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Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Going to Taipei? Here’s the top 10 attractions I strongly recommend you, I went there twice in a year and some of which were 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!

Here I provide you a road map of all the attractions I’ve been. They are all nearby to Taipei Metro ( MRT). I have them coloured in yellow circle for your easy reference. Full credit to the Taiwan authority for making all attractions easily accessible by Taipei Metro/ TRA.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions near mrt
Photo Credit: Taipei Metro
Taipei Top 10 Attractions near mrt
Photo Credit: Taipei Metro

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.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Yeliu GeoPark

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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

Yeliu GeoPark

After the tour go have a seafood lunch at one of its restaurant 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 国光

Tour Duration: 1.5-2 hours.

Admission Charge: NTD$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 was spent in building it. Taipei Attractions: Lin Family Mansion And Garden

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Taipei Lin Mansion & Garden

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

Taipei Lin Mansion & Garden

How To Go: Alight at Fuzhong Station and take a 10 minutes walk to the mansion, as the route there is a bit complicated I suggest spending NTD$70 on taxi, super value for a crowd of 3-4 persons.

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 prioritised 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 Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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 NingXie 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!

Taipei Night Markets

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 go to Shinlin Night Market.

Tour Duration: 1.5 hour.

Admission Charge: Pay only for the food you order.

DAY 2

Shifen Old Street 十份老街

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 7am 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 10pm. Taipei to Shifen, Jiufen and Qingtong

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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 Old Street & Sky Lantern Not just playtime, plenty of good food awaits your patronage.

Shifen Old Street & Sky Lantern

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

Shifen Old Street & Sky Lantern

If you have time, go see Shifen Waterfall, said to be the Niagara Falls ( in America/Canada)of Taiwan. Guide To 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 train ticket to Ruifang and Shifen cost about NTD$150

Jiufen Old Street 九份老街

Jiufen Old Street is about 30 minutes journey from Shifen.

Jiufen Old Street

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看With such an abundance of great food that even Taiwan former President Ma also came to see what’s so good about the food!

Jiufen A Mei Tea House

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 detail guide of the crew. Jiufen A Mei Teahouse 阿妹茶楼

Jiufen A Mei Tea House

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

Jiufen Tour Guide

Go see the famous Nanya Rocks 南丫奇岩

Jiufen Attractions

Jiufen Tour & Attractions

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

Golden Waterfall

Golden Waterfall

Do not miss the night scenery of Jiufen, many has stayed just for the moment.Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看Jiufen Hotel – 九份山海观民宿

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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 NTD$78. Bus fare to Jiufen is NTD$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.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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 Shiek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall

The highlight of the tour is the changing of the guards ceremony at every 2 hours interval.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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

Guards Changing Ceremony

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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

Wulai Old Street

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

Wulai Old Street
Do not miss the famous Bamboo Rice 竹筒饭。

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

Tour Duration: 3 hours.

Admission Charge: Free. Cable car ride is NTD$150

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

The place looks grand, service is good, and most importantly, the food taste good! At least so much better than many other theme restaurant. Jay Chou Restaurant In Taipei

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Jay Chou Restaurant

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Jay Chou Restaurant

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

Tour Duration: 1 hour

Admission Charge: Free, just pay for your orders.

Taipei 101 台北101

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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

Taipei 101

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

Taipei 101

How To Go: Alight at Taipei 101 Station.

Tour Duration: 3 hours.

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

DAY 4

National Palace Museum 故宫博物院

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

Taipei National Museum

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

Taipei National Museum

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 TWD$100 and 10 minutes to be there.

Tour Duration: 2 hours.

Admission Charge: NTD$250

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 museum. All things are kept in its original state. Which is why no photography is allowed. Shilin Presidential Residence- how a President lives

Shilin Official Residence

The sedan used by Madame Chiang.

How To Go: 10 minutes walk from Shilin Station

Tour Duration: 45 minutes.

Admission Charge: NTD$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.

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

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

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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 built in 1738 hundreds year old Longshan Temple certainly warrant some attention from any tourists. Doesn’t matter if you are not a Taoist. The temple really looks beautiful, no wonder there are so many shutter bugs around.

LongShan Temple

LongShan Temple

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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, lets end the last night in Taipei with a shopping spree at the world famous XiMengDing.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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.

Taipei XiMengDing

Taipei XiMengDing

You can get great food as well.

Taipei Top 10 Attractions 台北十大必看

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.

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

Taipei Red House

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

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