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Travel Guide: Making the Most of Taipei

Taiwan has been becoming increasingly popular among Filipinos ever since the visa-free privilege was granted in 2017. But let’s face it, even without that, Taiwan has always been a bucket list destination for many because of its cultural treasures, stunning nature sites, and delectable delicacies. 

Taiwan’s capital alone is an urban hub that blends traditional Taoist temples with towering skyscrapers and neon-lit streets that make up a remarkable sight! Taipei is a city that oozes with excitement and adventure, a place where you can be sure to have a good time. 

Visiting Taiwan’s buzzing capital soon? Here are some tips on what you should see and do to maximize your stay in Taipei:

1. Have a culture-packed day

Culture Day

There are many temples in Taiwan dedicated to gods and goddesses, sacred animals, and folk heroes. In Taipei, you can already get a glimpse of the religious life of the Taiwanese nationals and discover their rich history that dates back to thousands of years ago. 

Say a prayer, make a wish, or simply marvel at the wonderful temples and museums in the city. Here are the top spots you shouldn’t miss:

National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum Taipei

When the Kuomintang fled mainland China and moved to Taiwan, they brought with them some treasures, which you can find inside this grand museum along with a broad collection of Chinese imperial artifacts and art pieces. It’s one of the best places to see Chinese cultural pieces and is the largest of its kind in the world.

Book your National Palace Museum Tickets here

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Liberty Square

Taiwan’s most prominent monument stands in Zhongzheng district and was built in honor of the former president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek.

Within this sprawling national park is the Liberty Square, which has become a popular photo spot for many tourists as it gives a stunning view of the white stone arch gate on the west and the memorial hall to the east. Make sure to catch the changing of the guards ceremony every hour from 9:00 to 17:00.

Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple

Marvel at the 18th century structure of one of the oldest and most popular temples in Taipei. Open to this day, get to witness the locals do their prayers according to their traditional customs, and find your peaceful moment within its tranquil grounds.

Taipei Old Town (Dadaocheng and Dihua Street)

Dihua Street
Image Credit: Taiwan.net.tw

This historic neighborhood is the first urban area to develop in Taipei and remains to be a place where locals remain true to tradition. Marvel at the juxtaposition of ancient houses and western buildings that date back to the Japanese colonial era. In Dihua Street, you’ll find a number of tea boutiques, traditional markets, and souvenir shops.

Book a Taiwanese Cuisine Cooking Class in Old Taipei

Visit during the Lunar New Year for a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. While you’re here, why not try wearing a traditional Chinese Qipao or learn how to cook Taiwanese dishes to complete your trip? You can easily book these experiences via Traveloka.

Book a Traditional Chinese Qipao Dress Rental in Taipei

 

2. Explore Modern Taipei

Modern Taipei

Discover the other side of Taipei, one that bursts with life, color, and everything that makes the world go ‘round today. Modern Taipei is filled with trendy cafés, towering skyscrapers, and neon-lit streets that promise endless fun and discovery. Check out these urban hotspots:

Fujin Street

Fujin Street Cafe
Image Credit: Herenow.city

If you are familiar with Singapore’s Haji Lane, you’ll definitely want to check out this popular tree-lined street. The retail shops and trendy cafés lining Fujin have rustic exteriors and charming façades that make for great #OOTD backdrops.

There are several stores that sell a variety of items including clothes, furniture, and plants. You can also sample good coffee and food from the many hipster cafés in the area.

Taipei 101 Observatory

Taipei 101 observatory

Previously holding the title for the tallest structure in the world, Taipei 101 and its observatory provides a stunning panoramic view of the whole city. We also recommend viewing it from afar as the building’s exterior design is just as beautiful as the view from the top. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance via Traveloka.

Book your Taipei 101 Observatory Tickets here

Ximending District

Ximending District

Ximending is Taipei’s answer to Harajuku and is a bustling, neon-lit district filled with trendy fashion stores, restaurants, and clubs.

It’s a great spot to hang out, explore, and stroll through. Here, you can find quirky dining options like Modern Toilet Restaurant, where you literally sit on toilet seats and eat poop-looking treats (for lack of a better description); and A380 In-Flight Kitchen, which is an airplane-themed restaurant that takes in-flight dining to the ground.

 

3. Get Eating!

Night Market

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Taipei, it’s the amazing food.

From dumplings and beef noodles to sweet bubble tea, it’s a haven for foodies out there! If you want to taste as many flavors and delicacies as possible, head over to one of the city’s many night markets and go on a street food crawl.

Shilin Night Market is the largest and most popular night market in Taipei. Here you’ll find a variety of merchandise, as well as a food court with several street food stalls that will definitely make your mouth water and satisfy your finger food cravings. 

For a taste of authentic Taiwanese dishes, dine at Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant which is one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Try their traditional Taiwanese dish, Dan Zai noodles, which is made from a recipe that dates back to over a hundred years!

You can book your meal sets here

4. Make a Wish at Pingxi

Pingxi Chinese Lantern

Write your wishes on a traditional Chinese lantern and set them off to the sky right from the train tracks at Pingxi Old Street. Located in Pingxi Town near Taipei, this quaint area is rich in culture and history, and is also a great place to see Taiwan’s natural beauty. There are several local goods and delicacies sold in the area for you to enjoy during your trip here.

 

5. De-stress in Beitou

Spring City Resort Beitou

After a long day of sightseeing and exploring the city sights, head over to the mountainous Beitou district which is home to some of Taiwan’s best spas and massage places. Unwind against the peaceful scenery in a hot spring bath, known to be one of the best ways to de-stress because of its many health benefits. 

Escape the bustling city at Spring City Resort Beitou where they offer indoor and outdoor hot springs for you to soak in. Spend time with family, friends, or that special someone in their various pools or treat yourself to some “me time” in one of their private baths.

Going here is the perfect way to end a vacation as you get to come home relaxed, renewed, and carrying back new memories that would last a lifetime… Or until your next Taiwan escapade!

Book your Spring City Resort Beitou Hot Spring Spa Tickets here

 

Short stay in Taipei? Book a quick day tour and maximize your trip here. Also, check out Traveloka Xperience and find more ways to fill up your itineraries to make the most of your stay in Taiwan!

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