Taipei

Travel Guide
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 favourite destination. Learn more about the cultivation of the world’s favourite 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.

Where to stay in Taipei

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Ximending

4.5/5(88 area reviews)

Visitors to Ximending love its popular shops, and you can check out The Red House and Taipei City North Gate. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Ximen Station.

Ximending
Taipei Fine Arts Museum featuring art and modern architecture

Zhongshan

4.5/5(63 area reviews)

Travellers love Zhongshan for its popular shops, and you can see more of Taipei by jumping on the metro at Zhongshan Junior High School Station or Xingtian Temple Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Dajia Riverside Park and Xingtian Temple.

Zhongshan
Taipei featuring theatre scenes, religious elements and heritage architecture

Zhongzheng

4.5/5(130 area reviews)

Travellers love Zhongzheng for its popular shops, and you can see more of Taipei by jumping on the metro at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station or Guting Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall and National Theater.

Zhongzheng
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Daan

4.5/5(36 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Daan. Daan Forest Park is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Technology Building Station or Daan Station to see more of Taipei.

Daan
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