Taipei

Taipei is the fun capital of Taiwan and is full of modern malls, ancient temples, rich palaces and night markets.

In the Republic of China, or Taiwan, the capital Taipei shares the basin of an ancient lake with New Taipei City. The Tamsui River runs through the cities, which are separate administrative entities.

With the Tropic of Cancer just to the south, Tapei enjoys a hot summers and warm winters and it is humid year-round.

Taipei has a convenient transport system, a computer-savvy population and a unique culture.

Some 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.

Taipei Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
5 out of 5
The price is P7,117 per night

This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Taipei 101, Taipei International Convention Center and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"The Grand Hyatt is a beautiful hotel with an incredibly helpful and kind staff. My stay here was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Grand Hyatt Taipei
Hotel Midtown Richardson
Hotel Midtown Richardson
4 out of 5
The price is P1,708 per night

Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tianhou Temple, The Red House and Presidential Office Building. National Taiwan Museum and Dihua ...

3.8/5Good! (4,385 reviews)

"clean, friendly. great location. wonderful breakfast. nice rooms. comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Hotel Midtown Richardson
Humble House Taipei
Humble House Taipei
4 out of 5
The price is P5,546 per night

Located in Xinyi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei City Hall, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Taipei 101. Taipei 101 Mall and Songshan Cultural ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (927 reviews)

"Nice view and great location"…"

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Humble House Taipei

Popular places to visit 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.

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.

Taipei Zoo
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Taipei Zoo

Get close to animals from all around the world and learn about wildlife conservation at the largest zoo in Asia.

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 honours one of the world’s most important 20th-century leaders.

Top things to do in Taipei

Jiufen (Chiufen) Village & Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour
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Jiufen (Chiufen) Village & Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour

P2,259
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Taipei Night Tour with Dinner at Din Tai Fung Restaurant
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Taipei Night Tour with Dinner at Din Tai Fung Restaurant

P2,610
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

P1,016
Per adult

Reviews of Taipei

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 31.182795698924732%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.526881720430108%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

mcisonvacation

23 Mar 2020

Taipei is generally safe to visit. They have good shopping & dining options. The locals keep to themselves. They aren't warm and they really don't care for tourists. It's a nice place to visit once, but it doesn't stand out to merit a repeat visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

17 Jan 2020

Excellent city. People are courteous and friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

5 Jan 2020

We didn't expect our short Taipei trip to be so enjoyable :) The food, weather and friendly locals made our trip worth remembering :)

4/5 - Good

JST

26 Dec 2019

Good experience

5/5 - Excellent

G.J

9 Dec 2019

Taipei is a great city. It is clean. Not over crowded. Very good traffic. Disciplined people. Although a capital city the atmosphere in the city is relax. Just tobad hartly anyone speaks English. Tourism would boom if they would.

4/5 - Good

BL

29 Nov 2019

I like Taipei. There are many places to explore. I plan to return next year with my family!

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