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.

Known for

shopping, dining and museum

Top hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Caesar Metro Taipei
4 out of 5
No.167, Bangka Blvd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
HK$652/night
24 Sep-25 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (2,354 reviews)

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! (2,354 reviews)

"Convenient location - near to train station and MRT."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Caesar Metro Taipei
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Taipei M Hotel - Main station
3.5 out of 5
No.64, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
HK$316/night
24 Sep-25 Sep
4/5Very Good! (4,361 reviews)

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! (4,361 reviews)

"Great location. Fast check in and out. Room carpet needs replacement. Add hair conditioner and body lotion on free bies. Overall great stay."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019

Taipei M Hotel - Main station
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Taipei AP H Imperial
3 out of 5
11F,. No. 50, Section 1, Zhongxiao West, Taipei
HK$278/night
29 Aug-30 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (1,618 reviews)

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! (1,618 reviews)

"We are a group of six friends and co-employees who decided to travel to Taipei as a way of bonding and enjoying together for the first time. The hotel is very near Taipei Main Station, just a few steps up from Z2 or M4 Exit and you are there. We love the mini garden where coffee in different flavors ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

Taipei AP H Imperial

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 honors 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

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

HK$408

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.

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

HK$941

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.

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

HK$457

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.

Private Taiwanese Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Taipei
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Private Taiwanese Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Taipei

HK$122

When in Taipei, eat as the Taiwanese do: locals love to eat often and eat well. Make your taste buds dance with a selection of 10 mouthwatering tastings! On this unforgettable private food tour your private guide will show you why Taipei is known for being a delicious mash-up of Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

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

HK$138

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.

Taipei Night Tour with Dinner at Din Tai Fung Restaurant
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Taipei Night Tour with Dinner at Din Tai Fung Restaurant

HK$408

Get a taste of Taipei after dark on an evening excursion through the city. See one of the world's tallest skyscrapers – Taipei 101, visit the Lung Shan Temple, enjoy local steamed dumplings, and stroll through the Hwahsi Street Night Market.

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