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Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Going to Taipei? Here are the top 10 attractions I strongly recommend you, I have been there twice in a year and some of which are so interesting that I even visited it twice!

I reckon 5 days and 4 nights would be enough to see the most popular attractions in and around Taipei. So here’s a travel guide for those who have just 4 – 5 days to spend in Taipei!

, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

DAY 1

Yeliu Geological Park 野柳地质公园

If you arrive in Taipei early morning, like me, head straight to Yeliu Geological Park.

Yeliu Geological Park 野柳地质公园

See the thousands of ‘rare rock’, formed and shaped naturally by the wind through thousands of years.

You’d be amazed by the fantastic artwork of Mother’s Nature!

Yeliu Geological Park

The highlight of the tour is this Queen’s Head, which really looks like England Queen. Hundreds of people could not wait to be photographed with it.

Yeliu Geological Park

Yeliu Geological Park

Have a seafood lunch after the tour at one of its restaurants or enjoy the street food. Taipei To Yeliu By Bus- 野柳

How To Go: Go to Taipei West Bus Station Terminal and book bus service 1815 from Guo Kuang Bus Service国光。

Tour Duration: 1.5-2 hours.

Admission Charge: NT$90 or US$2.90

Lin Family Mansion and Garden 林家花园/ 林本源园邸

If you have been going after Chinese drama, this is a place you should not miss. The Lin Family Mansion building architecture is so extensive that more than 40 years were spent in building it.

Lin Family Mansion and Garden 林家花园/ 林本源园邸

See how the wealthy people of yesteryear lived, an architectural so impressive that even the millionaire of today would stand in awe upon seeing it.

Lin Family Mansion and Garden

So many long corridors, so many gardens after gardens, crafted buildings and pavilions.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Lin Family Mansion and Garden

How To Go: Alight at Fuzhong Station and take 10 minutes to walk to the mansion, as the way to there is a bit complicated I suggest spending NT$70 on a taxi.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Tour Duration: 1.5 hours

Admission Charge: Pay nothing, it’s free!

Taipei Night Markets 石林夜市/ 饶河夜市/ 宁夏夜市

How can we talk about Taipei without mentioning its night markets? The dream of taking a walk at Taipei night market is so compelling that I actually prioritized it over all other attractions. After coming twice in 4 months, I have to say it really is as good as what I have heard.

Taipei Night Markets 石林夜市/ 饶河夜市/ 宁夏夜市

Great varieties of food. The only thing you need to bring is $$$ and an empty stomach!

Taipei Night Markets 石林夜市/ 饶河夜市/ 宁夏夜市

So many night markets, which one to go? Shilin Night Market is the most famous of all, anywhere you go, there is a well-known stall. The other 2 which I went to Ningxia and Raohe Night Market is rather messy. It’s very hard to find a vacant seat to enjoy the meal. Taipei Night Markets 台北夜市

Taipei Night Markets

Some queues are just as interesting as the food itself. How many times have you waited for an hour to have a bite on a small little bun or meat? Over here it is a very very very common sight!

How To Go:

  1. Alight at Shilin Station and take a 10-minutes walk to Shilin Night Market.
  2. Alight at Songshan Station and take a 10-minutes walk to Raohe Night Market.
  3. Alight at Shuanglian Station and take a 10-minutes walk to Ningxia Night Market.

If you have very limited time to spare, my recommendation is to go to Shilin Night Market.

Tour Duration: 1.5 hour.

Admission Charge: Pay only for the food you order.

DAY 2

Shifen Old Street 十分老街

Today we’re going to Shifen and Jiufen, easily the top attractions in Taipei. So try wake up early this morning and be at Taipei Main Station at around 7 am to catch an early train to Shifen- a 1-hour train journey out of Taipei. Of course, you can take the train anytime you want, but the earlier you set off, the more time you have to play. By the time you’re back in Taipei, it’s probably around 10 pm.

Shifen

Together with your spouse, parents, children, and friends, write down your wishes on the sky lantern and fly it high at Shifen Old Street! Shifen Sky Lantern

Shifen Old Street

Not just playtime, plenty of tasty food awaits your patronage.

Experience the thrill of the train zoom pass inches before your foot.

If you have time, go see Shifen Waterfall, said to be the Niagara Falls ( in America/Canada) of Taiwan. Shifen Waterfall

Shifen Waterfall

How To Go: Go Taipei Main Station take the TRA train to Ruifang Station, from there change to another train towards Shifen.

Tour Duration: 2 hrs at Shifen Old Street and 1 hour at Shifen Waterfall.

Admission Charge: Total amount of train tickets to Ruifang and Shifen cost about NT$150

Jiufen Old Street 九份老街

Jiufen Old Street is about 30 minutes journey from Shifen.

Jiufen Old Street 九份老街

Being at Jiufen is like in a buffet restaurant, you never want to stop eating. The street is lined up with dozens of stalls, whichever way you look to, there is always something which looks delicious. Jiufen Old Street- 九份老街

Jiufen Old Street 九份老街

With such an abundance of great food that even Taiwan former President Ma also came to see what’s so good about it!

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Leave half of your stomach empty for probably the most famous teahouse of Taiwan- A Mei Teahouse 阿妹茶楼. Learn how to brew good tea through the detailed guide of the crew. Jiufen A Mei Teahouse 阿妹茶楼

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

By now, it should be around 4 pm, before the day ends, quickly book a taxi and start your Jiufen Tour. Jiufen Travel Guide- things to do at Jiufen

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Go see the famous Nanya Rocks 南丫奇岩 Jiufen Travel Guide

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Go See the Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布.  Jiufen Old Street to Jinguashi and Golden Waterfall Jiufen Old Street to Jinguashi and Golden Waterfall

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Do not miss the night scenery of Jiufen, many have stayed just for the moment.

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Jiufen Hotel – 九份山海观民宿 Staying Overnight At Jiufen

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How To Go:

  1. Take a 50 minutes train journey from Taipei Main Station to Ruifang Station. Hopped onto a taxi or take a 15 minutes bus journey on a public bus to Jiufen Old Street.
  2. Or from Shifen take a 20 minutes train journey to Ruifang Train Station. Hopped onto a taxi or take a 15 minutes bus journey on a public bus to Jiufen Old Street. From Taipei to Jiufen

Tour Duration:

2 hours at Jiufen Old Street/ 1 hour at A Mei Tea House/ 2 hours for Jiufen Tour/ 1 hour for night scenery view.

Admission Charge: Train ticket from Taipei to Ruifang Station cost NT$78. Bus fare to Jiufen is NT$21.

DAY 3

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Today we are at Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall early morning at 8.30am. The memorial hall was built in 1976 to commemorate President Chiang.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Feel like you’re going to a palace when you see this massive monument, the vast ground and the imposing bronze statue of Taiwan first president- Chiang Kai Shek. Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂 

, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The highlight of the tour is the changing of the guard’s ceremony at every 2 hours interval.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Hundreds of tourists could not wait to see the 10-minutes ceremony……I myself came twice to be able to be at the front of the crowd. Guard Mounting At Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Read also  Guard changing ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

How To Go: Just steps away from Chiang Kai Shiek Station.

Tour Duration: 2 hours.

Admission Charge: Pay nothing, it’s free.

Wulai Old Street 乌来老街

The time now should be 10 am, still has plenty of time to head to Wulai- a primitive tribe.

Wulai Old Street 乌来老街

The highlight of Wulai is not this much talk about Wulai Waterfall 乌来瀑布 by many…there’s nothing spectacular about it…but is Wulai Old Street itself.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

Wulai Old Street is likened to Jiufen/Shifen Old Street, with lots of exquisite food, amid more commercialized. From Taipei To Wulai

Do not miss the famous Bamboo Rice 竹筒饭。

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

How To Go: Alight at Xindian Station and take bus service 849, the bus stop is just beside the station. The journey to Wulai is about 50 minutes.

Tour Duration: 3 hours.

Admission Charge: Free. The cable car ride is NT$150 or US$4.80

Jay Chou Restaurant M.J义法厨房

Regardless if you are a fan of this Mandarin Pop megastar – Jay Chou周杰伦,since you need to eat, why not come to this theme restaurant.

Jay Chou Restaurant M.J义法厨房

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

The place looks grand, the service is good, and most importantly, the food tastes good! At least so much better than many other theme restaurants.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions

How To Go: Alight at Zhong Xiao Fu Xing and take a 15 minutes Taxi ride there, the fare is about NT$110.

Tour Duration: 1 hour

Admission Charge: Free, just pay for your orders.

Taipei 101 台北101

It should be around 5 pm by now. Head to Taipei tallest building- Taipei 101.

Taipei 101 台北101

Get to the 89th/ 91st floor to enjoy a 360-degree bird eye view of the beautiful city.

So many premium brands in the building that you probably have forgotten what actually you wanted to buy initially.

How To Go: Alight at Taipei 101 Station.

Tour Duration: 3 hours.

Admission Charge: NT$500 for being at the 89/91 floors viewing the gallery.

DAY 4

National Palace Museum 故宫博物院

Today morning we shall go to the National Palace Museum 故宫博物院。The huge museum housed thousands of priceless real artifacts and paintings, detailing the history of China from its very early age.

National Palace Museum 故宫博物院

The admission charge is the highest I have experienced in the tour of Taipei.

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No photography is allowed. Visitors would have to deposit their bags in the rented locker. Mind you, if you think ‘museum’ is probably another boring stuff, the congested crowd here tell you why you should come and why you shouldn’t miss all these national treasures.

How To Go: Alight at Shilin Station, from there you can take bus 815,304,255 or Red Coloured 30. I suggest you take a taxi, it cost merely NT$100 and 10 minutes to be there.

Tour Duration: 2 hours.

Admission Charge: NT$250 or US$8

Shilin Official Residence

Just 15 minutes walk away from Shiling Station is Shilin Official Residence or better known as the residence of Chiang Kai Shiek and Madame Chiang.

Shilin Official Residence

See how the president lives and ruled the country in his residence. This is not a mocked up the museum. All things are kept in its original state. Which is why no photography is allowed. Shilin Presidential Residence- how a President lives.

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The sedan used by Madame Chiang.

How To Go: 10 minutes walk from Shilin Station

Tour Duration: 45 minutes.

Admission Charge: NT$100

National Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall 国父纪念馆

The Memorial Hall is built in the memory of Sun Yat Sen- the founder of the Republic Of China.

National Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall 国父纪念馆

The design of the building looks more interesting to me than the museum itself.

How To Go: 5 minutes walk from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall。

Tour Duration: 45 minutes

Admission Charge: Pay nothing, it’s free.

Longshan Temple 龙山寺

The build in 1738 hundred-year-old Longshan Temple certainly warrants some attention from any tourists. Doesn’t matter if you are not a Taoist.

Longshan Temple 龙山寺

The temple really looks beautiful, no wonder there are so many shutterbugs around.

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How To Go: 2 minutes walk from Longshan Station.

Tour Duration: 45 minutes

Admission Charge: Pay nothing, it’s free.

Ximengding 西门町

Before we leave Taipei tomorrow morning, let’s end the last night in Taipei with a shopping spree at the world famous Ximengding.

XiMengDing 西门町

The place is not just famous for retailing great shopping varieties, but with the many buskers around. Many are professionals, I was so mesmerized by the music played by Mr. Tan that I even bought a CD from him.

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You can get great food as well.

How To Go: Alight at XiMengDing Station

Tour Duration: 3 hours

Admission Charge: Pay nothing, it’s free!

The Red House 西门红楼

This octagon-shaped building, located just 5 minutes walk away from Ximeng Ding entrance is actually Taiwan’s first public market in 1908.

Ximeng Hong Lou - The Red House

It is a great photography site, with many shutterbugs around. Since you’re already at Ximengding, just go take a look.

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Taipei MRT map

Taipei Top 10 Attractions map
Japanese version
Taipei Top 10 Attractions map
English version
Taipei Top 10 Attractions map
Chinese Version

Full credit to the Taiwan authority for making all attractions easily accessible by Taipei Metro/ TRA.

Photo Credit: Taipei MetroPhoto Credit: Taipei Metro

There are just so many interesting things to see in Taipei, that’s why Vacation Is Never Enough!