What to see in Taipei in 3 days

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Taipei, and with it the island of Taiwan of which it is also the capital, is one of the most fascinating metropolises in the world: a fusion of modernity and tradition, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere will leave you speechless thanks to its ancient temples and skyscrapers. Although little known, the island surrounded by the China Sea in a few years is becoming one of the favorite destinations for many tourists and onlookers from all over the world who want to direct their gaze to the wonders of the East.
So let's find out together what to see in Taipei in 3 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Taipei cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, Dihua Street

After having breakfast at STARBUCKS Hangzhou Shop for $ 210 (€ 6,00), your trip to Taipei starts from the Zhongheng district, visiting the famous Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial: it is a huge building dedicated to the memory of President Chiang Kai-Shek. Entirely in white marble and with blue ceramic roofs, inside there is a huge bronze statue of the former veteran famous for his military exploits and his government. Inside the majestic building you can also admire the exhibition with the ancient objects that belonged to this great personality. The changing of the guard is also very particular (every hour between 10:00 and 16:00). The visit is free.

Walk in 10 minutes to the Songshan-Xindian Line subway and, in 7 minutes, you will arrive at the Beimen stop: you are in the famous Dihua Street (in the Dadaocheng district), a historic street where you will breathe an atmosphere with an its arcades, stalls and shops where they sell products such as fabrics, lanterns, decorations for the Chinese New Year, but also food products such as tea, spices, sweets, incense and traditional Chinese medicine remedies. But the real peculiarity of this place are the small temples juxtaposed with western-style buildings.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Taipei 101

For lunch we suggest Noodle Fuzhou where you will spend € 7,00, then head to Taipei 101 using first bus n ° 204 (get off at Nanchang Rd. Stop) then Tamsui-Xinyi Line metro stop Taipei 101: you will be delighted by one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, 508 meters high with 101 floors and built in record time. There is the possibility to go up with an elevator that takes you in one minute to the observatory on the 91st floor from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the metropolis of Taipei; the ticket price is $ 540 per person (€ 15,00), and at the base of the skyscraper there is a huge shopping center with shops and restaurants for all tastes.

3 - Evening: Dinner, MQ [Marquee Taipei]

In the evening we recommend dining at Din Tai Fung which is part of a very famous chain of restaurants and there are only six of them in Tapei! Order a plate of shao long bao (Chinese steamed noodles) and a plate of spicy noodles with sesame noodles, for around $ 700 (priority entry with dinner from € 24,00).
Finally, you could end your evening at MQ [Marquee Taipei], a place where themed nights are often organized in which to dance until late in the evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,5 km / 2 h 19 min
  • Places visited: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial (free), Dihua Street (free), Taipei 101 (€ 15,00)
  • Taipei: 24 or 48 hour hop-on-hop-off bus ticket
  • Breakfast at STARBUCKS Hangzhou Shop Get Directions), Lunch at Noodle Fuzhou (Get Directions), Dinner at Din Tai Fung (Get Directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Bao'an Temple, Confucius Temple, Lungshan Temple

Breakfast at Louisa Coffee for $ 210 (€ 6,00), then head to the nearby Taoist temple of Bao'an for free admission with daily entry times 07:00 - 16:00, also accessible by public transport ( bus n ° 618) in 13 minutes getting off at the Kulun St Entrance stop; in the immediate vicinity there is also the Confucius Temple, known as the most important place of worship of Confucianism in the city of Taipei, also free admission with access hours 08:30 - 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.
Further away (bus n ° 9 in 36 minutes to the Longshan Temple Station stop) is the Lungshan Temple, one of the oldest and most famous temples in Taiwan: with free admission (open from 06:00 to 22:00), inside it is possible to find different altars of the deities referring to different deities, it is extremely suggestive with its smells of incense, people praying, colorful walls and long tables set with food of various kinds.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, National Palace Museum

Go for lunch at Dalongdong (reachable in 35 minutes by Chong Qing Main Line bus at the Taipei Special stop) by ordering for example a rice soup for 150 dollars (€ 4,50) and dedicate your afternoon to the National Palace Museum by reaching it by public transport by getting off at the bus stop of the same name (bus n ° 304 arrives in 30 minutes): it is one of the most important in Taiwan and has a permanent collection of nearly 700.000 pieces including ancient artifacts and works of art from the Chinese tradition (ticket € 7,00, open from Sunday to Thursday 08:30 - 18:30; from Friday to Saturday 08:30 - 21:00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Shilin

For dinner we recommend that you go to one of the many night markets in downtown Taipei (46 minutes by public transport stop Shilin Market using the Blue Line bus), a paradise for street food lovers: the most famous and the best is that of Shilin and the choice is really huge, you could taste some very special oyster omelettes, a beef and spaghetti soup and the famous bubble tea (invented in Taiwan) for € 20,00!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 21,5 km / 4 h 38 min
  • Places visited: Bao'an Temple, Confucius Temple, Lungshan Temple, National Palace Museum (€ 7,00), Shilin Market (free)
  • Breakfast at Louisa Coffee (Get Directions), Lunch at Dalongdong (Get Directions), Dinner at Shilin (Get Directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Yangmingshan Park

Dedicate your morning to the famous Yangmingshan Park, have breakfast at Shine Mood (€ 6,00 per person). To reach the park, we recommend that you use the package that offers a hotel pickup and guide service (from € 44,82), as it is difficult to reach it by public transport. It is about one of Taiwan's eight national parks and it is truly unique for its wild nature with its 1.120 meter high volcanic complex.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Huashan

In the afternoon, back in the center of Taipei with your guide, we advise you to spend it among the streets of Huashan 1914 Creative Park and have lunch at Subway Zhongxiao Zhongshan Store for $ 540 per person (€ 15,00). This district, famous for having been the seat of a winery since the early 900s, was then ruinously abandoned in the 90s and finally recovered in the 2000s, becoming a important and well-known cultural center able to gather artists and artisans from all over the nation, also rich in many art galleries and temporary exhibitions.

3 - Evening: Dinner

Enjoying the evening lights in the Huasahan district, walk 6 minutes to MOS BURGER Zhongxiao II Shop to dine on a delicious burger for € 10,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 42,5 km / 9 h 52 min
  • Places visited: Yangmingshan Park (€ 45,00 with guide), Huashan (free)
  • Yangmingshan National Park and Hot Springs Sunrise Excursion: Yangmingshan National Park
  • Breakfast at Shine Mood (Get Directions), Lunch at Subway Zhongxiao Zhongshan Store (Get Directions), Dinner at MOS BURGER Zhongxiao II Shop (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Taipei cost

To visit this very particular metropolis with an oriental flavor you will spend approximately € 350 (flights excluded): life here is not very expensive, the same goes for overnight stays. In the total budget that you will need to go to Taipei, the cost of the flight will affect more or less depending on the period and the advance with which you decide to buy the ticket.

  • Costs to eat: about € 35,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 78,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 20,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
  • Total cost of a weekend in Taipei: from € 350,00 per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Taipei: we recommend the winter period, as the least rainy season, although it is in the north, the rainiest area of ​​the whole island of Taiwan. However, the temperature will always be mild even in winter
  • by plane. There are 2 airports: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, further away from the city center, and Taipei Songhan Airport, closer but more limited in terms of international flights. From Italy you have a stopover in Dubai or Istanbul, while from China the connections are direct - Compare flights - from € 420,00
  • Taipei is essentially divided into two parts: the typically traditional western one, the more technological and metropolitan eastern one. To find a compromise we recommend the central and strategic area of ​​Zhongshan - Hotels and b & b from € 61,00 per room -
  • Getting around: The subway is the best way. You will avoid traffic and save! There is also a rechargeable card, the EasyCard, which will allow you to travel indefinitely on all public transport or even rent bicycles for $ 500 (€ 14,00) - find out more
  • Other: if your trip to Asia has a duration of less than 90 days, you will not need a visa but only your return ticket, together with your passport

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