Taipei

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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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Top hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Taipei M Hotel - Main station
Taipei M Hotel - Main station
3.5 out of 5
No.64, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
HK$222
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

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! (5,218 reviews)

"The room was spacious and the location is excellent with Taipei Main Station being very nearby along with many shopping and dining options in the neighborhood. I liked the separate shower room and bathroom along with the electronic safe. The staff was friendly and the rooftoop lounge offered good ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Taipei M Hotel - Main station
Caesar Metro Taipei
Caesar Metro Taipei
4 out of 5
No.167, Bangka Blvd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
HK$459
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in Wanhua, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Huaxi Street Night Market, Lungshan Temple and Presidential Office Building. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,257 reviews)

"The room was perfect. Modern, clean, thoughtfully designed, everything in perfect working condition."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Caesar Metro Taipei
Taipei AP H Imperial
Taipei AP H Imperial
3 out of 5
11F,. No. 50, Section 1, Zhongxiao West, Taipei
HK$222
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is steps away from Station Front Metro Mall and Shin Kong Life Tower. Taipei City North Gate and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,153 reviews)

"Staff were extremely accommodating and helpful with arranging airport transportation and check in at night. They upgraded me to a family suite with a window which was lovely. Rooms are on the smaller size but more than sufficient space, rooms and linens are clean and comfortable with refreshment ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Taipei AP H Imperial

Popular things to do in Taipei

Taipei 101
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Taipei 101

4/5(147 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(107 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(35 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(27 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(63 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.

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

4.5/5(124 reviews)

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

Top activities in Taipei

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

88% of travellers recommend
HK$141
Per adult
Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience & Shifen Waterfall Tour
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Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience & Shifen Waterfall Tour

78% of travellers recommend
HK$404
Per adult
Pingxi, Shifen & Jiufen Full Private Day Trip
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Pingxi, Shifen & Jiufen Full Private Day Trip

80% of travellers recommend
HK$538
Per adult
Essential Taipei City Tour
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Essential Taipei City Tour

82% of travellers recommend
HK$350
Per adult
1-Day Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
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1-Day Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

96% of travellers recommend
HK$932
Per adult
National Palace Museum Admission Ticket
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National Palace Museum Admission Ticket

HK$126
Per adult

Reviews of Taipei

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
219
5 - Excellent 54.3424317617866%
4 - Good
166
4 - Good 41.19106699751861%
3 - Okay
16
3 - Okay 3.970223325062035%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.49627791563275436%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

nice city, nice people

5/5 - Excellent

Intira

Feb 9, 2020

This is my first time traveling to Taiwan. I like the transportation system; very convenient an on time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

Easy to go everywhere by MRT & Train. Good to find streetfood

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 5, 2020

Good place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 22, 2019

Good​ place and​ nice people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 18, 2019

Green space with very big trees. Facilities i.e. Toilet and drinking water are around everwhere. But no specific area for smoking so everywhere can smoke and that behavior affect my health.

Ultimate 2020 Taipei travel blog info

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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.
How to Spend a Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

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