The capital of Taiwan, Taipei shares the basin of an ancient lake with New Taipei City. The Tamsui River runs through the cities, which are separate administrative entities.
Just to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, Tapei enjoys hot tropical summers and warm winters.
Taipei is easy to get around, has a computer-savvy population and a unique and interesting culture.
6 million people visit Taipei each year. Many head straight to the city’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and the glorious Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall downtown.To the southeast, the Maokong tea-growing area is another favorite destination. Learn more about the cultivation of the world’s favorite drink, then jump aboard the Maokong Gondola for panoramic views over Taipei.
The gondola stops at the huge Taipei Zoo, which featured in the Oscar-winning movie The Life of Pi in 2012. Signs tell you which real-life animals starred in this animated 3D spectacle and you can come eye-to-eye with the Formosan black bear.
Visit the Shilin Night Market to hear the vendors shout out their specialties in Mandarin and order delicious Chinese food such as roast duck or noodle soup. Of course, a temple tour should be on your itinerary too. Admire the buddhist dragon sculptures in Longshan Temple and see how the sober interior of the Confucius Temple embraces the philosophy of being content with little.
Taipei hosts many festivals and in the 5th lunar month, around the time of the dragon boat festival, you can photograph traditional races.
The dolphin-shaped island of Taiwan in the North Pacific Ocean is just a short flight away from Hong Kong. From Taipei, it is easy to take a plane to anywhere on the island.
Shopping, Dining and Museums
Rocket to the top of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers for incredible views of Taipei and beyond.
Once kept for the solitary enjoyment of emperors, today the world’s largest collection of Chinese antiquities and treasures can be enjoyed by all.
Flanked by traditional Chinese gardens and national cultural halls, this impressive memorial honors one of the world’s most important 20th-century leaders.
Wander these renowned city markets, known for their nightlife, authentic Taiwanese dishes and local, traditional and international merchandise.
Close to Taipei is a stunning and geologically diverse national park with hiking trails, ornamental silver grass, sub-tropical rainforest and volcanic landscapes.
Ornate carvings, ceremonial gateways and over 165 gods and deities await you at this much-loved Buddhist and Taoist temple.
Ancient China, colonial Formosa and ultra-modern Taipei, all yours to experience on our Ultimate Taipei Tour. You'll cover our dynamic capital's must-see spots in style on this full day tour mixing tradition religious venues, historically important spots and places of scenic beauty.
The stunning waterfalls and areas of outstanding natural beauty at Pingxi, Shifen and Juifen are must-see highlights for any Taipei traveler. On this private tour you can enjoy them all, plus you can experience some off-the-beaten-track delights that only locals know about.
Enjoy an evening of theatrical splendor at the magnificent TaipeiEYE, home to an authentic array of Chinese performing arts. Experience the acrobatics of kung fu alongside a breathtaking mix of traditional music, dazzling dance, and enchanting folklore during this thrilling show.