Taipei

Travel Guide
Elephant Mountain showing a city, landscape views and a sunset
Taipei is the fun capital of Taiwan and is full of modern malls, ancient temples, rich palaces and night markets.

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, theNational Palace Museum, and the gloriousChiang Kai-shek Memorial Halldowntown.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 theMaokong Gondolafor panoramic views over Taipei.

The gondola stops at the hugeTaipei 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 theShilin Night Marketto 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 inLongshan Templeand see how the sober interior of theConfucius Templeembraces 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.

Where to stay in Taipei

Caesar Metro Taipei
Caesar Metro Taipei
4 out of 5
No.167, Bangka Blvd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei, 10851
The price is $56 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Taipei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,501 reviews)
A fun and family friendly hotel.
"Cersar Metro Taipei is a fun and family friendly hotel. It was busy when we stayed but it was well organized and stress-free check in. The out-door swimming pool was great. The hotel is a waking distance from the subway. It is close to many tourist spots. There are two night markets nearby. Overall, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Caesar Metro Taipei
The Okura Prestige Taipei
The Okura Prestige Taipei
5 out of 5
9 Nanjing E. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, 10450
The price is $123 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taipei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,007 reviews)
"Despite my birthday being on July 14th, I am unable to enjoy the hotel that day. Therefore, due to only being able to check in on the 7th, I asked the hotel could they do something for my birthday. However, they said no! Quite sad about this!"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

The Okura Prestige Taipei
W Taipei
W Taipei
5 out of 5
10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist, Taipei, 110
The price is $217 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taipei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Very nice room condition, just needs a bit more care for maintainance. Carpets weren’t vacuumed super clean as my wife was kept coughing from dust allergies and a couple of light bulbs were out of function. We didn’t bothered to ask for a replacement but the hotel can take a look into it for other ..."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

W Taipei
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tokyo Loft duplex apt
Tokyo Loft duplex apt
3 out of 5
109, Kunming St, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taipei City, 108
The price is $29 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Taipei. Enjoy WiFi, laundry facilities, and a TV. Popular attractions Lungshan Temple and Ningxia Night Market are located nearby. ...
Tokyo Loft duplex apt
Gloria Residence
Gloria Residence
4 out of 5
No.359, LinSen North Road, Taipei, 104
The price is $95 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Taipei. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (592 reviews)
Wonderful Stay
"Warm welcoming from FO Kevin, awesome room and very clean."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Gloria Residence
American Village Resort
American Village Resort
3 out of 5
No. 2, Aly. 2, Ln. 61, Kaixuan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei, 111
The price is $312 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Taipei. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the family ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (29 reviews)
"非常美好的體驗"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

American Village Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Taipei

It’s easy to get around Taipei thanks to its extensive metro system, known as the MRT. The network is signposted in English as well as Mandarin, so it’s easy to navigate if you don’t speak the language. The same is true of the bus network, which is similarly extensive and easy to use. Taxis are cheap by international standards, and there are also plenty of cycle paths and a public bike rental system. Visit the Ministry of Transportation and Communications website.Browse Taipei rental cars.

Best time to visit

The most significant time in Taipei for weather events is the typhoon season, which runs between June and October and sees extreme humidity and thunderstorms. Spring is a great time to visit, with beautiful cherry blossoms in the city’s parks and average temperatures in the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Fall sees similar temperatures, while winter can be colder, down to around 50 F (10 C) in January and February.

Popular places to visit in Taipei

Things to do

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Taipei

Cities near Taipei