Taipei

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Visit Taipei

Taipei is the fun capital of Taiwan and is full of modern malls, ancient temples, rich palaces and night markets.

In the Republic of China, or Taiwan, the capital Taipei shares the basin of an ancient lake with New Taipei City. The Tamsui River runs through the cities, which are separate administrative entities.

With the Tropic of Cancer just to the south, Tapei enjoys a hot summers and warm winters and it is humid year-round.

Taipei has a convenient transport system, a computer-savvy population and a unique culture.

Some 6 million people visit Taipei each year. Many head straight to the city’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and the glorious Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall downtown.

To the southeast, the Maokong tea-growing area is another favorite destination. Learn more about the cultivation of the world’s favorite drink, then jump aboard the Maokong Gondola for panoramic views over Taipei.

The gondola stops at the huge Taipei Zoo, which featured in the Oscar-winning movie The Life of Pi in 2012. Signs tell you which real-life animals starred in this animated 3D spectacle and you can come eye-to-eye with the Formosan black bear.

Visit the Shilin Night Market to hear the vendors shout out their specialties in Mandarin and order delicious Chinese food such as roast duck or noodle soup.

Of course, a temple tour should be on your itinerary too. Admire the buddhist dragon sculptures in Longshan Temple and see how the sober interior of the Confucius Temple embraces the philosophy of being content with little.

Taipei hosts many festivals and in the 5th lunar month, around the time of the dragon boat festival, you can photograph traditional races.

The dolphin-shaped island of Taiwan in the North Pacific Ocean is just a short flight away from Hong Kong. From Taipei, it is easy to take a plane to anywhere on the island.

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Top hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Caesar Metro Taipei
Caesar Metro Taipei
4 out of 5
No.167, Bangka Blvd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
SG$123
per night
7 Jan-8 Jan

Located in Wanhua, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lungshan Temple and Huaxi Street Night Market. Taipei Botanical Garden and Presidential Office Building ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,903 reviews)

"Value for money, great location, will be back............."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec,2019

Caesar Metro Taipei
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Zhongshan N Road Sec 4, Taipei
SG$131
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shilin Night Market and Taipei Confucius Temple. National Revolutionary ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,827 reviews)

"Grand, historic building. Maintained beautifully. Efficient shuttle service to sub was. Ay."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec,2019

The Grand Hotel
Taipei M Hotel - Main station
Taipei M Hotel - Main station
3.5 out of 5
No.64, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
SG$65
per night
17 Dec-18 Dec

Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei City North Gate, National Taiwan Museum and Presidential Office Building. Ningxia Night ...

4/5Very Good! (4,906 reviews)

"I been to this hotel every time when I visit Taiwan. In the first time on 2016 they given me an window room. view was great.2017 double bed room in the middle on the level , everything still fine 2018 also the middle room on the level. the ground floor still have toilet while I wait for transport ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2019

Taipei M Hotel - Main station

Popular things to do in Taipei

Taipei 101
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Taipei 101

Rocket to the top of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers for incredible views of Taipei and beyond.

National Palace Museum
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National Palace Museum

Once kept for the solitary enjoyment of emperors, today the world’s largest collection of Chinese antiquities and treasures can be enjoyed by all.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Flanked by traditional Chinese gardens and national cultural halls, this impressive memorial honours one of the world’s most important 20th-century leaders.

Shilin Night Market
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Shilin Night Market

Wander these renowned city markets, known for their nightlife, authentic Taiwanese dishes and local, traditional and international merchandise.

Yangmingshan National Park
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Yangmingshan National Park

Close to Taipei is a stunning and geologically diverse national park with hiking trails, ornamental silver grass, sub-tropical rainforest and volcanic landscapes.

Lungshan Temple
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Lungshan Temple

Ornate carvings, ceremonial gateways and over 165 gods and deities await you at this much-loved Buddhist and Taoist temple.

Top activities in Taipei

Traditional Chinese Performing Arts Show at TaipeiEYE
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Traditional Chinese Performing Arts Show at TaipeiEYE

SG$25

Enjoy an evening of theatrical splendor at the magnificent TaipeiEYE, home to an authentic array of Chinese performing arts. Experience the acrobatics of kung fu alongside a breathtaking mix of traditional music, dazzling dance, and enchanting folklore during this thrilling show.

Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience & Shifen Waterfall Tour
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Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience & Shifen Waterfall Tour

SG$71

Discover the rich culture and history of picturesque Pingxi and Shifen. Release your dreams and wishes into the heavens at the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, and then stroll Shifen's bustling Old Street before a short walk to “the Niagara Falls of Taiwan,” Shifen Waterfall.

Pingxi, Shifen & Jiufen Full Private Day Trip
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Pingxi, Shifen & Jiufen Full Private Day Trip

SG$83

The stunning waterfalls and areas of outstanding natural beauty at Pingxi, Shifen and Juifen are must-see highlights for any Taipei traveler. On this private tour you can enjoy them all, plus you can experience some off-the-beaten-track delights that only locals know about.

Essential Taipei City Tour
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Essential Taipei City Tour

SG$61

Experience Taipei on a guided tour through this fascinating city. Visit the world-famous Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, watch the changing of the guards at Martyrs' Shrine, marvel at extraordinary art collections in the National Palace Museum, photo stop at magnificent The Grand Hotel and discover an ancient Taiwanese temple.

1-Day Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
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1-Day Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

SG$163

Ancient China, colonial Formosa and ultra-modern Taipei, all yours to experience on our Ultimate Taipei Tour. You'll cover our dynamic capital's must-see spots in style on this full day tour mixing tradition religious venues, historically important spots and places of scenic beauty.

Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour Ticket : SPECIAL DEAL
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Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour Ticket : SPECIAL DEAL

SG$24

Taipei is a city bursting with life and what better way to explore some of its most popular landmarks than a 23 stop tour that is offered along two double decker bus routes? Your Taipei double decker bus tour will start off at Taipei Main Station.

Reviews of Taipei

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
183
5 - Excellent 53.352769679300295%
4 - Good
142
4 - Good 41.39941690962099%
3 - Okay
16
3 - Okay 4.664723032069971%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.5830903790087464%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

Various climate in 1 day. Good transportation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Nov 2019

Great night markets,great shopping and very safe city both day and night

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Loved the city. So clean and well looked after.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Nov 2019

Great transportation Easy to traveling around Nice street food and shopping area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Nov 2019

Nice place and friendly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Wonderful, friendly people, great food. I would recommend a trip on the local transport to Juifen and the Pingxi railway line is a great day out. If you like a drink in a bar beer is not too expensive based on UK prices but the wine is extortionate!

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Taipei

How to Spend a Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan
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How to Spend a Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

From its hyper-modern skyscrapers and pulsing nightlife, to its tranquil parks and temples, Taipei offers something for everyone.

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