Taipei Transportation

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    Quite deciplined people when speaking of transport

    by listenandlearn Written Jan 20, 2014

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    Mid of January 2014, I took my wife for 8 days to Taipei and we invited a couple from Barcelona. As we arrived, not knowing the language, we just followed tourists book, and we took the public bus from the airport to our hotel/apartment. You will noticed how deciplined the motorists...as the red light is turned on, all the motorists groups on the side or in short all of them are qued in ahead of all cars, meaning they the motorists people all drive ahead of all cars. We thought and believe that this is the safest way giving the motorist/motorcycle the priority start...it is quite impressive. Now when speaking of subway, it is amazing how thoughtful and very considerate people are. As the train approaches, there are bright red lights on the ground that lights up, blinking giving the signal that to people that there is a train approaching. Then people automatically falls in que and there is no pushing what so ever. Those in the metro/train are giving the priority of stepping out first and then next the people boarding the metro /train are giving the change of boarding the metro/train...there are so many great customs which are so deciplined seeing in Taipei, wherein you would never see in New York....In Taipei, you are not allowed to eat, chew gum, drink when in the public transportation and it is clean and nearly sanitized, as in New York, even rats are found inside the subway because people and so many people eat, sleep, chew gum and its so dirty in and out of the subway....well, let's just speak of Taipei as we are really amazed at how the transportation system happens to be amazingly effecient, clean and affordable.

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    Ruifang Railway Station

    by cal6060 Written Jan 12, 2014

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    Ruifang Railway Station is the important railway station in Ruifang district, including the Jiufen Old Town and Jinguashi mining town. You can take a train from Taipei to Ruifang Station and transfer to a bus #788 & #825 to visit Jiufen Old Town and Jinguashi.

    On the other hand, you can catch a train here to Pingxi Railway Line, one of the three historical railway lines in Taiwan. In Pingxi, you will expect to experience the simplicity of the rural life, ancient railways, traditional delicacies, classic old streets, waterfalls and the famous tradition of sky lanterns. We had visited Shifen Old Town to see the sky lanterns for the sunset and the cheerful evening. Other stops worth stopping by are Pingxi Train Station and Jingtong Train Station.

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    1 Day Trip: Yehliu-Keelung-Jinguashi-Jiufen-Shifen

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    You will find the public transportation tips on how to travel to Yehliu, Keelung, Jinguashi, Jiufen and Shifen from Taipei city within a day in this review:

    It is better to leave Taipei City as early as possible to have more time for each attraction. We left Taipei City at 9:20 and managed to see and enjoy all the attractions. We did not spend time in Keelung, it was only a transit point to change a bus to Jinguashi.

    We caught a bus #1815 from Taipei West Bus Station Terminal A. I would not recommend you to take the bus at Taipei West Bus Station Terminal A as it is hard to locate the station from the Taipei Main Station. It is much better to take the bus at Taipei City Hall Bus Station, Taipei City Hall Station Exit 2.

    Bus 1815 ~ Frequency: Every 15-20 minutes. Fare: NT$96 / person.

    When you arrive Yehliu, you need to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the Yehliu Main Entrance. When you are done with Yehliu, walk back to the road where the bus #1815 stop, walk across the street to wait for bus# 790 (refer the map on the picture). When you are at the bus stop, several taxi drivers will approach you to hire their taxi with other passengers for about NT$500/ person to reach Jinguashi within 30-40 minutes, as compared to almost 1 hour and 40 minutes by bus. We decided to wait for the bus to see how it went!

    Bus 790 ~ Frequency: 10- 15 minutes; Fare: NT$30/ person

    Bus# 790 takes 40 minutes to reach Keelung. Keelung is such a beautiful harbor town, but we did not spend time here and immediately transferred another bus to Jinguashi. You need to wait for a bus# 788 in front of the Family Mart next to a clinic (仁样诊所). It takes 1 hour from Keelung to Jinguashi.

    Bus 788 ~ Frequency: 10-15 minutes; Fare: NT$50/ person

    Bus# 788 is passing by Ruifang Railway Station and Jiufen. In other words, Ruifang, Jiufen and Jianguashi are in the same area. Bus# 825 has the same routes to these three attractions with less stops.

    Ruifang Railway Station is linked to the Pingxi Historical Railway Route. So, you can stop at Ruifang Station to catch a train to Shihfen Railway Station. They have a frequent train on this route, almost every 30 to 40 minutes each train. It is nice to see the sunset with Sky Lanterns in this old town.

    From the Shihfen Railway Station, you can catch a train to Ruifang Railway Station, and catch the next train to Taipei Main Station.

    Easy & Fun!!!

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    Ferry Service in Tamsui

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    Taking a ferry to travel around Tamsui is a must while visiting Tamsui. It is a budget option to see the Tamsui River with a ferry. The best time to do this is during sunset when you can see the Tamsui sunset and the evening lights of the Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf.

    Fare:
    Tamsui ==> Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf ( NT$60 /person )
    Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf ==> Bali Leftbank ( NT$60 /person )

    You can walk between Bali Left Bank and Bali Old Street.

    Bali Old Street ==> Tamsui Old Street ( NT$23 /pserson)

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    Taipei Bus

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    It is not easy for foreigners especially non-Chinese to figure out the bus routes, stops, and the bus network of the city. There are several reasons why. First, most of the signboards are not written in English, even the stops. Second, most of the drivers don't speak English. Third, there are several bus operators in the city makes it harder to understand the basic framework of the city bus routes. Forth, Taipei's roads unlike Beijing with systematically designed makes it very confusing to take a bus of which direction.

    I think the only reason to take a bus is when the MRT does not reach your destination. First, you should find out the nearest MRT station to a destination, then check with a staff either from the Tourism Board or the MRT Station where to take the bus and what's the bus number. Or check the bus numbers to your destinations in advance from a guide book or nearest tourism board office. You should be fine by doing that.

    Several Bus Numbers That might be helpful:

    National Palace Museum: Take MRT to Shilin Station Exit 1, take a bus in front of Watson: 255, 304, 815, or refer to my picture

    Taipei Martyrs' Shrine: Take MRT 1 to Yuanshan Station, take a bus 21, 42, 208, 247, 267, 287, Red 2.

    I will write down the bus number of destinations that required a bus in my thing to do reviews.

    Taking a local bus can be fun and easy in Taipei if you know where to take it and the bus number!

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    Taipei MRT

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 29, 2013

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    I love Taipei MRT. It is the easiest way to get around the city center and the suburb of the city. I believe the locals depend on the mrt to travel around Taipei everyday. It is fast, convenient and cheap!

    You can take the mrt to the following attractions:

    Line 1 (Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center - Taipei Zoo)
    Songshan Airport Station -> Airport
    Nanjing E Rd Station -> Taipei Arena, Liaoning St Night Market
    Taipei Zoo Station --> Taipei Zoo

    Line 2 ( Tamsui - Xindian)
    Tamsui Station --> Tamsui Historical Town, River walk, Fisherman Wharf
    Baitou Station --> Transfer to Xinbeitou , Public Open Hot Spring, Hot Spring Museum
    Shilin Station --> Shilin Night Market, C.K.S Shilin Residence Park, Taipei Astronomical Museum
    Shuanglian Station --> Ningxia Tourist Night Market
    Taipei Main Station
    C.K.S Memorial Station --> C.K.S Memorial
    N.T.U Hospital Station --> Presidential Office Building,

    Line 4 ( Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center - Yongning)
    Taipei City Hall Station --> Taipei 101, Taipei City Hall
    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Station --> Sun Yat-Sen Memorial
    Ximen Station --> Ximen Commercial District, The Red House
    Longshan Temple Station --> Longshan Temple, many tourist markets.

    Taipei Pass
    Get a day pass to have an unlimited ride to all mrt and buses in Taipei! You can buy the pass at any mrt stations.
    One-day Pass NT$180
    Two-day Pass NT$310
    Three-day Pass NT$440
    Five-day Pass NT$700

    You will get a city guide with coupons book when you buy a day pass!

    Or, get a EASYCARD!

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    Taipei Station

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 29, 2013

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    Taipei Station is huge and confusing! It is the main transportation hub for the Taipei City. It consists of the railway station, high speed rail station, metro station (line 2 & 4), and bus station of different bus companies.

    Metro Station Line 2 & 4 stops at the Taipei Main Station. You need to walk through a hall on the north and exit Y4 to the railway station and high speed rail station.

    Exit M1 and enter the underpass shopping mall, Taipei City Hall. Exit Y3 will get you to Taipei Bus station, and Exit Y20 will get you to Taipei West Bus Station A & B. Taipei West Bus Station will serve Kuo Kuang Buses.

    It sounds complicated, isn't it? I would recommend you to take buses somewhere else. It is okay to take the railway, mrt and high speed rail here.

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    Taoyuan Airport: Bus To Taoyuan THSR Station

    by cal6060 Written Dec 28, 2013

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    You can take a Ubus from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan High-Speed Rail Station. It only takes 15 minutes to the station. You can take a high speed rail to either Taipei Main Station, Taichung or all the way to Kaosiung.

    Fare: NT$30 / person

    Click here to check the THSR schedules!; book your ticket a week in advance can save up to 20% of the actual fare.

    If you have a spare time at the Taoyuan THSR Station, read my Chungli page for more information.

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    Taoyuan Airport Bus: Kuo Kuang Express #1819

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 28, 2013
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    Kuo Kuang Express Bus #1819 (国光客远) has the route between Taoyuan International Airport to the Taipei Main Station Exit M3. When you reach Taipei Main Station, you can take a metro or taxi to your hotel. It also stops at Fortune Hotel and The Ambassador Hotel.

    Click here for the complete bus route!

    Fare: NT$125 / person

    Frequency: 15 - 20 minutes

    Times: 05:40 - 00:30 ;

    After midnight schedules in airport : 01:00; 01:30; 03:00

    Good To Know:
    You need to take the bus at Taipei West Bus Station Terminal A. When you reach the Taipei Main Station, go to Station Front Metro Mall and Exit Z3. Taipei Main Station is huge, if you have children or elderly, avoid taking the bus in this station. It can be confusing!

    After midnight Schedules to airport: 00:20 (Terminal A) ; 01:50 (Terminal B).

    Other Kuo Kuang Express Airport Routes
    Bus#1843 (Taoyuan Airport - Nangang Exhibition Hall)
    T. Airport => Runiguang => Nangang Exhibition Hall

    Bus#1840 (Taoyuan Airport - Songshan Airport)
    T. Airport => Hsingtien Temple => Rong Xing Park => Chungshan MRT Station => Songshan Airport

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    Taoyuan Airport Bus: Evergreen 5201 & 5202

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Evergreen has bus routes traveling between Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei City Center including Nanjing East Road Station (mrt line 1) and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station (mrt line 4).

    We were staying near the Zhongxiao Dunhua Station. It is only one station away to reach the bus-stop. There is an underpass between Zhongxiao Dunhua Station and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station.

    Click here for the complete bus route!

    Fare: NT$150 / person

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    Yangmingshan buses

    by tiweisze Updated Dec 27, 2013

    Yangminshan isn't all that isolated, there are many buses going around the area. So consider planning your bus tour from the nearest metro station in Beitou district, and taking a taxi when and where needed. If you don't see one to flag down, they can be ordered by phone and at any 7-11.

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    Limousine to Taoyuan airport

    by Bob_Shan Written Jun 28, 2013

    Nice limo services between Taoyuan airport and city center, TWD 1000, about 20% cheaper than TAXI, and nice car!!

    Book 1 day in advance.

    永源轿礼车出租中心,老板朱耀源

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    Arriving at airport, and going around city

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 11, 2013

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    Taipei at dawn while I was on bridge near station

    Feb 2011: I arrived in Taipei (from a flight from Manila; Cebu Pacific Airlines) at about 1220 AM, and there was one final bus that left for the city just before 1 AM. So, I did go to the bus counter and paid just about 140-160 NT for the trip to Taipei's Main Station (this is just about US$5). If you were to take a taxi from the airport, it would cost at least about US$40.

    However, at such an early hour, the Main Station was closed and the bus just dropped us off in fron of it. As I had only one day in Taipei, I did not book a hotel, lol....but after walking alittle bit, I saw a huge sign on top of a building saying bus station. That was open and it had chairs were I laid down an took a nap, haha...and when I woke up, I just had some little dumplings for breakfast from the station stalls.

    The subways opened at about 6 AM I believe on that Saturday morning, and they were so easy to use. Don't be worried about the Chinese symbols or letters because there are English translations. I was there for just a day and so got an "Easy" One-day pass which cost about 200 NT I believe, and this included a 50 NT deposit that can be reclaimed when you give back the card to the counter later (just give it to the cashier/ticket booth).

    I also rode the taxis and in going around 5-15 minute rides around the city, I just paid about $5 to $15, if I remember right. Taxis are aplenty in Taipei, and even during the peak people time of Chinese New Year Saturday, I had no difficulty looking for a cab.

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!

    I made a short video of this day trip to Taipei. Hope you like it!

    A DAY IN TAIPEI BY JUMPINGNORMAN

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  • RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION IN TAIPEI

    by sritamh Written Nov 2, 2012

    Taxi in Taipei is reliable. Although we cannot converse and understand Mandarin, there is no problem getting around Taipei by Taxi as the drivers are helpful, honest and polite. When they do not understand you, they will call their office who will act as an interpreter. Without being prompted, after they know where you want to go, the meter will be "ON". Starting rate is TWD70.00. Generally, the number of passengers allowable in a taxi is 4. We were concerned if they will allow 5 of us (all ladies) in one taxi, however to our surprise the taxi drivers just drove without asking for extra money when we arrived at our destination. Instead, they immediately prepare the change even before u hand them the money. When you told them to keep the change even if it's only TWD10, the word of sincere "Thank You" were said several times.

    For those who are still hesitated to take the taxi when in Taipei, you may consider engaging the service of Michael (Tel: 886 939-939-344). Michael speaks fluent English, Japanese and simple Malay. He is polite and helpful. For Muslim travelers, Michael is able to assist in finding Halal Restaurants. We engaged Michael for our Taipei tours and also return transfer to the airport. He is punctual, readily open the vehicle's door for you and assist you with your baggage. His transportation rate is reasonable.

    Overall we were impressed with the services in Taipei.

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    Taipei Metro

    by limkahwan Updated Jun 21, 2012

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    These are the various places I visited with my wife in Taipei. These places are accessible with Taipei Metro Red Line [Tamsui Line].

    1. Danshui Old Street - Take Tamsui Line to MRT Danshui station - please refer my posting on Danshui Old Street

    2. National Palace Museum - Take Tamsui Line to MRT Shihlin Station then take Shuttle Bus Red 30 to venue.
    Shihlin Bus Station to National Palace Museum

    Great View of the National Palace Museum

    National Palace Museum - Maintenance Work Going on

    Often named as one of the four greatest museums in the world, the National Palace Museum not only preserves century old art and culture but also engages in cultural exchange with foreign museums to become a modern and 'fashionable' museum. The museum collection consists of more than 600,000 court treasures from the Song, Yuan Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the most popular artifacts are the Jadeite Cabbage and Meat Shaped Stone.

    3. Taipei Confucius Temple, Boa'an Temple and 44 Kan Street - Take Tamsui Line to Yuanshan Station and walk a short distance to venue.

    The Dacheng Hall, meaning "Great Achievement" is the main building of Confucius Temple. The name comes from Hui emperor [Zhao Ji] of the Song Dynasty who once praised Confucius as "the great sage of outstanding achievements". On the ridge of the Hall, there is a 7 storey pagoda in the middle, used to suppress evils, a cylinder like object sits at both ends, known as Tong Tian Pillars and 72 clay owls adorn the roof ridge, representing accomplishment of Confucius' teaching philosophy - Education for All. All these decorations are unique to Confucius Temple.
    The Dacheng Hall, Confucius Temple
    The Tablet of Confucius
    The Tablet of Confucius is placed in the sanctuary in the middle of the Dacheng Hall. The black tablet on which President Chiang Kai-shek wrote in gold: "Education for All" is hung on the upper beam. While in the middle there is a tablet on which our President Ma Ying-jeou wrote in 2008" "Gracious virtue in Confucius' teachings". On the left and right walls are the shrines of Fu Saint, Yenzi, Shu Saint, Zisi Zi, Zong Saint, Zengzi, the Lesser Sage Mencius and the 12 philosophers.

    In the ceiling above the hall is an octagonal platform and there are 24 brackets concentrated in the center. After 4 layers of eaves brackets, there are only 16 brackets left to the top in a radiation shape, a very magnificent work. In the 4 corners of the platform, there are carvings of 4 bats - 4 bats in Chinese is a homonym for 'giving fortune'.
    East and West side buidlings are symmetrically located on either side of Dacheng Hall. With lower roofs, they are like the side rooms of an ancient house. These 2 side buildings together with the Dacheng Hall and the Yi Gate form the central part of the Confucius temple. The rows of pillars in the corridor are carved in a simple style with no inscription nor scroll, giving a strong sense of rythm.

    The Yong Bell and Jin Drum are placed next to each side of the gate. These are musical instruments used in Confucius ceremony, making sounds of auspiciousness and peacefulness.
    The Yong Bell
    Dalongdong Bao'an Temple, Taipei
    Bao'an Temple is known for its exquisite carvings, ranging from wood scupltures, colorful drawings, clay sculptures, stone carvings, Koji potteries to cut and pastes. The installation arts found in the temple are highly educational as they contain so many historical, literary and mythological references.
    Address - 61 Hami Street, Taipei City
    Sanchuan Hall [above] - The stone walls on both sides of Sanchuan Hall also known as the Entrance Hall are covered with stone-carved dragons and tigers. In front of the hall are life like dragons coiling around stone columns, which were completed between the 9th and 10th years of Jiaqing Era in the Qing Dynasty [1804-1805].
    East and West Rooms guarding both sides of the main hall have doubled eaved roofs. The quadrangle bell and drum tower on the rooftop differ from the usual hexagonal attic rooms.

    Most people pray for good health at the Bao'an Temple respectively to Baosheng Dadi [aka Baosheng Emperor], a god of Chinese medicine and Shennong Dadi [aka Shennong Emperor] a god of herbal medicine. The temple has its history dated back to 1742 [Qianlong Era in the Qing Dynasty] and has gone through 4 restoration. In 2003, the temple has won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

    Linsheng Garden Entrance
    The chinese style garden built by Bao'an Temple was named 'Linsheng Garden' for its immediate proximity to the Taipei Confucius Temple. The ponds, flowers, trees and trails in the garden provide local residents with a quiet, relaxing space for community activities.
    Linsheng Garden
    One of the building at the end of 44 Kan Street, Taipei

    4. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - Take Tamsui Line to CKS Memorial Hall Station. The station exit is beautiful with the same architecture with CKS Memorial Hall. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built to commemorate late President Chiang Kai-shek. Surrounded by a large Chinese-style park and a huge plaza the iconic hall has white marble walls and a roof with blue glazed tiles. On the three floors inside, visitors can see a large bronze statue of a sitting Chiang Kai-shek and check out the exhibition area with historic documents, photographs and films. On two sides of the large plaza in front of the memorial hall are the National Theater and the National Concert Hall, two great venues for the performing arts regularly featuring famous artists from Taiwan and abroad.

    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall


    National Theater and Concert Hall - Independence Day Performance

    5. National Museum of History,Taipei - Nearby to CKS Memorial Hall. Just have to walk a distance, Check the opening hours before going.

    Taipei, Taiwan Trip 2011 [Metro Red Line]
    These are the various places I visited with my wife in Taipei. These places are accessible with Taipei Metro Red Line [Tamsui Line].

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