Taipei Tourism

Often considered as the thriving capital of the Republic of China, Taipei took time in upgrading itself from what it was around 300 years back. With Japanese, Chinese and Western influences on its culture, art, architecture and food Taipei has come to a conclusion that it has turned into a multicultural hub and all these has worked in the betterment of the city. What was once known to be the ugly duckling of cities because of its huge traffic, Taipei is now turned into a comfortable, dynamic and livable. However, this cosmopolitan vibrant city still has its root in its history. Probably, this factor has worked in increasing tourism in Taipei.  At the same time, the rich history of China and Taiwan that had developed in Taipei is hard to ignore in today’s time. A visit to the National Palace Museum of Taipei can let you see some of the glorious historical stories of China and Taiwan.

However, history is not the only thing Taipei has to offer. Being influenced by many regions of the east and west, Taipei has developed a perfect platter to treat its foodies. Travelers who are keen about the food culture of their destination should take a day trip especially in an MRT that takes to some of the finest region of Taipei. The ride takes you to the tea fields, hot springs and the colonial towns where you can enjoy the authentic food of China. Don’t miss out the heritage lanes which are now cleverly turned into gourmet cafes and boutique centers.

You just need to explore the hidden corners of the city to cherish its true beauty. A trip to this city will let you realize that the city maintains a balance between beauty and business and Taipei has every reason to boast. Each one of you should visit Taipei at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Taipei.

Essential travel information and Taipei tips for your visit

Essential Information:

  • Be careful while crossing the road.
  • Be careful of whatever you eat over there.
  • For women and children travelling by metro at night can take advantage of the Safe Zone – the section of the platform that is always under high surveillance.
  • For a single journey, MRT also sells Easy cards (value added cards/smartcards).
  • When you are travelling by bus, follow the locals how they pay the ticket price.
  • Time Zone: CST (China Standard Time)
  • Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
  • Electricity & Internet: 110v – Voltage; 60Hz – Frequency; type A/B – Power Socket. Complimentary wired Internet service and free Wi-Fi access is available in some of the hotels.
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Taipei. English and Japanese are other foreign languages spoken over here.
  • Security: Police -110; Fire, ambulance – 119; Emergency call – 112;
  • Off-beaten Path: Climb up the mountain in Maokong to get the best view of Taipei and enjoy a nice cup of Chinese tea. Visit Wulai, a small aboriginal village.
  • Tourist Traps: Be aware of the cab drivers that ask for flat fee as they quote high price.
  • Customs: Handshake is the most common form of greeting a local. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Taipei

  • Know the pollution level of Taipei before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 49.19 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 44.94 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.12 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.94 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.89 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 24.72 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.03 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 40.34 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Taipei for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Taipei.

    • Burglary and Theft 14.79 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 11.89 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.73 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 38.91 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 16.46 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 18.44 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 14.02 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 23.3 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.31 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 84.91 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 15.28 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 19.75 (Very Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Taipei is 141.31 (High)

    • Safety Index 82.42 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 84.38 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 50.5 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.89 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.96 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 84.77 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 29.04 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 58.78 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Taipei

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.72 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 68.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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