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TaipeiTaiwan

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

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

Just to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, Tapei enjoys hot tropical summers and warm winters.

Taipei is easy to get around, has a computer-savvy population and a unique and interesting culture.

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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Where to stay in Taipei

Ximending showing street scenes, a city and cbd

Ximending

4.5/5Wonderful!(160 area reviews)

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

Ximending
Beitou showing motorbike riding as well as a couple

Beitou

4.5/5Wonderful!(52 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the relaxing hot springs in Beitou. Spend some time visiting top spots like Beitou Hot Springs Park, and catch the metro at Xinbeitou Station or Beitou Station to see more of the area.

Beitou
Taipei Fine Arts Museum featuring modern architecture and art

Zhongshan

4.5/5Wonderful!(573 area reviews)

Travelers 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 Xingtian Temple and Miramar Ferris Wheel.

Zhongshan
Taipei featuring markets, shopping and signage

Daan

4.5/5Wonderful!(400 area reviews)

Daan Forest Park and Shida Night Market are top sights in Daan, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Technology Building Station or Daan Station to see more sights in the area.

Daan
Tamsui showing a sunset, a coastal town and general coastal views

Tamsui

4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)

Get to know Tamsui and its many features like its riverfront and seafood restaurants. You might want to explore sights like Yangmingshan National Park and Tamsui Old Street, and you can jump on the metro at Xinshi 1st Rd Station or Danjin Beixin Station to get around the city.

Tamsui
Banqiao showing street scenes and motorcycle riding

Banqiao

4.5/5Wonderful!(57 area reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Banqiao. Nanya Night Market is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Fuzhong Station or Banxin Station to see more of the city.

Banqiao

Top Hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Caesar Park Hotel Banqiao
Caesar Park Hotel Banqiao
4.5 out of 5
No. 8, Section 2, Xianmin Blvd., Banqiao District, New Taipei City
The price is ¥8,384 per night

Located in Banqiao, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Taipei City Plaza and Nanya Night Market. Fu Jen Catholic University is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,178 reviews)
Modern, stylish, service oriented hotel

"Modern, stylish, service oriented hotel right at transportation hub.."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Caesar Park Hotel Banqiao
Taipei Fullerton Hotel-South
Taipei Fullerton Hotel-South
4 out of 5
No.41 Sec 2, Fu Xing South Road, Taipei
The price is ¥9,362 per night

Located in Daan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jianguo Flower and Jade Market and Daan Forest Park. Tong Hua Night Market and Cathay General Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"Love the location and room cleanliness. Complimentary breakfast has so many options too choose from. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Taipei Fullerton Hotel-South
Humble House Taipei
Humble House Taipei
4 out of 5
No.18 Songgao Road Xinyi District, Taipei
The price is ¥10,919 per night

Located in Xinyi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei City Hall, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, and Taipei 101. Taipei 101 Mall and Songshan Cultural ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (942 reviews)

"Nice view and great location"…"

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Humble House Taipei

Popular places to visit in Taipei

Taipei 101
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Taipei 101

4.5/5(846 reviews)

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

Shilin Night Market
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Shilin Night Market

4/5(599 reviews)

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

4.5/5(215 reviews)

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

Taipei Zoo
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Taipei Zoo

4.5/5(103 reviews)

Get close to animals from all around the world and learn about wildlife conservation at the largest zoo in Asia.

National Palace Museum
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National Palace Museum

4.5/5(552 reviews)

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

Jiufen Old Street
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Jiufen Old Street

4.5/5(223 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Jiufen Old Street, a favorite shopping spot in Jiufen. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's mountain views.

Top things to do in Taipei

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

¥2,172
Per adult
Taroko Marble Gorge Full-Day Tour
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Taroko Marble Gorge Full-Day Tour

¥15,562
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
5-Day Best of Taiwan Island Excursion
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5-Day Best of Taiwan Island Excursion

¥90,580
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Taipei

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 4.096385542168675%
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1 - Terrible 0.24096385542168675%

5/5 - Excellent

Zoe

Jun 3, 2020

Very friendly and convenient city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

My favorite city in Asia!

5/5 - Excellent

Ken

Mar 30, 2020

Amazing city. Friendly people. Great food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 7, 2020

I could navigate easily everywhere despite speaking no Chinese. National palace Chinese artifacts amazing. Botanical garden lovely. Zoo fun. Dihua street and river fun to explore. I knew so little about Taipei when I arrived to adjust time zones. Fun

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

Wonderful city with so many things to do and see. Taiwanese are always polite and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

We love Taipei, and have been here at least 6 or 7 times and have done many of the previous suggestions already - this time it was more dicey with the coronavirus stuff happening so we were more cautious about running around doing stuff wother crowds

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