Taipei Tourism, Taiwan: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021

Taipei is indisputably one of the most prominent tourist attraction in Taiwan. However, have you really gone beyond the gridlocks of night markets and all those high rise buildings? With a prominent Japanese and Chinese influence along with a tinge of Western flavor, this metropolitan city is friendly and easily adapted to for all the travelers.

With prominent skyscrapers and impeccable food scene, the city needs no further introduction. Unfortunately, the natural and cultural attractions located near the Taipei City are relatively unexplored though increasingly sought after in the past couple of years.

The fact of the matter is that Taipei is a tough city to explore where the city’s beauty lies in its unique potpourri of Chinese culture with a curious fusion of American, Japanese and South East Asian influences. Taipei is a 300-year-old city which is more like a living museum. The Taoist temples here buzz with the prayers of the hopeful, the pilfered treasures housed in the National Palace Museum has been in existence for past 5000 years and the wooden boards of Japanese-era mansions squeak under the visitors’ feet. Together all this makes Taipei City one of most preferred holiday destinations of Taiwan. 

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  1. Travel Advice

    ·         Keep touts at bay.

    ·         Do not entertain the beggars.

    ·         Do not get involved in any type of physical or verbal fight with anyone.

    ·         Make sure you do not book a hotel in a shady area.

    ·         Always check for the reviews before booking a hotel.

    ·         Do not get over friendly with the hotel staff.

    ·         Enquire about the room safe before booking a hotel.

    ·         Do not visit a restaurant that is empty.

    ·         Read about the applicable dress code before making a visit.

    ·         Do not let anyone cheat you. In order to avoid this, you must always acquire the necessary information about a destination that you are traveling to.

    ·         Make sure you are always alert and aware.

    ·         Do not leave your bags and valuables with a stranger.

    ·         Never leave your important documents in the hotel room.

    ·         Always carry with you at least one proof of your identity.

    ·         Make sure you do not wander alone in the night.

    ·         Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    ·         It is always a good idea to learn some words from the local language of the country. This will help you in interacting with the locals of the country.

    ·         Do not do any form of drugs. 

  2. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Taipei City is 18 years.
  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    National Palace Museum

    National Palace Museum is not only famous in Taiwan but it is well known throughout the world. The museum is home to the largest collection of Chinese artifacts and art pieces in the world. Almost all the tourists who are on a holiday to Taipei city visit the museum to witness the huge collection of artifacts they have. The museum authority have perfectly maintained it and have also ensured that foreign tourists have a pleasant experience here. All the display boards, info panels and audio instructions are available in many different languages.

    Lungshan Temple

    The Lungshan Temple in Wanhua district of the city is one of the most popular temples here. The first thing you will notice about the temple is how beautifully it has been built. It was built in the early 17th century and has Buddhist and Taoist deities inside it. A lot of worshippers gather during the daily prayers and you will also see hordes of tourists who come here to seek blessings and experience the lovely aura this temple has. You will be startled when you actually see it before your eyes, the temple looks even better than what it looks in pictures.

    Taiwan Democracy Memorial Park

    Memorial halls of every city in the world are nicely built and are major tourist attractions, same is the case with the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Park. The place not only has history exhibits but also has a huge park which has lovely fish ponds and several beautiful gardens. Even if you are not interested in visiting the historical parts of the memorial you will have a great time in the parks and ponds that are inside the premises of the memorial.

    Yangmingshan National Park

    The Yangmingshan National Park attracts a lot of tourists who love nature and adventure sports. It offers stunning scenic views from here and this is the reason the place has become such a popular tourist attraction. The National Park is also home to Taiwan's largest dormant volcano and the view of the mountain is just splendid. Tourists usually enjoy hot springs here and they visit the place to relax with their family or friends. The other kind of people who visit the place include adrenaline junkies who are interested in hiking and other such activities.

    Daan Forest Park

    Daan Forest Park is a nice park exactly in the middle of the bustling city. It is recommended that you visit the park during night time as it is well lighted during those times. Especially towards the end of the year in the times of festivities, the park just looks beautiful when it is decorated. If you are looking to ride a bike around the park, you need to find a different place as riding a bike in the park is not permitted. Tourists are usually tired visiting different places so it’s a nice place to relax and have a peaceful evening devoid of the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Hsing Tian Kong

    Hsing Tian Kong is a beautiful temple in the city of Taipei. It is devoted to deity Guan Yu, whom a lot of people consider as the patron of businessmen. Unlike the other temples in the city, this one is of a recent origin. But when you look at the architecture and its design, the temple strongly resembles the temples of the previous era. It is nicely decorated with contrasting paints and gardens alongside the temple. The place is very peaceful, just like you would expect any temple to be and it provides a great place of worshipping or you can just spend some calm time here

  4. What you will like there?

    Shopping in the night market

    Night markets are very popular in Taipei city, most tour guides recommend tourists to shop here at the famous night markets. The most well known night market is the Shilin night market which has more than 600 stalls which includes everything from food to souvenirs and even antique items. The market is a complete package for those who want to seek entertainment as you can got to a cinema, addictive video arcades and even karaoke bars. If you are on a holiday here, it is highly recommended that you visit the night markets in the city even if you don’t intend to buy anything.

    Take a bath in hot springs

    There are numerous hot springs in the city and taking a bath in a hot spring will be one of the most amazing experience you will ever have. It feels very soothing to be in the hot springs and take a natural bath. It not only has psychological benefits but also comes with a lot of healing effects as hot springs are known to heal various problems such as arthritis, muscle soreness and chronic dermatitis. With so many health and mental benefits, you must definitely not miss out on taking a bath in the natural hot springs.


    Hiking is a great activity which not only provides adventurous value but is also great to explore the natural elements of the particular region. If you are someone who is interested in hiking, you must get in touch with some local groups that organize hikes, trails and camps. The most popular place for hiking is the Yangmingshan National Park which offers a splendid view from the top. You will find many species of plants along the way to the top, it's certainly a great experience. 

    Try the local cuisine

    Although Chinese is a popular cuisine which is available all throughout the world but nothing beats the authentic Chinese food which you can try in Taipei city. The flavors and the taste of the food here is far better than the Chinese you must have had in your own country. Some of the popular restaurants here include the James Kitchen, The Diner and Din Tai Fung. There are many popular cafes in the city as well where you can stop for a quick bite. 

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