Taipei, the capital of Taiwan is a marvel in its own right. The hub of economy, finance, tourism and even fashion, life is ever-changing and ever-quickening in Taipei.
The booming metropolitan embraces modernity like two peas in a pod, yet fiercely preserving its traditional values passed down through generations.
The skyline is built to impress, but as you venture through the exciting city, you will find little delights in its splendid natural beauty or in the locals’ charmingly warm hospitality.
Top 5 Must Do’s
The icon of Taipei, and the prominent centre of the city, the Taipei 101 skyscraper is the tallest green building in the world.
The post-modernistic structure boasts 101 floors of shopping, conference centres, offices, restaurants and both outdoor and indoor observatories.
Head to the top for a stunning and unobstructed view of Taipei City!
Shilin Night Market
There is a plethora of night markets in Taipei, but the most famous one of all is the Shilin Night Market.
Food hunters crowd over for its many food vendors and small eateries especially amongst the 539 stalls in the food court.
After dinner, the many attractions such as movie theatres, video arcades, shops and karaoke stores will have you staying till the wee closing hours.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Another famous landmark of Taipei, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built in memory of the former president of the Republic of China.
The hall and square is now the hub for cultural events, and the National Concert Hall and National Theatre are in the vicinity as well, housing performances from the likes of Yo-yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and even the late Luciano Pavarotti himself.
A 2-hour train ride from Taipei is the beautiful Taroko Gorge. Located within the Taroko National Park, the gorge is known for its magnificent natural beauty and its abundant supply of marble.
Visitors can get in touch with nature as they explore the many sights around, such as the Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Buluowan Village and many others.
Shopaholics will be happily satiated in Taipei’s main wholesale garment market, offering the latest fashion and trends at enormous bargain prices.
The shops open from morning till midnight every single day, and haggling is a gift that will be a blessing in disguise that will take you far when you’re roaming the streets of Wufenpu.
Quick Facts about Taipei
|Bus 1819||Taipei Main Station||55 mins||NT$125|
|2061 CitiAir West Bus||Sheraton Hotel||80 mins||NT$90|
|2060 CitiAir West Bus||Grand Hyatt Taipei||70 mins||NT$145|
|High Speed Rail
(via shuttle bus to THSR Taoyuan station)
|THSR Taipei Station||20 mins||NT$155|
|Taxi||Taipei Main Station||40 mins||Starts from NT$1000|
|Currency||New Taiwan Dollar (NTD)|
|Language||Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, English|
|Time zone||UTC +8|
|Religion||Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity|
JUN – AUG
Summer – hot and rainy
24°C to 38°C
Drink plenty of water and bring an umbrella.
SEP – NOV
Autumn – warm and pleasant
19°C to 27°C
Travel light and bring a camera!
DEC – FEB
Winter – dry and windy
13°C to 19°C
It’ll get really chilly, so make sure you bring a thick winter jacket.
MAR – MAY
Spring – sunny and clear
15°C – 19°C
Best time for sight-seeing and shopping!