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Visit this district close to the historic western gate of the Old Taipei City to see how much this city has progressed since the days of the Qing Dynasty.

Ximending is a place where anything goes, according to the latest trends in Japanese pop culture. Come here to mingle with trendy locals and perhaps feel inspired to change your own looks before visiting one of the many pubs and clubs. You can also visit one of the district’s many theaters for a more classical evening out.

“Ximen” means “West Gate” and “dīng” means “district,” so Ximending indicates the area around the old city gate of Taipei west of downtown. An older variation of the name is “Hsimenting,” which you may see on local signs. Today Ximending includes not only Seimon-chō, but also Wakatake-chō and Shinki-chō.

No longer resembling the old Taipei in any way, Ximending is now an entertainment, design and fashion hub that attracts a younger, more outgoing crowd.

The district is also known as “the Ximending Pedestrian Area” because it was the first pedestrian mall in Taipei and the largest in Taiwan. The mall was first established under Japanese rule, more than a century ago. While vehicles may now enter the district, on weekends and national holidays the streets are still for pedestrians only.

Grab some sushi, have fun selecting a new wardrobe, or buy some anime souvenirs or tech gadgets. If you’re not into Japanese cuisine and entertainment, then go see a Taiwanese show. There are some 20 theaters in the area and street performers are always around as well.

Go clubbing or bar hopping to mingle with the more flamboyant Taipei locals. The neighborhood is home to the historic Red House Theater from 1908, which marks the heart of the LGBT district in Taipei.

Ximending is located in the northeastern part of the Wanhua District in Taipei. It’s easy to get here because many of the city buses connect on Zhonghua Road in Ximending. Exit 6 of the MRT Ximen Station along the Songshan-Xindian and Bannan lines will put you right in the heart of the district as well.

Take care when visiting at night because, with all those crowded clubs, shops and markets around, this is one of the few spots in Taipei where visitors are warned about pickpockets and street crime.


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citizenM Taipei North Gate
citizenM Taipei North Gate
4 out of 5
No. 3, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
The price is NT$1,524 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Ximending, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Botanical Garden and Lungshan Temple. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,402 reviews)
Good views, good room

"Great hotel, very friendly staff. Rooms are a bit on the small side, but the view was great. Comfortable bed and very clean. The smart controls for the room were a cool feature. It was a little noisy through the window, but closing the curtain helped a bit."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/25

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Hotel Midtown Richardson
Hotel Midtown Richardson
4 out of 5
No. 4, Xiushan Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
The price is NT$1,039 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

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! (3,847 reviews)

"冷氣太冷了,調到30度但一直呈現18度左右的狀況 可能要再檢查一下 另外,地點離捷運站很近,房內感覺很舒適,唯獨隔音效果不太好"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/24

Hotel Midtown Richardson
Green World Hotel Zhonghua
Green World Hotel Zhonghua
3.5 out of 5
13F., No.41, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
The price is NT$1,063 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zhongshan Hall, Taipei City North Gate, and National Taiwan Museum. The Red House and Presidential ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,963 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable! One night price was depressed due to pandemic; yet the service was not compromised. Staff were friendly. Breakfast was simple yet sufficient with both western and local cuisine. Please do not complaint about lacking soy milk, fruit selections, and no croissants. This is NOT ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/24

Green World Hotel Zhonghua
HOTEL PAPA WHALE
HOTEL PAPA WHALE
3.5 out of 5
46, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
The price is NT$727 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei Cinema Park, The Red House, and Dihua Street. Lungshan Temple and Ningxia Night Market ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,747 reviews)

"Chill atmosphere with an automation self check in and out. Personal WiFi can’t be a better idea than public WiFi and no one occupying your point your login assured.. Super cool size TV..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/16

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Shin Shin Hotel
Shin Shin Hotel
3 out of 5
4F., No.34, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
The price is NT$669 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei Cinema Park and Dihua Street. Lungshan Temple and Ningxia Night Market are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (164 reviews)

"Pretty good stay with a great price, rooms are clean"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/12

Shin Shin Hotel
Just Sleep Ximending (Newly Renovated)
Just Sleep Ximending (Newly Renovated)
3.5 out of 5
5F, No. 41, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Taipei
The price is NT$1,792 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei City North Gate, National Taiwan Museum, and The Red House. Presidential Office Building ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
Horrible service

"I have met the most Horrible receptionist in Just Sleep Ximending. A short hair girl receptionist received guests with indifferent attitude. She received my booking like a dentist clinic receptionist. She proceeded my booking routinely but with a very cold attitude. I was the only one guest checking ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/11

Just Sleep Ximending (Newly Renovated)
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