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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, 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.

Where to stay in Taipei

Green World Grand NanJing
Green World Grand NanJing
4 out of 5
No. 8, Sec. 3, Nanjing E. Road, Taipei
The price is $57 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Zhongshan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Liaoning Night Market and National Taipei University. Taipei Arena and Huashan 1914 Creative Park ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,018 reviews)
"The building was a little old but centrally located. I didn’t really try the amenities and actually wasn’t aware of what they were. So I gave that part of the review an “okay”. Otherwise it was a very pleasant stay"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Green World Grand NanJing
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
5 out of 5
2 SongShou Road, Taipei
The price is $145 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Xinyi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei 101, Taipei International Convention Center, and Taipei World Trade Center. Sun Yat-Sen ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Location to nearby restaurants, shopping and scenic spots"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2021

Grand Hyatt Taipei
San Want Residences Taipei
San Want Residences Taipei
4.5 out of 5
128 Nanjing East Rd Section 1, Taipei
The price is $62 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lin-Sen Park and Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Ningxia Night Market and Dihua Street are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)
"Central of city. Good location, opposite with linsen park for jogging."

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

San Want Residences 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.
Gloria Residence
Gloria Residence
4 out of 5
No.359, LinSen North Road, Taipei
The price is $97 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
This family-friendly Taipei aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lin-Sen Park, Ningxia Night Market, and Huashan 1914 Creative ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (561 reviews)
Great staff!
"This is a great place to stay. The room is really clean and pleasant to live in. Most importantly, the staff here are really warm and are helpful."

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Gloria Residence
Itaipei Service Apartment
Itaipei Service Apartment
3.5 out of 5
1F, No.209, Sec.1, Civic Blvd, Taipei, Main Station, 209, Taipei, TPE
Located in Datong, this aparthotel is steps from Q Square and Huayin Street. National Taiwan Museum is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Beimen Station is 10 minutes by ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,721 reviews)
Would definitely recommend to friends and family!
"Wonderful stay at iTaipei service apartment! The location was unbeatable, just above Taipei main station and Qsquare shopping centre. The mini kitchenette made it easy for quick breakfasts on those mornings that we couldn't wake up early enough. . Friendly front desk staff, security staff, and housekeeping ..."

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Itaipei Service Apartment
Taipei MRT Luxury Apartment
Taipei MRT Luxury Apartment
3 out of 5
10F, No.293, Songjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei
Located in Zhongshan, this spa apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Xingtian Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipei Arena and Shilin Night Market. National ...
2.7/5 (14 reviews)
"It is typically NOT a proper accommodation that was described on the website. There was no receptionist or anyone who could assist us. And the location is hard to find since there is no sign of the the apartment at the building’s entrance. The room was dirty and dusty. And the bedsheet wasn’t clean ..."

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Taipei MRT Luxury Apartment
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.

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