later refunded at MRT stations.
MRT Operating Time?
First Train 06.00 am – Last train 12.00 am
*Easycard is all about convenience and is a must thing to have while traveling in Taipei City.
Taipei City Bus & Tourist Shuttle
New Taipei City has a well-developed bus system, including regular buses, MRT transfer buses and other types of bus lines. Fares can be paid with an Easycard or cash. Fares are charged by a number of routes sections traveled at a rate of NT$15 per section. Easy Card user can also enjoy a discounted adult fare rate of NT$8 for bus travel within one hour after riding the MRT.
*You will have to switch into some buses trip if you are planning to visit the National Palace Museum, Yangmingshan and Beitou Hotspring.
Taipei Taxi Services
The cabs in Taipei City can be hailed from the roadside, from a taxi stand, an APP or you can call for pickup. The meter starts from NT$70 for the first 1.25KM. Fares increase by NT$5 per additional 200 meters traveled or per additional waiting time (80secs). There are also an NT$20 additional charges between 11:00 pm and 6.00pm.
*Only consider (as last resort) using the cab services when you are traveling into some specific remote area, lost or late for the last MRT/Buses services.
Fun Facts About Taipei City:
This is what you need to know while traveling in Taipei
- In 2012, Taipei was considered a global ‘Alpha -‘ city, meaning it links major economic regions in the world’s economy.
- While Taiwan was a colony of Imperial Japan before the Republic of China took it over in 1945, Taipei has always been its capital.
- In 2009, the city hosted the Summer Deaflympics and even the first Taipei International Flora Exposition in 2010 to 2011.
- The Taipei 101 was ranked the 5th tallest building in the world as of 2014 and held the number one spot from 2004 until 2010.
- The Xinsheng Road, which connects districts in Taipei, is nicknamed the “Road to Heaven” because it has a high number of temples, shrines, churches, and mosques on it.
- The shopping area and pedestrian areas of the city have often been called the ‘Harajuku’ of Taipei, referring to the district in Tokyo, Japan.
- The National Palace Museum in Taipei holds the world’s largest collections of artifacts in ancient China and became available on the Internet as of 2007.
- Taipei has the highest density in Taiwan because it holds about three million people and in the greater metropolitan area, at least seven million.
- In Taipei is the second largest basin in Taiwan, the Taipei Basin, but it is unfortunately polluted by sewage and pollution from illegal industries.
- In 1990, the Wild Lily student rallies helped changed the society from a one-party rule to multi-party democracy.