Nestled between the Yanming and Central Mountains, Taipei is a dreamy city of Taiwan. Enjoying the stunning panorama of the mountains and the zoom of a metropolis. Flaunting 12 urban districts within its extended area, Taipei serves as an important financial and cultural centre of the island.
Taipei was a slow-pace sleepy town with nothing more than a marketplace serving to the tiny cluster of villages around till late 19th century. Liu Mingchuan the Qin dynasty governor of Taiwan moved the prefecture capital to Taipei and it rose like a Phoenix.
Originally dotted with buildings constructed in Chinese-Japanese style of architecture, they were replaced by European-style structures by the Japanese when Taiwan went under the Japanese rule. The city went several refurbishments as Taiwan grew and has never looked back since then.
Today, Taipei is known for its well-maintained boulevards, cosy cafes and safe streets. Travelling to Taipei can just be one of the best ideas a wanderer can strike!
It is extremely easy to travel around the city. An efficient network of Metros and buses in Taipei offer a smooth transport within the city. You can buy the prepaid Easycard if you plan to use the metro on your Taipei vacation.
Here's a list of Top 9 things to do in Taipei:
1. Visit the Heritage Monuments:
You have to begin exploring the city from its landmark- The National Chiang kai-shek Memorial Hall. Built in the honor of former President of the Republic of China, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The structure has a colour scheme symbolising the flag of Taipei, there is also a small museum within the monument which you can visit. The monument is located in the Liberty Square area and can be also explored in the evenings.
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The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the Zhongshan Park are also a must-visit! Dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, the Zongshan Park is set up in the front yard of the hall and is landscaped to perfection.
2. Splash in the Hot Springs:
There are many places in Taipei where you can for a hot tub bath in the natural pools. Betiou, Wulai and Yangmingshan National Park are some city operated hot springs. The best tip one needs to know before going for a dip is to move from luke-arm pools to hotter pools, otherwise you'll end up feeling nauseous.
3. Buy Cheap T-shirts at Wupenfu Market:
Taipei has some great street markets and Wupenfu is the best pick for cheap clothing, shoes and accessories. Bizarre prints, Quirky quotes and affordable prices- buying T-shirts at Wupenfu Market is a good deal! Plan a trip to Taipei wit our smart trip planner.
4. Explore Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail:
A fair walk from the Taipei 101, the steep steps in the forest take you up to the Elephant Mountain. Offering breath-taking views of the city and Taipei 101, this one is surely a must-do for adventure buffs!
5. Challenge your Vertigo at Taipei 101:
Taipei 101 One of the tallest buildings of the world, the indoor observatory is located at the 89th floor and the outdoor one is on the 91st floor. Not only does the building offer stunning views of the city, the lift ride will make you marvel at the stupendous engineering.
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6. Have a Taiwanese Tea Ceremony:
Ever heard of a Pearl milk tea? or High Mountain Oolong and Tieguanyin Tea? Walk-in the popular Tea-houses of Taipei like the Wisteria House or the Hui Liu and know more! The Makong area boasts a wide range of traditional Tea houses where you can attend a Traditional Tea ceremony as well.
7. Relish Local Delicacies at the Night Markets:
Yes, Night markets are an excellent way of exploring the vibrant mood of the city, going for souvenir shopping and also for tasting the delectable food!
A diverse pallet with an influence of Southern Mainland China, Japan, Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan and Shanghai and Guangdong can be tasted at the Night markets. Raohe Yeshi and Shilin Night market are the most popular ones. Must-try are the oyster omelettes, fresh seafood, stinky tofu, spring onion pancakes, mango ices, fried chicken, and honey-glazed cherry tomatoes on a stick.
8. Visit the beautiful Temples:
Longshan Temple is the where most of the locals visit for praying, horoscope and is considered one of the most sacred temples in the city. Walk-in and get your horoscope determined from the traditional experts. There are also a few other temples like the Baon Temple, the Confucius Temple and the Xingtain Temple which you can visit on your vacation.
9. Take a tour of the Museums:
Taipei has some excellent museums like the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines and the National Palace museum where you can spend some quality time knowing more about the local history. For art lovers, there are bunch of museums where you can drop-by.
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