Taipei | 10 Things to see in Taipei in Taiwan

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Staying in Asia it's not just about visiting chaotic Beijing or multicultural Tokyo. In addition to China and Japan there is much more in the East: the tangible proof of this statement is Taipei, one of the most populated cities of Taiwan, as well as its capital. If you want to get to know "another" Asia, don't waste time and immerse yourself in the Taiwanese metropolis with the list of the 10 coolest attractions in the capital.


Index

  1. National Palace Museum
  2. Taipei 101 skyscraper
  3. Yangmingshan
  4. Shilin Night Market
  5. Longshan Temple
  6. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Building
  7. Taipei Zoo
  8. Maokong Gondola
  9. Beitou
  10. Mausoleum of the Martyrs of the Revolution
  11. User questions and comments

1 - National Palace Museum

within the National Palace Museum of Taipei find space and visibility beyond 700 thousand Chinese works of art of all kinds, from jewels to books, all visible to the public thanks to a skilful system of "rotation" of the finds exhibited in three floors of the building, located outside the city center.


  • the museum can be reached in about an hour by bus. Depart from Minquan and Songjiang Intersection station by taking the first Dunhua Main Line bus to the Shi Lin Official Residence stop. Once you have reached the first stop of the journey, walk to the Fulin Elementary School stop in a few minutes and board the second 255 Shuttle bus
  • Sun-Thu 08:30 - 18:30; Fri-Sat 08:30 - 21:00
  • full € 7,10; free admission for preschool children, people with disabilities with a companion

2 - Taipei 101 Skyscraper

It is among the tallest skyscraper in the world, capable of withstanding the devastating fury of two earthquakes with the grace of a bamboo cane, as its elegant architecture recalls.
Skyscraper Taipei 101 it is a real must of the capital: high beyond 500 meters, offers an extraordinary view going up "just" to the 91st floor!



  • Taipei 101 is just a two-minute walk from downtown by going south on Section 5, Xinyi Road
  • Mon-Sun 09am - 00pm
  • full € 17,00; students and children up to 115 cm in height € 15,40; children under 115 cm enter for free

3 - Yangmingshan

It is one of the eight national parks of Taiwan and fascinates tourists and natives for its intact, wild, virgin nature. The green and luxuriant microcosm seems an independent microcosm Yangmingshan, a volcanic complex that reaches an altitude of 1120 meters.

  • the quickest way to reach Yangmingshan park is to take your own car or taxi. In 29 minutes, crossing Tayou Road, you can reach the park
  • the park is always accessible
  • free, free visit

4 - Shilin Night Market

Taipei is a city known for its delicacies culinary. A way as unusual as it is exceptional to taste the delicacies of the capital of Taiwan and, at the same time, experience the atmosphere of the city by night is to reach one of the many night markets located on the streets of Taipei. The most famous - but also the most chaotic - of these "mini cities" of street food is that of Shilin. enjoy your meal!

  • Shilin Night Market is reached by bus from downtown Taipei. The stop is Minquan and Songjiang Intersection, the bus is the Dunhua Main Line, last stop Mingchuan University; from here, the market can be reached on foot in a few minutes
  • the night market opens its doors from late afternoon until late at night
  • free, free visit

5 - Longshan Temple


Temples are a must of Eastern cultural-religious tourism. The oldest in Taiwan is undoubtedly the Longshan temple, mix of Taoist and Buddhist elements well expressed by wood carvings and gilded engravings. One of the most significant moments of the temple, which is worth attending, is the moment of sung prayer, which takes place at different times of the day, from sunrise to sunset.



  • the temple can be reached by bus from the center in less than 20 minutes, starting from Songshan Station with the Fuxing / Shuttle vehicle
  • Mon-Sun 06am - 00pm
  • free, free visit

6 - Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Building

Imposing, fascinating, a pearl not far from the city center. If you choose to stay in Taipei you can't help but dedicate an hour and more of your time to a thorough visit to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, building dedicated to the memory of the namesake President of the Republic Chinese surrounded by gardens with waterfalls. Don't miss the fateful moment of changing of the guard, an unmissable event for residents and tourists.

  • the building can be reached in less than 20 minutes from the center of Taipei by bus 630 (or the 270) from Rural and Dunhua Intersection to Ren Ai Hang Zhou Rd Intersection. Then continue on foot for a few minutes
  • Mon-Sun 09am - 00pm
  • free, free visit

7 - Taipei Zoo

It is a more unique than rare opportunity, for animal lovers but also for skeptics of "forced" habitats, to visit the suggestive zoo of Taipei. You will not be faced with the classic scenario of animals kept in a cage, but rather a sort of natural Park, whose "highlight" is undoubtedly overtime Chinese pandas.


  • from the Rural and Dunhua Intersection stop, take bus number 261 to Renai & Fuxing Roads. Then reach MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station Zhan and board the Wenhu Line, brown line, destination Taipei Zoo
  • Mon-Sun 09am - 00pm
  • full € 1,71; reduced for students € 0,85. Disabled and preschool children enter for free

8 - Maokong Gondola

Can a means of transport become atourist attraction? The answer is yes, especially if we talk about the suggestive Maokong Gondola! The particular funivia of Taipei, which offers the traveler both "standard" cabins and those with glass floors (recommended for the more daring!), offers the opportunity to admire some "gems" of the capital from above, such as the immense tea plantations that have made Taiwan so popular.


  • the Maokong Gondola is located near the Taipei Zoo. From the city center (MRT Dapinglin Station), take bus 647 to Wenshan Police Station 1. Then board bus 236 to Maokong Cable Car Taipei Zoo Station. The funicular can be reached in 26 minutes
  • the cable car is always accessible
  • About 1,50

9 - Beitou

A moment of absolute relaxation, to be experienced in the sulphurous swimming pools full of hot thermal waters. Beitou it is the ideal destination for lovers of sweet idleness, but not only: it is also recommended for those who want to regenerate after a bath in the vapors of the pools "set" in the nature surrounding the area, like stones inserted to perfection in a precious jewel.

  • by car, the hot tubs of Beitou are about half an hour from the center, taking the Jianguo Elevated Road
  • Tue-Sun 09:00 - 17:00
  • free, free visit

10 - Mausoleum of the Martyrs of the Revolution

Place of meditation, reflection, remembrance. Erected in homage to fallen from the Chinese Revolution of 1911, Mausoleum of the Martyrs of the Revolution gives visitors painful but unique emotions, marked by the solemn moment of the changing of the guard. A piece of history not to forget.

  • by car, the mausoleum can be reached in less than a quarter of an hour, along the Zhengqi Bridge
  • Mon-Sun 09am - 00pm
  • free, free visit

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