Taipei Travel Guide
Taipei characteristic as a bustling city among the mountains. Origin of a mix of Chinese, South Asian, Japanese and American influence. The city center is divided in two. On the west side you will find narrow streets with stalls with a cozy atmosphere. The east side of the city is just the opposite, very modern with stylish shopping malls, trendy boutiques and nice restaurants and cafés.
How to travel to Taipei City
Taipei’s airports include Taiwan Taoyuan Internation Aiport and Taipei Songshan Airport. Taipei Songshan Airport is closer to Taipei and accommodates most domestic flights.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is the main airport of Taiwan.
Upon arrival, it’s best to purchase an EasyCard. (NT$100 returnable deposit)
The easy card is a contactless payment card that can be used on all forms of public transportation as well as in participating shops throughout the city.
A ride between the Airport and Taipei Main station will take 35 minutes by express train and by the local train 50 minutes.
Arriving at Taipei Songshan Airport
Songshan airport you just can take the MRT to the city.
The nicest neighborhoods
Ximeding & Wanhua
You can compare this neighborhood with Shibuya in Tokyo. Many LED lighting, stores, applications, …
The central district is mainly characterized by the government offices, musea, memorial park and historic sites.
Zhongshan & Datong
The oldest area of the city, Taipei.
Daan District in Taipei is a bustling area that offers enough to keep every traveler busy. As a commercial and educational center, this neighborhood houses colorful night markets, luxury shopping streets and the largest park in Taipei.
This district has the tallest building of the city, maybe know of Taipei 101 and also the great view over the city on the Elephant Mountain.
The district is home to many museums, including the world-famous National Palace Museum. In addition, one of Taipei’s largest night markets is located in Shilin.
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Creative parks are popular in Taiwan, you’ll find a lot of them. The name “creative park” actually explains what it is: it is a public place where art & design come together. This in the form of nice boutiques where you can buy art items, or exhibition spaces, graffiti walls, etc.
The Huashan 1914 Creative Park was originally a building where saké wine was made. Now you will find event space, a cinema complex and fun, creative boutiques. It is a real draw, both for tourists and for hipsters.
When you are in Taiwan, you should definitely get a taste of culture. I did this by going to a traditional Chinese theater performance. At first, I thought: I will not understand it, but during the show English subtitles were also beamed. Before the show starts, you can follow all sorts of things behind the scenes: you can see the musicians at work tuning their instruments, the actors who prepare themselves … and you can also have yourself photographed in traditional costumes.
More info: taipeye.com
Did you know that this temple is the oldest temple in Taipei? He was damaged during WWII, but is now again a beautiful mix of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
Shilin Night Market
This market is the largest night market in Taipei and also my favorite one. The market is actually underground. On the way to the market you will find all sorts of things, both souvenirs that you won’t find anywhere else in Taipei, as well as lots of street food and entertainment for children. It is very chaotic, but somehow structured again.
To have a nice and free view of Taipei City, you should definitely do this hike!
Tip : Take a bottle of water with you on the way, because the stairs are quite spicy in the heat.