Taipei awaits: its museums, temples, food, and more!

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.

Known for

Shopping, Dining and Museums

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Where to stay in Taipei

Ximending
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Ximending

Shopping, Dining, LGBT-Friendly

Ximending is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Tianhou Temple and Red House Theater, and you can get around town on the metro at Ximen MRT station.

Zhongshan
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Zhongshan

Temples, Shopping, Skyscrapers

Travelers love Zhongshan for its popular shops, and you can see more of Taipei by jumping on the metro at Zhongshan Junior High School Station or Xingtian Temple Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Xingtian Temple and Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

Taoyuan District
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Taoyuan District

Shopping, Mountains, Hiking

Find busy night markets, galleries, museums, sporting arenas and spectacular natural scenery all within a short drive from the capital of Taoyuan County. 

Beitou
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Beitou

Hot Springs, Romantic, Natural Parks

You might take some time to check out the relaxing hot springs in Beitou. Spend some time visiting top spots like Beitou Hot Springs Park, and catch the metro at Xinbeitou Station or Beitou Station to see more of the area.

Zhongzheng
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Zhongzheng

Museums, Shopping, Family-Friendly

Enjoy the popular shops in Zhongzheng. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station or Guting Station to see more of Taipei.

Daan
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Daan

Shopping, Dining, Cafes

Daan Forest Park and Shida Night Market are top sights in Daan, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Technology Building Station or Daan Station to see more sights in the area.

Top Hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Caesar Metro Taipei
4 out of 5
No.167, Bangka Blvd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
$83/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
4.3/5Excellent! (2,314 reviews)

"Convenient location - near to train station and MRT."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Caesar Metro Taipei
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Taipei M Hotel - Main station
3.5 out of 5
No.64, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
$38/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
4/5Very Good! (4,320 reviews)

"Very clean, comfortable and amenities all work well. Staff are warm and welcoming, readily giving help in all ways they can. The location of this Hotel is decent in the Taipei Main Station area, just several minutes walk to the train station (Taipei Main Station) and a few bus stops even closer. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Taipei M Hotel - Main station
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Caesar Park Taipei
4 out of 5
38 Chung Hsiao West Road Section 1, Zhongzheng, Taipei
$92/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4/5Very Good! (5,732 reviews)

"Comfortable and near to stations easy to travel around. Food is easy accessible and price is ok. Very friendly and approachable people"…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Caesar Park Taipei

Popular things to do in Taipei

Taipei 101
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Taipei 101

Rocket to the top of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers for incredible views of Taipei and beyond.

National Palace Museum
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National Palace Museum

Once kept for the solitary enjoyment of emperors, today the world’s largest collection of Chinese antiquities and treasures can be enjoyed by all.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Flanked by traditional Chinese gardens and national cultural halls, this impressive memorial honors one of the world’s most important 20th-century leaders.

Shilin Night Market
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Shilin Night Market

Wander these renowned city markets, known for their nightlife, authentic Taiwanese dishes and local, traditional and international merchandise.

Yangmingshan National Park
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Yangmingshan National Park

Close to Taipei is a stunning and geologically diverse national park with hiking trails, ornamental silver grass, sub-tropical rainforest and volcanic landscapes.

Lungshan Temple
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Lungshan Temple

Ornate carvings, ceremonial gateways and over 165 gods and deities await you at this much-loved Buddhist and Taoist temple.

Top activities in Taipei

1-Day Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
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1-Day Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour

$120

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.

Pingxi, Shifen & Jiufen Full Private Day Trip
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Pingxi, Shifen & Jiufen Full Private Day Trip

$59

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.

Traditional Chinese Performing Arts Show at TaipeiEYE
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Traditional Chinese Performing Arts Show at TaipeiEYE

$18

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.

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