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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.

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Where to stay in Taipei

Ximending showing street scenes, a city and cbd

Ximending

4.5/5Wonderful!(153 area reviews)

Visitors to Ximending love its popular shops, and you can check out Tianhou Temple and Red House Theater. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Ximen Station.

Ximending
Beitou showing motorbike riding as well as a couple

Beitou

4.5/5Wonderful!(52 area reviews)

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.

Beitou
Taipei Fine Arts Museum featuring modern architecture and art

Zhongshan

4.5/5Wonderful!(571 area reviews)

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.

Zhongshan
Taipei featuring markets, shopping and signage

Daan

4.5/5Wonderful!(395 area reviews)

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.

Daan
Lungshan Temple which includes a temple or place of worship, street scenes and heritage architecture

Wanhua

4.5/5Wonderful!(268 area reviews)

Visitors to Wanhua love its popular shops, and you can check out Lungshan Temple and Bopiliao Old Street. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Longshan Temple Station.

Wanhua
Tamsui showing a sunset, a coastal town and general coastal views

Tamsui

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Get to know Tamsui and its many features like its riverfront and seafood restaurants. You might want to explore sights like Yangmingshan National Park and Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf, and you can jump on the metro at Xinshi 1st Rd Station or Danjin Beixin Station to get around the city.

Tamsui

Top Hotels in Taipei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Taipei M Hotel - Main station
Taipei M Hotel - Main station
3.5 out of 5
No.64, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
NT$869
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei City North Gate, National Taiwan Museum, and Presidential Office Building. Ningxia Night ...

4/5Very Good! (5,216 reviews)

"The room was spacious and the location is excellent with Taipei Main Station being very nearby along with many shopping and dining options in the neighborhood. I liked the separate shower room and bathroom along with the electronic safe. The staff was friendly and the rooftoop lounge offered good ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/22

Taipei M Hotel - Main station
Caesar Metro Taipei
Caesar Metro Taipei
4 out of 5
No.167, Bangka Blvd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
NT$1,790
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Wanhua, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Huaxi Street Night Market, Lungshan Temple, and Presidential Office Building. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,254 reviews)

"The room was perfect. Modern, clean, thoughtfully designed, everything in perfect working condition."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/23

Caesar Metro Taipei
Taipei AP H Imperial
Taipei AP H Imperial
3 out of 5
11F,. No. 50, Section 1, Zhongxiao West, Taipei
NT$866
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is steps from Station Front Metro Mall and Shin Kong Life Tower. Taipei City North Gate and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,153 reviews)

"Staff were extremely accommodating and helpful with arranging airport transportation and check in at night. They upgraded me to a family suite with a window which was lovely. Rooms are on the smaller size but more than sufficient space, rooms and linens are clean and comfortable with refreshment ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/10

Taipei AP H Imperial

Popular things to do in Taipei

Taipei 101
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Taipei 101

4.5/5(837 reviews)

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

4/5(595 reviews)

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

4.5/5(212 reviews)

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

4.5/5(102 reviews)

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

4.5/5(547 reviews)

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

4.5/5(545 reviews)

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

Reviews of Taipei

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay 4.1539401343921805%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Food is good and people are friendly and helpful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Definitely check out the beef noodle restaurants and xiao long bao. Pineapple cakes are addicting!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Clean and convenient MRT, wonderful shopping and foods, safe and friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Underrated Asian capital that isn’t overwhelmingly huge.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

A lot to do near Taipei 101.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 15, 2020

Taipei is Taipei, nothing more, nothing less.

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How to Spend a Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

From its hyper-modern skyscrapers and pulsing nightlife, to its tranquil parks and temples, Taipei offers something for everyone.
How to Spend a Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

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