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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

Regent Taipei
Regent Taipei
5 out of 5
No 3, Lane 39, Section 2, ZhongShan North, Road, Taipei
The price is NT$3,723 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall and Taipei Confucius Temple. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,398 reviews)
"Clean, nice bedding, good size bathroom, well train staffs"

Reviewed on 2021/4/18

Regent Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
5 out of 5
2 SongShou Road, Taipei
The price is NT$4,800 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
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! (958 reviews)
"Location to nearby restaurants, shopping and scenic spots"

Reviewed on 2021/6/5

Grand Hyatt Taipei
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei
5 out of 5
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei
The price is NT$4,080 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Daan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tong Hua Night Market, Zhongxiao Road, and Daan Forest Park. Taipei International Convention Center ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

Reviewed on 2021/4/7

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel 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.
Oxygen Taipei NTU Service Apartment of Hotel
Oxygen Taipei NTU Service Apartment of Hotel
2.5 out of 5
No. 10, Alley 4, Lane 286, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei
The price is NT$1,635 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Zhongzheng, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gongguan Night Market, Taipei Water Park, and Museum of Drinking Water. Gongguan ...
4.2/5Excellent! (141 reviews)
"House keeping is good n room is spacious and clean. Beds are comfortable. Washroom can be upgraded to improve the bathtub. To step down the bathtub is not convenience to elderly people."

Reviewed on 2019/6/1

Oxygen Taipei NTU Service Apartment of Hotel
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 2019/5/21

Taipei MRT Luxury Apartment
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 2020/3/9

Itaipei Service 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.

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