Taipei Travel Guide

  • Inside the Confucius Temple
    Inside the Confucius Temple
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  • Very local and old town at night
    Very local and old town at night
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  • This is a night market that only locals come
    This is a night market that only locals...
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Taipei Things to Do

  • Taipei 101

    4 out of 5 stars

    When you have finished the tour of Taipei Tower you have to get the elevator back down unless you decide to take a parachute and jump from the Observatory Deck on the 91st floor and i am sure there would be repercussions afterwards. The elevator for the return journey is on the 88th floor and you are directed through a very expensive store which...

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  • Chiang Kai Shek - CKS Memorial

    4 out of 5 stars

    The last thing i observed at Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall were the huge wooden doors when i left. I have no idea what type of wood it was but the doors must have been 4-5 inches thick with bronze door knockers in the shape of a lion. Each of the doors had over 100 bronze metal studs in them and they looked pretty impregnable to me.

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  • Beitou Hot Springs

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Beitou hot springs are easily reached form central Taipei by the very efficient metro. Take a train to Beitou (on the Danshui line), change trains for a shuttle to Xinbeitou. First visit the Hot Springs Museum in the old Japanese Bathhouse (free, with complimentary slippers), with tatami rooms upstairs and the old bathhouse (like a roman bath)...

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Taipei Hotels

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Taipei Restaurants

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  • Din Tai Fung

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of the most well-known things that comes from Taiwan; however, this is typical Northern Chinese food. The place is not a really fancy place to go if you like quite and need a lot of time to enjoy your food since it locates in downtown where people care more about the time they spend in stead of money, and a typical Chinese restaurant...

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  • Formosa Regent

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The buffet is one of the best in Taipei city for me. My colleagues recommeded it as the No. 1. The food are divided into small parts: Japanese, salad, steak, pasta, Hong Kong, Indian, Thai, dessert, drink and ice cream. Steak is highly recommended. It's very soft and fresh. Warm cooked pasta is also very nice. No matter what souce it is (butter...

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  • Beef Noodle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The beef noodles were great and living in Japan, I know about Ramen but I was interested to check out the Beef Noodles that were apparentley, so famous so I did. This restaurant was great, although the service was not as high as I find in Japan. More discreet, less welcoming, but good nontheless. My beef noodles were really spicy (which I like)...

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Taipei Nightlife

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  • Famous Night Market

    Shilin Night Market is one of the famous night markets in Taipei. It could be the largest night market, including outdoor street vendors, indoor food courts and shaded stores selling all sorts of merchandise. You can visit the night market by the MRT, stop at Shilin Station Exit 1. If you have free time in the evening, why not stop by the night...

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  • The New Gentleman In Town

    My brother took me to this place on the first day we arrived in Taipei. Honestly, I was annoyed (from lack of sleep) that he insisted that I should attend a birthday celebration that is happening in this bar. On the way to the location, I was picturing how dreading how I have to remove the cigarette smell out of my clothes and hair, how the bar is...

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  • Patina Bar

    Located in "The Combat Zone," Patina is a nice break from the dirty bars somewhat common to the "Zone." Patina has a large U-shaped bar, and beers are a little expensive at around US$3.00, but the atmosphere is very enjoyable with pool table and darts. I met a very friendly bartender there who was 1/4 Filipina and 3/4 Mandarin Chinese.

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Taipei Transportation

  • Bus

    Taipei Bus station is located in Civic Boulevard and is part of the Q Square complex next to the main train station. It is the largest bus station in Taiwan and it is very convenient as the metro, high speed train and regular TRA trains are all within 5 minutes walk. The ticket counter is in the lobby of the first floor, as well as the screens...

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  • MRT

    On my last day in Taipei i wanted to do quite a bit of traveling on the MRT, in fact 5 journeys including one all the way to Tamsui which was at the end of the line by the sea, a journey that was more than 20 stops from Taipei Main Station, so i ended up buying a one day travel pass. With the one day travel pass i was allowed unlimited travel on...

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  • Airport

    Most flights arriving in Taipei touch down at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and it is very well organised with signs in English as well as Chinese. When you deplane it could be a ten minute walk to immigration and bag pick-up but there are moving walkways if you are feeling tired. Going through immigration was a breeze, and the bags arrive...

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Taipei Shopping

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  • Q Square

    I never actually bought anything here but i took a shortcut through Q Square Mall on the way to my guest house on two occasions and noticed that there were many upscale shops. It is just next door to Taipei Main Station, in fact there is an underpass between the two so you don't have to go outside and cross the busy road. There are 6 floors, and...

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  • SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP

    I never actually bought anything here but i took a shortcut through Q Square Mall on the way to my guest house on two occasions and noticed that there were many upscale shops. It is just next door to Taipei Main Station, in fact there is an underpass between the two so you don't have to go outside and cross the busy road. There are 6 floors, and...

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  • Ximending

    This local shoppong district full of neon and western stores caters to Taipei's youth. It contains a couple of long wide intersecting pedestrians streets lined by western name brand chain stores along with local eateries and nightclubs.

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Taipei Local Customs

  • City Dogs

    I found it quite gratifying to see that free plastic bags were available for dog-owners whose pets fouled the streets and parks of Taipei. The plastic bags were available from attractive stands that i saw in several locations in the city, and i saw more than one local scooping up the poop into the bag. There was even a box on the stand where you...

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  • THE LOCALS CLEAN UP THEIR DOG MESS

    I found it quite gratifying to see that free plastic bags were available for dog-owners whose pets fouled the streets and parks of Taipei. The plastic bags were available from attractive stands that i saw in several locations in the city, and i saw more than one local scooping up the poop into the bag. There was even a box on the stand where you...

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  • Wish for love, go there for pray

    When one has wish for love, he goes to the famous Love-Temple for pray. It's said that the successful rate there is high. For the first visit you have to pay for gift for God. How to pray: in front of the God (an old guy called the old under the moon) you have to let him know, your name, birthday, age, address and wish. After the whole praying...

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Taipei Warnings and Dangers

  • Homeless

    This is not exactly a warning tip as the people caused me no harm but it is something that the traveler should be made aware of. I arrived at Taipei Main Station just before 5.30 am with the intention of catching the 6.10 am train to my next destination but as there were no seats available until the 7.34 train i had plenty tome to wander around the...

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  • Airport

    OK , it may only be NT$ but 10,000 is equal to roughly 330 $US so don't tempt fate and think you can get away with having a sly cigarette on the side as it is more than likely a security guard or fellow passenger will report you, and i am sure that you cannot claim ignorance as there are signs all over the airport. There are many places in Taiwan...

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  • Demonstrations

    While walking along Ketagalan Boulevard with the intention of taking a look at the famous Taipei Guest House there happened to be a demonstration in the area. The demonstrators numbered up to 500 and there was a strong police presence and the area was cordoned off. It turned out to be a demonstration by a political party, Free Taiwan Party which...

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Taipei Tourist Traps

  • SIM cards are not an easy thing to get

    You just cannot get a prepaid SIM card in Taipei - coming from Hong Kong where I bought a SIM card in the Airport 7-11, I was surprised to find out that in order to buy one you need to get a registration card and do a whole procedure. Getting a calling card is simpler - these are sold in convince stores. Of course, you need to be creative about...

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  • If you are not interested in a view from...

    If you are not interested in a view from the sky, give taipei 101 observatory a miss. Priced at NT350 per ticket, it is not a cheap price to pay for a view from the sky (unless of course the view is breath taking). Some people may beg to differ, but personally i find the view from taipei 101 overhyped. The only thing which i enjoyed is the ride up...

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  • Hua xi jie night market (snake alley)

    I went to hua xi jie night market expecting to see rows and rows of stalls selling snake related items but i was disappointed. There were about 3 or 4 miserable restaurant selling snake meat, snake gland wine and snake blood drink and some other eateries selling food. The only snake related performace you'll get to see is a restaurant which tries...

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Taipei What to Pack

  • Wear layers..

    We went in March and the weather forecast was 16-22 celscius in taipei city and 11-15 at Yangmingshan. Well, it was hot for me who's so used to airconditioning. I even ate ice-cream at yangmingshan, and dressed in a thin tunic top and leggings. Goes to show, you better wear layers so that you can add on/take off your clothings while walking...

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  • Bring your own plastic bags- they charge...

    I highly recommend one of those samsonite hard case luggage. I bought this ceramic dragon on the side street going to Tiger Mountain and I just put it in my luggage. It was in perfect shape when I got back home. Hard case luggages are good for long travels. You're not sure how they handle your baggages. I love to travel during winter season. I...

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  • A Windbreaker is a must!

    Remeber to bring a good Windbreaker! Taipei or should I say Taiwan is not really that cold. But its a whole new different story when the wind comes! It was 2 degrees celsius in Alishan and I only wore 1 long sleeve cotton t-shirt, a jumper and a really good windbreaker (cheers to my brother for this) while the Taiwanese looked like they're going...

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Taipei Off The Beaten Path

  • Books used and new

    I turn black, the clock by decades, before www era, when Taipei was for me to visit tge National museum and X get my books from Caves at rock bottom prices, but all were confiscated at tge airport because of Copyright rules.Till today, I still regret not getting Joseph need ham' Science aNd Civilsation of China voll 1-3, Today There are many more...

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  • Li An Tai Ancestral House

    We stumbled across this fantastic site in our last visit to Taipei. It's tucked away behind the expo park with no obvious signs leading to it. it's an18th century home of a wealthy merchant from the mainland who settled in Taiwan. Definitely worth finding.

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  • Beitou Museum

    Also known as the Folk art museum. This museum is in a old hotel that catered to Japanese officers during the occupation.

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Taipei Sports & Outdoors

  • Excercising

    Every morning there are many locals exercising in the grounds of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Although the hall does not open until 9am the park is certainly open long before as i walked though it after 8 am and came across locals practicing their Tai Chi, yoga, normal exercises and some martial arts such as "bang" in Chinese which is a martial art...

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  • Taipei Dome

    The Taipei Dome construction work began in 2007 and was supposed to be completed by 2011 then delayed to 2015. I never went inside it but it was not even be completed when i was there in September 2016. It will be used for baseball, softball and football. Originally it was planned to have restaurants, movie theaters, housing, hotel etc in the same...

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  • WILL THE DOME EVER BE COMPLETED

    The Taipei Dome construction work began in 2007 and was supposed to be completed by 2011 then delayed to 2015. I never went inside it but it was not even be completed when i was there in September 2016. It will be used for baseball, softball and football. Originally it was planned to have restaurants, movie theaters, housing, hotel etc in the same...

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Taipei General

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  • Taipei Main Station

    On train journeys a lady will come up and down through the carriages selling drinks and snacks, but it is far better to purchase this type of thing from the convenience stores at the station before you leave. There were several shops including 7/11 that had a good selection of drinks, sandwiches, meals etc which you can purchase for a reasonable...

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  • Changing money in Taiwan

    I would advise travelers to change money at the airport when you arrive as money changers are few and far between in Taiwan, unlike other Asian countries. I arrived just after midnight and there is only one bank that is open 24 hours a day and it is the Bank of Taiwan which can be found just after you leave the baggage hall. During daytime you can...

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  • Taoyuan International Airport

    If you are in need of a snack at the airport there are several convenience stores where you can buy a drink, sandwich, noodle soup or other types of food. Most 7/11's and Family Marts have boiling water should you purchase a dried noodle soup. You will be given a plastic spoon to eat the soup. Even around the airport you will find water dispensers...

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